A 7-day driving tour through northern Spain

A driving route through the north of Spain is one of the best ideas for your vacations. Discover what you can see in 7 days!

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Planning the next trip is one of the main motivators for many people in the months leading up to their vacation. Organizing the route and planning the itinerary increases the desire to travel, while at the same time provoking "butterflies" in the stomach. And, despite what we tend to think, there is no need to leave Spain to enjoy idyllic spots. In this article, we show you some ideas to organize a great route through the north of Spain in 7 days. Take note!

What to see in a one-week tour of northern Spain?

You can spend as long as you want crossing the country from east to west. However, we don’t have as many days as we would like, so we are going to focus on a route that you should not miss if you can spend a week on this route through the north of Spain. And to make the experience even better, you won't have to worry about getting to each city if you rent a car with OK Mobility and do the route at your own pace. 

Santiago de Compostela, our starting point

The route we suggest for you starts from Santiago de Compostela, a city in Galicia whose cathedral is a must visit. This symbolic building, built in the 11th century, is an architectural ensemble that always surprises those who see it. It is also worth spending a day in this city and strolling through the Old City, the food market and the Alameda park.

A Coruña, second stop

From Santiago de Compostela we drive to A Coruña, considered by many as one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. During your day in A Coruña, you must make a visit to the famous Tower of Hercules, the oldest working lighthouse in the world.

Take a stroll through the old town and, if the weather is good, enjoy the beach of Riazor, are other ideas that will complete your day in this wonderful city.

The coast of Asturies, a good way to continue

We recommend that you spend the third and fourth day of our route touring the coast of Asturies. The first stop may be Luarca, a beautiful village known for its Colonial-style houses. If you rent a car, you can go up to El Chano, a viewpoint where you can see an unforgettable view of this fishing village and its colors.

From Luarca you can head towards Avilés and Gijón, two of the most populated cities in Asturias, enjoying the drive all the way along the coast. In fact, Gijón is a good place to spend the night before continuing the route. This means you can enjoy the life of this city, with its youthful atmosphere and great gastronomic delights.

The next day, you can continue your route to Ribadesella, a fishing village surrounded by good beaches where you can do all kinds of water sports. We recommend you try the fish here for lunch before continuing.

Santander, our next destination

Continuing along the north coast, we head for Santander, but not without stopping in Comillas. One of the cities where Gaudí left his mark, visiting the historic center of Comillas is always a surprise. The icing on the cake of the visit is to enter El Capricho, symbol of the city and of the famous architect. From there, we head towards Santander, the capital of Cantabria, to spend the night and stroll along the Sardinero beach.

The next day, before continuing, you can spend some time visiting the Palacio de la Magdalena.

Bilbao, final destination

Following the A-8 we reach Bilbao, the city where we can spend a couple of days to finish our route. We can take advantage of the cultural riches of the Basque city and visit everything it has to offer: the Guggenheim Museum, the Basque Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts or the Cathedral of Santiago, among other places. Finally, it is worth touring the Old Town and the 7 essential streets in it, where you can enjoy some good 'pintxos'.

There are endless possibilities for touring the north of Spain in a week, depending on the preferences of each person. Therefore, the best alternative is to rent a car and move around freely. The route that we have proposed can be done by renting a car in Santiago de Compostela and leaving it in Bilbao, so that you only have to worry about making the most of every minute of the week. In any case, we are also in A Coruña, Asturias and Santander, so you can make your own route. Discover why the north of Spain is so attractive!

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