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Great Road Trips: Spain's Month of Wonders


When is the best time to go?

This trip can start any day of the week, from mid-April into July and September through to early November. During these times, daytime temperatures will range between 15°-25°c in the mountains and warmer in the south. Seville will be the hottest place with temperatures up to the mid 30's°c around July.

April can be beautiful but we may need to adapt some of the higher walks if there is snow on the high ground. May and June are beautifully green, the weather very good in the main and the water levels in the rivers at their best. In October and early November, the autumnal colours are a true sight to behold in the forests of the Pyrenees.

When is peak season?

Peak season is from mid July to end of August but we do not generally offer this trip during that period as the area is busier with summer holiday makers from Spain, and it is too hot for most in the south.

How far ahead should I book?

This is a big trip so you should plan ahead in order for us to secure our first-choice hotels. We suggest you book at least nine months ahead. Availability often defines the departure date on a trip like this so the more flexibility you have, the better.

How much carbon is produced on this trip and how is it mitigated?

Total carbon generated on this trip: 711kg per person
Carbon mitigated by us:
1138kg per person

As Yvon Chouinard, of Patagonia, Inc. rightly declared: “To do good, you actually have to do something.”

Therefore, for every kilometre travelled by road, air and sea on your Pura Aventura holiday, we carbon balance it by a mile - i.e. by 160% of your trip's carbon, from your front door and back again, irrespective of whether we book your international travel or not.

This is one of the travel industry's most ambitious and innovative schemes and has recently been praised by Wanderlust, Condé Nast Traveller and The Independent.

If you prefer to travel by ferry, see below for more details on how this can cut the footprint of this trip.

Can I do this trip without flying?

Yes, this is a great option for a No Fly Holiday, taking your car with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth.

This 'No Fly' option would cut the carbon footprint for this trip by around 65%.

Because you wouldn't be paying for flights, luggage or seat selection, in the context of a long trip like this, the difference in price is not substantial. That includes your own sleeping cabin too.

There are regular sailings between Portsmouth and Santander/Bilbao, and between Plymouth and Santander, and we will happily advise on your options. Essentially what we would do is start the holiday on day 7 and end then run it all the way through from there, ending on day 6. That means you will stay in Bilbao at both ends, making for an easy journey to the port. Because of the long road journey between Barcelona and Seville, it makes more sense to catch the high speed train between these and therefore have two hire cars, leaving yours in England. You could instead take your own car (and therefore save the car hire cost included here) and we'll work out a good plan so you don't lose a whole day crossing the country!

Timed right, in 2021 you will spend one night aboard the ferry in each direction. As of 2022, outbound sailings from Portsmouth will take around 30 hours and require two nights on board. The pay off for this is that the new ferries will cut carbon emissions by a further 25% compared to the current boats. The return journeys are usually then just one night. There are no planned changes for the Plymouth route, so it's one night both ways. You will usually have breakfasts and dinners included.

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Is this trip suitable for solo travellers?

Most of the costs of this holiday are fixed so going solo will usually mean you pay nearly the same for one person as you would for two. If you enjoy time to yourself then the experience itself will be absolutely lovely, and safe.

How active is this trip?

This holiday includes a wide range of activities ranging from city tours, wine tasting, and guided hikes. We also provide you with walking notes for self-guided walks in the rural areas. A major advantage of having your own car is that you have complete control over how much or how little you do on any given day. If you don't feel like a self-guided walk, you don't have to.

There are lots of opportunities for other, more adventurous activities during this holiday. The area around Garrotxa is famous for mountain biking. Ainsa (near Ordesa National Park) is well known for activities like canyoning, white water rafting, eBiking and kayaking.

Equally, if you want to be less active we can include more cultural options as well as food tours. Generally, it can be as active as you want it to be.

What if I get lost or need some help?

Although this is an independent self-drive holiday, we are always on hand to help and advise should you need us. You will be given a local support number before you travel - we are always on hand 24/7.

How comfortable will I be?

The accommodation on this journey is first rate though, being tailor made, we can adjust it to your needs. Stay in a variety of our favourite small hotels, lodges and inns. Comfort, character, service and location are the critical elements when we choose these places.

Will I meet the locals?

For sure. The cultural aspect of this holiday is a very significant part of its appeal and is the reason why we are sure to include time with our local guides at key moments in the journey.

Some of Spain’s most iconic buildings and cities are found on this trip, such as the delightful red walls of the Alhambra, or the forest of columns within the great mosque of Cordoba. We showcase the cities and areas of Spain that are of huge historical importance - Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, Seville as well as seeing the more traditional rural areas where life has changed little over the last 50 years.

What type of vehicle can I expect?

The vehicle will be suitable for the destination, the distances you are expected to cover, roads, and number of people travelling. For two people travelling to Spain you can expect a medium-sized vehicle such as a VW Golf or Seat Ibiza. We can’t guarantee the make and model. Speak to us if you prefer a larger vehicle.

If you need an automatic car, that's no problem, though we do need to know in advance as most are manual transmission. Cost of automatic cars tends to be higher.

Generally the hire cars include one named driver. You can add drivers locally and pay locally. Charges vary depending on the location but it is usually no more than Euro 10 per day.

Can I take my own car?

Yes, that isn’t usually a problem. Let us know and we will price your holiday without a hire car.

Can I make changes to this trip?

Absolutely. This trip can be tailored to suit you so speak to us if you would like to include more activities or extend your stay by crossing over the border to Portugal.

What is the payment process and is my money completely safe?

We take a 15% deposit to secure your holiday, with the remainder due eight weeks before your departure.

Your money is 100% protected through our ATOL licence if your trip includes a flight booked through us, or through our ABTOT bond if it does not. Either way, this protection provides a cast-iron financial guarantee and helps you book with complete peace of mind. Because the contract between us exists here in the UK, you get this protection regardless of where you live.

As always, our covid-19 policies ensure you have complete flexibility, just in case. Throughout the pandemic we have frequently been praised by Which? as a tour operator to trust, so you're in good hands. Your safety is always our top priority and we want you to be able to fully look forward to and enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.

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