With the arrival of summer and holidays, many people choose to take a route to visit various towns and cities, especially along the coast. Electric vehicle users are also looking to hit the roads to explore the territory, and one of the star destinations, year after year, are the Spanish coasts of the Mediterranean. However, the charging infrastructure that users can find can often be scarce, and in most cases each driver must make a prior and costly planning of their route. In an effort to make the journey easier for electric vehicle users, we bring you a route along the Spanish Mediterranean coast, from the French border to Tarifa, the southernmost town on the Iberian Peninsula.
All the charging locations we propose here are equipped with the Raption 50 model by Circontrol, perfect for long routes due to its wide distribution along the Mediterranean coast, its versatility, reliability and comfort. They are capable of charging an average of 300 kms of autonomy in just 1 hour, with three different types of connectors (CCS Combo 2, CHAdeMO in direct current, and Type 2 in alternating current), which allows them to adapt to any type of vehicle so that we don’t have to stop too many times or for too long. Finally, by combining AC and DC charging, it allows you to choose a slow or fast charge so that you can adapt to your needs and continue your journey without delay. We should also remember that, in Spain, we can find AC charging points in many supermarket chains throughout the country in case we need to recharge our batteries for free or at a low cost while we stock up.
Having said all this, all we have to do is relax, start the engine and set off on the adventure.
Stage 1, from La Jonquera to Blanes (150 km)
Entering from France, we find charging points in the first Spanish town on our way, Figueres. The charging hub at Avinguda de Salvador Dalí i Domènech, 146, gives us the perfect opportunity to visit the city and fill up our batteries to the maximum to start our route without a single issue. Once we’re ready, we get back in the car and head for the Catalan coast. We recommend passing through beautiful villages on the Costa Brava, such as L’Escala, with its typical fishing port, or Tossa de Mar, with a beautiful castle that you can’t miss. Finally, we arrive at the charging point at Avinguda d’Europa 44 in Blanes, where we can fill our batteries for the next day. In total we will have covered about 150 km.
Stage 2, from Blanes to Barcelona (80 km)
We get into the car and head by road to the Catalan capital, Barcelona, following the Maresme coast, with its great beaches and wide coastline. We pass through emblematic coastal towns such as the city of Mataró, full of life and with one of the most important marinas on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, or Premià de Mar and its beautiful promenade. Finally, we enter the hubbub of the big city of Barcelona. Our final stop is right in the city centre, in Pla de Palau street, where we will find another of the reliable raptions, which will charge our vehicle while we stroll through the streets of the centre of Barcelona after having covered around 80 km.
Stage 3, Barcelona to Salou (120 km)
Our next stage runs along the marvellous road of the Garraf coast and the Costa Daurada, with countless tourist beach towns. We suggest you stop in some of them, such as the emblematic Sitges, full of culture and colour, or Torredembarra, known for its wide and calm beaches, without forgetting the Roman city of Tarragona. Finally, we end our day in Salou, known for its bustling tourism, after about 120 km, at the charging point on Carrer de Victòria dels Àngels 11, which will allow us to refill our batteries in a comfortable and easy way.
Stage 4, from Salou to Benicarló (130 km)
Leaving the Catalan coast, we cross into the Valencian Community, but not before passing through the highly recommended wetlands of the Delta del Ebro. We pass through charming villages such as l’Ametlla de Mar, known for its fishing past and its coves, or Sant Carles de la Ràpita, a tourist emblem of Ebro river delta that you cannot miss. We cross the regional border and finally reach Benicarló. Our recharging point awaits us at number 511 in the Collet industrial zone, in a well-equipped service area, after a little over 130 km.
Stage 5, from Benicarló to Sagunto (150 km)
After resting in Benicarló, we continue along the Costa del Azahar, stopping in various charming and interesting villages. These include the famous town of Peñíscola, an emblem of the Spanish Middle Ages with its famous castle, and Benicássim, an essential festive and musical destination. Finally, we come to Sagunto, a key city in the Roman and Carthaginian past of these lands. In the street Advocat Fausto Caruana 47, right next to the Pavelló Polideportiu Internúcleos, we will find a service station with our recharging point. We will have covered around 150 km.
Stage 6, from Sagunto to Denia (140 km)
Well into the Valencian Community, today we start to pass through the city of Valencia, which we cannot miss. After passing through Puçol, known for its beach, its architecture and its wetlands, we reach the Valencian capital and, without stopping to visit it, we descend towards the south. Passing through the idyllic landscapes of the Albufera, where we recommend you stop at leisure, we pass through various charming villages. Finally, we stop to recharge our vehicle in the street Camí de la Bota number 8 in the beautiful Denia – famous for its castle and its port – at a new service station, where we will rest for the day after travelling around 140 kms of pleasant Valencian coastline.
Stage 7, from Denia to Campello (110 km)
After leaving Valencia behind in our previous stage, today we enter the province of Alicante and the Costa Blanca, with its marvellous landscapes and unexpected coves. From Denia we head along the coast to the beautiful town of Javea and its Cabo de la Nao and, of course, we stop in the inevitable Benidorm, a famous destination for tourists from all over Spain. Today’s stage ends in the town of Campello: at 115, carrer de Sant Ramon, in a service station, we find our Raption for today, after 110 km, ready to replenish our batteries.
Stage 8, from Campello to San Javier (100 km)
On this stage we enter the region of Murcia. After a visit to the beautiful city of Alicante, full of history and beautiful touristic locations, we descend along the coast with villages with pleasant beaches such as Guardamar del Segura, with an important archaeological heritage. We also recommend visiting the beaches of Torrevieja, of great tourist interest, before heading inland again to finish our journey in the Region of Murcia, at the service station at Calle Mallorca, 21, in San Javier. There we recharged after about 100 km of route to face the next day with a fully ready range.
Stage 9, from San Javier to Carboneras (190 km)
We leave San Javier with our batteries well charged and pass the beaches of Bahia Bella, on the famous Mar Menor, just before descending towards the historic and bustling Cartagena. After visiting the city, we drive inland through the Sierra de la Muela mountain range, stopping at the touristy Puerto de Mazarrón, and re-join the motorway until we turn off at Águilas. There we take the coastal road again to pass through a number of iconic villages already in Andalusia, of which we definitely recommend stopping at the legendary Mojacar, known for its white houses and architecture. We continue south until we finally reach Carboneras, at the gateway to the photogenic Cabo de Gata. Very close to the Town Hall and the highly recommended Castillo de San Andrés, in the calle Pozo Nuevo, 8, we find in the same street a public Raption to load and to undertake the day of tomorrow without problems after a non-despicable 190 km of route.
Stage 10, from Carboneras to El Ejido (160 km)
We start the route through Cabo de Gata descending on secondary roads and visiting the iconic landscapes of the desert villages of Almeria. Of course, we highlight the ports of La Isleta del Moro and San José, famous for their contrasts between the blue sea, its white houses and the brown earth of its natural landscapes, before making an almost obligatory visit to the city of Almería and its Alcazaba. Back in the car, we head west until we stop in El Ejido, at the beginning of calle Juan de la Cierva, where we will find a service station with a fast charger ready to charge our batteries. We will have covered about 160 km.
Stage 11, from El Ejido to Malaga (220 km)
This is perhaps the most demanding stage for our batteries, as we have a long route of around 220 km with hardly any chargers of any kind. However, it is always possible to find a semi-fast charging point in many supermarkets. Making sure we are prepared, we make our way to Malaga, alternating between the motorway and the main road, stopping to visit the picturesque villages of the Costa Tropical and Costa del Sol. We can stop in Motril, with its famous Santuario de la Virgen de la Cabeza, and Nerja with its marvellous coves and promenade. Finally, we arrive at a fast food restaurant on the corner of calle Alcalde Jose Luis Estrada with Avenida de Valle-Inclán in Malaga, where we can recharge our batteries comfortably. A visit to the city is essential and highly recommended to end the day after this long stretch.
Stage 12, from Malaga to Tarifa (160 km)
The last day of our electric route along the Spanish Mediterranean coast takes us to the Costa de la Luz and the villages bathed by the western Alboran Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. We get into the car and leave Malaga in the direction of Algeciras, heading south. We must stop in Mijas to stroll through its whitewashed houses streets and visit the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña, and perhaps take a detour to the beautiful Estepona and its beaches. We then head inland, stopping at Algeciras, one of Spain’s most important ports, and catch our breath before rushing on to the wonderful beaches of Tarifa, a favourite destination for surfers of all kinds, where we arrive after a final day of around 160 km. A beautiful place to end our journey of nearly 1,500 km with our electric vehicle and the comfort of a fast, reliable and convenient charge.
To find out more about the Raption 50, you can go here.