I'm starting to plan our 3rd trip to Spain for June 2020. Previous trips have covered Barcelona, Madrid and Andalucia. Hubby was born in Bilbao and speaks Spanish, has family in and around Valencia. Added bonus - we will be travelling during the 2020 Euros and look forward to being in Bilbao (a host city) for at least one of the games. Flying into BCN on June 10, departing BCN on June 27 - which gives us 17 nights. Flights are locked down. We are experienced travelers, love history, all things Roman, architecture, tromping around castle ruins, and sitting in plazas con tapas y vino. Not so much into churches and museums, but we are keen to see at least the outsides of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Science museum in Valencia. We are thinking a car will be necessary to cover more ground and allow more stops. The only must do places are Bilbao, Valencia/Xabia.
First run at itinerary looks like this - may need to revise once Euro draw is made.
Upon arrival at BCN, immediately bus to Tarragona (2 nights)
Train to Valencia (4 nights) Visit family, check out city, day trip to Cuenca by AVE one day. (1 night too many?)
Pick up car and drive to Xabia (aka Javea) - visit more family (2 nights)
Drive to Zaragoza (3 nights) with a stop in Teruel?. Day trip to Huesca ?by car. (1 night too many?)
Drive to San Sebastian (2 nights) with stops in Olite (for castle) and possibly Pamplona
Drive to Bilbao (3 nights). One day will be spent touring around the area, including Guernica
Drive to Zaragoza with stop in Logrono?. Drop off car. Continue by train to Barcelona (or possibly Sitges) 1 night (or 2?)
Any thoughts from the (very knowledgeable and experienced!) peanut gallery? Our previous trips to Spain, France and Portugal have been amazing - all planned with the help of this forum. Thanks to you all!