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Another 'where shall I go on a short-haul weekend break' but honestly I'm stumped

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captainmummy Tue 24-Jun-14 15:39:07

I'm trying to arrange a quick weekend away with dp, end Aug, 2 nights. He wants to go somewhere I/we haven't been - so out is;

Southern Spain - Barcelona, Malaga, Valencia, Canary islands
Germany - done Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich
holland - bruges , amsterdam
belgium - Brussels,
france - paris - south/west of france might be a poss?
italy - venice, rome - but the med islands may be ok if not too pricey
swiss - zurich
Iceland - Rejkyavic

- in fact most of the short haul destinations! I'd quite like Croatia, Slovenia, Krakow or East Europe (done Prague!) but would like to keep to under £200 each, so realistically, the flights are that alone!

Oh and he wants to go south - for the weather - so scandinavia is out.

And it's got to be flyable (2-3 hours) from Gatwick. grin

Anyone got any ideas?

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Tue 24-Jun-14 15:51:50

I was reading about Budapest on here earlier this week - that sounded great.

Also, if you like Spain and haven't been to Granada yet, you must.

Morethanalittlebitconfused Tue 24-Jun-14 15:53:15

Southern Ireland - the south east is beautiful at that time of year (Waterford/Wexford area)

Caitmous Tue 24-Jun-14 15:59:27

Bratislava is amazing but not sure of weather. I was on Baltic a few summers ago and it was boiling... Worth thinking about East Europe. Jealous smile

Morethanalittlebitconfused Tue 24-Jun-14 16:00:29

Croatia and Bulgaria are apparently the new go to holiday destinations

hollyisalovelyname Tue 24-Jun-14 16:00:57

Kerry , south west Ireland. Fly into Cork or Farranfore Kerry airport and rent a car. Do the Ring of Kerry tour. Or the Cork /Kerry border just beyond Glengariff or Dingle, Killarney, Caherdaniel, Valentia Island.

FruVikingessOla Tue 24-Jun-14 16:03:26

What about even shorter-haul?!

The Channel Islands? Lovely in August, and just a quick hop from Gatwick. Or the Scilly Isles? Or somewhere in Normandy/Brittany?

KnackeredMuchly Tue 24-Jun-14 16:03:41

When I looked into it my friends recommended Bruges although we didn't go anywhere in the end. It's supposed to be lovely.

Florence is lovely.

missmartha Tue 24-Jun-14 16:14:13

Budapest is lovely and hot this time of year. Very hot in fact.

Kerry or County Cork are great too.

winnertakesitall Tue 24-Jun-14 16:18:41

Oooh yes. Budapest. Lots of lovely outdoor spa baths.

SeriousWispaHabit Tue 24-Jun-14 16:26:43

Algarve? Lots of Ryanair flights to Faro and beautiful weather/lots of beaches. Good for sea fishing/surfing/bodyboarding and amazing coastline. Food good too.

mkmjimmy Tue 24-Jun-14 16:30:20

Palma - loads to do, lovely weather, great bars and restaurants - lovely hotels.

Tallin - weather will be hot - loads to see. Fantastic food - fantastic bars - if you stay away from the stag dos.

Granada and Seville - both easy to get to - train from Malaga.

I was going to suggest Budapest too.

DeMaz Tue 24-Jun-14 16:47:12

A greek island. There are some beautiful ones and lots to choose from... Very hot there at the moment... 3.5 hr flight time I think.

SquirrelledAway Tue 24-Jun-14 16:48:22


efeslight Tue 24-Jun-14 16:52:39

Istanbul is fantastic, but loads to see, would save this for a longer holiday. You can cross the Bosphorous over to Asia for the day.
Ravenna and Bologna are lovely.
Was also going to suggest somewhere in Ireland.

wifeandmotherandlotsofother Tue 24-Jun-14 16:54:43

We went to Budapest on a cheap deal with Travelzoo, best city break we've had, everything is walkable, lovely spa baths, we stayed in the Hotel Andrassi , v nice £150 each for 2 nights including flights.

What about Scotland? I have lived in both Glasgow and Edinburgh and love both - Edina will be mahoosively busy with the festival but if that doesn't put you off, it's great fun, The Bonham is a nice place to lay your head.

Also Glasgow is a brilliant city for a mini break, amazing architecture, good shopping, loads of free galleries and great nightlife, try One Devonshire Gardens, beautiful hotel and walking distance of the West End

Hoppinggreen Tue 24-Jun-14 16:56:39

Seville, Nuremberg, Jersey, Moscow, st Petersberg

PeppermintInfusion Tue 24-Jun-14 17:00:11

Another one for Budapest here, great weather, cheap enough when you're there (not dirt cheap though not far off), spas, walkable, could spend 2 days or a week there.

member Tue 24-Jun-14 17:02:21


ChickenFajitasAndNachos Tue 24-Jun-14 17:02:38

Not South but Tallin is lovely, or Copenhagen.
Dubrovnik is also worth visiting and so is Bruge.

bluesky Tue 24-Jun-14 17:03:35

Dubrovnik is gorgeous

GnomeDePlume Tue 24-Jun-14 17:04:45
BIWI Tue 24-Jun-14 17:04:52


All lovely!

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