Exploring the North of Spain | San Sebastián to Teruel
Whether you’re island hopping along the Croatian Coastline, punting down the canals of Venice, speeding down the Lillehammer Bobsleigh or sipping a coffee in a Viennese cafe. Europe offers plenty of iconic experiences to enjoy. So how does the North of Spain compare?
Every road trip should have Something special
Having enjoyed trying to drive over the Pyrenees last year (click here for the article and full route)… we’ve opted to miss this stunning part of Northern Spain (perhaps none more so than the iconic ‘Pic du Midi’ cable car). So leaving the coastline behind us heading south, we enjoyed the route that heads towards Pamplona. A city famed for the annual running of the bulls.
It’s also intensely proud of it’s Navarran heritage and well worth a stop enroute to another of Spain’s hidden treasures at Zaragoza. The vibrant city of Zaragoza and it’s amazing Basilica of Our Lady and the Pillar holds half of the region’s population and is full of life… feisty, sassy and dripping with history…
For those travelling further south towards Valencia, you’ll chance upon one of our favourite places from the entire European Roadtrip at Albarracin.. Easily rivalling others that include Dubrovnik, Geirangerfjord, Budapest, Ile de Re or Korcula….. this is one you should make a detour towards (staying at the aire in nearby Teruel)
Albarracín’s history is inextricably linked to the Muslim domination of the Iberian peninsula… even gaining its name from the Moorish family that lived here for many years…Leading to it being fought over many times before eventually becoming part of the Kingdom of Aragon in 1300. The whole area has been heavily fortified over generations and includes a magnificent cathedral (in brickwork/ceramic titles much like Teruel) and the Andator Tower too..
Tomorrow sees us explore another of this region’s highlights…. this time the home of the dinosaurs at Dinopolis in Teruel!!