Northern Spain transportation

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May 10th, 2017, 04:01 PM
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Northern Spain transportation

We are visiting Spain September 11 through October 5, flying into and out of Madrid. This time we plan to visit the north. Our tentative plans involve using a few "home bases" (Bilbao and/or San Sebastian; Picos de Europa area; Salamanca?) from which we would explore the surrounding areas as day trips. One thought is to have a car the entire time, but we are wondering about how that compares to using bus or train to get from area to area and then renting a car or using guides/local transportation as needed in each area. Interested in pros and cons. Also of course interested in suggestions for what to see in each area or alternative "base camps" that might be preferable. Thanks!
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May 10th, 2017, 11:11 PM
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Only you can answer the dilemma to use car or public transport. There are plus and negatives on both sides.
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May 11th, 2017, 07:00 AM
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The Picos is a loss without a car, but you do not need a car if staying in Bilbao, or Donostia because of the great public transportation available. But you will need one if you want to explore much of the inland countryside.

Salamanca is only a short train ride from Madrid, as quick as 1hr 36min on the mid-morning or mid-afternoon ALVIA, otherwise it isn't a good day trip from Madrid.
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