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Making Future Plans for European Break

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Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby neversay » November 17th, 2020, 11:18 am

It has been a rough year for everyone. I want to start planning a European break to give the family (kids aged 10 and 13) something to look forward to when this is eventually over. Just having a target destination in mind would be nice.

We like to plan our own itinerary and favour authentic places, either history or natural beauty, where we can do walking, cycling etc as well as sea and sun, rather than crowds and package holiday hotels. Provence and Tuscany have been nice in the past and my wife and kids have been talking about Greece during the lockdown.

Could anyone share any personal favourite destinations to help us narrow the search?

Many thanks.

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Re: Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby swill453 » November 17th, 2020, 11:58 am

Crete. Great place, loads to do. Bigger than you think, as big as Wales. North West probably my favourite for walking, with Chania as a base.

Scott.

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Re: Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby 77ss » November 17th, 2020, 4:41 pm

neversay wrote:It has been a rough year for everyone. I want to start planning a European break to give the family (kids aged 10 and 13) something to look forward to when this is eventually over. Just having a target destination in mind would be nice.

We like to plan our own itinerary and favour authentic places, either history or natural beauty, where we can do walking, cycling etc as well as sea and sun, rather than crowds and package holiday hotels. Provence and Tuscany have been nice in the past and my wife and kids have been talking about Greece during the lockdown.

Could anyone share any personal favourite destinations to help us narrow the search?

Many thanks.


Puglia. Sea, cycling, walking, food, history, scenery.

Rhodes ditto (although I preferred the food in Puglia).

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Re: Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby swill453 » November 17th, 2020, 5:14 pm

To add another option - the Costa de la Luz in south west Spain. From Tarifa in the south, up to the border with Portugal. Far quieter and more authentic than either the Algarve on one side and Costa del Sol on the other.

White villages like Vejer de la Frontera, quiet beaches in Zahora, Bolonia etc. Also Cadiz city, Jerez for the sherry, day trip to Gibraltar if you like. Roman ruins, natural parks.

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Re: Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby neversay » November 17th, 2020, 5:18 pm

Great suggestions @swill453 and @77ss - thank you! :)

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Re: Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby zico » November 18th, 2020, 5:20 pm

Southern Black Forest is nice for walking and cycling, though not a cheap area. Hinterzarten, St.Margen are good bases.
Liguria is off the package-holiday track, nice coastline good for walking (though not cycling unless you're superfit) - Rapallo is a good base, typically Italian seaside town, with mostly Italian tourists.

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Re: Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby absolutezero » November 19th, 2020, 10:25 am

Barcelona. City stuff plus beach.

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Re: Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby muckshifter » November 24th, 2020, 12:04 pm

Cinque Terra is worth considering perhaps? I particularly like Vernazza, but have often stayed in Monterosso. The "five lands" are all small settlements on the coast of Liguria set against cliffs usually, with footpaths between them and ferries and rail stations (the train journey is all tunnels and sudden glimpses of the sea). Food is usually good if you like Italian.

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Re: Making Future Plans for European Break

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Postby neversay » November 26th, 2020, 11:34 am

Super recommendations, thanks.

We called by Cinque Terra lasts summer but found the towns inaccessible by car (which is usually a good sign). We ended up staying a couple of nights around the corner in Sanremo which we all enjoyed.

Barcelona is an interesting one. I loved it on my last visit and normally wouldn't hesitate to go back. However, the last couple of friends who visited vowed to never return due to bad experiences, one still being pickpocketed despite being a savvy traveller and well aware of the risk. The coast upwards to Begur and a trip inland to the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres is very special.


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