FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Alcaníz to Barcelona, Spain

July 31, 2012 by  

Day 18 – Friday, July 27 – Alcaníz to Barcelona, Spain

Parador Courtyard


Church in Parador

  • chose Alcaníz stop to shorten drive back to Barcelona
  • only 200 kms drive today
  • don’t need Garmin & maps for next two weeks!
  • breaking up the driving with cruising
  • having someone else in charge of where we go
  • caught thief attempting to “pinch” the backpack off top of luggage yelled & he dropped it
  • got my “wake up call” to never, ever look away from belongings
  • get a taxi to ship terminal
  • arrive 1:40 pm


  • takes more time – only 2 lane roads through small towns

    More Parador

  • not having street signs that match Garmin directions
  • a bit difficult finding Hertz in downtown Barcelona
  • almost got backpack stolen in front of Hertz – only thing in it were passports

FF (FUN-fact) – Spain is the size of Nevada & Utah combined.

TIRA – (Things I Remembered After)

  • San Sebastian has a “mini Rio” feel with statue of Christ high on the hill overlooking the bay & city.
  • When ordering Spanish wine the degree of quality ranges from  –
  • Crianza – then Reserva – then Gran Reserva
  • 4 glasses of wine with 8 tapas & water only costs 9 Euro in Sigüenza.

Northern Spain Trip Recap – The major roads were great to drive on and well marked. Everyone is very nice & helpful (especially when we needed directions in town). The cities were clean and well maintained. Food & beverages were very reasonably priced. Pamplona was fabulous with its civilized debauchery – Santiago Cathedral was spectacular – Segovia’s main plaza was magical with the authentic local experience.