Monday, 17 June 2013

Northwards to the coast

Left Albarracin and drove via outskirts of Zaragoza to Sos Rey de Catolico one of the Cinca Villas southeast of Pamplona. Along the course of the Ebro river which was in full spate having caused flooding further down the plains in recent days. Weather very wet in the Pyrenees.
Stayed at the Parador in Sos Rey which was in a beautiful setting with wonderful views from the terrace out over the surrounding countryside towards the distant mountains. Had late lunch then relaxed and read, explored the town later when temperature cooler.....more winding streets ! Slept well and after a leisurely breakfast set off for Bilbao.
Arrived about 2pm and found the Ibis hotel after a wrong turning to start with off A8 trying to follow not very good Google directions. Checked in and then caught bus into city centre for a stroll around and a visit to the Guggenheim gallery. Were  impressed by the building both outside and in but not much art inside for the space available. Hope they get Picasso's Guernica eventually as it would sit well there.
Today spent in Castro Urdiales just up the coast sampling pinchos and vino blanco whilst the rain came down.
Catching the boat in the morning for trip back to Portsmouth and home.

were pleased with all our accomodation choices
Hotel San Roque      Reinosa
Hotel Recoletos        Salamanca     on the outskirts so good parking and easy walk into town
La casa rural de las canteras   Trujillo      great place for a birding group to stay
Hospederia Real Monasterio      Guadalupe      lovely historic building
La Renta                      Cuenca       on  edge of town but easy drive in
Hotel Albarran            Albarracin   secure, shaded parking
Parador Sos de Rey Catolico
Ibis Barakaldo                              Bilbao    handy for the ferry port and bus into the city