Start // Bilbao/San Sebastián End // Cabo Finisterre Distance // 620 miles (1,000km) Getting there // Fly to Bilbao. Or, if you’re in England, take your own vehicle on the ferry from Portsmouth. When to drive // Summer. The sea breezes stop it from becoming too hot. Where to stay // The Paradores: castles, palaces and monasteries that are now beautiful hotels. Printed and internet guides (parador.es) are available. What to take // An appetite and a Spanish phrase book. Car hire // Rent a car or motorcycle, most easily in Bilbao. Or take your own on the ferry. Formalities // Spain is a Schengen country, so be guided by those visa regulations. Take an International Driving Permit, or your vehicle may be impounded in case of an accident. Detours // All over the place. Really. You can’t go wrong.