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Driving in Spain Rules of the Road

A great way to see Spain is to travel its highways and byways, setting your own pace and itinerary. With a driving tour, you have the freedom to go where you want on your Spanish holiday. You can drive off the beaten path and find places of interest to suit your tastes. You also can stay on the tried-and-true routes and still have an enjoyable time.

There are a few basic rules and regulations you need to know before getting behind the wheel on your Spanish holiday. First, you have to be at least 18 years old to drive in the country. Second, you will need a photo I.D. driver's license from your country of origin. If you are not certain yours qualifies, then you should obtain an international driving permit prior to traveling to Spain. Finally, you need third-party insurance coverage to protect you when you drive in Spain. This is a legal requirement.

Wearing seat belts is compulsory in Spain. This includes front and backseat passengers. Children can sit in the front seat of vehicles in Spain if they are over 12 years of age.

If you are going to traverse Spain on a motorcycle, you must travel with the motorcycle's headlights on during the day and at night. A motorcycle's driver and passenger must both wear a helmet at all times.

All vehicles on Spain's roads must keep their headlights on when traveling through tunnels. You must signal your intention to pass by, sounding your horn during the day or blinking your lights at night. This is in addition to using your signal indicators. As a foreigner, if you find yourself receiving a traffic violation and a monetary fine, you must make immediate payment. If you can present a Spanish bail bond or an address of a Spanish friend or company that will guarantee payment of the fine, then you receive a reprieve. You will not have your car impounded or be personally detained as long as you have given a guarantee the fine will be paid.

Once you understand the rules and regulations, you can get out and enjoy the scenery. It is best to plan your itinerary ahead of time. This way, you will know what attractions you want to visit, what restaurants you want to eat at and how to get to all these places. You can do the research yourself or get a travel advisor to help you. When you plan ahead, you save time and have more opportunities for sightseeing.

You can search the Web for sample itineraries. You can choose a region and find set plans that will take you through a week's worth of driving and activities. You also can grab a good map and a travel guide to plan your own week's worth of driving activities.

You can plan something simpler if you just want to enjoy a day-trip. A typical driving tour for a day can begin with breakfast in Seville, followed by a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city. You can follow that with a visit to the Plaza de Espana and then a lunch of tapas at the Barrio Santa Cruz. Next could be a leisurely drive around Seville followed by an evening of Flamenco dancing. Then it's back to the hotel to get ready for the next day.

If you're more adventurous, then just wing it. Hop in the car and head out on the open road. Each kilometer will be a new experience where you don't know what awaits you, but at least you will have fun finding out.

These are just a few examples of what you can do when it comes to driving in Spain. Your Spanish holiday can be that much more fun when you hit the road with your own timetable. Just be certain you know the rules of the road and the Spanish customs for driving properly. Then get out and enjoy your driving tour of Spain.