The Best Spain Road Trip Itinerary

The Best Spain Road Trip Itinerary
Seville to Cadiz, Spain

Our bags were packed again as it was time to leave Seville and head to the beach town of Cadiz. Out the door and bump, bump, bump, we went down the cobblestone driveways. Our luggage was dead weight and our eyes were still sleepy but we had out sights set on getting back to the train station to grab our rental car from Enterprise. We learned our lesson the day before and decided not to walk all the way back with our luggage, so Enterprise picked us up.

We spent a few minutes at the rental counter, checked over our vehicle and punched in our hotel address in Waze (GPS Map). I chose Enterprise because it was the best value at the time of booking. I looked at Hertz, Eurocar, among many other smaller companies.

Playa Victoria was a short hour and twenty minutes away and it felt like much less. There is something about hitting the open road with your significant other and being free from all other distractions that just passes the time so quickly. The scenery was plentiful along the E5/AP-4, as we passed massive rolling hills, cotton and oil fields and a lot of green shrubbery. It was a nice and smooth drive. Traffic was sparse and Spaniards drive much better than Americans. Nothing an experienced driver couldn’t handle, even you!

Before we hit the check-in desk of Playa Victoria, we stopped for some eats at a Gastrobar called El Lulu in downtown Cadiz.

Looks tasty, yes? It was very tasty and very inexpensive. Highly recommend if you’re in the area and need a solid meal.

Playa Victoria Hotel – Cadiz, Spain

After we checked in to our hotel, we did a quick room tour, before heading down to the beach. There are pros and cons to a resort such as this, see for yourself and check out the room tour below. The total price was $220.81US for the night.

Cadiz beach was impressive, but not the most impressive beach I have ever seen. It’s wide coarse-white sand spread for miles and miles. It was full or locals and tourists alike and the sun was at its hottest midday. Make sure to buy sun tan lotion and protect yourself here, you will fry. I like to use a reef safe suntan lotion. You can find it on Amazon, here. Save the turtles and save the marine life!

At this point in the trip, personally, I was ready for a swim in the ocean. I tend to book all my adventures around or near the ocean. So, waiting until this long into the trip was kind of hard for me. Although, it made it that much better when we arrived!

As relaxing as it was, we could only spend a couple of hours at the beach. We left the beach to lounge at the pool. I mean, relaxation was the name of the game and we nailed it today.

playa victoria hotel cadiz spain
Playa Victoria Pool – Cadiz, Spain

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With salt in our hair and sand in our (you dont want to know), it was already early evening and we decided to get ready for dinner. We took a stroll down the boardwalk to see what we could find.

We ended up stumbling upon this dazzling place right on the beach, Restaurante Arsenio Manila.

Restaurante Arsenio Manila cadiz spain
Restaurante Arsenio Manila – Cadiz, Spain

A few great cocktails later and I ended up ordering the Pad Thai. No, not because I was tipsy already… I know, I know, Pad Thai in España you say, why yes! I love Pad Thai. Don’t judge me, try it! It’s got a great twist and you will not be disappointed.

Restaurante Arsenio Manila cadiz spain
Restaurante Arsenio Manila – Pad Thai – Cadiz, Spain

Capping the night off with a leisurely stroll down the beach was the perfect ending to a great day.


9 thoughts on “The Best Spain Road Trip Itinerary

  1. Awesome guide! I lived in Spain for more than 15 years and was actually going to visit Córdoba, Granada and Seville in September but had to postpone it due to Covid. Your tips will definitely come in handy when we finally visit!

    1. Excellent choice. I would spend the most time in Seville. Let me know what tips you found most helpful as I will be adding to the guide for years to come. Have you rescheduled your trip?

  2. Your pictures are great and for me that lives now in Madrid, I had to have a hard debate to live in Barcelona or Madrid. At the end, Madrid won but Barcelona is such a gem and you portrayed it very well. Thank you for sharing

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