Many of you gave wonderful advice, which helped my husband and I decide on our trip to Basque Country this coming June 2013. We are very excited for a relaxing holiday with good food and wine, and I am hoping some of you can offer a little more guidance in terms of our itinerary. We will be arriving into Bilbao at 1:30pm on Saturday June 22 and will be flying out of Bilbao at 8am on Monday July 1. Currently, we have our heart set on visiting the La Rioja and San Sebastian areas but are unsure how to split our time. We should also probably spend our last night in Bilbao, since our flight is so early the next morning. Right now, I am thinking of the following itinerary:
Saturday June 22 - Wednesday June 26: La Rioja (we would stay in LaGuardia and visit wineries here, as well as in Haro and surrounding areas - we will have a car). For accommodation, we are considering the Erletxe B&B in LaGuardia.
Wednesday June 26 - Sunday June 30: San Sebastian (we might stop in Pamplona on the way if people thought it was worth it; we would get rid of our car once we arrive in San Sebastian but would potentially use public transportation to do a day trip to a small fishing village, such as Hondarribia). For accommodation, we are considering the Maria Cristina Hotel (a very different experience than the B&B in LaGuardia, which we think will be a great juxtaposition)
Sunday June 30-Monday July 1: Bilbao (we would make our way to Bilbao early in the morning, to have time to see a bit of the city on the 30th, and then be ready to catch our flight home in the morning of the 1st).
My main questions are:
(1) Is there any reason to reverse the order of LaGuardia and San Sebastian (i.e., wineries not open on Sun-Mon, etc.) I have read that many good restaurants in San Sebastian are closed on Sun-Mon, which is why I ordered the trip like this, but I am not sure if I will run into an even worse problem with Sun-Mon in the La Rioja area.
(2) Should we allow more than one day/night in Bilbao, even if we are NOT interested in modern architecture or the Guggenheim?
(3) are there any other places you would recommend staying instead of what we have come up with so far?
Thanks so much to anyone who can offer any guidance! Also, if anyone has any comments on the accommodations we are considering, that would be great too!Edited: 28 December 2012, 21:53