Post # 1
Ok, we are in a pickle!! On Saturday, May 25, 2013 we will be celebrating our love and getting married in Massachusetts. After this big celebration we will be travelling over to Spain with some close family members to celebrate with my family that lives in Madrid. Now, between the wedding on Saturday and the next Saturday, June 1, when we will need to be back in Madrid for that celebration, we are hoping to have a honeymoon alone together.
The problem is that we would be looking for something to do between Monday and Friday, that is hopefully not in Madrid to separate ourselves a bit from our families, but that will also be close enough to get back in time for the party on June 1. We haven’t been able to wrap our heads around it at all, seeing as this is a very short time period, and anything worthwhile is about a day away in any direction… We need suggestions!!! Please help!!!
Post # 3
I’d go to southern France or hop over to Italy for a few days. (I’ve never been to either but they’re on the list). If you dont mind staying in Madrid, you could alway do a few day trips and come back to Mardid. Toledo is great and Avila are really cute.
Post # 4
Without a doubt, Barcelona. Lovely city, wonderful people (just don’t bring up politics). Gorgeous beaches and waterways. The cultural/historical center of Barcelona, I’d skip; the buildings are very old and close together, and the streets are really narrow, so the air doesn’t circulate, and it’s very dank and a bit smelly. But if you stay out of that very central area, you’ll love it. Great food, really good nightlife.
Stay at the Hilton Diagonal Mer, see if you can get a water-view room. The view of the Sea is stunning. Pay a bit more for “executive level” room.. Which gets you executive lounge access— free continental breakfast (very Spanish style, not American…. Mmmmmm hams!), and free cocktails and light tapas in the afternoon.
There are several small wineries about 90 minutes outside Barcelona, well worth the trip.
Most folks prefer to speak Catalonian over Spanish.
With SpanAir gone, I’d guess the easiest transit between cities would be by train (4 hours or so), I am not sure if Iberia does that route nonstop.
Post # 5
Ditto Southern France. Nice is especially nice (teehee) and there’s a reasonably priced transport system that can take you to the small cliff towns near there.
Post # 6
Paris is pretty easy and close to do in a few days, but personally…I second the south of France, it is much more laid back than a big city. If you have a car there are some adorable small villiages to visit, otherwise you could go to a beach city that has easier transportation. The food is great, the people are nice… Gah, I want to be there now….
Post # 7
Do you think we could get to southern france within our time limits though… that is the tricky part!! I’d love to drive through the Loire Valley from Paris into Madrid, but I’m afraid that would take too much time… thoughts!?
Also, because I have so much family in Spain and I have been there many times, I’d prefer to go places that I don’t see every year (Madrid itself, Toledo, Avila, Segovia, etc). Funny enough, I’ve never actually made it up to Barcelona, so I’d be interested in more suggestions on that!
Thanks to everyone!!
Post # 8
In May, southern France and Italy will be beautiful! You could choose one or the other… I think the best place in the world is Cinque Terre, on the west coast of Italy – Google it, it’s breathtaking 🙂 Cinque Terre is a train’s ride away from Florence which is a super romantic city. If we were going to Europe for our honeymoon I would go to those two places!
Nice is also really beautiful and romantic. I wouldn’t spend a whole week there though, and if you want something more quaint that’s still on the beach you could stay in Antibes or Sur-le-Cap. You can take day trips on the train to the other “cliff towns,” they’re all really scenic.
Post # 9
By The Way, you could fly directly from Madrid to Nice and from there get around by train. If you want to drive the Loire Valley, stay in Paris a couple nights, then rent a car to drive out to the Loire valley, then take a flight back to Madrid – it’s too long of a drive between Paris and Madrid for a honeymoon I think. And flights in Europe are really cheap – look at EasyJet and Ryan Air.
Post # 10
Hi, I live in Madrid at the moment! For the time limit you have I’d suggest staying in Spain. Granada is beautiful and quite romantic in my opinion it’s around 4 hours by train, and it’ll be a great time of year to see the Alhambra, from Granada you could visit the nearby coastal towns/villages or alternatively go to the mountains. Also I have a soft spot for Seville which is 2.5 hours from Madrid by high speed train. The southern cuisine is delicious.
I guess this way you get more time to enjoy each other instead of going through airport security again and getting your bearings again.
Post # 11
Has anyone been to the Azores? Thinking about that recently as it is very close off the coast of Portugal. Anyone out there have recommendations on this idea??