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from the French border to southern Spain
shortest route..... Compare:
- Calais -
Rouen Vendôme, Tours,
Angoulême, Bordeaux, Bayonne
Pamplona and Saragossa...
km and about 25
€ of recommended tolls in France. See
France without tolls.
via Paris Clermont Ferrand then Perpignan and the coastal
km and about 147 € in
tolls (over 200€ in a camper van or motorhome).
authorities have (for the time being) removed the tolls from the AP7
between the French border and Alicante. But in spite of
this, the toll-free route presented on this page remains advantageous
in distance and cost.
► Few tolls or no tolls
recommended toll-saving route: Bayonne (France) - Pamplona - Saragossa
- Teruel - Valencia - Elche - Almeria .
along the route - all very easy to find
hassle-free route through Spain offers a combination of no tolls (or
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.
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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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
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, the capal of Navarre
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
, between Pamplona and Tudela. Delightfull little Spanish town with the
magnificent former palace of the Kings of Navarre and a fine Romanesque
church. 25 miles further south, the Bardenas Reales wilderness area
offers spectacular desert landscapes more akin to Arizona than to
Europe. See Navarre
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 are now in Aragon
and will 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
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
, at Sagunt
just northeast of Valencia.
From here on, follow the A7, then
, 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