Subject: Accomodation in Northern Spain - Was: Castro Urdiales
Hi Richard. Castro (as we call it) is fairly near of Bilbao, around half an hour driving (depending on the traffic jams and the time of the day, many people has moved to live there and commute every day).

Castro doesnīt have a railway station, so your only means of transport to go to Bilbao will be the bus, Bizkaibus. There are buses every half an hour, from 7:00 to 22:00 (aprox. Iīll send you a detailed timetable).

In fact, if you want to use public transport in Spain, itīs easier and better to use the bus than the train system. The train is a public company, and it tends to be a radial system, with its center in Madrid. There are many bus companies, the most importants being ALSA or ENATCAR.

Having said all of this, the town council of Castro Urdiales has established since last week a regulated parking system. You can only park (after paying) a maximum of two hours in the center (it is a small town and there is where the hotels are located), so I guess it wouldnīt be so useful...

Iīd really recommend you to find a place in Bilbao or near the metro (that allows us to look for a place in Getxo or maybe even in Plentzia, if you are thinking of staying near the sea). Also, this would allow you to spend a day visiting places like Elorrio, Gernika, Bermeo, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe,... they would be too far away if you were staying in Castro. Castro is quite handy when you are coming or going to the ferry Santander - Plymouth, and you are not planning to visit Bilbao and Bizkaia. It is very popular with the Brits.