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Somewhere like Barcelona....but not Barcelona

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opeysmum Wed 30-Jan-13 16:51:00

We are escaping for a weekend away without the kids at beginning June. Barcelona pretty much matches the description of what we're looking for...sun, some culture, nice bars, great hotels, sea, beautiful views...but I have been several times before and would like to go somewhere different. Any suggestions gratefully received - thank you

lottiegarbanzo Wed 30-Jan-13 16:51:37


Mutt Wed 30-Jan-13 16:52:16

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SparkyTGD Wed 30-Jan-13 16:52:19

Valencia is fab, like Palma (majorca) too.

Mutt Wed 30-Jan-13 16:52:45

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shrimponastick Wed 30-Jan-13 16:54:31

I love Madrid. Food, drink, museums. June will be hot.

Also fancy Valencia after seeing on tv. Bit like Madrid but on the coast??


attheendoftheday Wed 30-Jan-13 20:25:00

Stockholm is lovely for a weekend break and has everything you've asked for.

opeysmum Wed 30-Jan-13 21:08:03

lovely, will get on the case - thank you

NorksAreMessy Wed 30-Jan-13 21:10:55

another vote for valencia...lovely and calm as well

TheSmallerPenguin Wed 30-Jan-13 21:11:57

Yes, Valencia, definitely. Similar to Barcelona but without the crowds and the pickpockets.

Madrid could be too hot in June, there isn't really anywhere to go to cool down.

whateveritakes Wed 30-Jan-13 21:25:07

Palma. Funky yet expensive and classy

Valencia felt too spread out for me. Expensive

Portofino Thu 31-Jan-13 08:51:51

Nice? Alghero?

Fluffy1234 Thu 31-Jan-13 09:12:45

Tallin or Copenhagen?

LifeofPo Thu 31-Jan-13 09:16:22

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Allinonebucket Thu 31-Jan-13 09:17:21


wildstrawberryplace Thu 31-Jan-13 09:19:32

Copenhagen! It has the same feel as Barcelona - coastal city with beaches, lots of foodie scene restaurants, thriving bar scene, good metro system, plenty of art and culture, both have permanent retro amusement parks, and both have a quite a distinctive personality.

LeucanTheMopsis Thu 31-Jan-13 09:20:21

Seville. Less, er, adventurous than Naples.

LifeofPo Thu 31-Jan-13 09:24:14

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Ruthiebabes Thu 31-Jan-13 11:33:39

Nice.. we stayed at Hotel Suisse in Sept.. fab views from hotel... and loved the place.

magentastardust Thu 31-Jan-13 12:25:26

I would say Copenhagen or Palma both great for city break.

lottiegarbanzo Thu 31-Jan-13 15:38:18

Nice is great for art and strolling, stony beach though. Agree Seville feels civilized and relaxed.

Longdistance Thu 31-Jan-13 15:39:51

Prague. Lots of history, atmosphere too.

MerylStrop Thu 31-Jan-13 15:46:04

Lisbon is fantastic, that is where I would go if I were in the market for a kid free city break. Oporto is also amazingly nice.
Stockholm I love but it WILL piss it down, and if you are going Nordic and accepting the weather why not Helsinki?

Allinonebucket Thu 31-Jan-13 16:33:00

Actually Copenhagen is lovely too yes.

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