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Mar 7th, 2018, 01:49 AM
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Good to know! Thank you.
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Mar 7th, 2018, 03:29 AM
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Was just about to say the same thing as Kja. If you have driven in the Dolomites and plan to drive in Crete then you should have no problem with northern Spain.
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Mar 7th, 2018, 09:14 AM
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Absolutely! As I wrote, above, we spent four nights in Cofino, about 30 minutes from Cangas de Onis. We explored the foothills of the Picos, which were visible in the foreground. But we did not drive on any tortuous mountain roads.
Driving in that area was a snap, even for me, and I am not a confident driver. This kind of driving is as easy as it comes, unless you are going deep into the Picos, which is not your plan. The roads inland from Ribasedella are excellent, wide, and banked, and there was very little traffic. This is not the cliffside driving with drop offs that you might see elsewhere. You can stay near Cofino, Arriondas, or Cangas del Onis, or explore those places from Ribasedella on easy day trips. If you are interested in food, that area has a very high concentration of great eating places in a relatively small area.

This photo will give you an idea; it is a lookout about 15 minutes drive from the Coast, and 5 minutes, or less, drive from the main east-west highway. It took us about 10 minutes to get there from our hotel in Cofiņo. There are many walking trails that originate at this spot.



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Mar 7th, 2018, 09:37 AM
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I have driven in the Douros and Dolomites in the past.
Now totally confused. You stated quite clearly you did not want a drive in the mountainous roads. I gave you loads of advice on that subject. Now you reveal this.
If you have done one then you can do others. If you do any driving in the Picos then Galicia will feel like The Netherlands in comparison.

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Mar 8th, 2018, 02:39 AM
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Well I will know soon enough about driving in Crete and can then make a decision. Otherwise I need to sit back down and do some reading and come up with a new plan. I'll keep everyone posted.
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Mar 8th, 2018, 06:51 AM
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From what I remember about driving in Galicia I was disappointed that the mountains were more like hills. I don’t remember anything the least bit scary. And the Picos were awesome. Like you I love a view but hate heights.
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Mar 9th, 2018, 02:06 AM
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Did not mean to mislead but your comment about high mountains and mist gave me shivers. I had a bad experience driving on the backbone of Amorgos with mist and never want to repeat that!
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Mar 9th, 2018, 02:09 AM
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Thanks much ekscrunchy. I will look those over and it still appears to me that I will have plenty to see and do without going to Galacia. I like to spend at least 2 days-preferably more-in one spot. If I include Galacia I think I will be spreading my time too thin.
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Mar 10th, 2018, 02:55 PM
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Galicia is really amazing, and I would also advise the Basque country and (if you come in the beginning of March, for example), you can also visit some picturesque ski destinations in the North.

I travel a lot across Spain and have a travel blog about, check, for example:

1) Amazing Cerdanya with views, skiing and hot air balloons in the north of Spain https://www.badasspotatoes.com/blog-...a-things-to-do
2) one spot in the Basque country that will blow your mind out( trust me) - https://www.badasspotatoes.com/blog-...y-gaztelugatxe
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Mar 10th, 2018, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ivankladinov View Post
2) one spot in the Basque country that will blow your mind out( trust me) - https://www.badasspotatoes.com/blog-...y-gaztelugatxe
I agree it looks beautiful but when I went last year, detouring from San Sebastian to Bilbao, you drive through a lot of winding roads and then when I arrived, the fog covered up the island.

But it was featured in Game of Thrones, as Dragonstone castle (they composited a digital image of a castle over the winding land bridge).

So the place might become more popular.
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Mar 10th, 2018, 03:03 PM
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I agree it looks beautiful but when I went last year, detouring from San Sebastian to Bilbao, you drive through a lot of winding roads and then when I arrived, the fog covered up the island.

But it was featured in Game of Thrones, as Dragonstone castle (they composited a digital image of a castle over the winding land bridge).

So the place might become more popular.
When exactly did you go there?

We went in October and the weather was perfect, super sunny. Also visited Zumaia, also from the Games of Thrones. So I guess it depends
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Mar 10th, 2018, 03:08 PM
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It was in July.

Weather was okay for the most part. Actually didn't get enough sunny days in Asturias and had to take advantage of one sunny day to get to Fuente De and then Lastres on the same day.

Then got some sun in San Sebastian.
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Mar 25th, 2018, 11:58 AM
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new itinerary

Well here it is. Not in stone by any means but a better outline for sure.
Fly Madrid to Bilbao-2 nights in Bilbao preferably in the old city
Pick up rental car and drive to Laguardia for 2 nights. Explore wine country.
Drive to Getaria for 5 nights. Explore SS, coastal towns, possibly Gernika and/or Toloso
Drive to Santillano del Mar for 1 night
Drive to Ribadesella for 3 nights. Explore coastal towns and the foothills of the Picos de Europa
Drive to Puerto de Vega for 3 nights. There is a lovely hotel above the town-Pleamar-where I think it will be relaxing to spend the end of the trip. Do the coastal path and explore a few towns.
Drive to Aviles, drop car and fly back to Madrid.

Comments, suggestions and criticisms welcome.
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Mar 25th, 2018, 12:27 PM
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Definitely a better outline IMO -- enjoy!
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