Spain and France by car
Regulated parking lots: it is common for cities to regulate on-street parking through parking meters. You will be able to identify the regulated zones because they will have colored lines in the parking areas.
Traffic restrictions: there are many destinations with traffic bans or restrictions for non-resident or polluting vehicles. Among them, there are many monumental cities that restrict motor vehicle access to the historic center. Likewise, Madrid only allows access to its central area to zero-emission or resident vehicles. Occasionally, and depending on pollution levels, Madrid and Barcelona limit circulation inside the main ring road.
Crossing the Spanish-French border by car today
Nowadays we are used to travel everywhere by plane, but we must not forget other types of travel, such as road travel, where the destination is not the most important thing, but the journey itself … Because traveling by car is par excellence synonymous with freedom, freedom to change course when you feel like it, freedom to stop when you need to, stretch your legs or admire the scenery.
Get your car ready and fill up the tank: you will have hundreds of kilometers and more than a week ahead of you if you opt for this route that crosses four different regions: Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. None of them will disappoint you.
“En un lugar de La Mancha, de cuyo nombre de cuyo nombre no puedo acordarme” is the perfect route if you are a lover of history and literature. We are going to Castilla-La Mancha to relive the pages of the most famous battle of Don Quixote in which the nobleman confused the windmills with dangerous giants.
This tour will take you several days to travel, so you will have to consider where to stay. For example, on the way you could stop at the places that preserve the most windmills, such as Campo de Criptana, Herencia, Consuegra and, in particular, Mota del Cuervo. It will be easy to guess why this town has the nickname of El balcón de la Mancha: from here you can enjoy breathtaking postcard panoramas over the plains of Don Quixote.
Arrival at Barcelona airport. Recommended transportation to go to the city and hotel. For this first night we recommend you to see the water, light and sound show of the Magic Fountains of Montjuic. Recommended authentic restaurant in Paralelo, next to the fountains.
In the afternoon we recommend a stroll through the Born area visiting the Picasso Museum and the church of Santa Maria del Mar (the Cathedral of the Sea). In the Born we will recommend a couple of authentic restaurants, nothing touristy!
Recommended route to start the day strolling through the Plaza de Oriente. Then visit the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. We recommend eating at the Mercado de San Miguel and we will tell you the best places.
To see the details of each day, you must access the Detailed Route. It includes daily visit planning, how to get to each site, authentic restaurants and all the itineraries geolocated on your mobile.
Regarding the methodology of the study, congestion has been evaluated in terms of the percentage increase in traffic during peak hours. For example, in the USA, where traffic is very fluid, it increases by 13.8%, while in Colombia, where it is most intense, it increases by 53%.
The quality of the roads was also evaluated. Singapore’s roads stand out with the best score (6.45 out of 7 according to the World Bank’s score), in contrast to Romania’s, the most deficient, which only scored 2.95 points.