Hi Spain travelers, I have put together an itinerary for 23 days in northern Spain (end July, early Aug). I'm looking for thoughts before I commit. This is the pared down version, without all the possible sites and activities. Generally we like to have a plan for the first half of the day and flexibility in the second half. Speaking of the second half - the second half of the itinerary is where I have arrived. So while I have potential towns and times in place, I don't have a well-researched idea of the activity options yet, and how the time in each would line up with those.
1 - land in BCN early. Train to Girona. Sleep Girona
2 - Girona [and area]. Sleep Girona
3 - train back to BCN airport, meet additional person, rent car, drive to Huesca (3hrs) (?) Sleep Huesca?
4 - drive Castillo Loarre (30 min), then Olite (~90min). Drive late to San Seb (90 min). Sleep San Seb
5 - San Seb full day. Sleep San Seb
6 - San Seb morning. Drive to San Juan Gaztelugatxe (1 hr. 45 min) (or change with day 7 activity). Hike. Drive to Lekeitio (1 hr. 10 min). Sleep Lekeitio
7 - to Oma forest? (30 min) Sleep Lekeitio
8 - Drive to Bilbao (1 hr). Day in Bilbao. Drive to Comillas (90 min). Sleep Comillas
9 - Stroll Comillas. Drive to Potes (1 hr. 15 in). Monasteries, maybe funicular+hike. Sleep Potes or near
10 - Drive to Las Arenas/Ruta del Cares trailhead (1 hr) => hike. Drive to Congas de Onis (30 min). Sleep C de O
11 - to Covadonga. See Basilica, lakes (maybe). Hike to river+cliff jumping. Drive to Ribadesella (40 min). Sleep Ribadesella
12 - Ribadesella... Sleep Riba
13 - drive to Oviedo (1 hr). Activities. Sleep
14 - Oviedo. Sleep
15 - Drive to Leon (90 min). Cathedral +. Sleep Leon
16 - Leon. Then drive to Burgos (90 min). Sleep Burgos
17 - Burgos. Sleep Burgos
18 - Drive to Zaragoza ( 3hr). Arrive afternoon. Return car. Sleep Zara
19 - Zara most of the day. Train to BCN. Sleep BCN
24 - depart early a.m.
Im not sure about day 3; Im considering heading straight to San Seb by fast train (skipping Olite though :/). Also, I know for some that 1 or 2 nights is a lot of moving, but I have tried more of a base strategy in past travel and the driving was so onerous. Also we are avid backpackers, so I see this as auto backpacking (we travel with packs so are very efficient).
Anyway, thank you for your insights