Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Trip Report: Two sisters visit Bilbao and San Sebastian

Jump to last reply

I returned yesterday from a fabulous, tasty and relaxing trip to Bilbao and San Sebastian made with my trusty travel companion, my sister K. My notes aren’t great so I want to report while everything is still somewhat fresh, but I’m still a little googly from the jet-lag so I’ll apologize in advance if I start to ramble or mess up details.

We had visited Spain once before – a fondly remembered trip to Barcelona and Madrid in the late 90s. We had originally planned to re-visit one of these cities, but after poking around Fodors and other sites and re-reading the Sun Also Rises, San Sebastian started to creep onto the radar. We found reasonable flights to Bilbao, and the itinerary was set: four nights in San Sebastian book-ended by two nights in Bilbao.

Planning for this trip was different than most of our others, which have almost always been to larger cities. I felt a little odd to be without my usual list of museums and sites and opening times. My list this time read more like "sidra, hake, rioja, foie"... things to taste instead of things to do. It felt good.

The weather Gods were truly smiling on us. I knew when we booked a trip to this region in early May that we ran a pretty high risk of rainy days and chilly nights, and when checking the forecasts in the days before the trip, it looked like that was to be the case. Instead, we had five and a half days of bright sunshine and temperatures bordering on hot, plus one overcast day on our planned Guggenheim Day. The rain jackets and umbrellas never left our bags. It was perfect.

Our travel also went perfectly. I was worried about any stepped-up security at JFK and the time that would be required. The lines there were crazy long, but they were fairly fast moving and efficient, and our Lufthansa flights were comfortable and punctual. We breezed through a connection in Munich and arrived in the small Bilbao airport on time, tired, but excited to be back in Spain.

23 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report A trip into the neonatal ward of Western civilization
  2. 2 3 weeks in France starting in burgundy
  3. 3 50yo sf. Barcelona at night...?
  4. 4 Portugal or Bulgaria
  5. 5 Barcelona/Andalucia
  6. 6 best transfer from Paris CDG to Paris hotel St Germain
  7. 7 1 month Europe itinerary help for Aug-Sep
  8. 8 Ireland or Scotland
  9. 9 I dream of Europe
  10. 10 Have you ever stayed in Praiano?
  11. 11 Visiting Mostar, Bosnia and Kotor, Montenegro from Croatia
  12. 12 The new Vuitton Foundation Museum in Paris
  13. 13 Verona/Vicenza/Trieste--Best Place to Pick up Rental Car for Croatia
  14. 14 Budgeting - how long can I last!
  15. 15 Last minute trip in Europe 25th Oct - 2nd Nov, interested in joining?
  16. 16 A few ( stupid) questions 1st time to Paris
  17. 17 Trip Report Roaming Romania, Take Two
  18. 18 Trip Report Notes on Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris - Sept 8-28, 2014
  19. 19 Amsterdam safety concerns - red light district?
  20. 20 What kind of Tourist are you?
  21. 21 Trip Report Autumn in Paris
  22. 22 Trip Report Weekend in Norfolk
  23. 23 Athens at New Years
  24. 24 Christmas Eve and Day in Munich
  25. 25 Your Top Tourist Mob Scenes in Europe?
View next 25 » Back to the top