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17 November 2014

A Spanish Winter Road Trip

Renting a car in Spain on the Mediterranean coastline is a joy at any time of year. This six-hour, 390-mile journey from Barcelona to Murcia, spooling down the country’s beach-fringed eastern seaboard, is a perfect case in point. The road trip takes in some of the best cities in the country, such as Barcelona, Alicante and Valencia, as well as travelling past a series of picturesque bays and coves. It’s a cultural expedition too: the start-point of Catalonia is a region unto itself, and the rest of the route passes through areas shaped by everyone from the Moors to the Romans. For its diversity, its cuisine and its sense of coastal adventure, this stands as one of Spain’s best car-rental routes.

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  • Barcelona

    This is the stylish city of Gaudí and Picasso, of Miró and Messi, of buzzing boulevards, towering spires and long sands. It positively brims with colour and creativity, whether you’re exploring the medieval Gothic Quarter or sampling Catalan produce in the hubbub of La Boqueria market. Try taking a winter walk along one of the central beaches for a different take on the city. The drive itself begins by heading south along the aptly named Costa Daurada (Golden Coast), passing through the well-heeled resort of Sitges and continuing on towards history-burnished Tarragona.

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  • Tarragona

    At one time a hugely significant Roman capital, the attractive city of Tarragona still boasts some magnificent architectural remains and a rocky, beach-scalloped shoreline. Wander the ancient necropolis, browse the Christmas market or enjoy freshly caught seafood in the Serrallo quarter. Continuing along the coast, the road leads past Benicàssim – and serves up sweeping Mediterranean vistas as Valencia approaches. Think about stopping off for churros and hot chocolate at Sagunto, a hill-flanked city that was under Moorish rule for five centuries.

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  • Valencia

    Recently named among Europe’s top five city-break destinations, sunny Valencia plays home to almost 50 museums and galleries. It’s the ideal spot for a Spanish Christmas, with miles of beach and a passion for a good party. When leaving town, follow the shore-hugging route along the Costa Blanca, passing a string of pretty settlements and the holiday hotspot of Benidorm – a good chance to see its famous Playa de la Levante beach without the crowds. From here it’s on to the Christmas lights of elegant Alicante, one of the region’s most enjoyable cities.

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  • Alicante

    Notable for everything from its dune-backed beaches to its seafront walkways, the castle-topped city of Alicante was originally founded by the Romans. Visit the fortress above town, take a winter walk along the ocean promenades or settle into a café to sample the Christmas shortbread biscuits known as polvorónes.

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  • Murcia

    The last stretch of the road trip heads slightly inland for an hour to reach Murcia, where a wealth of 18th century buildings give the old quarter a festive atmosphere. This region is still known by some as la Huerta de Europa (the orchard of Europe), being one of Spain’s most unspoiled areas, and the seasonal paellas and vegetable dishes on offer provide a fine end to the trip.

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