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Barcelona and Beyond! Castle Road Trip of Spain

Glen has a work conference in Barcelona, so I’m joining him after the conference for a road trip around Spain to see at least 15 castles in 10 days, staying overnight in 9 of them! Here’s our ambitious itinerary, with even a map you can click to enlarge, so follow along to see if we actually make it everywhere… ­čśë

Thursday June 9th
Britta lands 8pm, to hotel by 9pm?
late dinner at hotel to stay awake vs. jet lag
(Spanish dinnertime is 9-10pm anyway)
4-star modern conference hotel Barcelo Sants

Friday June 10th Day 1
tour Barcelona
4-star modern conference hotel Barcelo Sants

Saturday June 11th Day 2
Barcelona Sants train 3 hrs to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
07:00 – 10:12am – eat breakfast on board
lunch with Manuel? personal driving tour of the city?
Valencia Joaquin Sorolla train to Madrid
3:10-5pm 15:10-17:00
5pm arrives Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
quick Madrid hop-on bus tour
pick up rental car at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha train station
Madrid train station 1.5 hrs drive to Parador de Sig├╝enza
daily driving map

Sunday June 12th Day 3
2 hrs drive through outskirts of Madrid to Cerceda
tour Castle of the Mendoza near Segovia = Manzanares el Real
1pm lunch at Restaurante California? didn’t reply about reservation
1 hr drive Cerceda to Alc├ízar de Segovia 12th century “fairytale” castle
drive 3 hrs to Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera by dinner
daily driving map

Monday June 13th Day 4
drive 2.5 hrs to Badajoz to Parador de Zafra
see the Roman ruins at Merida – ruins are open but museum is closed on Mondays
some of the Route of Southern Castles – finish with Parador de Zafra
daily driving map, includes some of the Route of Southern Castles ending in Zafra

Tuesday June 14th Day 5
leave Zafra 1.5 hrs to Sevilla
Alcazar de Sevilla palace
Catedral de Sevilla
Seville 1hr to Parador de Carmona
daily driving map

Wednesday June 15th Day 6
2.5 hrs drive Carmona to Gibraltar
see Rock of Gibraltar – gondola to the top
walk down to see the apes :) hold onto your bags!
drive 3 hrs to Granada by dinner
8pm check in, dinner at Parador de Granada staying overnight INSIDE Alhambra Palace grounds!
daily driving map

Thursday June 16th Day 7
breakfast & see rest of Parador de Granada
see Alhambra Palace
Alhambra Palace morning tickets w Nasrid Palace time 1pm
leave by 2-3pm for 2.5 hrs drive to Almodovar Castle
Castillo Almod├│var del Rio 45 minutes west of city – could cut for time
45 minute drive into C├│rdoba
tour Mosque Cathedral of C├│rdoba – cannot miss!
2 hrs drive to Parador de Jaen
daily driving map

Friday June 17th Day 8
2.75 hrs drive from Parador de Jaen to Toledo
tour Toledo
1.75 hrs Toledo to Belmonte Castle where El Cid was filmed starring Charlton Heston
1 hr drive from Castillo de Belmonte to Parador de Alarcon
daily driving map

Saturday June 18th Day 9
4 hrs drive Alarcon to Alca├▒iz
1 hr drive Alarcon to Cuenca
detour to see Casas Colgadas Hanging Houses? Also a castle there 1583 Inquisition & old walled town of Cuenca
4 hrs drive Cuenca to Parador de Alca├▒iz
daily driving map

Sunday June 19th Day 10
3.25 hrs drive to Alca├▒iz to Cardona
Montserrat Monastery?
arrive early enough in afternoon to enjoy Cardona in daylight since we leave before dawn!
room 712 supposedly haunted – heh!
Parador de Cardona
daily driving map

Monday June 20th Day 11
6am full hour drive Cardona to BCN airport
7am return rental car at BCN airport
10am fly home!


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One Comments to “Barcelona and Beyond! Castle Road Trip of Spain”

  1. I’m following along! I can’t wait to read about your adventures and drool over the pictures!!

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