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Where is it?
Castro is at the eastern end of Cantabria, a small province on the North coast of Spain, only 10 miles from Bilbao (bus every half hour from outside the apartment). There are two streets of tapas bars in the old part of town. The Cantabrian coastline consists of wide, clean, sea-washed beaches, backed by green mountains. There are many picturesque and well known villages to explore (eg Santilla del Mar, Potes, Comillas), prehistoric cave art to visit (eg the famous Altamira cave, known as the sistine chapel of prehistoric art.) and good shopping and eating in Bilbao, where there is also an opera house and art galleries.
Because of its situation on the North coast, the climate is different from that of the Mediterranean coast, being more unpredictable and on the whole, wetter. You should not expect the white villages and blinding heat of Southern Spain, think more of green pastures, mountains, stone built houses and wide empty beaches. If you are looking for a Mediterranean beach holiday, this may not be for you. If you are looking for a quiet holiday, you should not stay in a Spanish town in summer. But if you are looking to experience the real Spain you will find it here. You will not come across many non-Spanish tourists in Castro, and as a consequence there is little English spoken here, so unless you speak some Spanish, you will need to brush up your sign language.
France (Basque region) is about 2 hours driving by motorway. The Rioja wine area is also about 2 hours away by a scenic motorway which crosses the Cantabrian mountains.
It is possible to get from Bilbao airport to the flat by bus. Castro is 20 minutes from the Ferry terminal at Santurzi (Bilbao) and 45 minutes from the ferry terminal in Santander (ferries 2 or 3 times a week to UK).
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