Post # 17
Ditto re Portugal. Not only is it a country that is relatively ‘untouched’ it’s always the cheapest country in Western Europe AND has the highest average temperature througout the year.
As pp mentioned lagos, the algarve is stunning. Worked there for a summer & it was incredible. But seeing you aren’t looking the for beaches if suggest Lisbon or Oporto , you can see where the Portuguese custard tart originates from or do a port tasting walking trail. Happy to answer any questions.
Post # 18
I really wanted to go to Portugal but my travel agent talked me out of it.
Post # 19
Some parts of Portugal are amazing, I went to Lagos a few months ago and its definetly my favourite there, Tavira is also really nice and so is Lisbon. But the problem is places like Albufeira which is so touristy and not even that Portugese, its the sort of place that has English breakfast places and British bars all over the placeand has been so built up.
But as its so popular Albufeira is often the first thing some people think of when thinking about Portugal, maybe your travel advisor had never been to other parts but anyways I think they wrongly advised you and you should definetly give it a chance.
Post # 20
Of your list we have been to Geneva and Nice. We were only in Geneva for a day but really that was enough for us to see old town. In Nice, you could spend a lot of days there. It is gorgeous and there is a lot to see and do there.
Post # 21
I wanted to go to Lisbon so bad! It just looked so beautiful. Well it’s good to know now, hopefully we can get there sometime. Thanks for your help!
Post # 22
If you want mountains, hiking, lakes, etc the Bavaria area of Germany should be in consideration. It’s absolutely beautiful.
As for Amsterdam, if you decide to go and need any tips about public transport let me know. As long as you stay in Amsterdam, it’s fairly OK for a tourist. As soon as you step outside into the smaller, less touristy areas, it’s not set up for tourists at all. Something as simple as getting a train ticket can be a pain.
Oh, and don’t drive in Amsterdam. For a few days it’s not needed and you don’t have to deal with insane cyclists.