Can't imagine walking 15km a day in Kraków. The centre of the town is very compact. Museums are very small so you can pick and choose the ones you want to visit. Can't remember how far away the castle is. You'd need to visit the mines by bus because it's not in the centre.Forget Krakow if you are looking for complete relaxation.
It involves lots of walking (we averaged about 15Km per day).
Not exactly within the brief, but given most of your requirements, I would recommend Dubai.So, we finally get to drop the kids for s few days near the end of October and are hoping for a 5 night break somewhere in Europe, ie not too long a flight.
We're after a bit of complete relaxation and I was wondering if anyone could share any past experience on where to go or nice hotels where the weather will still be reasonable at that time of year ?
Gordon,Not exactly within the brief, but given most of your requirements, I would recommend Dubai.
5 nights is perfect, the weather is almost guaranteed to be perfect, the hotels are superb, and the flight isn’t too bad at all (7 hours but the times are user friendly).
For complete relaxation and guaranteed good weather in October, Dubai is hard to beat in my view.
And yet it happened... spookey!Can't imagine walking 15km a day in Kraków. The centre of the town is very compact. Museums are very small so you can pick and choose the ones you want to visit. Can't remember how far away the castle is. You'd need to visit the mines by bus because it's not in the centre.
Not in my experience. If you get the 22.25 flight out on, say, Tuesday night, you can work Tuesday and get yourself organised in the evening. The traffic’s grand heading to the airport. You fly overnight so sleeping’s not a big deal. You don’t waste money on a hotel for the Tuesday night. You arrive in the morning but the decent hotels all have excellent facilities for guests who can’t get to their room yet. So you can shower, change, and head to the beach/pool and charge stuff to your room. You then have the full day. And then on the way back, Sunday maybe, you gain time and the flight times are good (leave at 2.30pm which is good check-out wise) and arrive in Dublin at 6.30pm-ish which is decent in terms of getting sorted for Monday morning.Gordon,
Might indeed be nice, but would flying for 7 hours to and fro not take 2 days away from the persons 5 night break?
Dubrovnik is an excellent choice. Little minibus runs from the areas outside the city where a lot of the hotels are. Beautiful weather and plenty of interesting things to see.Dubrovnik, Zadar, Venice, Verona, Lisbon, Kaashi or Barcelona would be my preference.
I wouldn't get hung up one way or the other about Irish Bars. Nobody was ever press-ganged to attending. In the south of Spain most Irish bars are about as Irish as Boris Johnson. Where we still are in Costa Almeria the two "Irish" bars failed to cover any of the Senior Hurling Championship in favour of Scalextric. For the record I saw all the championship hurling matches in July and August in an English bar. Mind you, it was different watching them in near 40 degrees of sunshine. Thank God for aircon.Are there Irish Bars?
I hate Irish bars and the people they attract. I won't say anywhere that has more than a couple of them.
It mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I like it mainly because you are almost guaranteed good weather whereas Spain/Portugal/the Canaries/etc can be dodgy weather-wise from October to March. The food and service in the hotels is great. There are good waterparks and kids’ clubs etc. The sea is warm. It’s less strict than other jurisdictions in the region but it’s safe relative to others.Can someone explain the attraction of Dubai to me? Other than staying in a mad hotel? It's not exactly a place you're going to stroll around and see the sites. To my mind it is like Las Vegas rather than a city break or chill out spot.
I know it's popular but I just don't understand it (I've only been once btw - so not an expert)
Hi would be delighted to know how you got on. Looking for a similar short break myself to somewhere relatively close, warm and just chillax for a few days.I'm off to La Pineda in the morning, staying half board in a new hotel almost on the beach. Called myself to trhe hotel just before it started taking guests last June and got a great deal. Weather is usually beautiful this time of the year in La Pineda but i'm hearing it might be iffy towards the end of the week. Let you know how it went when I get back