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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Guys,

I'm trying to find a good deal on a holiday, I'm hoping some of the experts on here can help me.

First the 'details'
It's for a couple.
It's for sometime in August (sadly that isn't flexible, when in August is though)
It's for a minimum of 7 days, maximum of 14, 10 or 14 would probably be ideal
Budget is £1200 per person if 'all inclusive' if not more like £800-900 or so.

What we don't want (I say this because this is what we've found tons of!).
A resort which is just a pool, beach and not much else, with a tower block of a hotel, tons of kids everywhere and people getting hammered everywhere. If that's your thing great! Have fun! It's not what we're looking for this time!

What we do want
Coastal - that's a definite, we love to be by the sea. If there were stonking waves and surf all the better!
Warm but not stupid hot - i.e. not somewhere that's 35-40 degrees - I'm struggling in London at the moment!
Somewhere not rammed with families and children
Somewhere with other things to do and appreciate - be this somewhere we can go on some cool excursions, or with interesting architecture, tons of nature and wildlife would be a massive bonus!

We've looked around some deal sites and not much comes up besides the obvious places which sound very similar to our 'not what we want' places.

I'd thought of these kind of places (but not with too much research)

* Corsica
* Sardinia
* Greece (but not somewhere like Kavos)
* The Azores - this especially looks interesting
* Bali (yeah right!) / French Polynesia (again, yeah right!)
* USA - good dollar rates but where?
* Biarritz?
* San Sabastian?
* Split?
* Iceland

If anyone can suggest good places to look for that sort of thing, or indeed other locations we could look at that would be much appreciated.

So yeah with August being about a week away we don't know even what country or for how long we're going for! - Cool in one regard but scary in another!!
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Almeria (South of Spain ) is nice - bound to be full of kids (the small kind ) as its Holiday Season ,you're going to be pushed to avoid them ! I think a few kids enriches a holiday -but I know what you mean -not hordes of them ! Only been there off season (Sept) but the Quad Bike safari was great . Not one of the Lager Lout resorts but still a fair bit to do .
#2
The Western side of Rhodes is quite unspoilt and I was pleasantly surprised by how much variety the islands offers. It has miles of virtually deserted breaches on West Coast but on southern tip is Prassonissi where Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet, which is quite interesting and a real boon for kite surfing etc.
#3
What about Fethiye in Turkey? It is a working town, so it's not too touristy itself. It has a lovely weekly market and a little area of cobbled streets with lovely shops for souvenir shopping, restaurant-choosing. You are a dolmus (little bus) trip away from the stunning "blue lagoon" of Olu Deniz, or you're just along the road from Calis which is a long straight beach with hotels across the road from it. You can sit at a restaurant on the harbour and watch the boats. The town is backed by cliffs which have ancient Lycian tombs carved into them - you can climb up and see them yourself if you feel that way inclined. You can go on trips to natural sulphur pool and mud baths, or to the turtle beach, etc. I loved those trips as they were by boat, which is really nice on a hot day to cool you off. You can also pay boat owners to take you out on the sea for a few hours, maybe stopping for a picnic and a swim somewhere secluded. There are ancient amphitheatres and other ruins you can visit - very interesting. You can go for pampering at the 16th century Turkish Bath house. You can get a ferry to Rhodes too if you like, I think it takes about 90 minutes to two hours from Fethiye. So, plenty to keep you amused if you're not into sunbathing, and you won't be kept up all night by noisy nightclubs etc. I found the locals to be the nicest, humblest people I've ever met and I hope I can go back one day. :) I wasn't going to suggest it as of course it can get hot, but you did say Greece in your suggestion list. Oh and if you decided to go for say two weeks, you could take a couple of days out to fly to Istanbul and explore there too. Oh and look up "Pamukkale" too, you can visit there too.



Edited By: therealslimkaty on Jul 22, 2014 21:44: .
#4
Turkey sounds very nice, however, my girlfriend went there last year and is keen to try a different country (obviously there are other places in Turkey but you get the idea), she did rate it as a super holiday though, the sort of thing we're looking for I think.

Rhodes, interesting, I'd not looked into it really, that sounds promising.

We've just got back from St. Ives. if we could find a European (or anywhere really!) equivalent (of course, nowhere can do pasties or cream teas like Cornwall!) I think we'd be pleased!!

Thanks for the suggestions guys, does anyone know any good sites for deals besides the 'obvious' ones - they just have tons of holidays to Abufuria and Alicante and stuff like that from what I can see.
#5
Pick an island or group of islands, check for best flight prices, then pick a resort, find a hotel, get car hire and just do it all yourself. Use trip advisor and study reviews carefully, i.e. Don't get too troubled by "OMG!! There was a cockroach in my room!!!" sort of stuff but factor in peoples experiences of things to do and see locally. Use sky scanner to get flight prices, Expedia and similar for accommodation. Make it your own adventure. Best of luck.
#6
Croatia can definitely offer what you're looking for, haven't stayed in Split but I did visit Zadar and it was beautiful, lots of lovely old town areas to explore and we did a day trip up to the plitvice national park which is stunning. We also did a day excursion on one of the big boats round some of the islands and it was incredible. The weather was about 28 degrees celcius in July.
#7
Croatia can definitely offer what you're looking for, haven't stayed in Split but I did visit Zadar and it was beautiful, lots of lovely old town areas to explore and we did a day trip up to the plitvice national park which is stunning. We also did a day excursion on one of the big boats round some of the islands and it was incredible. The weather was about 28 degrees celcius in July.
#8
have to looked at booking a cruise
#9
That does sound good Paul, however, flight prices are increasing the closer we get where as package deals are decreasing, plus I don't drive!

@Sparky, how was Croatia for living costs - was it reasonable to eat out and stuff? Now it's really popular I thought I read somewhere it was mega expensive?

We considered booking a cruise, however, neither of us really like the idea that much, if we did do one I think we'd 'test the waters' for want of a better expression, on a shorter one for a couple of days or something.

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