I often get asked where is the best place to go. There are many factors to a destination – sun, price, people and things to do and not everyone wants the first or the last. However, here is a list.
Nimes – The Rome of France with the best preserved amphitheatre in the world, friendly people, a small town with pedestrian centre.
Girona – Historic old centre used in Game of Thrones with many day trips possible. Consider a visit during Correfoc at the end of October
Valencia – Spain’s second biggest city with a ribbon of green through the centre that used to be a river. Many museums, an historic centre, a National Park, there is loads to do and see.
Treviso – Known as little Venice this Italian town is 20 minutes train ride from Venice. It has its own canals and no tourists as they are all in Venice. Not as much to see as other places but plenty cafes and restaurants.
Budapest – Cheap and plenty to do. I like the mix of communist and classical architecture. The most Northerly Islamic shrine is here as for nearly 200 years Budapest was part of the Ottoman empire. The “Ruin Bars” are amazing. The spa resorts are dotted around the city.
Majorca – It is an island but there are many cheap flights here and you get such a variety of things to see. There is El Arenal with it’s huge German beers halls, Sa Coma in the east for traditional Spanish stays or Magaluf. Palma City is worth a stay too, particularly at Easter.
Malaga – There is a train station at the airport that takes you to any resort along the coast so the do-it-yourself option is a good one. The Semana Santa parades in the week leading up to Easter are the best in the world in my opinion. 300,000 people on the streets for this fabulous spectacle.
Copenhagen – It’s not cheap but it’s thew cycle capital of Europe. Visit the brown bars, the mermaid and soak up the Danish atmosphere.
Krakow – Even on the main tourist square food and drink is cheap. The Jewish Quarter is full of bars and eateries, Auschwitz is a must although a bit of a downer.
Tavira – On the Portuguese Algarve this town has two stations and therefore easy to get to and travel around. Curry houses, restaurants, a Roman bridge, a boat to the islands a relaxing place that is also the hub to other places