Please please help me with a surprise city break for DH

(32 Posts)
KefaloniaBaby Fri 21-Mar-14 20:38:59

So DH is 40 next month and we had originally planned to go to Barcelona for a few days - without the kids. grin But the flights were awkward and meant we'd really need to leave the kids with my parents for 3 nights, which is asking a bit much I think. Plus it was just too expensive.

So he thinks the whole thing is off, but I am endlessly googling, trying to find an affordable city break:

:flying from Edinburgh or Aberdeen to Europe
: 2 nights either Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday
: about £500 for the pair of us blush I know, but it's all I've got.

Can anyone give me any good ideas? Thanks so much...

popflos Fri 21-Mar-14 20:40:51

how about edinburgh??! posh hotel, no kids, nice dinner, easy

KefaloniaBaby Fri 21-Mar-14 20:44:49

Thanks pop but we only live an hour down the road and have family there, so it wouldn't really be special.

I need to go abroad and see the sun! smile

drinkyourmilk Fri 21-Mar-14 20:45:09

What about heading to Newcastle?

Follyfoot Fri 21-Mar-14 20:46:56

Could you fly to Barra from Glasgow and land on the beach? Then tour round the Outer Hebrides? Wonderful once in a lifetime experience but not too expensive or too far.

Shesaysso Fri 21-Mar-14 20:48:24

Palma in Majorca is lovely and would make a great short city break. Fri 9th May to Sunday 11th May flights edinburgh to palma £214 for two of you Jet 2. Lots of great hotels sure you could find one within budget.

KefaloniaBaby Fri 21-Mar-14 20:48:30

Oooh Follyfoot had never thought of that.

Can you point me in the right direction at all?

drink I really want to take him to Europe to make it something different. Thanks though.

Hassled Fri 21-Mar-14 20:48:47

You won't see the sun but EasyJet do Edinburgh to Berlin. Berlin is great - I was blown away by it. And it's a bit different - not too obvious a choice, IYSWIM.

HermioneWeasley Fri 21-Mar-14 20:49:06

Madrid? Milan? Any groupon offers?

HyvaPaiva Fri 21-Mar-14 20:51:28

Lisbon?

KefaloniaBaby Fri 21-Mar-14 21:00:36

All great, I am hitting Expedia. Keep em coming!

Is it cheaper to book flights and hotel separately do you think?

PortofinoRevisited Sat 22-Mar-14 08:00:09

Look on Skyscanner.net, type in your dates and departure airport and leave the destination field empty. It will show all the low budget flights by country.

Only1scoop Sat 22-Mar-14 08:04:15

How about Ireland Cork....Dublin....Donegal....

ProfondoRosso Sat 22-Mar-14 08:06:03

YY to flying easyjet to Madrid - I did that a few years back and it was brilliant. Such a beautiful city.

magicalmrmistoffelees Sat 22-Mar-14 08:10:44

Madrid is amazing for a city break, plenty to do and lovely bars and restaurants. Look on Skyscanner for flights, you can usually get them fairly cheaply.

Creamycoolerwithcream Sat 22-Mar-14 10:43:29

Copenhagen, Budapest, Lisbon.

macskater Sat 22-Mar-14 10:46:08

Flybe for Barra if you want to follow that up

KatAndKit Sat 22-Mar-14 10:51:02

Budapest. Went there a few years ago got a great deal on last minute. Also see if group on have any breaks. Budapest was lovely and very affordable.

overthemill Sat 22-Mar-14 11:01:07

Expedia and oppose put together good breaks. We've been (but from London airports) to bologna, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Palma, Athens. 2 nights is fine just try to get a hotel that is very central. Try to spring for a taxi too as it cuts down on transfer times when you are pushed for time. I also love Lisbon and Malaga.

overthemill Sat 22-Mar-14 11:01:23

Opodo

foxdongle Sat 22-Mar-14 23:41:38

Bratislava, Nice, Paris, Rome, Florence, Amsterdam, jersey.

SlothNinja Sun 23-Mar-14 00:10:52

I'm voting for Palma, Amsterdam or my new absolute fave - Prague!

Meow75 Sun 23-Mar-14 00:21:51

Anyone suggested Innsbruck or Salzburg? Beautiful cities.

Lifestooshorttosleep Sun 23-Mar-14 08:29:51

Prague, not sun, but a beautiful city and small enough to see it all by walking

ToAvoidConversation Sun 23-Mar-14 08:35:45

I wouldn't have said its warm but might be sunny...Munich is my vote.

Anjou Sun 23-Mar-14 08:38:47

Lovely idea for your DHs birthday, OP!
From Edinburgh you can get to ...
Berlin - amazing city, might be v sunny if you're lucky
Prague - prob not that sunny, but beautiful and v walkable
Dubrovnik - might be v sunny if you're lucky, beautiful
Lisbon - should be sunny, great place
Nice - haven't been but should be sunny
Venice & Paris - you can never get tired of going to either IMO!

Have a lovely time. smile

Can you get to Krakow? Beautiful little place!

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sun 23-Mar-14 08:47:03

Marrakech. Warm, sunny, and cheap. Not immensely long flights either

KefaloniaBaby Sun 23-Mar-14 21:44:23

Thanks so much everyone; I have actually found a great deal for Barcelona, so pleased! And sick of googling it...laptop is officially going OFF.

Thanks!

Only1scoop Sun 23-Mar-14 21:47:04

Barcelona is ace.

Have a wonderful time smile

fussychica Mon 24-Mar-14 19:21:52

Prague - fabulous place.

fussychica Mon 24-Mar-14 19:22:56

oh just seen you last post OP. Barcelona - wonderful. Enjoy.

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