I am planning a trip to Spain, from Barcelona to Gibraltar (and then on to Morocco).
Here are the places I would like to see from the moment I leave Barcelona:
Is this feasible in 7 - 10 days? If not, which ones should I skip?
Also, is it better to take Alsa or to drive a car (more flexibility?)
Thanks in advance!
First of all I would recommend you to rent a car. In low season a week won't cost you more than 100 € and taking into account that petrol is really cheap in Spain (compared to other European countries) your trip will be cheaper and more flexible than with Alsa.
I believe 8/9 days would be enough to see everything you want to see. Only Valencia and Granada will take you two days, the rest of them can be visited in one or half a day.
Anyway I would like to recommend you a couple of towns of your way that you may want to visit and a couple you may not:
- Tarragona: Half-way between Barcelona and Valencia. Excellent roman monuments. Half a day.
- Peñíscola: Half-way between Tarragona and Valencia. Awesome. Just google it. Half a day.
- Xativa: Half-way between Valencia and Alicante. Beautiful medieval town. Its castle hast more than 2000 years of history.
- Benisa: 10-15 Km from Calpe. One on the nicest towns I've seen in Spain. None of its monuments is gorgeus but the town has something.
- Altea: Half-way between Calpe and Alicante. Nice beaches, blue heaven, white houses. Postcard town.
Alicante (?) The town centre is fine but really small. Only the castle could make a visit worth. There are lot of places more interesting to visit.
Enjoy the trip!
Thank you for the reply.
I was super lucky and there was a glitch in the computer system, so I rented a car for 6 days (from the moment I leave Valencia) to Malaga for.... 14$ TOTAL. I guess I now have added flexibility to see more places, including the ones you have mentioned! I will let you know how it turns out.
You could do a couple of the places with budget airlines. There are flights out there internally with several UK budget companies. The flights would cost no more than the train, a lot less than hiring a car and would take less than an hour. I'm not suggesting that you do flights for all your plans, as you wouldn't see much of Spain at all. But it's a good way to perhaps cut a few hours of travelling out and it'd give you more time to see a few extra places at the same time.
That's great! Bus and train are cheap but not too fast and a car is a must if you want to see off-the-trail towns.
A GPS could help you a lot to find your way. Traffic signs are often missleading and Spaniards don't use to be able to undestand/speak English.
If you want to know anything else especially about Valencia and its regions, just ask.
This is an aggresive schedule...but quite possible. I echo the previous replies that have recommended a rental car as the best way to approach this trip. The car is a most for getting to the smaller towns along the way. I would consider looking at the Paradores chain for some of your stops. They have some great off-season specials (we booked at the one in Benicarlo in early November for 75 euros for a double including breakfast) and have properties on your route (Benicarlo, El Saler, Javea, Nerja, Granada). If you like Lladros and want to possibly snag a good deal, stop by the Lladro factory (just off either the national highway or the autopista as you approach Valencia from the north) in a town named Tavernes Blanques. Denia and Javea (Xabia in Valenciano) are both good stops between Valencia and Alicante. Calpe and the penon are worth a stop...but not necessarily a whole day there. Nerja is a good alternative to Malaga proper. There is a very quaint community there with lots of nice shops and restaurants along with a very nice hotel (Parador de Nerja), a neat promontory (Balcon de Europa), and, a great beachside paella restaurant with a story behind it (Ayo's). Good luck with your trip. I am sure you'll have a lot of fun.
Thank you so much to everyone who posted replies and sent emails!
I think I have to stay longer with all the places that everyone is mentioning!
I have finally decided to rent a car and will have company from Barcelona all the way down to Alicante. Then, I am on my own and hopefully will catch good enough weather for some time on the beach.