I'm trying to decide my new year's eve, and I change my mind everyday. So I'm going to share my thoughts with you and maybe you can help me making up my mind.
First idea: Copenhagen. Just for from december 30 to january second. The problem is, I don't have a really good airticket price for this one.
Second idea: Pirineus. The idea here is rent a chalet to spend a week from Xmas to New Year's eve. I'd go by car with some friends. The problem is, the snow for this time of the year is not guaranteed, and the whole point is making a snowboard trip to my husband.
Third idea: Dublin. I have found good airfares to Dublin and thought it might be a good oppotunity to know Ireland. So I would take a week (from december 28th). But I'd like to get to know more of the country and I'm afraid it might be too cold ot to rainy for that.
Can anyone help me?
Ireland is always cool and rainy in the summer, and cold and rainy in winter. So IMO it doesn't really matter whether you go in summer or winter to Ireland, as the weather will be bad anyway. As Ireland is heated by the Gulf Stream, its winters are actually very mild compared to other regions on the same latitute. It has more rain than snow, as temperatures rarely drop below 0 degrees C.
The pubs in Dublin are packed during summer as well as winter, so you could be guaranteed to have a good time.
BTW, check www.skyscanner.net for connections. You could take one cheap flight to say, London and from there fly to another place. There are some regions in Eastern Europe where snow is guaranteed during this time of the year and it would be cheap too. (I saw a skiing area in Turkey - at 40 degrees C it was totally weird to imagine that by November everything around me would be covered deep in snow.)
Dublin will be very cold and rainy at that time, so sightseeing might not be that great, unless you like getting wet!!
It's a great city though, with loads to do, especially pubs with everyone up for a good laugh. It'll be buzzing around New Years Eve too and you'll have a great time.
Just be prepared for the weather and plan indoor things to do because the weather will be pretty bad for outside activites
I wouldn't really recommend Ireland in the winter, it can be pretty miserable a lot of the times (although the last 2 years winters have been dryer than before). Also, a lot of hostels and other tourist facilties are closed during the off season.
But I don't wholly agree with t_maia on the weather is always bad, we had some lovely summers the last few years and usually May and September are very nice months with a good bit of sunshine. It's true that it rains a lot but it also clears up very quickly again. You can get all the seasons in one day.
But for New Years eve I wouldn't recommend Dublin, there's nothing that unusual happening and it's quite expensive. I think you'd be disappointed.
I guess Dublin is out. Thank you, guys.
Any comments on Copenhagen and Pireneus?
I know Germany and Holland are not on your list. But I think both are great, for new years eve. Lots and Lots of fireworks, everywhere.
Dont go to Dublin, for New Years Eve. I lived there for 7 years. There is a fireworks display, in the city centre, but that is about all that is good. U have to pay a fee, to get into the bars, on New Years Eve and chances are they will be too full, to get into.
Thanks Mel, for your suggestions. But I've been to Holland and Germany twice in the last two years. I'm looking for something new and different.
I've already cut Dublin from my list. People have told me i cannot take snow for granted in Andorra. So, I'm left with Copenhaggen, but still loking for alternatives.
Thank you all.