Subject: Re: Bilbao to Barcelona
Hello Graciela, Last year we did a similar trip only in reverse, from Barcelona to Bilbao along the Pyrenees. From Barcelona we headed north to France for a couple of days. Then we returned by way of Andorra (stopping for a day of skiing). Then we headed back to Spain driving northwesterly through Aragon crossing one river valley after another towards the Basque Country. A spectacular (albeit long and windy) drive. Along the way we visited the small town of Ainsa (charming), stayed in Jaca (where a very nice young woman gave us a tour of the citadel), toured the Monasterio de San Juan de la Peņa (impressive early guardian site of the Holy Grail), passing through Navarre we stopped at the Monasterio de Leyre (listening to the monks' service in a Gregorian chant), and, finally passing north through the beautiful Valle de Bidasoa before ending this portion of our trip in Hondarribia.

We did all of this in two days but could easily have stretched it to four. If you have the time I highly recommend the drive over the train.

John Rule San Diego, CA