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Traveling around spain

florida
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Traveling around spain

Hi Travelers!

We our planning our first trip to Spain. Wanted to get some feed back on what we want to see and do and if we will actually have the time or will we feel to rushed!

We fly into Barcelona on May 6 and out of Madrid on May 21. We will have 15 days of travel and are hoping to spend a few nights in Barcelona, San Sabestion, La Rioja, Astruis and spend the last 2 nights in Madrid! I know it seems like a lot of distance to cover. Can you please provide feedback on if we should rent a car, take trains..etc

Gracias!

Any tips on lodging is also appreciated. We like more off the beaten track local towns and intimate lodging rathe then 5 star hotels

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1. Re: Traveling around spain

You will definitely need a car to visit Asturias, but you can fly from Barcelona to San Sebastian-Donostia or Bilbao, or travel by train. The Rioja can be reached by rail from Barcelona (limited number of trains), but if you pick up a car in the Basque country, you can visit the Rioja before heading to Asturias. I would then fly from Asturias back to Madrid and spend at least one night there, if not two.

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2. Re: Traveling around spain

Hello,

Well, it depends really on the time you devote to each place, but it can be ok, and all the places you have listed are worth to see. It is a total of around 1500 km but it is nearly all the way motorways and the car gives you much more flexibility specially if you are interested to see off the beaten track towns.

The longest journeys are the way from Barcelona to Rioja and/or San Sebastian and the journey from San Sebastian to Asturias (of course, depending on the place in Asturias you want to see) and from Asturias to Madrid (consider by car around 4 hours and a half each of these 3 journeys).

You can see all the distances on car with the travel costs involved (such as motorway and petrol costs) in www.viamichelin.com. If you need it, include 1.50 EUR/liter of petrol.

If you decide to go by car, I suggest you some stops: From Barcelona to Rioja you can make a stop halfway in Zaragoza to see the Aljaferia Palace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aljafer%C3%ADa), a Muslim palace of 12th Century.

If you want to skip the car on the way from Barcelona to San Sebastian or Bilbao (close to San Sebastian) you can get a plane (www.rumbo.es is a good place to check for plane routes).

If you prefer train, you can get a train to Logroño or Haro (main city of Rioja Wine Production Area, at around 4'5 or 5 hours from Barcelona) or San Sebastian (5 hours and a half by train). Tickets and timetables are available in www.renfe.es

In Rioja it would be recommended to rent a car as it is more flexible to move to see cellars and small villages around.

Both train and plane would take long time from San Sebastian to Oviedo or Gijon in Asturias. (There are not any trains or planes direct amongst them)

Going by car from San Sebastian to Oviedo in Asturias you can stop in several interesting places, such as Bilbao, in Santillana del Mar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santillana_del_mar to see the Neocueva of Altamira en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamira_%28cave%29 or in San Vicente de la Barquera.

From Oviedo (capital of Asturias) to Madrid if you go by train or plane.

If you go by car you can also stop in Leon to see its wonderful gothic cathedral: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%B3n_Cathedral

Well, much information unto now. Open to your comments after you study and decide your way.

Yours,

Aitor Delgado

www.aitordelgado.com

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3. Re: Traveling around spain

Thank you Aitor for your most excellent information!

I still have to do some research but we are considering dropping Asturias and saving that for another trip so we don't spend so much time traveling and can enjoy the cities we do chooses to explore.

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4. Re: Traveling around spain

I should say that I love Asturias. It has a wonderful nature both the sea and the mountains and historic buildings in Oviedo are surprising.

However, if you can it might be a good consideration to devote for a trip only to Asturias and Cantabria.

That way you can go to some other non so touristic towns, villages and areas in the regions you choose.

But have a look to the advises of people in the Asturias section of tripadvisor as it will for sure help you.

Aitor Delgado

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5. Re: Traveling around spain

jp:

Read Buying Renfe Tickets Online.

There is no free street parking in Spain in big cities. Hotels charge 11 euros a night for parking.

Read the Driving Guide for Foreigners.

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6. Re: Traveling around spain

Benny, Yes I'm a ware of that.. We are only going to rent a car For our drive from Barcelona to San Sebastion. We will not have a car in Barcelona or Madrid. We decided Asturias is going to be a different trip.

Thanks

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