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Ponferrada -> Asturias -> S. Seb -> ?? Apr 27–May 11, 2013

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Hi Fodorites! At the last minute I've decided to join my BFF & her family on their Spanish vacation. There's one big hitch, my DH may come with me, but I won't know if he's coming until I'm sitting on the plane. If DH joins me, we'll rent a car in Madrid. If he doesn't I'll just take public transit for the two weeks I'm there.

The plan is to pick up the car and leave immediately for either Avila or Salamanca for a night or two, from there we'll go to Ponferrada to stay with BFF's relatives for a few days (this is the only part of the trip truly writ in stone).

Presuming DH comes, we'd like to drive from Ponferrada to the Picos de Europa for the Senda del Cares gorge walk. I'm presuming we'll need an overnight there. Any opinions on whether it's better to stay in Caín or Las Arenas de Cabrales? Early May still looks to be low season, so I'm not too worried about availability. Am I wrong about that? Anyone have any idea what the rates are for the taxi ride back & forth to the trail head at Poncebos is?

From there, we'd drive to San Sebastian to reunite with my friend who is utterly uninterested in the sporty detour. We'd base in S. Seb for a few days with a day trip to Burgos for a visit to the Guggenheim.

Here is where I'm at a loss. From S. Sebastian, what -I- would like to do is drive down to La Guardia via Pamplona (so that we can detour at Estella to see the turquoise waterfalls & pools in the Nacedero del Urederra in the Urbasa y Andina National Park) then go wine tasting at La Guardia. What DH will want to do is head all the way west to see Santiago de Compostela. Other than the big church there, and the trail of the Molinos de Picón outside of Vigo, I'm not sure what to do in Galicia other than maybe visit some of the Celtic castro sites.

The other issue is that if DH doesn't come I'm still at a loss. Obviously I can't do the drive to La Guardia via Pamplona & Estella if I don't have a car. Should I just suck it up and from San Sebastian head to Oviedo slowly via the FEVE, and forget trying to do any wine tourism?


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