The Guide To A European Road Trip- Springtime


Everything you need to know about taking a road trip through France, Spain, Gibraltar, and Andorra in the Springtime.

In April 2017 we travelled from our home in Guernsey with the aim of surprising my family in the Costa Del Sol, we couldn't just do a fly and relax holiday, it had to be special.

Below is our full itinerary, how to pack your car, where to stay, how easy it is to park your car, what to pack.

Day 1 Ferry from Guernsey to St Malo via Jersey

Journey time 2 hr 30

Tolls 0

Accommodation Hotel Campanile £42. Clean, decent space. Close to town. Parking. Recommend.

Nights stayed 1

Parking St Malo has free parking in Winter and Spring months, otherwise car parks are on meters.

Recommend 1 night as a base if arriving late.

Day 2 St Malo to San Sebastian

Drive time 8 hours 767km

Tolls €40 4 tolls

Accommodation Pension Anne £46. Quirky, room only, shared bathroom. Recommend.

Nights stayed 1

Parking San Sebastian has underground car parks at a premium. Prices can be up to €20 for 24 hours. Parking on street impossible to find.

Recommend 2 nights

Day 3 San Sebastian to Gaztelugatxe to Segovia to Madrid

Drive time San Sebastian to Gaztelugatxe 1hr 40 122km, Gaztelugatxe to Segovia 4hr 10 386km, Segovia to Madrid 1hr 10 90km

Tolls €42 4 tolls

Acommodation AirBnB £59. Gorgeous loft apartment, garden and parking. Trouble with owner, hesitant to recommend

Nights stayed 1

Parking Gaztelugatxe free parking nearby. Segovia on street parking few €'s per hour. Madrid paid parking hard to come by.

Recommend 2 hours at Gazteugatxe, as long as possible in Segovia if passing through 2-6 hours, or stay 1 night, 2 nights Madrid

Day 4, 5, 6 Madrid to Seville to Ronda to Costa Del Sol

Drive time Madrid to Seville 5hr 534km, Seville to Ronda 3hr 30 237km, Ronda to Costa Del Sol 1hr 30 107km

Tolls €11 -2 tolls around Marbella only

Accommodation AirBnB £62pn. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, secure parking, swimming pool, host helpful. Recommend

Nights stayed 3

Parking Seville on street paid parking, Ronda secure car parks few €'s per hour. Costa Del Sol, back streets free, marina few €'s per hour.

Recommend 1 night in Seville, 4-8 hours Ronda, 3 nights Costa Del Sol

Day 5 Costa Del Sol to Gibraltar day trip return

Drive time 1hr 30 120km

Tolls 0 one way as took the non toll road. €6.50 on return.

Nights stayed none day trip

Parking secure parking next to border. Arrived early to guarantee space. Few €'s per hour.

Recommend 6-10 hours

Day 7 Costa Del Sol to Granada to Valencia

Drive time Costa Del Sol to Granada 1hr 40 141km, Granada to Valencia 5hr 498km

Accommodation Hotel Ilunion £50. Out of city but good metro system. Recommend

Nights stayed 1

Parking Granada space at premium, secure car parks at few €'s per hour. Valencia didn't park in city, try to avoid and take metro in.

Recommend Granada 1 night, 2 nights Valencia

Day 8 Valencia to Barcelona

Drive time 3hr 30 350km

Tolls €14 3 tolls

Accommodation Ibis Cornella £56. Out of city, but price reflects this. Secure parking. Metro station nearby.

Nights stayed 1

Parking Secure car parks at few €'s per hour. Or park away from centre and take metro in.

Recommend 2-3 nights

Day 9 Barcelona to Andorra through trip

Drive time 3hr 216km

Tolls 0

Nights stayed drove through

Parking secure parking for few €'s per hour.

Recommend 1 night

Day 9 Andorra to Bordeaux