If you are lucky enough to get orders to Naval Station Rota, Spain, one of the first things you will want to do once you’re settled is start exploring the local area! This small base in Southwest Spain is in a remote corner of Europe. Destinations like Madrid or Barcelona require a long weekend visit. However, there are many destinations you can reach in just 1-2 hours of driving. Each one is a wonderful place to take visitors for a taste of authentic Spain. Leave early, walk around the town for a while, enjoy a late lunch of tapas or local seafood, and then start driving home while the rest of the country is taking siesta. We have done all of these trips with small children, so they are family-friendly. But they can also be enjoyed with a group of adults.