whats cheaper, a few days in London with teenagers or a week self catering in Spain?

(31 Posts)
ssd Tue 14-May-13 08:15:26

haven't much ££ but have had a rotten year and am dreaming of holidays

can anyone give me any advice?

live in rainy west Scotland and would need kids passports

Yonihadtoask Fri 17-May-13 22:01:14

No, no zoos for us.

Plan to see Barcelona and Montserrat. I havent been there before.

We go on 27 May. All v last minute.

Yrs, Tarragona is interesting. I have been but pre DS, I think it was about 18 years ago...

mummylin Fri 17-May-13 19:54:31

When are you going yoni ? Sure you will have a great time. My dh and 7 of his friends were there last month for 5 days.but their trips are mostly to do with football and pubs ! Do try one of the bus trips. One or two day tickets available. Don't visit the zoo. It's horrible. Not enough room for all the animals.

ginmakesitallok Fri 17-May-13 18:49:31

I'd also recommend going to Tarragona, further south. The old city is lovely.

Yonihadtoask Fri 17-May-13 18:42:54

OP - have you got any further?

I have booked my trip. smile

Calella. HOtel President.

Plan to go into Barcelona at least once - the train is easy.

Looking forward to it now.

mummylin Thu 16-May-13 12:04:03

Spelt name of hotel wrong ! It's AMAIKA ! We went all inclusive here so we could also take a picnic out with us if we were going to be out all day. This has to be ordered the night before though.

ssd Wed 15-May-13 15:34:56

yes they'd love to do that mummylin!

thanks yoni, will probably come back to you for more advice!

mummylin Wed 15-May-13 15:04:18

Oh and of course for your family ssdthere is neu camp which I'm sure would be a highlight for them. You can also get a bus in Barca to tour round the different places, you just get on and off at places at will. They provide headphones to tell you sbout everything, so much to see there.

mummylin Wed 15-May-13 12:23:06

Ha ha ha , didn't even realise it was you I was posting to ssd blame it on the lateness of the hour !!!

Yonihadtoask Wed 15-May-13 08:37:08

Yes. Sounds it.

You can book a pre-arranged shuttle - for probably about £20 per person - it's quite a distance. Or can take the train.

Train from airport into centre of Barcelona. Then change to a local train.

ssd Wed 15-May-13 07:59:36

hi mummylin!

thanks for that yoni, that actually sounds perfect! I'll look on bookings.com for the hotel. is it easy to get to calella from barcelona airport?

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 23:47:51

I have seen the Amika mummylin. Looks okay.

Have been to Calella - for one night only -a good few years ago. So I don't really remember it that well

Am happy to use the train/s to get from BCN to a h otel - it's quite straightforward. Get to see a bit of the coastline too.

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 23:41:04

jet 2 - Glasgow to Barcelona airport. 2 July - 7 July = £687 - no bags in that - they are about £30 each. (we are taking hand luggage only).

A triple room in Calella - Hotel Internacional - on Full Board = £592.

So would be £1270.

You would just need to find money for drinks, excursions and transfer from BCN to resort.

I look at all the airlines for pricings - and flight times. The jet2 seem good for being morning flights - which I like.

Hotel rooms I generally use booking.com - as it's an easy site to navigate - and I have used them many times without issue.

mummylin Tue 14-May-13 23:21:24

Hi , I have stayed in Calella twice, and my dh and his friends go every year for a footi break. We normally stay at the Amika hotel. It is quite near the train station which can take you right into the centre of Barcelona. Hotel is two mins from the beach. The Rambles in the centre is fabulous to walk down. It is a world famous place. One word of warning ,watch out for you purse at the train station at Barcelona end !

ssd Tue 14-May-13 22:33:55

cant get the above link to work blush

I know I'm a pest

ssd Tue 14-May-13 22:32:14

wow grin good on you!

have heard calella is lovely and the ds's would love to see Barcelona...

thanks for the link, will look into that

dont fancy turkey, is it very cheeky to ask if you could see if there is anything similiar for the 4 of us that you're doing with your ds?blush

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 20:02:33

Your post inspired me.

I just booked a short trip to Spain in the Spring bank hols.

DH is working loads - so just me and DS are going. He is 15. I booked flights only so far to Barcelona. We have 5 nights - I plan to find us a cheapo hotel on the coast - maybe Calella?

Our flights were only £258 for both of us - which I thought was pretty cheap.

Am just so fed up of the weather here - I need sunshine!!!

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 20:00:49

Try Thomas Cook

7 nights - dep 1 July. Self catering in Benaldmadena.

I only put you two suitcases on - it's cheaper than three.

Self catering means you can stock up in the supermarket - and have cold drinks to hand. Cook basic meals. and eat out the rest.

No transfers necessary. Malaga airport is on the train line down the coast. it's a few euros. Or a taxi will be about 30 Euros each way.

£1095 total holiday cost for all of you?

or this one www.thomascook.com/product/?brandCode=Z&searchId=1368557549982&trail=19012%3A1_2_0_0_13_14_1%3A19008%3A07012013-07012013%3A19006%3AfacetGroup_2100010_0%3A19010%3AfacetGroup_1900020_0&tcSearchResultId=flexitrips%40532055-&sortOrder=ASC&journey=normal&srpTrail=19012%3A1_2_0_0_13_14_1%3A19008%3A07012013-07012013%3A19006%3AfacetGroup_2100010_0%3A19010%3AfacetGroup_1900020_0&productId=H0043654&sortingBy=PRICE&resultsCount=512&pageNum=1&searchType=tc&roomCodes=H4U%7C12592_rc_Family_Room_-_Self_catering_bbc_4%40&dd=07012013&accomIndex=1 Similarly priced.

There are some to Turkey very reasonably priced too.But they tend to be bed and breakfast basis - which means they may not have a fridge and basic cooking facilities - which are useful with DC.

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 19:59:44

Try Thomas Cook

7 nights - dep 1 July. Self catering in Benaldmadena.

I only put you two suitcases on - it's cheaper than three.

Self catering means you can stock up in the supermarket - and have cold drinks to hand. Cook basic meals. and eat out the rest.

No transfers necessary. Malaga airport is on the train line down the coast. it's a few euros. Or a taxi will be about 30 Euros each way.

£1095 total holiday cost for all of you?

or this one www.thomascook.com/product/?brandCode=Z&searchId=1368557549982&trail=19012%3A1_2_0_0_13_14_1%3A19008%3A07012013-07012013%3A19006%3AfacetGroup_2100010_0%3A19010%3AfacetGroup_1900020_0&tcSearchResultId=flexitrips%40532055-&sortOrder=ASC&journey=normal&srpTrail=19012%3A1_2_0_0_13_14_1%3A19008%3A07012013-07012013%3A19006%3AfacetGroup_2100010_0%3A19010%3AfacetGroup_1900020_0&productId=H0043654&sortingBy=PRICE&resultsCount=512&pageNum=1&searchType=tc&roomCodes=H4U%7C12592_rc_Family_Room_-_Self_catering_bbc_4%40&dd=07012013&accomIndex=1 Similarly priced.

There are some to Turkey very reasonably priced too.But they tend to be bed and breakfast basis - which means they may not have a fridge and basic cooking facilities - which are useful with DC.

ssd Tue 14-May-13 15:59:54

great yoni!!

would go round about 1 july, give or take 3 days

flying from glasgow or prestwick or (edinburgh)

7 nights max

if you could help me that'd be great!

magentastardust Tue 14-May-13 13:08:53

You can get self catering accommodation very cheaply in Spain but the flights can add a fair amount on ?

You would be a lot cheaper travelling to London but then obviously you will need more for accommodation and spending.

Not very helpful am I!

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 09:39:56

It doesn't have to cost a lot.

In larger resorts eating out is cheap, due to all the competition.

Combine it with self catering in an apartment and you can get by on simple foods, and buying pop and ice veranda etchedfrom supermarkets keeps costs right down.

Hard to give a figure, it all depends on what you like?

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 09:35:16

I love holiday planning.

When do you want to go?

ssd Tue 14-May-13 09:28:48

thanks!

I know this might be daft to ask but can anyone roughly tell me how much going to spain for 4 (kids 13 and 14) would cost, and how much £ to take?

have never taken kids abroad, or been on spain, literally have no clue blush

also where would you recommend? not too busy and lively, am an old fart and kids wayyyy too young to want to go clubbing Ihope

BeGoodElliot Tue 14-May-13 08:34:42

From Prestwick you can fly to Malaga really cheaply if you have a play about with dates. I did this last year, travel would probably be cheaper than to London.

PestoSwimissimos Tue 14-May-13 08:34:21

If you go to Spain you won't have to factor in entertainent costs, you'll have the sun, the beach, the pool and can just chill in the evenings smile

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