Holiday recommendations for September(10 Posts)
Just me and OH, were planning america but due to change in finances it's proving too expensive. Budget is £800 each. He hates lying around the pool / beach in the sun whereas that is my idea of heaven so finding it hard to reach a compromise. Ideally need somewhere with lots to do / see but the option for a bit of chilling as well.
I do all of the cooking at home so really not interested in cooking on holiday, he hates all inclusive as feels restricted. Ideally would like B&B somewhere that is somewhat affordable to eat out most nights. Hoping to go for 10 nights.
Both fairly active foodies, usually go to mainland Spain or canaries but open to suggestions!
Cascais is a charming Portuguese town that has a delightful historic centre, with a range of interesting tourist attractions, while the surrounding coastline has beautiful sandy beaches. Cascais is ideal for a day trio or two to Lisbon as it is connected by a regular and inexpensive railway. The train journey takes between 30-40 minutes depending on the number of stops, and during daylight hours there is a departure every 20 minutes. The train route follows the coastline and provides some great views over the sea. Another 'must' is a trip to the magical Sintra.
Along the waterfront is the fishing harbour, the marina, artisan shops and seafood restaurants. The food is great in Cascais because it is full of independent family-owned and run restaurants and cafes.
When travelling from Lisbon airport to Cascais you can use either the train or taxi. The ride costs approximately 40€ and takes around 35 minutes. The less expensive, but slower and indirect alternative is the train. The whole journey will cost only 6.20€, but the average travel time is 1 hour and 25 minutes.
We went here self catering, but I think they do B&B too. Nice apartments with kitchens if you want to cook. Lots of bars & restaurants in a short walking distance and obviously you can explore the island.
I was coming on to say Cascais/Lisbon or Barcelona. Both wonderful cities but have the beach element too.
I was also coming on to say Cascais! My favourite holiday place.
Sicily. We did a farmstay (agriturismo) which was really chilled out. Amazing food, lots to see. Public transport is awful but car rental is really cheap.
Would you consider France? Spent much time in pyrenees area which always suits us as its more a place to get out and do something and it is very pretty. September is nice there, school children back learning, so less touristy (in a nice way).
My problem is Im married to someone who thinks he should be a professional cyclist so he needs lovely scenery to burn off energy and I like a bit of that but need to relax too so where we go caters for both! PM for more info.
But hope you get something sorted. Holidays are important!
I would recommend Italy, Slovenia, or Budapest. In Italy consider staying in places popular with Italians and you will get a bargain, but the weather will be very hot still. Think Liguria, Piemonte, Maiori, Ischia. You could definitely scope out a good deal. Ischia in particular is very cheap for what you get.
The trick is to pick somewhere popular with national- not international- tourists to get a bargain. You will also get much better food in these areas.
Just to add to my list of hidden gems in Italy... Lecce in Puglia, Trieste, Ferrara or Ravenna in Emilia-Romagna, Cefalu in Sicily,
another vote for Sicily, I also really want to go to Ischia it looks amazing.
I always see on secretescapes the Radisson Blu in Split which looks beautiful and not too ££
Budapest is amazing but not sure you need to go for more than 5 or so days
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