Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

driving route from Barcelona to San Sebastian in May - via France?

Jump to last reply

Thanks in part to my trusted Fodorites, we *loved* our first trip to Spain 2 years ago - through Andalusia - so we are headed back to see and experience Barcelona and parts northern in early to mid-May... We start with a week in Barcelona (we like to pretend we're locals & hang out/not get bogged down by sprint-checking the boxes on sightseeing), 5 nights in San Sebastian and 2 in Bilbao (we fly out of Bilbao). I thought it would be nice to do a leisurely drive from Barca to SS, stopping for a night on the way, but am torn between doing this through Spain (have thoughts of going through Huesca, Jaca, Pamplona & the Baztan valley) *OR* going through France - perhaps 1) going north from Barca to Girona... or 2) maybe W from Barca and up through Huesca and Jaca to the Tena Valley, then to Cauterets, Pau (and/or Pont d'Espagne).
Would love suggestions on this - we're definitely on the fence as to whether we want to stay on the Spanish side or venture into France (v foreign territory for us - although this seems like a great excuse as I'd like get the hubs more interested in seeing France). And some variety from what we'll see in Barcelona & SS (and what we saw in Andalusia) are welcome.

Would love advice on the route(s) we should consider, and why. The drive will take place the 18/19th of May - is weather a concern in the mountains at this time? FYI, we plan to keep the car for at least a few days while in SS to do some day trips, so I'd anticipate saving Ainsa, Espellette & other Pays Basque destinations while we stay in SS (vs. en route from Barca).

Thank you in advance!

7 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Spain and Portugal in Depth
  2. 2 Which Northern Germany international airport?
  3. 3 Trip Report Another Trip of Discovery of Feminine Charm with DW and DD the Younger
  4. 4 Dresden or Leipzig
  5. 5 Zurich to Basel transfer
  6. 6 Why don't the French use shower curtains
  7. 7 flights from San Francisco to Germany
  8. 8 Eiffel tower tickets
  9. 9 4-6 weeks
  10. 10 Which European Countries Speak the Most English?
  11. 11 Help With Vienna
  12. 12 Help with Tuscany for a week late May/early June
  13. 13 Trip Report Adventures in Italy with Momma
  14. 14 Trip Report A nine day whirl through Istanbul and Cappadocia
  15. 15 Trip Report Five Days With Rabbies in Devon and Cornwall
  16. 16 Trip Report 27-DAY ODYSSEY IN THE ALPS with 3 FINAL DAYS IN PARIS
  17. 17 Trip Report London, Paris, Rome Trip Report
  18. 18 Paris for a Week – Looking for a Day Trip Outside the City
  19. 19 Barcelona and/or ??? with another family
  20. 20 Trip Report Christmas Market Battle: Vienna/Salzburg/Munich
  21. 21 Venice Banning Fodors
  22. 22 Iceland with kids - purchase a 'self-drive' package or DIY?
  23. 23 1 Month Europe (June 2015) with 3 children, ages 6-11
  24. 24 Difference in price between Lufthansa and United
  25. 25 Need Some Italy Planning Help
View next 25 » Back to the top