Motorhoming in Spain – Sensational Road Trip
This Motorhoming in Spain article can be used to help you plan your own perfect Spain itinerary. It begins in the northern city of Barcelona and takes you to snow-peaked mountains, medieval towns and south to the warmer climes of Andalucia, bordering Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast.
Your own Spain motorhome trip can be planned accordingly, depending on your time frame, the season, and doing the things you enjoy the most. We include both well-known Spanish towns as well as those a little more off the beaten path to give you a mix of options.
Motorhoming in Spain: Quick View of Amazing Places to Visit
Here are all of the places we visited and included on our own campervan trip through Spain and recommend adding to your trip.
Santa Coloma de Queralt
Spain Motorhome Road Trip Map
How to Use This Spain Road Trip Map
To use this map, expand it using the square symbol on the top right-hand side and you will find the key on the left-hand side. By clicking each location you will find extra information. For example, each motorhome overnight stop on the map has the corresponding web link to Camper Contact where you can see the facilities available, price, opening times, and useful user reviews on each motorhome campsite.
The Motorhome overnight stops are marked with an orange circle with a motorhome icon and the places we visited marked with purple icons.
Motorhoming in Spain
We were in a motorhome travelling through Spain – which was a fantastic way to see the country. You’ll find a link to each motorhome stop at the end of each town and on the interactive map below.
Check out our Beginner MOTORHOME TIPS here
Where Can You Overnight with Your Motorhome in Spain?
We used the Camper Contact app (about 6 euros/year) when travelling through Spain to find our motorhome overnight spots. They have over 2000 campervan parking and motorhome service areas listed in Spain. Many motorhomers also use the Park4Night app.
To help with your planning – we’ve included all of our motorhome overnight stops for your Spain road trip.
Can you Wild Camp in Spain?
There doesn’t seem to be a clear answer to this question but in general, you are only allowed to stay overnight at spaces designed for motorhomes. Wild camping may be allowed under some conditions and some regions are more strict than others. However, note that wild camping is not permitted at all in any of Spain’s National Parks.
Campervan Motorhome campsite – Cuenca, Spain
Motorhome Rental in Spain
We recommend Motorhome Republic – they can search for the best deals for you with various pick-up points and countries. When we used them they were incredibly helpful and we saved more money going directly to them rather than to individual rental companies.
For more information on campervan hire and details of how and why we hired a Campervan for our Travels in Europe – check out our CAMPERVANNING IN EUROPE article.
Spain Motorhome Route Options
Below are examples of possible Spain road trip options that will help you calculate timing and distances for your own motorhome trip. The fourth option takes your motorhoming in Spain trip just that little bit further and includes driving up through Portugal.
To help plan your campervan trip you’ll find a snippet about each town that we recommend and have visited. In addition, we’ve included links of what to see and do in additional towns you may be interested in visiting, for example, Madrid, Valencia and Segovia – which may be en route, depending on your Spain road trip itinerary.
Barcelona > Valderrobres > Cuenca >Sepulveda > Palencia > Santa Coloma de Queralt > Barcelona
Barcelona >Santa Coloma de Queralt > Valderrobres > Cuenca > Sierra Espuna > Granada > Malaga > Ronda > Seville > Cordoba
Barcelona > Valderrobres > Cuenca > Sierra Espuna > Granada > Malaga > Ronda > Seville > Cordoba > Madrid > Sepulveda > Palencia > Santa Coloma de Queralt > Barcelona
Barcelona > Valencia > Sierra Espuna > Granada > Malaga > Ronda > Seville > Portugal > Palencia > Santa Coloma de Queralt > Barcelona
Places to Visit Motorhoming Through Spain
Barcelona, a city founded in the 1st century BC, is renowned for its art and architecture and is a perfect place to begin your Spain road trip – especially if it’s off-season!
The city sits in an autonomous region of north-east Spain called Catalunya. Getting around is easy as the city has a well thought out public transport system consisting of the metro, bus and tram.
Travel Tips For Barcelona
- The Metro and Tram city lines can be found here.
- For bus city networks, click here.
- A good central location to start the days sightseeing is the underground central interchange Plaça d’Espanya
- If you are spending more than one day in the city, consider purchasing the Barcelona card which gives unlimited travel on the metro, bus and tram for 2 to 5 days PLUS free or discounted entry to many of the major attractions.
The Fountain Steps, Montjuic, Barcelona
There are a few attractions not to be missed here:
- Four Columns: The grand entrance to the National Palace of Montjuic is walking past the Four Columns which symbolises the four coloured stripes on the Catalan flag.
- Magic Fountain of Montjuic: a musical water show with lights that sits just in front of the Four Columns.
- Les Cascades: a series of cascading waterways on the stairs, established in 1992 for the Olympic Games.
- National Palace of Montjuic: The prominent Montjuic Hill overlooks Barcelona and is home to the National Palace of Montjuic which houses the National Museum of Art Catalonia.
- Barcelona Olympic Park: Behind the National Palace of Montjuic lies Barcelona Olympic Park which was used for the 1992 Olympic Games.
- Fountain Steps: Just off to the side of Les Cascades are the Fountain Steps with their beautiful tiers of decorative tiles and over-flowing sculptures.
- Montjuic Castle: Situated at the very top of Montjuic hill. The ramparts offer panoramic views across Barcelona.
The Four Columns and behind Les Cascades and the National Palace of Montjuic
La Rambla is where all the action is. This promenade is over a kilometre long and connects the centre of Barcelona to the old port. It runs between two streets with pedestrian-only access, leaving plenty of room for street markets, artists, food stalls and street performers. There are all sorts of interesting sights here.
Christopher Colombus Monument
At the end of La Rambla, towards the sea, we found ourselves among a much-thinned crowd. Ahead of us was the mighty Christopher Columbus Monument, built in 1888 to honour his trip to the Americas.
Just off the La Rambla promenade, you’ll find Casa Batlló, built between 1904 and 1906 by designer Antoni Gaudi who was a Spanish architect and leader of Catalan Modernism. He is said to have gained his inspiration from forms within nature.
Just four streets on we spied another of Antoni Gaudi’s modernistic works of art. Built between 1906 and 1910, Casa Mila is much less colourful than Casa Batlló but still reflects that distinctive Gaudi styling.
And probably the most famous of Gaudi designs is the Sagrada Familia Church, of which Antoni Gaudi was the chief architect.
This is the largest, unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world. Gaudi worked on this project until his death, in 1926. At that time, only one-quarter of the of the build was complete. Final completion date is predicted to be 2030.
Sagrada Familia church seen from the front
There are some beautiful parks to wander around in Barcelona. One of the most popular is Park Guell, another of Gaudi’s works. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984 and covers 17 hectares. It is free to wander but the part that contains Gaudi’s architecture requires a paid ticket.
Another gorgeous park worth a visit is the Parc de la Ciutadella. It has a magnificent fountain and is full of statues, monuments and has a stunning lake. Barcelona’s zoo is also here.
Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona’s Central Park
2. Santa Coloma de Queralt
Santa Coloma de Queralt is a town off the normal tourist-ridden beaten path of Spain, but well worth a visit. The old town has four medieval gateways and the Palace of the Counts of Queralt and Santa Coloma, a 14th-century Gothic church.
This was the first town in which we became intrigued by the number of yellow ribbons tied around statues, windows, fences and trees. The yellow ribbon in Catalonia represents support for the independence of the area as a separate entity from the governance of Spain.
The town is small, but if you want to experience the feel of a real Spanish town, without hordes of tourists then this town full of gothic architecture is worth a visit.
This is another town off the beaten track to add to your Spain road trip and an interesting place to explore.
Crossing the medieval arched bridge of San Roque you arrive near the 16th-century city Hall. The tiny streets steeply rise around the town guiding you to its 14th-century castle and the 16th-century church of Santa María la Mayor, a Historic-Artistic Heritage. The church has a beautiful rose window and the cemetery decorative gravestones.
San Roque medieval bridge to Valderrobres, Spain
If you park in the Valderrobres campervan car park, you’ll find the old town just across the river.
Cuenca is known for its hanging houses or casa cogadas and is listed as a World Heritage Site due to it being a well-preserved fortified medieval city. Set high on the edge of the River Huécar gorge, Cuenca reminded us of our visit to Matera in Italy; another city built on the edge of a gorge but with caves built into the steep gorge wall instead of wooden houses.
Although winter, on the day we explored Cuenca and its stunning surrounding landscape, we had a clear blue sky. The next morning, a stunning white carpet of snow greeted us. We hadn’t expected snow in Spain, but high up in the mountains of mid-eastern Spain, it was chilly and this thin layer of snow made for picturesque scenery as we continued our Spain road trip.
Motorhoming in Spain – embracing the snow
Sepulveda was an absolute delight. Of all the small towns we visited, this one felt like you had really stepped back in time … or we were on a movie set.
Located in the Sergovia region of Castile and Leon, Sepulveda has been a Historic-Artistic Site since 1951. Its architecture and monuments are built in the Romanesque style of the 11th and 12th centuries and its El Salvador Church dates all the way back to 1093.
The small town is full of olde-worlde charm and there are several restaurants and cafes to sample traditional Castilian Cuisine. In one of the narrow streets, you’ll find a tiny restaurant, Figón Zute El Mayor. It has only one dish on the menu, Cordero (suckling lamb). Operating since 1850, this family-run business roasts its lamb in a traditional wood oven and has won several awards for its succulent local dish.
View of Sepulveda, Spain
Plaza Mayor de Sepulveda
Palencia is just 140 km north-west of Sepulveda, in northern Spain and is the capital of the Castile-León region.
Its Cathedral, Plaza de la Inmaculada square, looks impressive enough from the outside but the inside is beautiful and has an elaborate glass stained window through which the light sends spectacular colours. In 2021 The cathedral will be celebrating 800 years since construction. In the square just outside the cathedral, you’ll find the monument dedicated to the ‘maestro’, created by Rafael Cordero.
As we walked to the centre of Palencia from the campervan stop we crossed a really pretty medieval bridge, Puenta de Puentecillas.
Palencia Cathedral Spain
Palencia ‘Monument of Maestro’ by Rafael Cordero
One of Palencia’s main drawcards for us was the Castilla Canal which begins in the village of Alar del Rey.
The Castilla Canal is used as an irrigation channel, was engineered in the 18th century and stretches for 200km. Its towpath is the perfect place to walk or cycle. We cycled for miles along the canal, enjoying the picturesque bridges and aqueducts and it was a great way to appreciate the fauna and landscape of the area.
Castilla Canal, Palencia Spain
Cycling along Castilla Canal on our Spanish road trip
7. Southern Spain
Southern Spain deserved its own road trip post and contains many of Spain’s well-known cities. If you want to include the southern part of Spain on your motorhome road trip – click the link below for full details on; Sierra Espuna, Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, Seville and Ronda.
You may have to book motorhome campsites or accommodation well ahead of your arrival in the south, as the southern coast of Spain is popular in both the winter and summer months.
Click here for Southern Spain Road Trip
Spain Road Trip Additional Options
As mentioned earlier, you may wish to include some extra towns as you motorhome through Spain.
We’ve researched a few other popular places and included links to Get Your Guide to give you ideas on what to see and do to give you a better idea as to whether you would like to add these to your motorhoming in Spain road trip.
Travelling in Spain
For your Spain road trip, you may decide to drive by car and stay in hotels and B&B’s or, as we did, you may decide to motorhome in Spain.
If you need to hire a car, check out Rental Car prices – try Rental Cars Connect
Driving Tips for Your Spanish Road Trip
Driving in Spain can sometimes be a little confusing and drivers can be erratic at times. If you are travelling as a couple or with friends, tempers can become frayed occasionally as one of you navigates and the other drives in unfamiliar surroundings. We have a little story of how we deal with this as we road trip around the world that may provide a little chuckle … we become Lady Penelope and Parker;)
For the practical information in relation to driving in Spain during your road trip see below:
- In Spain, you drive on the right.
- Seatbelts are compulsory
- Have the following documents to hand:
- Drivers licence (An international driving licence isn’t required if you hold a driver’s licence issued by an EU Member State )
- Vehicle insurance
- Vehicle registration document
- You are also required to have the following in your vehicle:
- Reflective Vest -(although not mandatory to carry, you could be fined for walking on the road or hard shoulder if not wearing one)
- Warning triangle – to be used at the event of an accident or breakdown to warn following traffic.
- Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
- GB Sticker or Euro plates
- Speed Limits are as follows unless otherwise signposted (Note: Motorhomes and car/caravans have varying speed limits check limits here.)
- 120 km/h on motorways /autovias and dual carriageways
- 100 km/h Roads with more than one lane in each direction
- 90km/hr on normal roads
- 50 km/h in urban areas.
- 20km/hr in indicated residential zones
- Tolls: Cash and credit cards may be used for the payment of tolls. Most motorways have an electronic system of payment known as the Sanef Toll Tag, which allows you to travel on French, Spanish and Portugal motorways without stopping for tolls. Toll roads in Spain are represented by the letters AP, while toll-free motorways are identified by the letter A.
- Emergency Number:
- 112 for Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance
Motorhoming in Spain Summary
The landscape and experiences in Spain can be as diverse as you’d like. This post offers a range of options for you to peruse and we hope it helps you in your planning for your own Spain road trip and itinerary.
It’s useful to bear in mind that we campervanned through Spain in the winter months – we had mainly sunny days – as you can see from the photos but still needed winter clothes and layers at times. The further south you travel, the more likelihood of warmer the weather and also the increased likelihood of more tourists.
Please let us know if you ave any questions and please let tell us about a Spain road trip you may have been on and what was your favourite place to visit. We love hearing from you.
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