GPS connectivity with your smartphone isn't a guarantee when traveling abroad. The foolproof option if you plan to navigate the highways and streets while abroad is bringing along an old-fashioned paper map.
Dive into an array of the most popular maps for areas in Spain and Portugal—some of the whole country, some more detailed maps of sections or regions—that will help get you to your destination even if your phone runs out of juice.
This map covers both Spain and Portugal and is useful for general trip planning and driving on the main highways. The laminated cover will help keep the pages clean from road trip snacks and the legend is offered in four languages.
A map that will aid in traveling to Castilla Y Leon from Madrid and the region that surrounds the city. The Castilla Y Leon region is a popular tourist destination that is located inland about 3 hours from the city and includes eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The northern regions of Spain is an oft-ignored part of the country. Those willing to venture from the bigger cities can explore nature in Spain's first national park, the Picos de Europa Park, dive into the ocean in the Bay of Biscay and eat, drink and make merry in La Rioja Wine Region.
Finding a destination in central Spain is no joke, as the city sprawl (and outlying areas) are often more like a maze than a grid. This detailed map for the central regions of Spain, including Madrid, Castilla-LA Mancha, and Extremadura includes the main and secondary roads, which means less time hunting for an address and more time for eating paella and jamón.
This pocket-size map of the city of Madrid is all about the details. Covering all the major neighborhoods of the city and major tourist attractions, the street legend even indicates which streets are one-way to help avoid an awkward turn heading the wrong way into traffic.
The Costa Brava area of Spain (also known as the Wild Coast or Rough Coast.) sitting at the top corner of the region of Catalonia, provides drivers a magnificent coastline trip with sweeping vistas of the ocean. Tiny sea-side villages like Cadaqués, are the destinations that lure travelers to embark on the windy roads off the beaten path.
Pack along a dry-erase pen and use this laminated map to draw out the routes you need to explore the top tourist attractions of Barcelona. Plotting a path between the modernist Casa Batlló building, the Catedral de Barcelona and a filling lunch along the bustling pedestrian walkway of Las Ramblas will be a breeze.
From International Travel Maps, this map shows settlements from large cities to villages; roads (with distances in kilometers) from 4-lane highways to tracks and trails; railways (including underpasses, flyovers, and other rail features); airports; ferries; places of interest; museums; thermal baths; campsites; and state-owned inns.
To assist in navigating the capital of Portugal, the map is broken into three sections: the city center, and the outlying areas to the north and the south. Those hoping to learn a bit more of the local language will be pleased to see that street names and landmarks are marked in the local Portuguese as well as English.