IMG 0448A very early start at 05:30 with disembarkation starting at 06:45. Even so several car owners could not find their way to the car deck but we were able to get out fairly quickly and into the heart of Bilbao. In fairness it was the only place we could get to in order to park and programme the new Doreen.

Bilbao has a pleasant centre around the river and what look like top museums and galleries but we did not stop as we have to get to Cosgaya near Potes some 210 km to the west of Bilbao. Our hotel is prebooked (using the ferrys' "oh so slow" internet) on the fringe of the Picos de Europa national park.


IMG 0447The slow coast road is a great disappointment with the charming local fishing villages being surrounded by medium rise apartments clearly intended for holiday makers from the UK or where ever. After the fourth or fifth of these we chuck it in and take the motorway.

The last stretch of road from the coast inland to Cosgaya makes up for a lot as it runs through a windy, twisty gorge. Fantastic hills on both sides.

The Hotel del Oso is just off the main road and requires us to retrace our steps to find it! Luckily it's as good as the Lonely Planet suggests although we have yet to have dinner!