Our family of four (with boys ages 16 and 13) felt extremely satisfied with our two-week adventure through Northern Spain (Santiago de Compostela/Galicia, Oviedo, San Sebastian/Bilbao), Barcelona, and a slice of Madrid. We cannot rave enough about the travel agency we worked with for planning this trip. From the very start, they were very open to crafting an experience tailored to our interests and needs. Initially we spoke by phone and then continued the planning through email exchanges until a finalized itinerary was agreed upon. Once in Spain, the agency continued to be in touch with us to confirm details such as driver information and make sure things were going well. They planned seamless transitions between cities/regions, whether by plane, train or car. Very professional drivers collected us from and took us to airports--some of them were quite entertaining and sources of great travel advice. We were also quite happy with all the hotels our agency booked for us with respect to comfort and desired amenities. Finally, the private guides our agency arranged for us were FANTASTIC---they were very expert, friendly and professional. They each taught us so much about their city's/region's history and gave great tips for navigating the area on our own. Through these guides, we were provided a unique lens into the culture of the region we were exploring.
There were so many memorable parts of this trip! In Galicia we LOVED driving around the beautiful countryside and especially enjoyed the tour of an albariño vineyard. In Asturias, our hike around the Lagos de Covadonga in Picos de Europa was special because we hiked mostly with locals-- it seemed like a secret place (from Americans) despite its enormity. Another special outdoorsy memory was our hike in Montserrat-- this mountain range was a sight to behold and we were challenged by our wonderful guide to reach a 1237 meter (4058 ft) summit (Sant Jeroni) in half a day!
Foodwise, we really loved the seafood in Galicia (pulpo feira!) as well as the various tapas and paellas in Barcelona and Madrid. But Basque cuisine reigns supreme and our pintxos tour of San Sebastian was excellent, BAR NONE!
With respect to museums we visited, the Guggenheim in Bilbao definitely made a lasting impression for obvious reasons. But we also very much liked smaller museums along the way such as the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias in Oviedo, Museu Picasso in Barcelona, and Museo Reina Sofia (home to Guernica!) in Madrid.
Perhaps go to less places but spend more time in each place. But we have no regrets!
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