From Coast to Coast, From Catalonia to the Basque Country, in 8 days
The goal of the construction of this itinerary is to allow the traveler to know the main sites in the North of Spain from coast to coast with magnificent landscapes along the way. Thus we opted for an itinerary staying based in Barcelona for three nights to explore Barcelona and its beautiful surroundings and another base of two nights in La rioja to discover the beautiful wine country and its surroundings.
Prepare your road playlist as you will enjoy the thrill of the time at your hands, with no itineraries, no pressure just the road and the beautiful landscapes.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SEA
Day by Day Itinerary and suggested Accommodation
Day 1: Arrival at Barcelona and accommodation for three nights.
Accommodation for three nights at: Hotel OMM *****
Day 2: Day to explore the city of Barcelona (if you wish a guided tour, please consult us).
Day 3: Car rental collection and day to explore the north of Catalonia. We encourage you to visit the Monastery of Montserrat and Figueres, Dali's Hometown.
Day 4: Departure to La Rioja passing by the south of Barcelona’s beautiful coast. Stop by the city of Tarragona a delight for your eyes, full of history, then continue your trip to the Rioja Region.
Accommodation for two nights at: Hotel Marques de Riscal *****
Day 5: Day at leisure to visit the surrounding wineries, not to be missed!
Day 6: Check-out and commence of your trip, entering the Basque Country to the city of San Sebastian.
Accommodation for two nights: Hotel Villa Soro ****
Day 7: Enjoy the city of San Sebastian with its great gastronomy and friendly locals!
Day 8: On the way to the airport visit the city of Bilbao and the famous Guggenheim museum. Car drop off at Bilbao International Airport.
CITIES AND TOWNS ON THE ITINERARY
If you wish to know a bit more about the places to go
Catalonia: One of the most charismatic regions of Spain. Known by strong traditions and for being particular different from the rest of Spain. An own language (Catalan) and a remarkable cultural art legacy, embodied by the stunning works of Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dalí, places Catalonia as a world reference. A marked geographical diversity: spectacular beaches and an impressive mountain landscape allows a wide range of vacation activities. Prepare yourself for a world-class gastronomy, a Mediterranean flavour experience with outstanding traditional recipes.
Barcelona: Capital of Catalonia, is located at the Mediterranean Sea in the very north of the Spanish coast. With an old history heritage, here you will find monuments of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods. From the legendary modernist architecture legacy by Antoni Gaudí to the spectacular coastline that opens the city to the Mediterranean, Barcelona and leader in leisure and cuisine seduces the visitor in numerous ways. Strolling around the streets will bring surprises at every turn. Pedestrian streets in the old quarter, green spaces, and a splendid seafront with a range of modern facilities are a reflection of its multi-faceted character. Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future. A city that is always pulsating creativity and life.
"Sagrada Familia": In 1883 the brilliant architect Antoni Gaudi agreed to take on this project. The first architect to undertake the project originally planned a neo-Gothic building. However, Gaudi took over following his death, and while conserving the original layout he soon stamped his own personal imprint and distinctive style on the building. Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, this great basilica work still continues today but already become Barcelona’s most important landmark. It is filled with religious symbolism and meaning: Gaudi’s intention was to express Christian belief through the architecture and the beauty of the building and communicate the message of the Evangelists.
Picasso Museum: A key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Picasso. The genius of the young artist is revealed through the 4,251 works that make up the permanent collection. Opened in 1963, the museum also reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death.
"Barrio Gótico" (Gothic Quarter): The cultural centre of Barcelona, full of narrow streets and alleyways that creates one of the most beautiful areas of the city. There are so many routes to wander around and watch the beautiful classical buildings. From the imposing government buildings in Plaça San Jaume to the history-steeped backstreets around the La Seu Cathedral and the laidback art bars and cafes of its peaceful squares, Barrio Gótico is a place that combines time travel with a carefree hedonism.
La Boqueria: The Boqueria Market was born as a travelling market, placed in the Ramblas of Barcelona. La Rambla acquired growing importance as a pedestrian lane, and the market was set in the best place to attract large numbers of locals and travelers.
Montserrat: The Montserrat Natural Park, which emerges as if from a dream, protects the spiritual essence of Catalonia. For almost 1,000 years, a Benedictine community has lived in these mountains located 60 km away from Barcelona. Their Basilica houses the serene image of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia.
La Rioja: Well known for its wineries with over 500 and internationally famous for the great quality of its wines. The smallest region of mainland Spain, bordered by Navarre, Castile & Leon and Aragon. One of the most important wine growing areas of Europe, it has a reputation bigger than its land area. Extending along the Ebro River, the region is practically split into two, Rioja Alta which has a great deal of rainfall and has a mild climate, and Rioja Baja which is a hotter and more arid area, similar to Aragon. The province' capital, Logroño links the two areas. The most popular places to visit are Logroño and Haro, known for their wineries. Apart from the wine, this region has a lot of cultural attractions and amazing natural attractions with Mediterranean forests, high-mountains areas and beautiful landscapes.
Basque Country: Located in northern Spain, is well known for its really diverse landscapes. Between wild and isolated beaches, kissed by the Atlantic Ocean, and high and Rocky Mountains, you will be captivated by its natural wonders. Rich in History and Culture, Basque Country has its own language, the Euskara, considered one of the oldest languages of Europe. Due to the ocean breeze, you can expect moderate temperatures, even when the rain falls – something that is not so rare among the region.
San Sebastian: A charming and romantic city. Concha Bay is its most iconic site, with a big promenade along the sea, where locals and tourists go to enjoy the beautiful view. Keep in mind that San Sebastian is the place where you will like to eat. The city, besides being popular among surfers, is also well known for its remarkable culinary scene: from the seven restaurants in Spain awarded with 3 Michelin stars, three are in San Sebastian.
Bilbao: A unique city, surrounded by dense forests, high mountains and beautiful beaches. It is a privileged destination, where past meets future. Historic monuments, like the Cathedral-Church of Bilbao and the Basilica of Begoña, both from the 16th century, coexist with modern architectural projects, like the Guggenheim Museum and the Isozaki Towers, buildings that are catching the World’s attention. These recent investments have been crucial for the regeneration of the city as a dynamic metropolis.
Guggenheim Museum: Opened its doors in 1997, bringing a wave of energy to Bilbao, completely transforming the city. Nearly a million people travel from anywhere in the world, not only to see the incredible collection of modern and contemporary art, but also to admire the stunning architecture of the building, already named “a masterpiece of the 20th century” and “the greatest building of our time” by the critics.
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