Post # 32
@Miss_Aqua: Spain has all-inclusives, if you want to have a week to truly just relax and not worry about anything. Then you could explore Barcelona, Madrid, etc…
We’re going to Europe in September, and based on the research I did, the Med is at its best then. Water is warmest, crowds have thinned out from summer…I was considering Turkey (now I think we’re going to do 2-3 days in Istanbul-sans beach. Fiance hates the beach. :/), 2 days in Paris (1 touristy thing and a photo session in our finery) and then a relaxing week in Maastricht in the southern part of the Netherlands in a house I found on Air BnB.
Post # 33
@Miss_Aqua: Several people have mentioned Turkey. I would just like to say that we went there on our honeymoon and LOVED it. Initially we were looking for somewhere not too far away where we could rent a villa with a private pool for some serious relaxation, we didn’t really feel like visiting much as we were exhausted by international wedding planning.
We picked the place based on the villas available and ended up in Fethiye on the south coast opposte the Greek island of Rhodes (day trip possible) There were several tour guides around Fethiye and we checked out their boards of good locations and then visited by ourselves in a rental car. I can honestly say it was some of the most beautiful countryside and sights I’ve ever seen. We ended up doing half visiting, half relaxing.
The food is good, it’s pretty cheap, the weather will be nice, the people are friendly….We flew through Istanbul but a few cities in the UK do cheap flights to Dalaman (about 45mins away) and if you’re in Ireland already it could work well.
Post # 34
There isn’t such a thing as a “typical European experience”, as each country has its own language, cuisine, culture and climate. The countries are very, very different from each other, just like I wouldn’t assume Texas to be the same as Alaska.
That being said, I’d suggest picking one place and sticking to it, otherwise you’re not going to experience much of each place.
Budapest and Istanbul are two of my personal favourites (we spent almost a week in both, and that was enough to cover the basics of the sightseeing). But, if you go to Turkey, PLEASE remember that it’s a Muslim country, and you need to dress and act accordingly.
It really depends what you want to do. Do you want to do nothing but eat food and lie on a beach all day? If so, a Greek island would probably be a good choice. If you love history and sightseeing, there are a number of destinations in Turkey, Italy, France and Spain that would do the trick. If you want a city experience with plenty of shopping and nice restaurants, somewhere like London, Dublin or Paris would suit you.
Don’t worry about the language… most younger people speak English well. It’s polite to learn some phrases in the local language though.
Post # 35
San Sebastian-Donostia in the Spanish Basque Country sits on a beautiful beach and the food is amazing. You could recover there for a few days and then fly to Barcelona for a few days and onwards to Dubrovnik (i.e. the beautiful coastlines of Southern Europe honeymoon, lol!). Vueling has very reasonable flights if you are passing to and from Barcelona, and it is quite easy to get from Ireland to Spain.
Post # 36
Thank you all so much for you help, I have a better idea of where to go now 🙂
Post # 37
@Miss_Aqua: I loved Italy (I went to a few places but Tuscany was my fave and so beautiful! also look in to Lake Como AHHHMAZING! Amalfi Coast and Positano too 😉 and/or South of France! I haven’t been to Greece (yet!) but people rave about it (just look in to the more laid back less party like islands, unless thats what you want to do!)