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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #120 on: January 3, 2023, 09:40:08 am »
Portavadie Loch Fyne for a few nights in March. Looks beautiful and I have never been to the west coast of Scotland.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #121 on: January 3, 2023, 09:44:00 am »
Any recommendations for a week/ten days in Croatia? Looking for a pool and beach holiday there and never been.

Booking Tenerife at some point too.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #122 on: January 3, 2023, 10:20:06 am »
Did Easter in Tenerife last year. Going to risk the April weather in Portugal this year. Last time we managed to go there, pre-covid, we got excellent weather. Got flights booked but still undecided on hotels. Any recommendations for kid friendly places from Lagos to Vilamoura are welcome

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #123 on: January 3, 2023, 10:29:40 am »
Did Easter in Tenerife last year. Going to risk the April weather in Portugal this year. Last time we managed to go there, pre-covid, we got excellent weather. Got flights booked but still undecided on hotels. Any recommendations for kid friendly places from Lagos to Vilamoura are welcome

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #124 on: January 3, 2023, 04:27:57 pm »
I don't think Boston is going to be any cheaper really. The exchange rate has fucked us for trips to the US. Everything is very, very expensive compared to a couple of years ago (they're having their own issues with inflation as well). Having said that, New York has loads and loads of stuff to do for free (moreso than Boston), and also lots of "cheap eats" etc as well.

Yeah. We recently went to Boston and while it's probably cheaper than NYC, it still can be pricey compared to Canadian cities like Toronto or Montreal, or some Midwestern U.S. cities.  But the missus and I found out a few years ago when going to Chicago that the U.S. isn't as cheap as it used to be, especially for meals and snacks.


Like with a lot of North American cities like Toronto, hotels can be very expensive. Although in Boston's case, they are cheaper in the winter, but costly once spring hits. Also a lot of U.S. hotels tend to now charge a separate "resort/facility fee" that covers things that used to be free like wi-fi and bottled water.

That said Boston has plenty of free or low cost activities. Walking the Freedom Trail is free. You can pay to go into some of the locations. For example, we went into Paul Revere's House for a break from the rain, but it is was definitely nor worth the time to go in. If you go on the weekend, you can get a Weekender commuter rail pass for $10 per person, which is separate from the 7 Day Charlie card, which allows unlimited travel for the weekend on the commuter rail system. That would enable trips to places like Salem at a small discount from the regular fare.

A surprising amount of Boston's activities are outside, so the weather may be a factor. Boston feels like a big town and a lot of the tourist sites are close together, so a lot of it is walkable. Also the public transit is hit or miss. There are a lot of stations close together, particularly if you stay near Faneuil Hall, but some of the lines are much slower than others (we found the Red line to Harvard to be surprisingly very slow; the Orange and Green lines moved quite quickly). Depending on what someone wants to do and the weather, Boston is definitely doable in two full days with a third to go somewhere like Salem.

The biggest recommend for Boston would be the Italian restaurants in the North End, which are fantastic; some of the best can be found in the side streets along Hanover Street where the bulk of the restaurants are. We were also surprised at how early a lot of the restaurants were turning people away from the rest of the evening (5pm on a Friday) because of reservations.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #125 on: January 3, 2023, 04:50:31 pm »
Which one are you looking at?
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #126 on: January 3, 2023, 04:56:22 pm »
We had booked to go to the Dordogne via Vrbo but that was because my brother and his wife were coming - they are now getting divorced (perhaps the thought of 2 weeks with me in france caused it ?) so it doesn`t make sense to hire somewhere bigger.

Had a re think and anyway, for years I had promised my daughter that I would take her to Paris one day. Now booked 5 nights for my wife and daughter in May. My daughter is beyond excited about it.  I will let them wander and they can deposit me outside a cafe with my books.
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #127 on: January 3, 2023, 05:57:57 pm »
Amavi in Paphos.

Lovely.

We walked past that most days, we were staying at the Aliathon and used to walk along the path on the beach. We watched the footy at the Crocodile pub just down the road from there
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #128 on: January 3, 2023, 08:57:06 pm »
Lovely.

We walked past that most days, we were staying at the Aliathon and used to walk along the path on the beach. We watched the footy at the Crocodile pub just down the road from there
Looks good from what you've seen?

Ah there are places to go locally for food and drink (walking distance)?

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #129 on: January 3, 2023, 09:34:34 pm »
Looks good from what you've seen?

Ah there are places to go locally for food and drink (walking distance)?

It did from the outside yes, looked very nice..

Turn right out of the hotel and its a short walk to a couple of sports bars and pubs, the Pegasus and Crocodile and a few restaurants as well, turn left and its a 5/10 minute walk into the centre. There's a restaurant called Viva Cyprus just along on the other side of the road, its about £12 for the set menu and it was bloody good, we ate there twice. Flintstones bar was good, decent prices and the free popcorn every time you got a drink made the kids happy.
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #130 on: January 3, 2023, 10:21:13 pm »
Sardinia in June for me.  Never been so hopeful it doesnít disappoint.  As long as the weather behaves is the main thing.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #131 on: January 3, 2023, 10:29:47 pm »
Any recommendations for a week/ten days in Croatia? Looking for a pool and beach holiday there and never been.

Booking Tenerife at some point too.

Posted earlier in this thread re Croatia.  Plenty of choices depending on which airport you fly into.  Cavtat or Babin Kuk if flying into Dubrovnik.  If itís Split then resorts like Makarska will suffice.  The northern airport is Pula with resorts inc Rovinj and Porec.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #132 on: January 4, 2023, 02:07:55 am »
Sardinia in June for me.  Never been so hopeful it doesnít disappoint.  As long as the weather behaves is the main thing.
We went in 2019. It was lovely. September if I recall correctly, and the weather was great.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #133 on: January 4, 2023, 09:13:28 am »
Carried too much holiday into this year so Iím having a week off in February to use some up.

My partner and I have in the past 5 years done Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Budapest, Bratislava, Tallinn, Krakow, Vienna, Hamburg, Copenhagen etc so are feeling a touch uninspired when it comes to Euro City breaks. Weíre going to Palermo and Southern Italy potentially in May, any other shouts?

3 nights, cheapish, lots of stuff to do and good tours etc.

The alternative is that we go for one or two big nights in the UK with a nice meal and hotel. Looked at Ludlow and the Cotswolds so far but thereís often more value going abroad. Done the lakes loads as itís only 2 hours away. Any other ideas taking into account Feb weather in the UK? We love a hike and a country pub.
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #134 on: January 4, 2023, 09:24:09 am »
Lisbon ticks all the boxes for a three day trip. Good value, great food and drink, lots to do (plenty on foot) and generally excellent weather nearly year-round.

If you've already been there, another couple of good ones are Bilbao (weather a bit dodgy earlier in the year) and Valencia.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #135 on: January 4, 2023, 09:27:53 am »
Carried too much holiday into this year so Iím having a week off in February to use some up.

My partner and I have in the past 5 years done Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Budapest, Bratislava, Tallinn, Krakow, Vienna, Hamburg, Copenhagen etc so are feeling a touch uninspired when it comes to Euro City breaks. Weíre going to Palermo and Southern Italy potentially in May, any other shouts?

3 nights, cheapish, lots of stuff to do and good tours etc.

The alternative is that we go for one or two big nights in the UK with a nice meal and hotel. Looked at Ludlow and the Cotswolds so far but thereís often more value going abroad. Done the lakes loads as itís only 2 hours away. Any other ideas taking into account Feb weather in the UK? We love a hike and a country pub.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #136 on: January 4, 2023, 09:56:31 am »
Carried too much holiday into this year so Iím having a week off in February to use some up.

My partner and I have in the past 5 years done Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Budapest, Bratislava, Tallinn, Krakow, Vienna, Hamburg, Copenhagen etc so are feeling a touch uninspired when it comes to Euro City breaks. Weíre going to Palermo and Southern Italy potentially in May, any other shouts?

3 nights, cheapish, lots of stuff to do and good tours etc.

The alternative is that we go for one or two big nights in the UK with a nice meal and hotel. Looked at Ludlow and the Cotswolds so far but thereís often more value going abroad. Done the lakes loads as itís only 2 hours away. Any other ideas taking into account Feb weather in the UK? We love a hike and a country pub.

You can't beat the Peak District for good walks and country pubs mate.

You've got Chatsworth where you can walk through the grounds and along the River Derwent. 

Bakewell, again with lovely walks, fabulous shops and obviously Bakewell Tarts. 

Castleton with Mam Tor and Blue John Caverns.

Matlock and Matlock Bath with the Heights of Abraham.

Carsington Water which is a Severn Trent reservoir with an interactive centre, restaurants, shops where you can either walk round or hire bikes.

Then you've Kinder Scout, Stannage Edge, Padley Gorge.

You're also not far away from Sheffield where you can enjoy a city evening, maybe book a show at The Lyceum or Crucible.

You could even do it by train straight through from Liverpool, then there are trains that take you into all the small villages in the Hope Valley. 

Hope, Hathersage, Bamford, Grindleford where you can walk to and around Ladybower Reservoir or up Padley George from Grindleford.  There's a great pub at the top of the Gorge called Fox House.

Your only issue might be the weather but it's a good option for both a City and Country break.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #137 on: January 4, 2023, 10:09:24 am »
Brought back memories of school trips and being dragged in a 10 mile walk round Castleton by my uncle when I was about 8 there!

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #138 on: January 4, 2023, 10:14:38 am »
Brought back memories of school trips and being dragged in a 10 mile walk round Castleton by my uncle when I was about 8 there!

It made me a bit nostalgic too mate.  We'd do any of these walks on a weekend whenever the weather allowed.

Picnicking at the side of the Derwent at Chatsworth with the kids during the summer hols was always great and watching Barn Owls hunting just a few meters from us at Carsington Water was mesmerising.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #139 on: January 4, 2023, 03:16:40 pm »
Any recommendations for a week/ten days in Croatia? Looking for a pool and beach holiday there and never been.

Booking Tenerife at some point too.

TSC has already mentioned them a couple of times but Rovinj and Cavtat are wonderful resort towns in Croatia.

Rovinj is in the north and can get extremely busy because it's easily accessible by car for those driving down from central Europe. It's beautiful though and very Italian looking because of it's historic ties to Venice.

Cavtat is the southernmost Croatia resort, sitting about 12 miles south of Dubrovnik and only half an hour away from the border with Montenegro. Again it's very picturesque and straddles two small bays. Added bonus is you can get to Dubrovnik by regular water taxi in about 30 minutes, if you want a change of scenery

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #140 on: January 4, 2023, 03:19:28 pm »
Portavadie Loch Fyne for a few nights in March. Looks beautiful and I have never been to the west coast of Scotland.

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We got the ferry from there to Tarbert in 2021. Hell of a journey to get there - but with some staggeringly beautiful scenery.


The plan was to have a long weekend somewhere hottish (were looking Menorca or Majorca) at the end of June, then across the Brittany for the main holiday in the summer. But having to find an extra £400+ a month for the mortgage has killed that idea off.

Now just doing Brittany - but travelling a day early so we go overnight Portsmouth to Caen, then drive to the outskirts of Paris (the chaos caused by 1cm of snow last month meant our long weekend split between Paris and Disneyland Paris lost almost all the Paris element, and we want to go back and see it properly) to stay a night there after getting the RER into the city. Then drive across to Brittany.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #141 on: January 4, 2023, 04:46:52 pm »
Started looking for flights for our summer holiday this year. Argentina tickled my fancy but they're coming in at over a grand from Manchester. Had anyone ever been? If so, would you mind sharing how much you paid for your flights so I can get a baseline?

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #142 on: January 4, 2023, 05:12:29 pm »
Started looking for flights for our summer holiday this year. Argentina tickled my fancy but they're coming in at over a grand from Manchester. Had anyone ever been? If so, would you mind sharing how much you paid for your flights so I can get a baseline?


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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #143 on: January 5, 2023, 07:47:15 am »
We got the ferry from there to Tarbert in 2021. Hell of a journey to get there - but with some staggeringly beautiful scenery.

Yeah really looking forward to it. The ferry and scenery that is. Not the 6 hour drive. Hoping to get some really nice seafood and also do some fishing myself.
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« Reply #144 on: January 5, 2023, 09:18:32 am »
Yeah really looking forward to it. The ferry and scenery that is. Not the 6 hour drive. Hoping to get some really nice seafood and also do some fishing myself.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #145 on: January 5, 2023, 10:09:27 am »
Carried too much holiday into this year so Iím having a week off in February to use some up.

My partner and I have in the past 5 years done Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Budapest, Bratislava, Tallinn, Krakow, Vienna, Hamburg, Copenhagen etc so are feeling a touch uninspired when it comes to Euro City breaks. Weíre going to Palermo and Southern Italy potentially in May, any other shouts?

3 nights, cheapish, lots of stuff to do and good tours etc.

The alternative is that we go for one or two big nights in the UK with a nice meal and hotel. Looked at Ludlow and the Cotswolds so far but thereís often more value going abroad. Done the lakes loads as itís only 2 hours away. Any other ideas taking into account Feb weather in the UK? We love a hike and a country pub.

You can now fly to Reykjavik from Liverpool in the winter, service stops between mid May and September. Not cheapish but would a lot different to your other destinations

Started looking for flights for our summer holiday this year. Argentina tickled my fancy but they're coming in at over a grand from Manchester. Had anyone ever been? If so, would you mind sharing how much you paid for your flights so I can get a baseline?

Went a few years ago, amazing country. Didnt fly in or out so cant help with prices but their currency is quite unstable at the moment which could be affecting things.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #146 on: January 5, 2023, 10:51:29 am »
Carried too much holiday into this year so Iím having a week off in February to use some up.

My partner and I have in the past 5 years done Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Budapest, Bratislava, Tallinn, Krakow, Vienna, Hamburg, Copenhagen etc so are feeling a touch uninspired when it comes to Euro City breaks. Weíre going to Palermo and Southern Italy potentially in May, any other shouts?

3 nights, cheapish, lots of stuff to do and good tours etc.

The alternative is that we go for one or two big nights in the UK with a nice meal and hotel. Looked at Ludlow and the Cotswolds so far but thereís often more value going abroad. Done the lakes loads as itís only 2 hours away. Any other ideas taking into account Feb weather in the UK? We love a hike and a country pub.

Marrakesh was great. Real assault on the senses stuff but dirt cheap when yo are there. Contrast between the old city and new in terms of architecture and attitudes of people was really interesting. We also went for a day walk in the Atlas mountains via a Berber village which was a lot of fun and not too demanding! We thought we had fucked it when we got there for the morning and everyone else was in walking boots etc and we had shorts and flip flops on but all turned out fine in the end!

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« Reply #147 on: January 5, 2023, 07:13:41 pm »
Marrakesh and Istanbul are both perfect for a few days getaway. Loads to do and see, great food and doesn't break the bank.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #148 on: January 5, 2023, 07:44:24 pm »
2 weeks in the Far East Cambodia, Malaysia, Borneo trek and finish off in Singapore, canít wait for some heat and humidity.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #149 on: January 5, 2023, 09:45:47 pm »
It did from the outside yes, looked very nice..

Turn right out of the hotel and its a short walk to a couple of sports bars and pubs, the Pegasus and Crocodile and a few restaurants as well, turn left and its a 5/10 minute walk into the centre. There's a restaurant called Viva Cyprus just along on the other side of the road, its about £12 for the set menu and it was bloody good, we ate there twice. Flintstones bar was good, decent prices and the free popcorn every time you got a drink made the kids happy.
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #150 on: January 10, 2023, 03:49:17 pm »
Looking for some help folks. Sick of reading TripAdvisor reviews. Mostly fake.

Looking for a hottish getaway in mid to late May. Me, the missus and her two kids (8 and 11). We only got together during lockdown so I'm a noob at family resort holidays.

Looking for a good all-inclusive. Beach. Water slides for the kids. Decent entertainment (Football, table tennis, pool, darts etc).

Best I've seen so far within budget (Around £3k) would be this one https://www.rixos.com/en/hotel-resort/rixos-premium-seagate

Any recommendations welcome!
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #151 on: January 10, 2023, 04:07:02 pm »
2 weeks in the Far East Cambodia, Malaysia, Borneo trek and finish off in Singapore, canít wait for some heat and humidity.

That's a lot to do in two weeks given the remoteness of eastern Cambodia and the amount of international flights! What does your itinerary look like?

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #152 on: January 10, 2023, 04:13:37 pm »
Looking for some help folks. Sick of reading TripAdvisor reviews. Mostly fake.

Looking for a hottish getaway in mid to late May. Me, the missus and her two kids (8 and 11). We only got together during lockdown so I'm a noob at family resort holidays.

Looking for a good all-inclusive. Beach. Water slides for the kids. Decent entertainment (Football, table tennis, pool, darts etc).

Best I've seen so far within budget (Around £3k) would be this one https://www.rixos.com/en/hotel-resort/rixos-premium-seagate

Any recommendations welcome!


There's a Rixos at Lara Beach (a purpose-built resort outside of Antalya, Turkey). Quite a few 5* hotels lined along the beach with much the same facilities. You may be able to get a better price? (I don't know, it's a few years since we went to Lara)

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #153 on: January 11, 2023, 03:55:19 pm »
Anyone been campervaning before? How comfortable is it?

Plan for the honeymoon is a 3 week road trip round colorado, yellowstone and moab. To keep costs down thinking of going campervan instead of car and hotels. Only worry is 3 weeks in a van will be cramped. Might have a few nights in hotels still

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #154 on: January 11, 2023, 05:34:09 pm »
Anyone been campervaning before? How comfortable is it?

Plan for the honeymoon is a 3 week road trip round colorado, yellowstone and moab. To keep costs down thinking of going campervan instead of car and hotels. Only worry is 3 weeks in a van will be cramped. Might have a few nights in hotels still

We are actually having the same considerations regarding our trip in New Zealand in february. Can anyone recommend camper van'ing? What are does and donts? Also can anybody recommend any good rental companies in New Zealand for campers? :-)

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #155 on: January 11, 2023, 05:41:41 pm »
If the campervanís rocking, donít come a-knocking.

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #156 on: January 11, 2023, 05:55:22 pm »
Anyone know much about Tenerife? Looking to go in a few weeks for five nights with a mate. Wondering where the best spot to stay is? We don't want to stay in the really British touristy area. Much rather be somewhere more authentic with locals etc. We can always pop into the busy tourist bit if we fancy it. Also anything that you really have to do/see when over there? Cheers in advance.
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #157 on: January 11, 2023, 06:10:25 pm »
Anyone know much about Tenerife? Looking to go in a few weeks for five nights with a mate. Wondering where the best spot to stay is? We don't want to stay in the really British touristy area. Much rather be somewhere more authentic with locals etc. We can always pop into the busy tourist bit if we fancy it. Also anything that you really have to do/see when over there? Cheers in advance.

Still not done this, but go up Mount Teide, or as Kesey on here will tell you, get the ferry over to La Gomera.If you are into water parks, Siam Park is down near Americas.

I've only ever stayed in Callao Salvaje and Puerta Del Santiago/Los Gigantes. They're both nice but very quiet. We've gone through Adeje town, its the other side of the TF1 motorway from Las Americas and that area and that looks lovely, very Spanish. That would be a worth a look as its only a short journey into Fanabe/Torviscas/Americas/Cristianos

5 weeks is school holidays btw, so it'll be a lot more expensive. We fly out 13th Feb
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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #158 on: January 11, 2023, 07:56:22 pm »
Sardinia in June for me.  Never been so hopeful it doesnít disappoint.  As long as the weather behaves is the main thing.
Might be a controversial shout but best beaches in Europe for me are found in Sardinia - if you can and have time book a car and drive around inland Sardinia as well  amazing hilly country, Costa smeralda (emerald coast) up north of the island is where the high flyers go but it is worth a look as it is very beautiful, extremely pricey though In that area but rest of Sardinia is very reasonable

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Re: Holidays 2023 - What's your plans?
« Reply #159 on: January 11, 2023, 10:12:00 pm »
Might be a controversial shout but best beaches in Europe for me are found in Sardinia - if you can and have time book a car and drive around inland Sardinia as well  amazing hilly country, Costa smeralda (emerald coast) up north of the island is where the high flyers go but it is worth a look as it is very beautiful, extremely pricey though In that area but rest of Sardinia is very reasonable
Not controversial for me. We thought the same when we went. Mrs Spion even prefers the beaches there to the Caribbean.

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