Barcelona to Barcelona via 3155kms in 15 days, a Road Trip

The vacation was good! Actually ‘good’ is a too small word to describe it. It was too good! Two countries in a row, Spain and Portugal; 3155kms of driving, halting at all odd places, heritage sites, towns and cities! Besides the drive we walked a lot along the old tracks in the cities.

The night halts were at: Barcelona – Granada – Seville (2 nights) – Evora (Portugal) – Lisbon (3 nights) – Tomar – Braga – Salamanca (Spain) – Segovia – Madrid (2 nights) – Barcelona (2 nights).

The route of sightseeing was like this: Barcelona – Granada – Seville to Cordoba to Seville – Merida – Elvas – Evora – Lisbon – Sintra – Alcobaca – Batlaha – Tomar – Coimbra – Porto – Braga – Guimaraes – Salamanca – Avilia – Segovia – El Escorial – Segovia – Toledo – Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona (25 sites).

Road trips are fun! The best part of the tour like any other tour was eating local cuisines! It was not an elaborately planned trip. The booking of the car and the cities to halt were the fixed points in our itinerary. Some places to visit got added to list, while some got deleted. I enjoyed seeing the cities as much as the small off beat places. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona has lost their local flavor, while small towns though they are heritage sites have retained their local flavor very well.

Exchanging pleasantries at the local shops and learning few new words in their language are some of the memorable experiences. Did you know ‘pan’ in Spanish means ‘bread’! A smart restaurant owner in at Segovia uses the online translator to understand his customers. Another restaurant owner in Barcelona learned to say ‘you are welcome’ in Hindi to reply to our “thank you”. He has written it down so that he can respond to a future Indian tourist at his place.

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34 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    love the last two shots. thanks, indrani! glad you had a good trip!

  2. eileeninmd says:

    Sounds like an awesome trip in a short time. Love the images. The sky shot is lovely. Have a happy weekend!

  3. Sylvia K says:

    I have enjoyed your photos so much, Indrani!!! My family lived in Spain for several years and my youngest daughter was born there. It's one of my favorite places!! Thanks for the memories!!

  4. Love the flowers onthe lampost adn the glorious sunset

  5. Ida says:

    Sounds like you had a great vacation. Loving the gorgeous flowers and that Sunset/Fence shot.

  6. Seems you had a lot of fun – 2 countries in a row, 25 sites and welcome in Hindi. Pics are good as usual. 🙂

  7. magiceye says:

    You sure had a great trip! Lovely images!! Await the detailed travelogues now 🙂

  8. You have done the true justice to your Trip by posting such a nice Articles…. Very interesting!

  9. What a great trip, I'd love to do that someday!
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  10. Looks like a dream vacation Indrani. Flowers on the lamp post look lovely. 🙂

  11. ladyfi says:

    That's a lovely sky shot.

  12. Nice post, Amazing clicks

  13. That sounds like an awesome road trip!! Envious 😀

  14. The best part of the tour like any other tour was eating local cuisines! exactly . This is starting of your journey. We can expect more and beautiful pictures and write up . very nice starting with nice pictures. Indrani ji

  15. I am sure good is too small a word to describe this vacation… When its Europe, pics do the talking..

  16. Very lucky person. congrats.
    You have shown us also the trip in detail.
    Thanks….

  17. ohhh – such pretty photos! I love living your travels with you Indrani.

  18. I need such a beautiful dream trip! 🙂 Even Barcelona itself is a big dream 😀

  19. That's awesome holidays with incredible pics:)

  20. Love the pink flowered pic….. So sweet of the restaurant owner to learn to say welcome in Hindi!!

  21. Mridula says:

    That flower filled lamp post looks so smashing. So were teaching Hindi to people as well! Sounds like a too good holiday 😀

  22. A great trip indeed, Indrani..I loved the last picture most… 🙂

  23. If it is Europe it has to be awesome experience.You are really lucky and you even make us live your travels.

  24. Aditi says:

    Such fun!! Want to know more… 🙂
    And lovely captures!

  25. Jeevan says:

    Learning new language/words is fun… glad they use to translator and learn to invite in Hindi.
    Beautiful photos… fabulous sunset/rise!

  26. Linda says:

    Sounds like a great trip!

  27. Amy Franks says:

    I think the last one is my favourite, I'm very envious of your travels – my great grandfather comes from barcelona 🙂

  28. raf says:

    Wonderful images from an awesome trip! Sounds like you made the most of it – enjoying, relaxing, learning.

  29. Rachna says:

    You are on a roll, Indrani. Traveling quite a bit. Would love to visit Spain. Family trip?

  30. Yes Rachna, family trip.
    Thanks a lot for the comments friends.

  31. Wow that is mindblowing!!

  32. Tis is another of your trips that I would love to take myself.

  33. I’ve never been to Barcelo, and I’ve heard alot of nice things about the place. Barcelo just seems so picturesque. Hope we could do a feature on this soon 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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