10 D| Self-drive | From and to Madrid
Journey into the heart of Spain, exploring the historic regions of Castile and Extremadura, during a memorable 10-day self-drive tour. Discover ancient Roman ruins, timeless medieval towns, and historic cities. Visit temples, churches, cathedrals, basilicas, and monasteries along the ancient Silver Way and admire Spanish art from classical times to the contemporary. Explore the cradles from which Spain’s conquistadors set off to colonise the new world and behold the old world elegance of Spain’s most prestigious seat of learning. Spain will conquer your heart every day of this fascinating round-trip starting and ending in Madrid.
Madrid: Visit Europe’s largest palace and the Reina Sofia Museum, where Picasso’s harrowing Guernica is among the masterpieces on display.
Toledo: The spirit of El Greco lives on in the ancient streets of this beautiful city.
Trujillo: The hometown of conquistador Francisco Pizarro boasts a wealth of palaces and churches, built with riches brought back from the New World.
Caceres: This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a walled town with more than 50 historic buildings.
Silver Way: Explore the former Roman capital of Merida, the walled town of Plasencia, and the monastery of Yuste in stops along this ancient Roman trade route.
Salamanca: Home of the oldest university in Spain, Salamanca conquers the hearts of all curious visitors.
Avila: This is a fascinating walled city that is home to a fortified Gothic cathedral and the Convent of St Teresa of Jesus.
Segovia: Admire the mesmerising Roman Aqueduct and visit the fairy-tale Alcazar and the Gothic cathedral.
San Lorenzo de El Escorial: Visit Philip II’s massive monastery and let this masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture amaze your eyes.
Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Spain though a warm jumper and jacket are advisable in the cooler months. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
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