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Spain: Biking in Spain

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Globe Correspondent / March 7, 2004

General information

Currency: 1 euro = $1.28
Bicycles: Welcome everywhere in Spain, in hotels, and on ferries, buses, planes, and trains.

How to get there

US Airways, Air France, and Delta run one-stop service from Boston to Madrid for between $780 and $900. One-way flight, Madrid-San Sebastian, $172; overnight train, Madrid-San Sebastian, $115; one-way flight, Santiago de Compostela-Madrid, $48 on Air Europa, $79 Spainair; $150 Iberia.

Where to stay

San Sebastin
Hotel Pellizar
Zubiaurre PS DE #70
011-34-943-281-211
Rooms about $45. Friendly hotel a 20-minute walk from the old city. Owner loves cyclists.

Fuenterrabia
Parador de Hondarribia
011-34-943-645-500
Fax: 011-34-943-642-153.
Plaza de Armas, #14
Stunning 10th-century castle converted into simple, yet luxurious hotel in period style. Rooms about $160.

Bilbao
Hotel Sirimiri
011-34-944-330-759
Plaza de Incarnacion #3
Rooms about $90. Friendly, pretty hotel on the edge of the old city and a 30-minute walk to the beautiful Guggenheim Museum.

San Sebastin
Hostal Libredon
011-34-981-576-520
Praza de Fonseca #5
Colonial and hip, modern rooms 100 yards from the cathedral. Rooms $58.

Hotel Parador de los Reyes Catolicos
011-34-981-582-200
Fax: 011-34-981-563-094
Plaza del Obradoiro #1
15705 Santiago de Compostela

Famous five-star parador housed in a monumental medieval building on the same square as the cathedral. Built in 1499 by the Roman Catholic monarchs Isabel and Ferdinand. Rooms from $230.

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