Hi, I need help with suggestions to narrow down my options. There is just too much I want to do.
I arrive into Santander on a Wednesday evening and have to be in Santiago de Compostela Thursday evening the following week (travelling in May). Im looking for suggestions of where to travel in the 8 nights/8 days inbetween. Ideally I would like:
- to travel by train, or if not by bus. I will not be hiring a car (too hard when there's no person to direct you!)
- to stay in 2 or 3 cities and take day trips (that way I can check into a hostel for 2 or 3 nights and leave my luggage behind while I explore)
- to see art galleries, museums, historical buildings, at least 1 cave art. I like shopping and sitting at cafes, but I don't need to sit at the beach. Places with great photo opportunities are welcomed so the outdoors is good but no hikes (!). I've been to a few walled towns or windmill locations in Spain previously and they were great.
I'm travelling by myself, so I'd like places that aren't too difficult to get to and are great for people watching or casual eating once you're there. I've already been to Bilbao and although I LOVE it there (seriously, my favourite place in all of Spain) I feel like I should see something else. But I may be tempted, just to go back and eat some pintxos and visit the Guggenheim. I speak incredibly basic Spanish (read: next to none).
So far in my investigations I like the look of:
- From Bilbao: Vitoria and/or Castro-Urdiales, maybe Burgos
But then what about Gijon, Oviedo, Lugo and Vigo?!
Any suggestions about must-see destinations that are train/bus friendly and the best city to be based in would be much appreciated.