Hello from London. I'd be grateful for some help from a few people who, like me, enjoy telling people what to do on their holidays!
I have booked very cheap flights into Bilbao on 14 August and back from Barcelona on 30 August - so 16 nights - and would like to plan a trip with 4 (maybe 5) stays in different towns or cities.
Here's the challenge though. We're helping my 14-year-old daughter to learn Spanish and, since she's not hugely confident - you know what we British are like - I'm keen to spend most of our time in areas where all the street signs, menus, bus timetables and indeed local chatter is in Castilian Spanish. (Is it just as simple as ANYWHERE outside Catalonia and the Basque Country?)
(I know this sounds disrespectful; but I am from Wales (like Gareth Bale) and we too have two languages, confusing bilingual signs and indeed speak English in a fairly 'different' accent. I just want to make it as easy as possible for my girl to get using and learning her Spanish. (We will, I promise, switch to 'si us plau' and so on, when we finally reach Barcelona.)
Anyway, so once we've spent a few days seeing Bilbao on arrival, where should we go by bus or train (not car) to enjoy a nice mix of both lively and peaceful places where ALL the signs and the local chat is ALL in Spanish? (Again, sorry for the lack of respect to Basque and Catalan speakers and their signs.)
I love cities so - even though August isn't great - Zaragoza should be on the list. And it's all Spanish speaking and Spanish signs in Zaragoza, right?
Thanks in advance for any help. Gracias / Gràcies / Eskerrik asko