Portugal vs Italy vs Spain?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jul 3, 2012 10:59 PM Last Post By: pubnknit
Jun 30, 2012 9:30 AM
I just got back from Colombia and will be flying to Europe in two weeks. I have the chance to work in Portugal, Italy, or Spain. I'm having trouble cause I haven't been to europe, only south america so I don't know which is best for me. I was looking at all cities on the water like: Napoli, Barcelona, and Lisbon. If you've been to all three, could you tell me the best place to be living in that country with these things that I would like:
Good student community
NOT too expensive.
If any city in one of these countries fits Spain, Italy, or Portugal, please let me know and it will really help dial down my choices. Thanks again
Jun 30, 2012 9:45 AM
1Lisbon is the cheapest, and it's not far from the beach. For surfing, the ocean is a better choice than the Mediterranean.
Jun 30, 2012 10:52 AM
Jun 30, 2012 4:34 PM
3Just got back from 2 weeks in Northern Spain - some nice beaches along the Bay of Biscay and I did see some surf schools advertised, so I would assume there is good enough surf in places. Water temperatures are more like S. California (chilly.) I know there are surfing contests just across the border in France. San Sebastian is the 'trendiest' location, but there are many cities and towns along the coast. I rented a car and traveled a loop from Bilbao to the Pyrenees, back up along the coast through Santandar, than as far west as Leon and Ovieda with my family and always felt very safe, even in big crowds. Lots of fun tapas bars and cafes in the city centers of every town and city we visited. Not sure of the overall yearly climate - it was beautiful this last week of June. Even though the cites up north are smaller (150 - 300k), they feel bigger since they are compact.
Jul 1, 2012 5:22 AM
Jul 1, 2012 5:32 AM
5Nothing completely fits the bill, but I would say Naples the least.
Lisbon is the cheapest. Next to the ocean with good waves. Weather is good but can be really cold in winter.
Barcelona is good on most things, but housing is pretty expensive. Or can be - way cheaper if you share apartment like most people here. Waves completely suck though there are quite some surfers.
Jul 3, 2012 10:59 PM
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