Spain: STOP. BEFORE YOU GET THERE.

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by Hertz - 12 July 2017

Why holiday in one destination, when with a Hertz car at your disposal you can see so much more?

Our products and services put you in complete control, so you can enjoy a hassle-free trip and plan all the incredible stops along the way.

This summer, we want to inspire you to savour the journey, not just the destination. We’ve teamed up with the travel experts from Culture Trip, the lifestyle and culture hub, to identify some of the best stops to enjoy when driving in Europe this summer.

Find out more about some of our top stops in Spain:

Templo de Debod – Madrid, Spain

A unique stop on any Spanish adventure from Madrid to Salamanca. The Templo de Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple near Plaza de España, Madrid. Yes, that’s right, an ancient Egyptian temple… in Spain! Dedicated to the gods Amon and Isis, the temple dates from the 4th century BC but was brought to Madrid in 1971.

In the 1960s UNESCO made an appeal to countries to help save monuments under threat of being damaged during the construction of the Aswan Dam. As a thank you for the aid given by Spain, the Egyptian government donated this temple to the Spanish people.

As well as being a museum explaining the history of the building, Templo de Debod is situated next to a large pool in a park with brilliant views of Almudena Cathedral and the city of Madrid. It is also one of the best places in Madrid to enjoy the sunset. For food and drink, why not simply enjoy a picnic in the park, or wander 10 minutes and stop at the quirky El Jardin Secreto whose selection of specialty teas rivals the best in the country!

Templo de Debod – Madrid, Spain © Noradoa/Shutterstock

Tavertet - Barcelona, Spain

Two hours’ drive north of Barcelona, and right on the way to Girona, park the car and discover Tavertet—a hiker’s paradise, with dynamic cliffs, rushing waterfalls and lush forests. Made famous by Catalan thinker Raimon Panikkarm, Tavertet is a beautiful small town in the area known as Collsacabra located 900m above sea level.

Ascent to one of the lookouts over the grand reservoir beneath, or follow the footpaths to the many enchanting caves, grottos and old ruins of stone houses and walls.

For tastes of the region, head 20 minutes further north to Ca l’ignasi. This place champions the idea of no miles ‘slow food’, taking inspiration from what is nearby and seasonal: differing varieties of mushrooms in spring, summer and autumn, winter truffles, fresh honey, local forest fruits, small Collsacabra beans and cheeses, and organic homegrown meats- delicious!

Tavertet - Barcelona, Spain © Gabor Kovacs Photography/Shutterstock

Alhambra – Andalucia, Spain

About halfway inland between Malaga and Almería, take the coastal route to Alhambra and stop off at one of the best and most famous late-medieval castle gardens in Europe. It stands on a fortified plateau, across the valley from the Generalife and surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The Alhambra, literally "The Red One”, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalucia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 AD on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada, who built its current palace and walls.

For food, head to Albayzín district Restaurante El Agua, it offers lovely views of the stunning Alhambra.

Alhambra – Andalucia, Spain © S.Borisov/Shutterstock

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