We visited Rioja on two separate occasions – once on a day-trip from Bilbao and once on our way back to Barcelona, where we spent the night but didn’t have much time to do anything meaningful….
Our last day in Bilbao began after breakfast with a long drive to Altamira to see the paleolithic cave drawings of wild animals and human hands. The Altamira cave isn’t technically located in Basque country (it’s in Cantabria, 30 km from Santander), but is close enough to make a convenient day trip. It took us about 1.5 hours to drive there from Bilbao….
The second time in Bilbao, I spent more time exploring the area outside of the city and less walking through the city itself – this time in Gernika and Bermeo (and Rioja)….
Today was a day dedicated to driving to Bilbao, and visiting the Greater Bilbao….
I woke up in my gorgeous Spanish castle in Hondarribia and before going down for breakfast, walked around the castle and took some pictures of the Basque seaside. Remember, Hondarribia is on the west shore of the Bidasoa river, in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain….