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brodie
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6719 posts since 15/10/05

2 Apr 2013 21:55
I'm thinking of going to Marrakech at the beginning of next month with my girlfriend. Any thoughts/advice or tips???
San
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10493 posts since 14/11/05

2 Apr 2013 22:23
Going in two weeks for 4 days, will let you know what's up
crutch
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403 posts since 22/11/12

2 Apr 2013 22:43
How long are you going for? I'd recommend staying in a riad in the medina - really nice to go back and chill out in away from the crazyness and much more traditional/ personal than a hotel. 2-3 days is probably enough to experience it, it is kinda full on so longer than that might get tiring. I went with my girlfriend last September - we spent 2.5 days in Marrakech then travelled around a bit. Hired a car which was kinda interesting at times!
Theres a french cafe (forget the name but its easy to find) at the djamma el fna, main square, which is cool to sit out at night - the view from the roof terrace over the square is pretty cool. There's loads of food stalls in the square at night - all numbered, if you fancy trying one ask where you are staying which is the best, it's cheap local food and the atmosphere is fun - but I wouldn't want to pick a bad one! Sick!
The majorelle gardens, were owned by Yves San Laurent, are worth a visit too, if you are staying in the centre of the medina it's a little walk or get a taxi but its worth the trip, again as a chilled spot away from the crowds and hawkers.
It's a good trip though, feels so different considering its only a 4hours flight away
BiffLoman
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24 posts since 10/10/12

3 Apr 2013 06:44
Me and the missus are going to Miami (South Beach) for 10 days in July. Any tips for things to do (definitely want to go on an Everglades tour), places to eat/drink etc? Cheers.
FrIEND
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13428 posts since 27/11/03

3 Apr 2013 09:49
Id like to go somewhere that meets the following requirements - anyone got some suggestions?

Somewhere in Europe (cant be bothered to travel too far and with transfers)
somewhere with sun (will be going june/july time)
quietish beaches with the possibility of learning to surf
driving distance near a main town.

Thinking of Portugal at the mo. wondering if theres somewhere near lisbon that has beaches you can lounge on all day and then pick up a surf board if you become so inclined…
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

3 Apr 2013 10:00
Bordeaux:

Not far and cheap to get to
Will be good weather then
Is a nice city itself
Short train ride from coast (where there is good surfing apparently - http://www.surfrider-europe.org/surfspots-france.html)
Can also go to the vineyards in the surrounding area
JohnnyAce
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647 posts since 5/12/04

3 Apr 2013 10:02
FrIEND wrote: Id like to go somewhere that meets the following requirements - anyone got some suggestions?

Somewhere in Europe (cant be bothered to travel too far and with transfers)
somewhere with sun (will be going june/july time)
quietish beaches with the possibility of learning to surf
driving distance near a main town.

Thinking of Portugal at the mo. wondering if theres somewhere near lisbon that has beaches you can lounge on all day and then pick up a surf board if you become so inclined…

Been to Playa del Carcavelos a few times. About 20 minutes by train from Lisbon. Good for lounging around, has a number of surf shops too.
diederik
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3186 posts since 16/8/11

3 Apr 2013 10:05
FrIEND wrote: Id like to go somewhere that meets the following requirements - anyone got some suggestions?

Somewhere in Europe (cant be bothered to travel too far and with transfers)
somewhere with sun (will be going june/july time)
quietish beaches with the possibility of learning to surf
driving distance near a main town.

Thinking of Portugal at the mo. wondering if theres somewhere near lisbon that has beaches you can lounge on all day and then pick up a surf board if you become so inclined…

How about Porto? Cool city as well (Lisbon is great too, no idea on beaches though), nice beaches and weather will be nice for sure.
inversesquare
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6663 posts since 7/6/08

3 Apr 2013 14:13
FrIEND wrote: Id like to go somewhere that meets the following requirements - anyone got some suggestions?

Somewhere in Europe (cant be bothered to travel too far and with transfers)
somewhere with sun (will be going june/july time)
quietish beaches with the possibility of learning to surf
driving distance near a main town.

Thinking of Portugal at the mo. wondering if theres somewhere near lisbon that has beaches you can lounge on all day and then pick up a surf board if you become so inclined…

I've been in the area to the South of Biarritz, very close to the Spanish border. Ticks all all the boxes.
FrIEND
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13428 posts since 27/11/03

3 Apr 2013 14:41
thanks Cool

looked at all the places mentioned.

Playa del Carcavelos looks cool but there arnt many hotels in that area.

Bordeaux and Biarritz….shame they're in france Smiling but Biarritz is looking good so far.
snaye
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10654 posts since 24/10/02

3 Apr 2013 14:48
Ive got my Brothers Stag to organise and we are going to Capri, Italy. Its going to be a big group 20+ and I dont really want the agro of having to book 25 flights then chase people I hardly know for money then have the same hassle with a hotel and any other expenses. Has anyone ever use an agency for large bookings, really looking for someone to be able to reserve the flights and hotel and then people can phone up and make the payment themselves. If they dont pay, the dont come. It takes a lot of stress of my side and I can then concentrate on where to go and what to do.

Anyone reccommend any travel agency for this?
stoney
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17375 posts since 22/1/05

3 Apr 2013 16:53
Biarritz supposed to be cool, Hossegor too, just up the coast. Canaries too, Ive surfed feurtaventura and tenerfife, hot all year, cheap and plenty surf.

Anyone been Sardinia ? Looking at afew days at the end of the month, looks super cheap, decent ish weather and scenic (if a little quiet) But not interested in a party place.
diederik
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3186 posts since 16/8/11

3 Apr 2013 17:53
Been to Sardinia/Alghero 1.5 year ago, was ok - weather was good, decent restaurants; nice relaxing place - nothing super exciting but good for a couple of days.
datsun
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677 posts since 9/3/03

3 Apr 2013 18:41
Snaye - was looking at holidays anyway, so looked to see if any of the sites I was on offer what you need….

http://www.flightcentre.co.uk/groups
http://www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk/holidays/group-holidays

Also, they may not offer what you need but suggest calling Destinology. We used them for our honeymoon last year, and they arranged loads of separate, tailored stuff for us. It may work for what you need as they generally just need a smallish deposit, and will then front the cost of flights and hotels. We only paid about 400 deposit, for a booking close to 10k, and then it got paid off over 18 months (we asked guests to contribute rather than presents), and then we settled the balance the week before travelling. We dealt with a guy called Peter Sallis.
DuffMan
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14270 posts since 21/2/07

3 Apr 2013 18:57
Portugal is cheaper and nicer than those bits of France IMO, very good surf and really nice places down in the W of the Algarve past the cape and up the west coast, not as touristy as the rest either.
datsun
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677 posts since 9/3/03

3 Apr 2013 19:36
Any suggestions for a 2 night stay in the UK, end of August with the Mrs for 1st wedding anniversary.

Would like a small city / town ideally, somewhere pretty chilled that is nice to wander round, some good places for lunches and dinner, couple of things to see/do. Was thinking Sratford-on-Avon, Oxford or Bath. Possibly Edinburgh, but have been before… Would like a ballet/impressive hotel too if possible.

Lucas82
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451 posts since 26/10/09

3 Apr 2013 20:20
Booked up Kalkan today. Anyone recommend restaurants, day trips etc please.
crutch
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403 posts since 22/11/12

3 Apr 2013 21:02
@ Datsun Bath is really nice - some decent places to eat, im sure there are some good hotels and its nice to walk around, good park too if its sunny. The thermae bath spa is worth going to, there's a theatre and a fashion museum
-DiscoTits-
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698 posts since 26/11/07

3 Apr 2013 23:00
Taking the girlfriend to New York for her 21st doing 5 days there then wanting to head to either St Pete's Beach over in Tampa Florida or down to near Miami area in a smaller resort called Lauderdale By The Sea. Anyone been to either places in Florida and can recommend which of the two is better? Just wanting to relax during the day on the beach but then still have enough to do during the evenings to keep us entertained. I'm swaying towards Tampa purely because it's close enough to the parks if we decide we want a day away from the beach etc.

Any help with this or indeed if anyone can offer up an alternative to just going to Florida after being in New York would be appreciated. Cool
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

3 Apr 2013 23:13
Lucas82 wrote: Booked up Kalkan today. Anyone recommend restaurants, day trips etc please.

Been twice, can't remember individual restaurant names but there are tonnes in the small town that all serve fantastic food, hidden roof top ones are Cool. Hire a boat is well worth it for the day, you go out to 4/5 little coves, crystal clear waters and they cook you a meal on board. Sakillent (sp? on my phone so cannot be bothered to check) Gorge is an amazing trip. There are ruins/amphitheatre at Xanthos I think it is which is worth a trip. Olu Deniz if you have to, blue lagoon looks paradise but was a little bit of a disappointment, para gliding is supposed to be world class there.

Anything else let us know.