Planning for a trip to Spain, France and Portugal, May 2022. We want a medium-sized city for a 2 week base, large enough that we could get a rental car for any days we want to get out of the area and would prefer that we can get to this city by train or bus. We've been to Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Granada, Torla (Pyrenees), and Toledo. Spain will either be our first or second stop, Porto before or after, France last. We plan to get a 1 bed apt. so we can cook some basic meals, chill out in a patio or garden, walk around at our leisure, etc.
If Spain is the first stop, we'd fly into either Madrid or Barcelona. If second stop, we'd be coming from Porto. Salamanca seems like it might work but I'm very open to suggestions. Not really interested in beaches, prefer countryside and mountains, a city we could rent some bikes to get around at times, use for exercise. Don't want to be around noisy nightlife though!
Thoughts and suggestions needed, my friends! Many thanks.