I'm flying into Madrid in June. From there I'll spend a week getting to Barcelona - in a very indirect way as I search out great scenery, great towns and most importantly, great food. I was thinking about taking a route along the northern coast but I can go anywhere a car or train can take me. I know it's a very broad request but is there any place that I absolutely must go? Or, are there any indispensable books or websites that anyone knows of that will help me discover the true gems - as opposed to the touristy destinations. Like I said, I can go anywhere I want and would love to find some small, more obscure towns.... Thanks in advance for any advice.
By the way, I'll be in Barcelona for a full week too.