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Driving from Madrid to San Sebastian - where to a stop over?

Driving from Madrid to San Sebastian - where to a stop over?

May 24th, 2012, 04:38 AM
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Driving from Madrid to San Sebastian - where to a stop over?

We'll be arriving to Madrid this Saturday morning and proceeding straight to San Sebastian which is our destination for this trip... We'll be driving. We would like to make a stop over somewhere on the way to break up a 4 hr drive and to have lunch... Does anyone have any recommendations for a place to stop at?
Thank you very much!
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May 24th, 2012, 05:21 AM
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Hi aunuta,

Burgos is on your route.

Take a look at http://www.hotelmesondelcid.com/

They have a resto.

I found it on ChowHound.

If you go, please report back. We will be staying there in Sept.

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May 24th, 2012, 06:34 AM
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I liked Cerveceria El Morito (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/392674), Calle Sombrerería 27, very close to the Burgos Cathedral. The thing to try is the Morcilla de Burgos. You order at the counter and find a table. You also pick up your order at the counter and walk back to the counter to pay the bill when done. I had a mixed plate of Morcilla, Chorizo, Calamar, Jamon, and a Caña de cerveza for ~10€ in March.
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May 24th, 2012, 07:10 AM
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I did that journey in the other direction a couple of years ago and stayed in this place - thoroughly recommend the hotel.

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May 24th, 2012, 09:57 AM
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I agree with ira, Burgos is a nice town to stop in.

Large cathedral along the river in the heart of town.

Fairly inexpensive hotels for what you get.
http://www.venere.com/spain/burgos/ Check out the hotels on the map for location, and reviews to make sure it's a decent hotel.

Good restaurants with Basque / Spanish food. Michelin Guide link. http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Res...11TmprNU56WT0=
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May 24th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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If you've arriving on an international flight and heading out right away, you may want to consider spending the first night in either Lerma or Burgos.

You'll find that the drive is a lot longer than you think it is. It's at least 5 hours behind the wheel, not including a stop for lunch, and after a long overnight flight, you'll need to rest.
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May 24th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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What time do you arrive at Barajas?

As long as one is a meat eater, I can't imagine driving that route and not stopping for lamb in Sepulveda or Pedraza! But you need to think about coinciding with meal times, wherever you decide to stopover. If I were driving, I would also prefer to stop in a town or village rather than a large urban center. I've had some of the best meals of my life in those two towns, so I suppose I am a bit biased.
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May 24th, 2012, 06:40 PM
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Sepulveda and Pedraza are fine, when returning to Madrid, but when heading north, we prefer stopping at the Parador in Lerma for the night and having lunch at Casa Brigante (as recommended by Maribel). In fact, we'll be there in four weeks.
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May 25th, 2012, 03:02 AM
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I'll have to keep Casa Brigante in mind for my next trip on the lechazo trail! Thanks for the tip.
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May 25th, 2012, 06:01 PM
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One more vote for Sepulveda. 15 years ago. Figon el Mayor. More than I could eat. Tour of the kitchen, the ovens. Leaving was chased by the waiter [unfair title because he was so good at doing it all]. Gave me a simple brown clay ashtray with "Figon el Mayor" written in a childlike hand. One of my treasures that no one will understand, and one of the finest meals anywhere!
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May 25th, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Figon el Mayor is still there and going strong, as is tradition, but there have been a few other places that have popped up in the last 15 years, all with their own unique flavor. You simply have to try them all.
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May 26th, 2012, 02:19 AM
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Weber: I DO understand! When people talk about their last meals on earth, my thoughts turn to Sepulveda and Pedraza.
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