We had an early start on day 3. We left the hotel at 8 am bound for Bilbao. However we had some interesting stops on our way. The first was your typical highway rest-stop which was interesting to me because of its construction. The rest-stop spanned the width of the highway, over the highway.
We had some tapas for lunch with a couple of minutes to spare for shopping. I got myself castonettes! If you are going to get a professional pair anywhere, the Aragon Region is one of the best.
Our last stop was our arrival in Bilbao. There our hotel was the Melia, literally a couple of blocks from the Guggenheim. The room was modern and very well-appointed. It is considered a 5-star resort. To me it only missed the mark because there wasn’t wifi in the rooms. Every evening you’d find a full lobby trying to use the free wifi. If it’s free, it should be able to be used from the comfort and privacy of your rooms. Especially when you have tourist trying to use some version of Skype to communicate with loved ones. That evening the dinner was provided by the tour company at the hotel and I will tell you it was amazing!
One thing worth mentioning. Take time to look out the windows on your travels from Catalonia through Aragon and Rioja Region into Basque Country. The changes in landscaping are dramatic and difficult to capture from a moving bus (so you won’t get to see much of it here). From tropical to golden fields to desserts to rolling hills of vineyards sprinkled with sunflowers to lush green evergreens and mountains. It is a beautiful country. There is little doubt where the Spanish pride comes from. They have a breathtaking country.