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Spain lovers – best way to combine Madrid and Basque areas over 10 days?

Spain lovers – best way to combine Madrid and Basque areas over 10 days?

Dec 3rd, 2019, 10:34 AM
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Those questions about weather are always a bit tricky to answer, because weather here is quite unpredictable. We´ve had the rainiest November since record have been kept (1947), that means 4 days without rain in Bilbao and 3 without rain in San Sebastian. SS is rainier than Bilbao and a bit colder, and February may be in the 40s, snow is also a (bleak) possibility. But this year (2019) we´ve had a sunny February, almost rain free, and temperatures in the 50s and 60s, with many sunny days. And freezing Decembers but wonderful Christmas on the 70s and sunny...the truth is that, while it´s true that this is Green Spain, you never know about the weather!! (sorry for being so imprecise...)

I would not consider SS as a resort town, it´s very far from it...it´s a working city with 180,000 inhabitants, lucky to live in a beautiful spot of the world. A city that happens to have three beaches, not a beach resort in any way. Worth the visit and the stay, that´s quite true.
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Dec 3rd, 2019, 11:11 AM
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Thanks for elaborating, Mike -- that helps cement the decision to split up my 4 nights.
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Dec 3rd, 2019, 07:24 PM
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I am now thinking that we'll go (train or plane) from Madrid to San Sebastian for 2 nights (Mon-Tues), then move on to Bilbao for 2 nights (Wed-Thurs), then return to Madrid for F-S-S nights.
I don't remember the specifics for these cities, but note that many places in Spain are closed all day on Monday and part of Sunday (not to mention their long midday hiatus), so if there are particular sites or museums you want to visit, make sure you check their opening hours before committing to a particular route.
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Dec 3rd, 2019, 08:14 PM
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For Monday-Tuesday in San Sebastán you won't deal with museum closures with the exception of the Museo de San Telmo on Monday, but Monday is a more limited day for dining than Tuesday-Sunday, but still there are plenty of places open.
The newly reopened, *wonderful outdoor (and indoor) sculpture museum, the Chillida Leku, is open on Mondays but closed on Tuesdays.

For Bilbao on Wednesday-Thursday you'll be fine.

Ditto to Madrid on Friday/Saturday/Sunday (except for Sunday night dining, but still there are great places open in the Retiro district and elsewhere).
If you need specific dining recs, just ask, as we all have our favorites.
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