My wife and I are interested in exploring Northern Spain in late May early June for 2 weeks, and would like some advice on an itinerary.
Having done some initial reading, we are keen to visit (subject to advice received!) Santiago de Compostela, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastián, La Rioja (wine region), Picos de Europa. Initial thoughts are that we would hire a car and drive the route. Due to distances and location of airports etc, the current thinking is Stansted airport to Bilbao/Porto and then Bilbao/Porto (the opposite that we arrived at) back to Stansted. To keep car hire costs down it appears the best way (true?) is to the get the bus across the border of Spain and Portugal and either drop the car off (or pick it up depending on which way we go) at Porto/Vigo. The key thing is we will have to get back to Stansted airport where our car will be left,
We like nice food washed down with nice wine/sangria in nice relaxing surroundings (people watching is always fun!) For this reason any place we stay must be within easy walking/taxi distance of the local bars and restaurants. We are not the type to sit on a beach and sunbathe.
So the questions are:
1. What should the route actually be?
2. Of the suggested locations, have we missed a must see place? e.g. I have seen Santillana del Mar and Comillas mentioned in a few posts.
3. How long to stay at each stop?
4. Can we do it all in 2 weeks?!
Thank you in advance. I hope this is the right forum to post in!