► Few tolls or no tolls
recommended toll-saving route: Bayonne (France) - Pamplona - Saragossa
- Teruel - Valencia - Elche - Almeria .
route through Spain offers a combination of no tolls (or minimal tolls,
if you prefer a few stretches of toll motorway), together with fairly
easy driving conditions,
avoiding the major urban areas, and difficult driving conditions, of
both Madrid and Barcelona. It also avoids taking any of the crossings
between France and Spain across the Pyrenees, which are very
attractive, but generally rather slow, specially on the French side.
The essential part of this route follows the free
A23 motorway, the Autovia Mudéjar, from Saragossa (Zaragoza)
via Teruel to Valencia, then the free A7 just inland from the
The route starts from the French border crossing on the A64
motorway or D810 (ex French
N10 route) at Biriatou or Irun, in the
southwest corner of France, near Bayonne.
the Spanish border crossing on the motorway, leave
the motorway at Biriatou, at Spanish Exit 1 (not French exit 1 before
the border) clearly marked as the exit for N121a
The N121a is a good modern Spanish main road, avoiding towns and sharp
bends. It winds gently and easily up through the Spanish Basque country
to Pamplona, a distance of just over 70 km.
Skirt round Pamplona to the east, following the signs for
Zaragoza. Briefly join a free section of the toll AP15
motorway at the exit from Pamplona, before leaving at exit 81,
for Tudela, Zaragoza
Follow the N121 for 34 kms, before rejoining another free section of
the AP15, shortly after an exit to the village of Pueyo. Leave the AP15
again after bypassing Tafalla, and return to the N121 at exit 50.
Keep following Zaragoza
on the N121, which after 36 km becomes the N113 .
It's all clearly signed.
After 2.5 km on the N113, at a roundabout, take another free section of
the AP15. Leave AP15 again at exit 6, signed A68
You will now follow a route which alternates between A68
(free autovia) and N232 ,
as far as Saragossa. This free route runs parallel to the
toll A68., which it joins just short of the Saragossa ring road.
On approaching Saragossa, follow signs for
Keep following signs for Teruel, leaving the
Saragossa southern ring road (Z40) at exit 29, marked A23
Cariñena and Teruel.
Wine-buffs may like to go off at exit 240 and
visit the small town of Cariñena, a reputed wine-growing
town with wine museum. If stopping off, stay at the Hotel
del Vino, a wine themed hotel surrounded by
vineyards. Rejoin A23 at exit 232, south of the town.
From now on, it is hassle free driving for almost 300 km
along the A23 Autovia Mudéjar motorway, a modern free
motorway with relatively little traffic. This motorway crosses the
heart of Spain, and between Saragossa and Valencia there is only one
small city, which is Teruel, capital of the province of this name.
The A23 meets the free Mediterranean coastal
A7 , at Sagunt,
just northeast of Valencia.
From here on, follow the A7, then
A77 , then
A70 , after which the A7 again following signs for
Murcia. The free A7 continues to Almeria and beyond.
For Granada, Sevilla and the Costa del Luz, take the free A92N at
Continue to see Free motorways
along the route - all very easy to find
Coloured markers on the map indicate handy hotels close to
road. Click any marker for details. Direction indications for reaching
hotels are for southbound traffic.
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info window that opens up on the map
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