You will with Northern Spain fall in love, because its charming towns, cities plenty of history and its spectacular landscapes. It is also a top destination among travelers who love to hit the road on two wheels to discover every corner of the area.
But there are so many beautiful places to visit that it is difficult to choose which route to take to fully immerse yourself in its culture and gastronomy. On this roadtrip through Northern Spain we compile the most essential stops with dreamy coastal towns and landscapes worthy of a postcard, its most amazing beaches and some recommendations for staying. Organize it as you want, both in 7, 10 or 15 days. Let’s hit the road!
First section – La Cerdanya
The route begins by discovering one of the most beautiful mountain locations in northern Spain: La Cerdanya.One of the sunniest and widest valleys in Europe. Thanks to its microclimate and the duality between the high mountain and the wide valley, there is a very large variety of landscapes in a small space.
Discover Prullans, nestled in the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, known for its natural heritage and its historical monuments, the town of Bellver de Cerdanya, popular for its medieval style, and Puigcerdà, the capital of the area, full of atmosphere and activities for do.
The Cerdanya Eco Resort is also a perfect place to stay in the area, as it is a perfect starting point for a road trip through this part of Spain. From here you can take various routes.
Second section – Basque Country
Spend the second day of the route visiting the three provinces of the Basque Country. In the Euskadi area you can visit the Natural Park of Valderejo and Desfiladero del Purón, the Salto del Nervión or the beautiful medieval quarter of Vitoria.
In Bizkaia, it runs through the Gorbea Natural Park, where the Hayedo de Otzarreta route or the Urdaibai Reserve are popular, to get to know the beautiful fishing villages on the coast. If you prefer a cultural stop, you cannot miss a visit to Bilbao, a vibrant city with the Guggenheim Museum, the Arriaga Theater or its historic quarter.
In Gipuzkoa, it tours the city of San Sebastián with a rich heritage and viewpoints with some of the most spectacular views.
Third section – Cantabria
In the third section of the route, it runs through Cantabria, an area full of natural attractions, but also picturesque towns. Discover Comillas, Barquera, Santillana del Mar, Potes or Castro de Urdiales, many of them considered some of the most beautiful towns in Spain. It is also essential to visit its capital, Santander, full of atmosphere and monuments to discover. And its mountainous landscapes stand out with the Picos de Europa and the fascinating Natural Park of Carbárcero. The most amazing natural space.
Fourth section – Asturias
Asturias has it all. A perfect destination for driving on roads surrounded by mountains, forests and fascinating coastlines. Touring this area and stopping at its towns or spectacular viewpoints is essential, especially the beautiful Cudillero, Pesoz, San Esteban de los Buitres and Boal.
Among its many natural places, the Somiedo Natural Park stands out, a region full of hiking trails with dreamlike landscapes. And of course, its beaches such as Luarca, Torimbia or Buelna Beach.
This roadtrip through Northern Spain has everything to discover the most amazing places in the area. Organize it to your liking and adapt the stops according to your preferences, coast or mountain, cultural cities or charming towns, it’s up to you.