General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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YLAup
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5934 posts since 5/9/11

30 Mar 2022 17:39
Tel Aviv though isn't it…
YLAup
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5934 posts since 5/9/11

30 Mar 2022 17:44
Been to Cascais in Portugal 4 times now and it's hands down my favourite holiday destination. Always split my stay between Lisbon and Cascais, and the good thing about it is that no UK tour operators (at least they didn't) go there so a majority holidaying are a mix of locals and internationals on fly/drives or golfing trips. Stayed at the Albatroz 5 star hotel twice, and the proximity to the beach from it's little cliff top is unbeatable.
YLAup
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5934 posts since 5/9/11

30 Mar 2022 17:46
Coastal train between Lisbon and Cascais from Cais do Sodre station is about 40 mins and plenty do this daily from Lisbon if you opt to stay in the City.
Crackajack
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8200 posts since 21/4/05

30 Mar 2022 17:55
Some good suggestions, thank you.


swede
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10512 posts since 21/3/09

30 Mar 2022 18:01
YLAup wrote: Been to Cascais in Portugal 4 times now and it's hands down my favourite holiday destination

i like what i know and i know what i like
fudge.dredd
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2076 posts since 15/12/12

30 Mar 2022 18:26
YLAup wrote: Tel Aviv though isn't it…

What does that mean?
Ocin
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1421 posts since 4/6/04

30 Mar 2022 18:38
Comporta is a lovely side trip if flying into Lisbon. Drive there stopping off in Setubal (Jose Mourinho’s hometown) before taking a quick ferry to the Troia Peninsula / Comporta.

Google Comporta Conde Nast travel for restaurant suggestions etc
YLAup
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5934 posts since 5/9/11

30 Mar 2022 18:40
swede wrote:
YLAup wrote: Been to Cascais in Portugal 4 times now and it's hands down my favourite holiday destination

i like what i know and i know what i like

Says Mr Barbados himself.
Ocin
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1421 posts since 4/6/04

30 Mar 2022 20:18
fudge.dredd wrote:
YLAup wrote: Tel Aviv though isn't it…

What does that mean?

Im not sure but if it was me, it would mean:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/29/middleeast/shooting-near-tel-aviv-intl/index.html
pentonville
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1062 posts since 12/3/12

30 Mar 2022 20:26
andymakesglasses wrote: Sardinia.

Amazing place. Definitely rather the south for beaches tho
andymakesglasses
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20740 posts since 26/1/06

31 Mar 2022 08:57
Only got to about halfway down so we were mainly in the north but there were some good beaches there.

Spiaggia Porto Taverna was our favourite beach.
https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/1969173610019385/spiaggia-porto-taverna/

Le cinque spiagge at Golfo Aranci was good too (lots of other beaches in this area).
https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/1715786/golfo-aranci/

The beach at Bosa Marina was nothing particularly special.
https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/236149726/bosa-marina-sardegna-italy/

But the old town of Bosa was great to explore.
https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/229043460/bosa-italy/

Loads of history at Tharros.
https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/340037457/tharros-area-archeologica/

There were decent beaches outside Alghero but they were swarming with jellyfish when we were there. Plenty of history in the town though.
https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/738025/alghero/
swiftus
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1873 posts since 1/7/09

31 Mar 2022 09:11
YLAup wrote:
swede wrote:
YLAup wrote: Been to Cascais in Portugal 4 times now and it's hands down my favourite holiday destination

i like what i know and i know what i like

Says Mr Barbados himself.

Laughing out loud
MoB
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37385 posts since 31/8/04

31 Mar 2022 11:48
YLAup wrote: Been to Cascais in Portugal 4 times now and it's hands down my favourite holiday destination.

Agree that the combination of the two is hard to beat, bar cape town which is obviously a lot further but a hell of a lot cheaper.
Joe Bloggs
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419 posts since 28/9/10

31 Mar 2022 11:57
Anyone got any recommendations for Puglia? Staying in Matino for 5 days end of next week and going to rent a car to explore. Hoping for restaurants like they go to in the Trip.

andymakesglasses
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20740 posts since 26/1/06

31 Mar 2022 13:20
Might be too far depending on how far you want to travel but Matera was amazing (just outside Puglia admittedly). Alberobello is also a fair distance from where you're staying but pretty cool.

Lecce is closer and is full of grand architecture.

I can't remember any of the places we ate unfortunately (which is in no way a reflection on the quality of the establishments).
eazypz
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3679 posts since 16/4/10

posted 31 Mar 2022 13:32, edited 31 Mar 2022 13:32
As above, don’t remember where I ate apart from this plate, which was average but worth it for the setting


Monopoli has a really nice town square where I ate a few times as stayed there for a bit.
Small drive to see the trulli in alberobello, and as above, Lecce is worth visiting also.
DDasein
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49 posts since 30/5/13

31 Mar 2022 16:36

Lecce old town is great for a evening walk. 'Pizza and Co' next to Santa Teresa church was the pizza we had all trip.

Brindisi has plenty of good restaurants and is worth a visit too - had a good meal at Locanda del Porto.

At the very south Otranto is beautiful and very chilled. Porto Badisco and Porto Maggiore good for snorkelling.

Polignano a Mare is spectacular but was heaving when we went in early September. Matera is worth a visit - walk to the hill opposite the town for sunset views.
Ocin
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1421 posts since 4/6/04

4 Apr 2022 15:01
Moving jobs soon and I have a month in between ending one and starting at the next. Keen to use the time to travel with the mrs and baby (6 months old). Any tips on good itineraries?

Looking to do something long haul. At the moment the winner is Portland, Seattle - Honolulu and back but the flights are brutal and putting me off as would be with the baby!

Also looking at Central America but COVID uncertainties putting me off…

Anyone done something similar?
T.o.m
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1193 posts since 4/7/03

4 Apr 2022 19:03
Ocin wrote:
fudge.dredd wrote:
YLAup wrote: Tel Aviv though isn't it…

What does that mean?

Im not sure but if it was me, it would mean:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/29/middleeast/shooting-near-tel-aviv-intl/index.html

I've been living in Tel Aviv the last 4 weeks, having previously spent 15 years in Hackney. Tel Aviv is much safer in my so far limited experience despite the recent events on the outskirts. Can't beat the beach, sunsets, city energy, bars, restaurants, beautiful people everywhere. Have a look on YouTube at the promenade or nightlife vids
Mosoona
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439 posts since 25/5/15

4 Apr 2022 19:37
There’s just the slight niggle of contributing to the economy of a state that’s actively engaged in genocide