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Driving from Bilbao to Santiago in four days. Iteneray suggestions?

Driving from Bilbao to Santiago in four days. Iteneray suggestions?

Oct 3rd, 2009, 07:12 AM
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My suggestion: 5 nights in San Sebastian!
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Oct 4th, 2009, 01:35 PM
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Thanks for your reply.
How much time do we need for SdC? We were saving it for the end, because have to return the car on the last morning and would have all day before we catch the train that night. I was thinking to arrive the day/afternoon before to allow some more time vist the city.

Where would be a good place in Costa da Morte or Rias Altas to stay 2 nights. It is good the distances are not so far, because I think we will really enjoy exploring. We could probably handle a few single nights since the rest of the trip we are at least staying 2 nights at most spots.

I guess we will have to save San Sebastian for another trip. A good reason to return to Spain.

Once again, thank you for your advice.
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Oct 4th, 2009, 03:21 PM
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Yes arriving in SdC for the afternoon is a great idea. That will leave you around 24 hours in the city excellent as it will give you time to explore and go out during the evening. The evening should be excellent to explore bars etc with less tourist around.
I think anywhere along the Costa Morte is going to be nice. Some of the larger villages/towns have not so much as charismatic as I personally had hoped for. Muros and Nioa spring to mind. Plus visit Padron for the famous "hot peppers" (Although you can actually buy them everywhere)
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Oct 4th, 2009, 05:20 PM
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I defer to ribeira sacra as an expert in Galicia, but I have traveled around the rias and Costa do Morte, including Muros and Noia , and although it is picturesque I wouldn't want to stay out there in the evenings. I think you could base yourself in Santiago and do those as day trips. I am a big fan of Santiago and find that only 24 hrs there does it a disservice.
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Oct 5th, 2009, 04:34 PM
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Can wait to have some octopus.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 05:37 AM
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The Galicians say that Pulpo (Octopus) is best eaten in the city of Ourense. I personally do not know if that is true. However the best way to eat it is Pulpo a la feria. That is eaten at a market usually in a catering tent. If your travel companion does not like the idea of Pulpo then there is usually some churrasco available too.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 07:11 AM
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Many pulpo stories.

On one visit to Galicia, they family wanted to fill their new freezer with pulpo. We drove to the coast and they bought 30 kilos of pulpo and I put it in the trunk of the rental car. When we got to the farm, every bag had broken and the trunk was filled with sloshing pulpo. When we returned the car we smiled and ran.

The family uses the old stone basin atttached to the house to clean the pulpo. It used to be used for washing clothes, which we did on our first visit in 1972.

We have eaten pulpo in a tent. It was OK, but the cheap wine singed the cilia in your throat. Gallegos loved the pulpo, however.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 03:05 PM
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We love pulpo- or in Hawaiian "he'eia". We eat it in cooked in cocunut milk and taro leaves. Or 'poke' style marniated in soyu, with seaweed, onions or even Korean Kim Chee sauce. My husband can tell you a story of diving for octopus in which the octopus caught him instead. When he was pulling it out of the net the octopus wrapped all it tentacules arround my husband mask and face. But we still had it for dinner.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:56 AM
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Aduchamp; don't drink and drive then the wine will not hurt your throat!
Punatic, Puplo is cooked very differently here.
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