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Hi Everyone

It is that time of year again! This forum helped me out a great deal on last years trip so thought i would seek for some more recommendations! Last year ended up in Barcelona, Athens, Mykonos & Santorini. This summer looking to explore different parts of Europe.

I enjoy the beach, good food, friendly people and exploring the cities. More laid back places are more desirable for me. Don’t get me wrong, i loved Barcelona, but after a few days i was ready to get away from all of the crowds. Greece was outstanding and I am looking more for that type of scene. Laid Back, good mix of going out and relaxing on the beach, 4 wheeling, walks, & exploring the town.

Hoping to get away for 2 weeks or so. Looking for 2 destinations if possible. Please let me know your thoughts and recommendations.
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Try Eastern Europe for less crowded beaches. Croatia would be a good choice. Also think about Black Sea beaches in Bulgaria, Ukraine. I enjoyed Crimea in the Ukraine. Turkey would be another option…

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I have heard of both Croatia & Turkey being great for beaches. Is it possible to do both in 2 weeks time? Or would you suggest Croatia and a country closer by?

Any specific islands that are must go tos?

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We liked Hvar Island (Croatia) so much we stayed an extra day. There was nightlife if you wanted it, but we loved the scenery and relaxed atmosphere. If you flew into Dubrovnik you could take a side trip to Montenegro.

You probably don’t want to go back to Spain again, but all along the northern coast of Spain (Basque country, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia) there is spectacular scenery, fine beaches and delicious food.

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We loved Slovenia. There’s a small bit of Adriatic coast and lots of gorgeous mountain scenery. Ljubljana is a nice visit and the area around Lake Bled was great. I’ve never been there, but others here rave about Sarajevo. You could spend a nice two weeks in Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia/Herzegovina or other “former Yugoslavia” countries.

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Possibly changing to Italian and French Coast, or Portugal and Morroco. thoughts on this? Again we are looking for beach life and a good mix of night time going out. Which two country coastlines do you recommend for this type of vaca? THanks Again!!

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I went to Nice for a bit and I found it to be pricey and the beach is small rocks, not sand. I recommend reconsidering Croatia or Bulgaria. Crotia especially because the cities tend to be quite small, so you can sight see for half the day, then spend the rest of the day on the beach, plus you can do lots of island hopping if you enjoyed that about greece. I’ve heard some great things about the beaches and party atmosphere about the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, and some of the sights are fantastic, particularily Veliko Tarnovo, however it is a ways from the coast.

I’m hopefully going to Portugal near the end of this summer, and it looks like what you’re looking for if you dont want to do Croatia or Bulgaria.

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Ryfela wrote:
I went to Nice for a bit and I found it to be pricey and the beach is small rocks, not sand. I recommend reconsidering Croatia or Bulgaria. Crotia especially because the cities tend to be quite small, so you can sight see for half the day, then spend the rest of the day on the beach, plus you can do lots of island hopping if you enjoyed that about greece. I’ve heard some great things about the beaches and party atmosphere about the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria, and some of the sights are fantastic, particularily Veliko Tarnovo, however it is a ways from the coast.

I’m hopefully going to Portugal near the end of this summer, and it looks like what you’re looking for if you dont want to do Croatia or Bulgaria.


For the beach on France’s Riviera, Antibes is the sandy one, but we enjoyed Collioure to the south (Vermilion Coast, near Spanish border).

I wanted to get to Sesimbra (out of Lisbon) for some beach-going, but it looks like we will have to stay closer, so we’ll go to Ericeira.

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I recommend reconsidering Croatia or Bulgaria. Crotia especially because the cities tend to be quite small, so you can sight see for half the day, then spend the rest of the day on the beach.

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I’ve finally figured it out. We are flying into Dubrovnik July 19. I am hoping to visit some islands and was thinking of Korcula, Brac & Hvar. I have checked out the ferry schedule and wondered if this is set and no other ferries are available? I have found http://www.jadrolini… and noticed that most ferries leave Dubrovnik on a Sunday which only leaves us one day to stay in Dubrovnik. – Any suggestions on other means of ferries? – I also saw a bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula daily, is this reliable?
I would like your input on how long to stay in each island and which islands to visit. We will be in croatia until July 30th. We are flying out of Split on that day, so we do need to make our “island hopping” way to Split for the 30th.

July 30th we are flying into Rome, and out of Naples on August 4. What is the best way to see Naples/Amalfi Coast in these 4 days? Also where to stay/which city? Would Sorrento be cheaper than right in Amalfi?

Thanks so much!

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jadrolini is the largest ferry company in Croatia and handles much of the traffic within (i.e to the islands) Croatia. There are other ferry companies, too. Try www.croatiaferries.c… to see if you can find other companies.

There are much better ferry connections to the islands you mention from Split, so perhaps bus to Split and then ferry from there will work better. You will find lots of options to the islands you want to visit from Split.

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I second oldlady’s advice, I would try from Split instead. I recommend booking your Dubrovnik hostel asap as it is very hard to find affordable rooms there. I personally didn’t get to see any islands but I heard great things about Hvar.

I hated naples and found it really dirty and unsafe, I would recommend if you have to choose to stay in either one, stay in Sorrento. Especially if you plan on going to Pompeii, as they are on the same rail line.

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deckd19 wrote:
I recommend reconsidering Croatia or Bulgaria. Crotia especially because the cities tend to be quite small,

I know exactly what you mean! Little villages like Grohote,Maslinica or Stomorska(Solta) are nice places to come through, when in Croatia.
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I havent been to Naples yet though if youve read Eat, Pray, Love theres some fantastic pizza you have to try while youre there. A little quick research ended up with these results: http://travel.nation…
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http://www.guardian….
for the Amalfi Coast. The Guardian link has some great recommendations for beaches in my opinion. Definitely let me know how the Regina Giovanna beach is like if you decide to go there.

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This Place looks exotic and nature has decorated this place with beautiful beaches, waterfalls and caves.