Hi all! I will, fingers crossed, be spending 10 nights in Spain this August (2020) with Madrid as the primary base*.
I would like to escape the Madrid heat for two-three nights midweek solo at a single location -- given that it's August, it seems likely that the ideal candidate is somewhere in northern Spain (though I'd be curious to hear if others have different thoughts).
The priorities are:
- A cooler climate than Madrid in August, and ideally not too muggy either
- Opportunities for a day hike or long walk but still offers some "urban"/cultural attraction/amenities in case the weather does not cooperate (two nights means I really only have one full day, I might not luck out!)
- Somewhere I can navigate without a car
- Reachable in a single train ride, bus ride, or domestic flight (no connections) from Madrid.
The choice that springs to mind is San Sebastián -- it's definitely cooler in August, there seem to be reasonably accessible hikes/walks I can start from the city and there are interesting cultural amenities in case it rains, and I love Basque food, although the train ride from Madrid is a bit longer than I'd prefer.
However, I'm curious if anyone has any other suggestions or general thoughts that I might not know about! Thank you all!
*Please assume I am aware of the impact of COVID, and in addition for various reasons both the Madrid homebase and August timeframe are non-negotiable, so please take those as givens!