The Itinerary
October 7 - 26, 2000

We flew from Dulles via Spanair and began with four nights in

We then picked up a car (although the Europcar office is closed on the National Holiday, Avis isn't) and stayed one night in

From then on we stayed two nights each in

We then took the high speed train (the AVE,

similar to the French TGV on which we've previously traveled from Lyon to Paris. AVEs depart hourly and make the 340-mile trip in 2-1/2 hours, including a stop in Cordoba) back to

There are several more places that we'd like to visit (e.g., Barcelona; Santiago de Compostela; Bilbao; Gibraltar; various wine regions around Barcelona, north of Madrid, and, in the south, Jerez – i.e., Sherry) but they'll have to wait until next time. As will Portugal.

[The next year we did take a wine tour beginning in Barcelona and ending in Lisbon, visiting the wine regions of Penedes, Rioja – with a side trip to Bilbao – and Oporto. And we also later visited Santiago de Compostela and more of Portugal.]

The map below is from the Michelin Green Guide. Michelin deems the towns, or sights, in green to be "worth a journey," those in orange are "worth a detour." In case you wondered, to cut down on visual distractions I've deleted a few other Michelin-highlighted sights that we didn't visit this trip (e.g., Cordoba).

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