Honeymoon in Spain June 2013
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 19, 2012 9:17 PM Last Post By: wanderlust17
Nov 12, 2012 6:40 PM
Honeymoon in Spain June 2013Hello,
We are trying to plan a honeymoon for the end of June/beginning of July for 9 nights in Spain.
We are having some trouble deciding where to stay and hoping to get some help!
We would like to stay in one city. We would like to do some day trips but mostly we would like a relaxing vacation that includes lying on the beach, having spectacular food/wine and staying at a top of a line hotel/resort. Our budget ~ $400-500 per day.
At first I was looking at Barcelona but decided that the best beaches may not be there.
Then we started looking into the canary islands - but we don't want to miss out on seeing more of Spain.
Then we started looking into marjorca - not sure if this is the best honeymoon destination and the flight is longest to get here.
Then we started looking at Valencia and finally Benidorm.
I've looked at many websites and I'm a bit overwhelmed. I'm sure there's not too many wrong choices here but any tips would be great.
Nov 12, 2012 11:46 PM
1A guidebook might be useful. This is, for example, what the Rough Guide says about Benidorm:
"Hugely high-rise, vaguely Vegas and definitely dodgy, BENIDORM is king when it comes to package tourism. Sixty years ago, Rose Macaulay described Benidorm as a small village "crowded very beautifully round its domed and tiled church on a rocky peninsula". The old part's still here, but it's so overshadowed by the kilometres of towering concrete that you'll be hard-pressed to find it. If you want hordes of British and Scandinavian sunseekers, scores of "English" pubs, almost two hundred discos and club-bars, and bacon and eggs for breakfast, then this is the place to come."
Not my cup of tea, but maybe you're into that sort thing...
Nov 13, 2012 12:15 AM
2Majorca is less than a 1 hour flight from Barcelona. Not sure how it is longer than flight to the canaries I am sure you cannot fly direct to either from the US. I would maybe say Malaga but to be honest your wish list is too vague. Agree with 1 on Benidorm and it is not really a city. But Majorca can be a great honeymoon destiantion just do not stya in places like Magaluf.
Nov 13, 2012 1:04 AM
3Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
With the present financial situation in Spain and your mighty fine budget....
Just hire the region of your choice for a few days ! !
Nov 13, 2012 2:30 AM
4Which dollars are you talking about? For what you would like to do Sitges could be a good choise. It is close to Barcelona, but has its own style, it's not too big, but has a lot of nice bars, restaurants and the beach is nice too. The connection to Barcelona by train as well as to the Barcelona airport are excellent.
Nov 13, 2012 7:38 AM
5The Basque country is great for spectacular food and wine. If you are looking for a city, San Sebastián (aka Donostia) would be the obvious choice.
Nov 13, 2012 11:58 AM
6Sandy beaches? Most beaches on the Mediterranean are rocky, although there's a lot of variety. Natural sand beaches can be found in abundance to the west of Gibralter.
You're in luck! A new parador has finally opened in Cadiz and it features fine dining!!!
Nov 17, 2012 5:36 AM
7I think you would like the NERJA area. I'd also combine a day in Granada to see the Alhambra .
or puente romana area in marbella
Nov 19, 2012 9:17 PM
8Like some of the above posters, I think you might enjoy Andalucia. Nicer beaches and great culture!
For nice beaches, maybe base yourself near Cadiz or in the Punta Umbria area, and then you could go for day drips to Sevilla or the Pueblos Blancos by car. Or (as OP already said) Nerja/Malaga/Marbella area and day trip it to Granada/Pueblos Blancos.
But if you're looking more for culture with only a side of beaches, then I would suggest basing yourself in one of the inland Andalucian cities like Sevilla or Granada and then going to the beach as a day trip.
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