If you were holidaying for one week only...

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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

...this year and wanted something relaxing (i.e beach) and yet the possibility for culture/interest where in Europe would you go and why?


2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Greek Islands, for those very reasons (beach and culture).

Apart from that, maybe Majorca.

3. Posted by Sheridane (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello mim

There are so many places where you can go for holiday for one week.

The south of spain is very interesting with the Costa de la Luz. There you have a very nice beach and also culture. And the food is wonderful! :-)

And also Majorca is very very nice. In the west of the island you have wonderful beaches. There are not so many people like in the east and south of the Island.

I would prefer Spain. :)

Many greetings

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Cyprus - great place.

Beaches are good, nightlife is excellent, and I loved just walking about in Nicosia, the capital, which was interesting for the simple reason that it's the last remaining divided city in Europe.

I was too young to visit the Berlin wall so Nicosia gave me some degree of understanding what it might have been like.

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Ibiza is beautiful - if you get far far away from San Antonio! Rent a villa in the hills, rent a car and go exploring - l remember finding all these deserted coves with idylic beaches and nice clean water.

I would go to San An for a night though - its hysterical to watch the state some of these people get themselves in and class it as being on holiday!

If not Ibiza - Madrid maybe or Barcelona - where you can do the city thing and when you get bored there's the beach too - or hang out in Parc Guelle (sp????) l loved up there Gaudi's imagination must have been running wild!

Good luck!


6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Many possibilities of course, but good combinations can be found on several islands, I will name the ones I would choose:

Corsica, although not the typical beach island, the weather is fine most of the year and it has some great culture and nature!

Sardinia and Sicily, especially the last one is great with the Etna volcano and some great culture as well.

Malta, with Valletta old city on the UNESCO list, among other places.

Cyprus maybe as well, but I am not really keen on the Greek/Turkey area, so this would be my last choice.

7. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd probably go to Greece

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Lots of options, obviously.

I'd say that Sardinia is a very good call, and i'd highly recomend it. It has all the good Italian points, but without most of the hoardes of foreign visitors.

Of places not yet mentioned, Croatia is probably the obvious ommission (with a week you could do something like Spilt to Dubrovnik via a couple of Islands). It's fast becoming discovered again and also more expensive, but is still a great destination. The North/North West of Spain is a possibility as well, as is Portugal - though probably not the Algarve - which also hasn't been mentioned yet and could be an option

9. Posted by jaxstar (Full Member 74 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hmm i think id check the lastminute websites and see what kinda deal i could get and then decide!

budget for me, yay!

10. Posted by holidayer (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Algarve Portugal is a contender!

Excellent beaches (more than 75 in the Algarve alone!) and lots of places of historic interest: roman ruins, castles and fortresses, archaeological sites, churches, museums, etc. In the Algarve you’ll see documented the moor-crusader conflict as well as learn what cultural elements were left behind by the moors. The Algarve (Sagres) is also special since it was the 16th Century’s equivalent to Cape Canaveral in terms of Exploration.

{Sadly most people only know of one or two spots in the Algarve and these have not received good press! And the Portuguese do not spend enough in marketing the great country they have!}

Check out Praia da Rocha, which is next to Portimão, also known as Portus Hannibalis , after the famous general. This has a huge beautiful beach and, with it’s rock formations, is somewhat unusual.

Although, there are many good hotels at Praia da Rocha I would recommend this self-catering studio near the beach for good value: http://www.geocities.com/algarve_holiday/praia_rocha.html

One week here is perfect anytime of the year!