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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

Artigene Mon 04-Feb-13 08:40:12

Dubrovnik - stunning city, lots of culture, the walls of the city plunge into the clearest sea you have ever seen, boats take you to little island beaches nearby (I recommend Mljet for a day trip). Best food I've ever had, fantastic bars.

Istanbul is great for nightlife, culture and food. No sea though.

SoldeInvierno Fri 01-Feb-13 19:36:28


SoldeInvierno Fri 01-Feb-13 19:36:08

sorry, I just saw you wanted see views as well, so Prague is obviously not right.

SoldeInvierno Fri 01-Feb-13 19:35:25


snice Thu 31-Jan-13 16:45:32

came on to say Lisbon and see that others have beaten me too it-fabulous city

bringonyourwreckingball Thu 31-Jan-13 16:44:14

Lisbon. Had some fab weekends there

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

Actually Copenhagen is lovely too yes.

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?

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

Prague. Lots of history, atmosphere too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

LifeofPo Thu 31-Jan-13 09:25:41

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

Seville. Less, er, adventurous than Naples.

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.

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


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

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

Tallin or Copenhagen?

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

Nice? Alghero?

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

Palma. Funky yet expensive and classy

Valencia felt too spread out for me. Expensive

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.

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

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

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

lovely, will get on the case - thank you

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

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

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