I've got a unique opportunity to go to Spain for 9 or 10 days starting in early August. Never been.
Am probably seeing primarily Barcelona, San Sebastian, and Bilbao (or same cities in reverse order).
Looking for a few things:
1) Is it better to travel via train Barcelona to San Sebastian vs. renting a car (and what are costs, travel time, and recommended line)?
2) I understand the train San Sebastian to Bilbao is a very long ride - so what is the best way to get between the two cities?
3) I'm looking for recommendations for better hotels in the three cities (notch below five star, and lower if solid accommodations), and local color restaurants in all three cities.
Thank you in advance.