Hello. I’ve perused the postings here and they have been incredibly helpful. Thanks to all those who have spent so much time sharing their valuable thoughts and opinions. The real problem is there is just too much to do and see.
We’re looking for some input on the latter part of our driving trip. The nights without question marks are more or less decided (mostly cancellable reservations).
We are particularly looking for some input on the nights below with question marks (which will be May 16-23).
4 nights Barcelona
2 nights Girona
2 nights Parador de Vic- Sau
2 nights Alquezar
2 nights Laguardia
3? nights Donostia-San Sebastian or Hondarribia - For the food?
3? nights Santillana del Mar or Comillas - For some caves (not Altamira) and day trips
1? night(s) Potes area - To get up to the Picos. Maybe the Parador Fuente De? Or stay in Potes?
1? night Lerma – Because it’s half way to Madrid – maybe the Parador there.
2 nights Madrid
We like museums and such but they are not at the top of our list. We like walking around smallish towns enjoying the feel, food, wine and seeing the countryside/seaside. Longish (3-6 mile round trip) walks in the hills/country are good but we’re not really up to extensive “hiking”.
A big gap in the above is Bilbao. I think we will see a lot of artsy/cultural things in Barcelona and Girona. I would like to see the Guggenheim but I think just walking around the exterior might be enough and we could maybe do that on the way from the Donostia area to the Comillas area. Are we going to kick ourselves if we don’t spend a night or two or three in Bilbao? If so where would we cut out the night(s)?
I’m trying stay three nights in a couple of places to avoid all the moving around we will be doing but are three nights in San Sebastian/ Hondarribia and Santillana/Comillas too many.
The night in Lerma is mainly to break up the drive back to Madrid. It looks like we could do it in one 5 or 6 hour day if we really wanted to.
I can't believe how much time we have spent figuring it out this far.There are just too many options. We are apparently not good decision makers! All input is appreciated and any specific recommendations on lodging and restaurants are most welcome.