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Castro Urdiales

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Hi, I got two questions regarding Castro Urdiales

1. how much cost and time wise does taxi take from Bilbao Airport to Castro Urdiales

2. Any hints and tips (yes, I have checked these forums :)) regarding good seafood restaurants in Castro Urdiales would be greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance

Mel

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Taxi fare not sure, it is worth posting that question in the Bilbao forum, as Castro is very popular people from that area, someone there will give you a better idea I'm sure. There are buses which can take you there from the Termibus (bus station) in Bilbao too, regular direct buses (see www.termibus.es), and you can get a bus from the airport to the Termibus.

As for seafood restaurants, there are some great tapas style places along the front, along the promenade, we always go to the blue one with the awnings and wooden tables outside, but I have no idea of the name (lots of papers general rubbish on the floor by the bar which is always a good sign). There is a good one in the corner of the square on the promenade too, and plenty more to choose from along there.

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Hi and thanks for your reply,

Taxi fare is about 60 eur from Bilbao Airport to Castro Urdiales.

Very nice seafood restaurants along the front. The blue one you mentioned was unfortunatelly on vacation when we visited Castro. But plenty of very nice restaurants availabe - good tapas and good seafood!

Castro was very nice and peacefull place indeed. Beach was excellent and whole place had pleasant atmosphere.

No international tourists (early october) - which meant that practical thigs like making taxi reservation were impossible in English (and we didnt speak Spanish :), luckily people were very friendly and helpfull so all things got sorted at the end.

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Glad you had a good time! Apart from the language issues, having no international tourists will have made it all the more an authentic experience I'm sure! Good to know about the taxi fare too, thanks for the info!

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Is Castro suitable for a family holiday - thinking of going there camping with kids in June. Don't want anything too touristy - more spanish if possible and Quaint with a weekly market etc and nice coves to snorkel. Are all these possible or is anywhere else nearby you could recommend please?

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Yup, Castro sounds like a good bet. It's a big town (second biggest in Cantabria, 60,000), with lots of services, has a weekly market on Thursdays (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g187483-c153280/Cantabria:Spain:Markets.html) and is close to Bilbao and about half an hour from Santander. Some great coastal walking, fairly easy to get up into the Asón mountains, a nice Via Verde track (http://www.viasverdes.com/ViasVerdes/Itinerarios/Cantabria/Cantabria/V.V.%20Castro-Alen) and nice beaches along the coast. It has a lovely, recently remodelled waterfront with good seafood tapas, and some nice architecture in the rest of the town. It is sprawling, hence the high population (commuter town to Bilbao), but you wouldn't really know this from the centre. Don't know the campsite. If you wanted somewhere else nearby you could try Santoña (lovely beaches, boat across the river to Laredo beach, camping at Berria beach, nice walking on peninsular and salt marshes and good tapas) or somewhere further along the coast, Lierganes is another lovely town with Sunday market and beautiful old centre, not sure if there is a campsite there though, and not coastal. Both are much smaller than Castro. Let me know if you want any more help!

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