Spain's ultra-modern road infrastructure is great for getting around, although the country is perhaps too vast and has too many places of interest to be seen during a single trip. Campsites located along the rural edges of most of Spain's large cities give easy public transport options to all the sights and landmarks without the hassle of traffic snarl-ups, parking and the problems of following directions to the day's chosen landmarks.
Spain's southwest Mediterranean coastline has a huge choice of campsites, many with spectacular sea views and extensive facilities including eateries, mini-markets, children's playgrounds, entertainment and friendly bars. The countryside ranges from dramatic to agricultural, and a visit to the ancient Basque Country to the north is a unique experience.
Andalusia-Possibly Spain's most visited region, Andalusia's centuries of Moorish occupation left a legacy of breathtaking Islamic architecture in provincial cities such as Granada and Cordoba. The fabulous Alhambra Palace in Granada, part palace and part fortress, displays the cultural splendour of the civilisation and offers breathtaking ocean and cityscape views. Seville is the heart of Flamenco, and its superb palaces, massive cathedral and medieval buildings tell of its long history. The Costa del Sol beach resorts are famous, and Cordoba's walled old quarter holds whitewashed homes, tiny plazas, cobbled alleyways and a Roman bridge.
Valencia-Valencia in eastern Spain is a charming province home to the coastal resorts of Benidorm and Alicante, the quaint traditional villages of its Costa del Azahar and its glorious capital city of Valencia. The city's unique landmark is the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, an amazing concept of space, line and iconic shapes. The Barri del Carmen old quarter holds outdoor cafes and bars, and the UNESCO-listed Silk Exchange displays the city's maritime and trading heritage.
The Basque Country-Bordered by France and the wild Atlantic Ocean, this unique, mountainous region holds an autonomous community with its own definitive culture. Basque is the preferred, semi-official language, unrelated to any other tongue, and the city of Bilbao is the region's main metropolis. The highlight of a stay in Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum, as much for its titanium-clad curving design as for the precious artworks it contains. The medieval towers and walls of the Basque capital, Vittoria-Gasteis, conceal two stunning cathedrals, and the resort city of San Sebastian combines history and heritage with beautiful surfing beaches.
Central Spain-The magnificent buildings and huge squares of Madrid, Spain's capital city are atmospheric reminders of Spain's long imperial past and the incredible riches gleaned from its colonies. The Gothic extravaganza of City Hall, the majesty of the Royal palace and cathedral and the treasures on display in the city's world-class museums are all remnants of the country's incredible history. The city of Toledo is famed for its fighting blades, and boasts a medieval cathedral and charming old quarter, and Salamanca is one of Europe's most stunning Renaissance cities.
Spain drives on the right, and its motorways, known as autopistas, make for fast journeys between major destinations. Scenic drives along the Mediterranean coastline are favourites, but traffic conditions in cites and popular resorts can be chaotic, as Spanish drivers are not the most considerate in Europe. Driving in the rural interior is fun, but mountain passes need care.
- Speed limits on motorways: 120kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 90-100kph.
- Help number: 112