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Toll-free from the French border to southern Spain.
► Few tolls or no tolls at allThe About-Spain.net recommended toll-saving route: Bayonne (France) - Pamplona - Saragossa - Teruel - Valencia - Elche - Almeria .
This 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 Spanish A23 motorway, the Autovia Mudéjar, from Saragossa (Zaragoza) via Teruel to Valencia, then the free A7 just inland from the Mediterranean coast
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.
Immediately after 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 for Pamplona.
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, signed N121 for Tudela, Zaragoza and Madrid.
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 Tudela.
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 A23 Teruel.
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 motorway, the 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 Puerto Lumbreras.
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