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Initial itinerary – Northern Spain and Catalunya

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With the benefit of some additional (but still incomplete) research and the excellent advice I have already received (and with MANY thanks to all who contributed to my initial planning thread @:
http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/starting-to-plan-for-35-weeks-in-northern-spain-may-2015.cfm),
I now have a very tentative initial itinerary for my May 2015 trip to northern Spain and Catalunya.

We all knew that I would have to limit my aspirations, so the very unfortunate news is that I believe I will have to skip Galicia. :-( My current hope to include Galicia in a future trip that will also include Portugal. If you think I can / should find a way to fit it into my current plan, please feel free to suggest how to do so!

Unfortunately, even with that painful cut and even if I am able to extend my trip to a month, my aspirations still seem too ambitious. I would appreciate your advice about what else I can or should consider cutting (and why). Of course, I also welcome any other comments, suggestions, or recommendations you care to offer. BTW, I really do NOT mind one-night stays, as long as they keep me moving forward, and I don't eat lunch, so find that a great time to travel. For more information about my interests and travel style, see the initial planning thread, linked above.

With that, here’s my very rough, overly ambitious “plan”:

• Fly into Madrid (which I have visited before) and take a train to Burgos ASAP. Spend about 2 nights in Burgos
• Train to Leon, 1 night
• Train to Pontferrado, pick up a rental car; spend 2 or 3 nights in this area (I think this may be the segment it makes most sense for me to cut – what say you?)
• Overnight in Gijon
• At least 2 nights for Oviedo
• Probably 3 nights for Potes and the Picos de Europa
• About 2 nights for Santillano del Mar or Santander, to include Altamiro, Zumaia, etc.
• Probably 4 nights in Bilbao for it’s magnificent sites, as well as La Rioja, Santimamine, and the monasteries of San Millan
• At least 2 nights in San Sebastian
• At least 1 night in the Pyrenees (overnight in Taüll?), with stops at San Juan de la Pena and some of the Romanesque churches of the Vall de Boi
• Perhaps 3 nights in parts of Catalunya north of Barcelona – Cadeques, Figueres, Girona, the Costa Brava – return the car as soon as it makes sense to do so
• Perhaps 2 nights in parts of Catalunya west or south of Barcelona – Tarragona, Poblet, a cava winery or two, Montserrat
• And at least 4 nights in Barcelona, from which I will fly back to the U.S.

Thanks in advance!

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