Hello! I'm planning an itinerary for me and my husband (I'm 27 and he's 32) for 24 full days in Spain next May.
I did plan a trip to France last year (also in May) and it had its ups and downs. It was great for the most part, but I sadly chose to stay too long in the south of France, which most people adore, and I found kind of boring compared to the rest of France.
Here's the problem: there are places most people love but you simply won't.
So I'll write here my favourites among the places I've been to and I want your opinion on which cities I would enjoy in Spain. So let's get started!
I loved Rome and Firenze for the art and gorgeous churches. I loved Venice and Sirmione because apparently I adore cities with channels and lakes and all sorts of water, though I usually find beaches to be very boring. I loved the Cinque Terre for its landscapes. I loved the historical sites of Pompeii. I liked Milan.
I kind of liked Turin and Bologne but probably wound't return.
I absolutelly hated Napoli. The Amalfi coast was nice but not nearly as good as the rest.
I loved Paris, but my heart trully belongs to 3 other regions of France: the Val du Loire, the Alps and the Mont Saint Michel.
The Val du Loire was probably the best time I ever had travelling. Everything was perfect. I love history, and beautiful landscapes. We rented a car and stayed in a budget castle (Chateau du Razay, I recommend it so much!!!!!!) and visited castles for 2 days (could've been 2 years). The whole thing feels like a dream in my memories.
Also, the Mont Saint Michel was amazing. I loved to notice the cultural differences of Northern France compared to the rest of the country.
In the Alps, I liked Chamonix but loved Annecy. Chamonix isn't as romantic as I thought it'd be, it seems to be more inclined to snow sports than to romance. The mountains are gorgeous though.
But Annecy has the alps, the lake and the channels of an unbeliavably clear, clean water, it haunts my dreams just as much as the Loire's castles.
Then there's Provence... boring and not quite as beautiful as the rest. My 2 favourite spots there are relatively unknown to the regular tourist: Fontaine de Vaucluse (again, very green and with clear water) and Les Baux de Provence for its art in the caves (it's amazing!) and the ruins of a castle.
Avignon was boring, St Rémy was boring etc. It seems to me they're great for people who love to eat and drink wine. That's just not me. I'm the healthy vegan type and I don't drink at all. I don't enjoy this slow touristing, I enjoy walking all day and getting to know a lot of places.
Then there's the biggest disappointment of all: Aix-en-Provence. Over-hyped, overrated and Jesus Christ, SO overpriced. There was literally nothing for us there, since even the famous fountains can't compare to those located in basically any other European city, especially the italian ones. I was craving to return to Paris by then.
Cote D'Azur - basically I loved Eze Village for the history and view. The rest was just ok. Cannes is no big deal. Antibes had some appeal thanks to the Picasso museum but then again, if I'd known I wouldn't have bothered going there.
Monaco was interesting because it showed the cultural differences of a very very rich place and I suppose it's good to get to know drastic differences in lifestyle when you travel. But not much else.
In general I would've traded this last bit of the trip (the south of France) for more time up in the North. But I didn't know it back then. It was a week in total, but every website recommended at least 4 days for Provence PLUS 4 days for Cote D'Azur, and all of them described these regions as heaven.
Thank God I didn't listen to them and stayed longer at the Val du Loire and the Alps. Pity I didn't ignore them altogether.
So - what would you say I would like in Spain? 24 days is a lot of time.