My husband and I are traveling to Spain in mid October. We will spend 5 nights in San Sebastian exploring the Basque country, both Spain and France. Is Lourdes considered a day trip from San Sebastian? If so what is the best way to get there on public transportation? Second part to my query --- recommendations on a reasonably priced hotel in Barcelona with easy access to and from the airport (BCN)? We are looking at Rick Steves Spain book and haven't decided on which area to stay in. Looking for advice here! We tend to like quiet places, within walking distance of interesting sights and restaurants. We have 3 nights in Barcelona, before we head to Rome for 17 days in Italy.
Thank you. Looks like a day trip to Lourdes is more doable if we have a hotel in Bayonne.
Yes, the huge number of hotels is a little overwhelming in Barcelona which is why I am seeking advice. Hoping someone will respond with a few recommendations based on personal experience. Of course we have Rick Steves book, and have read through the section on hotels. Anyone have personal experience staying in any particular area of Barcelona? We like to walk, but use public transportation if necessary. We are flying in and out of BCN airport.
Going to Lourdes from San Sebastian is pretty far as a day trip. Regarding sleeping in Barcelona I have stayed at Hotel Nouvell. Its one block from the Placa de Catalunya. They have great showers. Also, I have stayed at Hotel Catalonia Placa Catalunya. Either of these hotels are easy to get back and forth to the airport on the bus. You can also walked to most places or reach them by bus. You also mention that you like quiet places. Look at Rick's listing for quiet. Barcelona can by noisy.
Thank you both for your replies. We are checking out the hotels you mentioned.
We are really intrigued by Hostal Grau.....but is it a hostel or a hotel? What I'm really interested in knowing is whether the bathrooms are private or shared? I can't tell by their website (I've looked at TripAdvisor as well), but the rooms look nice and clean and peaceful!