Hello! I'll be traveling to Spain for 10 days in late October through early November and would love some advice on picking a second (and maybe third!) destination. I arrive in Madrid the morning of Oct 26, leave from Madrid on Nov 4. I'm thinking that I'll spend Oct 26-28 in Madrid (leaving the morning of the 29th), then return Nov 2, with a day trip to Cuenca thrown in there somewhere.
I studied in Spain for 6 months a few years ago, so I have seen a lot of the "major" sites; now looking to fill my extra days (flexibly Oct 29-Nov 2) with somewhere new. The problem is that there are just so many lovely places to go! Right now, I'm debating between Bilbao, Logrono, Burgos, Valladolid, and Girona.
I am a 20-something solo female traveler who speaks Spanish. I do not want to rent a car, so I'll be relying on buses or trains. I like history and culture, so somewhere with interesting museums or historical tours is a plus. I'm introverted, but I do like the option of somewhere with decent bars/nightlife where I could meet other young people. Good food is also always encouraged. I live in a large urban city, so spending some time around natural landscapes would also be a nice change of pace. Taking all that, plus late October weather, into consideration, where do you think I should focus my travel efforts?
Do you think that it would be too much to do two cities/town in the time available? If I chose to do both Burgos and Valladolid, for example, might I be too rushed? Same question on doubling up with Bilbao and Logrono. What would you say are the pros/cons of each location? Is there somewhere not mentioned that I'm overlooking? Basically, I'll take any advice that you all have to give. Thanks!