Small towns to visit during my 5 weeks in Europe?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 5, 2013 3:11 AM Last Post By: Helen0104
Oct 3, 2013 12:21 PM
Small towns to visit during my 5 weeks in Europe?Hello all!
I am going to be backpacking in Europe with my partner for 5 weeks from october 16 to november 20 ish. Heres the very loose itinerary:
Landing in Barcelona and staying there Oct. 16-23
Heading to Nice 24-30
Genoa 31-nov. 3
Cinque Terre -4-10
Florence - 11-13
Munich -14-20 then fly home!
I was making this itinerary when I realized I am spending a lot of time in bigger cities and a lot of time packing up and moving to new places. I am wondering if anyone has been to or lived in these places or around them and knows of anywhere that is off the beaten path a bit? Problem is I dont have very much money.. trying not to spend more than 25 a night on hostels and even that is pushing it! So does anyone know of any smaller towns I could either make day trips to or spend more time in? Places that are perhaps less touristy or somewhere off the riviera a bit so it isnt as expensive! Thanks!
p.s. if you have any suggestions for places to visit in the places on my itinerary let me know!
Oct 3, 2013 1:25 PM
1I suggest that you read this thread: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2353262 about visiting Cinque Terre in november.
I hope you realize, that moving costs money. When you are on a tight budget you should try to move as little as possible. Have you checked the costs of your moving?
What made you decide to visit the cities you mention in your itinerary? Planning to stay 6 days in Nice seems a bit much, unless you plan to visit villages in the area.
Oct 3, 2013 4:45 PM
Oct 3, 2013 11:33 PM
3LouisXIV is right, the local busses are cheap. 1,50€ one way covering the department including Monaco.
Six days in Nice seems a long stay especially in this time of the year. Is there a special reason for? To discover all important sights in Nice you need not more than 2 hours, maybe a full day including the visit of some museums or a big shopping tour. Restaurants are expensive, Brasseries less and street food is cheap. Same for pubs and bars in the part of the old town. Think about daylight will be short and the weather can be between not good and really bad in this time. It's not cold (someting between + 15 and 18°) even if there is heavy rainfall but too cold for a short jump into the sea.
booking.com or hotels.com give you an idea about prices for a twin room. Forget the hotel Altair.
Oct 4, 2013 1:37 AM
4Agree with #1 that your Italian visit could do with a reschedule. Italy isn't cheap but without knowing what you hope to achieve while you are there it s difficult to advise. November isn't a time for the coast -well a day trip if the sun shines perhaps - but whether you would enjoy the many historic small cities in northern Italy (Parma, Cremona, Ferrara, Vicenza, Modena, Padova and many others) I can't say without knowing more about you want to do, and to see that typical Italian scenery you need to get south of Florence, so further away, more travel time and expense.
Oct 4, 2013 4:40 AM
5Six days in Nice followed by four days in Genoa and six in Cinque Terre it's far too much - you won't be visiting Europe, but just the French Riviera and the Italian one, and they are close by and rather similar for many aspects. And though you may get charming weather in November, the likelihood of having wind and rain is far greater.
My own opinion on Cinque Terre is that they deserve a single day, you can easily walk through the five villages and go back by train. There's more to see in Genoa, if you like busy ports, but it's a big city.
As advised above, spend more time in Tuscany rather than in Liguria.
Oct 4, 2013 1:41 PM
6Yeah. 7 days in Cinque Terre, 3 in Florence?
That's just wrong.
If the rebuttal is, "we want to relax and unwind," well, you can do that anywhere simply by choosing to do so. You'll probably realize this during your nice long stay in Barcelona. There's a good chance that your "down-time" there may be some of your most rewarding time.
2 of my favorite places to relax and unwind are cities that are major tourist destinations; Rome and Venice. Somehow, watching hordes of people scramble around like crazy while I don't have a thought in my head or a worry about what to see or do next is immensely satisfying. And good street theater.
Besides, at that time of the year, you'll want destinations with lots of indoor attractions. Like Florence. 6 world class museums (in my humble opinion) and plenty of worthwhile "secondary sights." I've spent a total of about 2 weeks there, and that's still not nearly enough. It's an onion you can keep peeling indefinitely. Unlike a few of your other destinations.
Oct 5, 2013 3:11 AM
7We just spent a week in Nice, taking day trips using the local buses and trains and didn't see half of the places we would have liked to have visited. Heaps to do if you plan to explore the local area as well as Nice itself.
A week in Cinque Terre is quite a long time. The main thing to do there is walking. Suggest you borrow some time from here and visit somewhere between Florence and Munich.
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