We will be in Spain in February, arriving in Bilbao February 16 and leaving Bilbao February 26. This is our first trip to Europe.
When we fly in to Bilbao on Sunday the 16, we are just planning on getting to our hotel, resting, and having dinner near our hotel as we will be very tired from the long flight. Then, Monday the 17th, we will rent a car and drive to San Sebastian. We stay in San Sebastian from the 17-21, then drive to Elciego where we will stay until the 24th to explore La Rioja, and then drive back to Bilbao to stay the 24 and 25th.
We have the option of renting the car from the Hertz at the airport or the Hertz at the Plaza Pio. If we can't walk from our hotel to the rental car place, we are happy to take public transportation or a cab. Our guidebook says that driving in Bilbao is VERY difficult, so I am wondering which rental car location might be easiest for us to get in and out of and also I am wondering what time on Monday the 17th we should plan on picking up our rental car in order to hit the least traffic possible as we leave Bilbao and drive toward San Sebastian.
Thank you so much for any help!