Post # 16
OK so either would be a good fit. As I said they’re very different in terms of culture, climate,l and scenery.
If you have two weeks (not sure how long you have) you could probably do both. Something like 2 or 3 nights in Dublin, 3 nights exploring the countryside, then 3 nights in one of the bigger Spanish cities (like Barcelona), followed by 4 nights in a smaller, perhaps coastal, village. Flights within Europe are extremely quick and also short, which opens up opportunities depending on how much time you have.
Or, you could spend the whole time in one country travelling round.
One country I really enjoyed was Portugal, and that may be worth a look. We spent 3 nights in Porto, then took the train to Lisbon city centre where we stayed for another 3 nights, and we then had a week of chillout time in Cascais (30 mins by train from Lisbon) with a day spent in Sintra. It was easy and fairly quick to get from A to B, and each place offered something different in terms of culture, archicecture, and even climate (Porto was 15C cooler than Lisbon!). There’s also the Duoro valley which we skipped this time but would make another great stop.
Post # 17
I’m not a big-time traveler, but I backpacked through Europe for a month a few years ago. I fell in love with Croatio – it was BY FAR my favorite place, and I went to:
– Sant Feliu de Guixos
– Belgium (favorite city!)
Fiance and I are planning a June/July 3-week trip to EU for our honeymoon, and we are primarily looking at doing a Balkan thing – flying into Istanbul, traveling around the coast over to Greece, maybe out to some islands, then up into Albania and Montenegro (and Serbia/Hungary/Romania depending on time??)
That part of the world just has SO many pros:
– better exchange rate than EU/Schengen territory
– coastal/beachy stretches
– dramatic mountainous landscape
– small romantic towns
– dramatic history that is not well known to the general western world
– the people are AMAZING kind, generous, loving, spirited
Post # 18
Following because we are about to book our European honeymoon soon and there are too many options! I haven’t been to Spain or Ireland, but they look beautiful!!
Post # 19
Another vote for Croatia. I went to Italy for my honeymoon because we had a REALLY hard year that year and just wanted to go some place easy and beautiful for r&r and to eat well.
But if I wanted a little more exploration still mixed with a laid back relaxing vibe, incredible food, beauty, culture, history. I’d go Crioatia all day. It is really lovely, romantic, super easy for tourists to get around, roads & signage are great. Beautiful, calm, warm water, charming towns and cities. Amazing natural attractions. I can’t overstate how much love Croatia gives to a visitor.
And it’s cheap! Well cheap-ish. Cheap compared to more expensive western/Northern European destinations, Not like Romania cheap.
Post # 20
I’m with you on the balkans, on all points. And I’ll add there are some crazy handsome dudes there haha (beautiful women too) I have a trip semi planned myself.
Post # 21
- Wedding: March 2019 - New York City
Where did you go in Italy?? Hubs and I want to book our honeymoon (before we even book vendors!!) and we’re torn on where we want to go (North vs South).
Post # 22
We are going to Portugal and Italy on our honeymoon in Sept. My fiance is Portuguese, and I am Italian so it’s nice to explore both our cultures!
Post # 23
- Wedding: March 2019 - New York City
Where do you recommend in northern and sothern italy?? Hubs and I are torn on where to go in June ’19.
Post # 24
I’d suggest Germany if you’re not fussed about beaches. I LOVE Germany. We went for a road trip there a few years ago in September. We drove from the UK through France (short stop in Epernay for some champagne) then did Baden Baden, Konstanz, Freiburg, Lichtenstein, Kitzbuhle in Austria, Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic then Nuremberg before heading back home through France.
It was a busy trip and we maybe did a bit too much but it is a beautiful country and the people are so lovely. We ate well, drank well and got to see some real German life. We finished our trip with the Nuremberg beer festival which was so much better than Oktoberfest.
Post # 25
I replied to you on your thread. The long winded one, haha. We had travelled Italy quite a bit so to just have a simple, relaxing and indulgent honeymoon we went to Amalfi Coast/Naples (my favorite) and Bologna (his favorite).
If you’re going in June, don’t write off the south if you have any interest in it. It’s July and August that can be truly unpleasant. I don’t know how long your honeymoon is but 4-7 days in the south and 4-7 days in the north actually seems like a great first visit/introduction. You’d get to experience two different sides (and they really are different). Don’t feel obligated to see any particular city or sight just because you’re there. Pick what suits you 😊
Also, even the most popular tourist cities have peaceful, local neighborhoods. You’ll fight crowds in the main historical centers but you can enjoy the city otherwise. Crowds can be outsmarted if you research and plan ahead.
Post # 26
It’s going to be my first time in Italy and we are just going to Rome(Central Italy). But I hear Florence(North) and Sicily(South) are nice places! 🙂