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1. Posted by scottlik (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y


Could someone please help me!!

Im going travelling around Europe in August, i know more or less where im going to hit in the other countries!!

Just struggling with regards to France and Greece, and possibly italy!!!!

Can you suggets any places to vist, cities etc in these countries and any places to avoid!!

Thankyou in advance for your help

SCott :)

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

What sort of things do you like doing?

Don't miss Paris obviously - there's a good thread somewhere below with loads of good info on Paris, I like the mountains in France, summer or winter, the Alps and the Pyrenees are spectacular. But there are things worth seeing (and eating and drinking) all over France so you can't go too far wrong, but it depends what you're interested in. I would say avoid Lyon, I don't particularly like it, and I didn't think Toulouse was that inspirational either

I think everybody has favourite bits of Greece. My favourite island is Skopelos which has a really pretty white-cube house main town with lots of winding streets up on to mountains overlooking the bay, but the beaches aren't that great, I think the best beaches I've seen are on Skiathos or Zakynthos but not really the sort of places I would stay, a bit packagey. Anyway, you can just hop on a ferry, so you don't have to worry too much about turning up somewhere you're not keen on.

3. Posted by scottlik (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y


Thankyou for your reply

I like sightseeing, just relaxing ( nice beaches) and having fun at night, ie bars and good clubs etc

Thanks again


4. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

Scott: If you are in Athens you may want to do yourself a favor and take the subway to Piraeus, the port. Book on one of the day cruises that stop at 3 islands in 1 day. No, the islands are not Mykonos or Santorini or Crete. They are Hydra, Paros and Aegina. Each one is small, easy to walk around and are within a short distance of each other. I love Athens but it can get very steamy in the summer and there is nothing better than being at sea and enjoying the Aegean breeze.


5. Posted by scottlik (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y


Thanx for youre response!

Have you any idea how much that might cost??



6. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

Quoting scottlik


Thanx for youre response!

Have you any idea how much that might cost??



I did this cruise in 1986 with a group and it was alot of fun. A quick search on yahoo came up with 83 euros incl. lunch on board. I did make an error, it is Hydra, Poros (there is a Paros island but it is farther away), and Aegina. See for the itinerary. If you decide to take a cruise of this type visit some travel agents in Athens. There seems to be many cruise lines that specialize in this one day trip.


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7. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y


If you light sightseeing and relaxing at the beach then you will love Greece. I am not sure how much time you will have there but if you have the time, I would highly recommend going to Meteora- these are basically a bunch of monasteries built in precarious positions atop some bizarre looking rock formations, one of my favourite places to visit in Greece. As for the rest of Greece, you cant go wrong with spending some time island hopping, regardless of which islands you chose you are bound to have nice scenary and great nightlife. Bear in mind that you can live quite cheaply on the islands so the cost of getting should not be a deterant.

8. Posted by stella45 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

If you're in Italy, you wouldn't want to miss Venice (possibly slightly smelly in August).
In greece, actually if you can avoid Athens that might be a good move. (hope this doesn't offend anyone)
And I totally agree with magykal1 that Paris is unmissable, and its really empty in August.

9. Posted by scottlik (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y


Thanx guys and gals for your great replies!!

Keep em coming!!

Does anyone know much about Bulgaria??

Scott :)

10. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 114 posts) 11y


Languedoc meets your requirements for the French leg.
Montpellier has clubs and empty beaches nearby.