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Me, my partner and our 4 year old are travelling to blanes at the end of June, staying in Camping Solmar. It's our first family holiday abroad and i want it to be perfect so i'm beind a control freak and.planning everything.
Budget wise is where i am confused as i can find little information on resturants in blanes so am unsure of the cost.
I intend to have 69euros a day to spend. This is for daytime stuff like ice creams, the odd milkshake.etc (i intend on taking my own juice/water each day), a dinnertime meal at a resturant each evening (2 starters, 2 adult main courses 1 childs meal and 3 deserts if we can manage 1) and then a few hours worth of drinks at local bars that are child friendly.
Can anyone let me know if 69 euros a day sounds enough for all this?
And also any recomendations on good resturants in Blanes?
Any help is greatly apreciates, thankyou. Amy
This sounds like a very tight budget anywhere in Europe, especially if you're hoping that this will cover three course meals in a restaurant (even at lunch time).
I hope that you'll get feedback from locals who can give you tips on how to maximise the value from your budget, but as a rule of thumb, I'd personally be planning on closer to 100 euros a day if you want to cover all this.
Thankyou for the advice, i can certainly put it up to 100 a day.
I was basing it on research into a holiday to Portugal where it was around 25euros for a 3 course meal for 2.
I'm planning on eating in for breakfast and lunch as we have good kitchen facilities, i was going to eat dinner there too but i don't want to restrict our holiday and i LOVE eating out so will get saving.that extra bit!!
If you budget 100 euros and find that you come in under that figure, then you can either have a slap up dinner on the last night or put it towards the next holiday!
Good luck with your first family holiday abroad: I approached this prospect with great trepidation when we first travelled with our daughter, but was pleasantly surprised (if exhausted)! Self catering is a really good idea for this phase in your travelling life, as it allows you a greater degree of flexibility and hopefully also the opportunity to establish some sort of routine! ;)
In Spain, our main meal is at lunchtime, and you can find great lunch deals called "menu del dia". These usually cost about 10-15€ for 2 courses, dessert and drink. You'll find these deals of the day posted outside most restaurants. However, eating the same amount for dinner will easily cost you double, if not more.
So, if you do as locals do: big lunch, small dinner (just a salad, a few tapas...) you'll get more from your money.
I don't know bout Blanes, but generally speaking, Spain is quite more expensive than Portugal. Eating a la carte, you will pay no less than 25€ for a decent dinner for one.
Have your main meal at lunchtime and watch for meal deals like plate of the day. I found the serves in Europe large so I think you will find a main meal filling, and often on these deals a drink is included such as beer, house wine or soft drink. You could have soup or salad for dinner at night so you don,t need to spend a lot on your evening meal.
A few hours of drinking in a bar will blow the budget, I would suggest buying alcohol in supermarkets and drinking back at your accommodation.
Thanks for all the advice. Do you think the drinking at the bar will blow the 60 budget or the 100? Im definetly going for the 100 a day budget anyway. We are in a harry shaw lodge so we can drink there and still socialise easily. But i definetly want to get out a few times as the on site bar has good entertainment and my daughter will be happy staying up till tennish, then we head back and have a few outside the lodge while she sleeps (when i was four my dad took me to salou and he would take me back to the apartment, give me a walkie talkie and go out on a pub crawl lol... I CERTAINLY wont be doing that!!).
How much is alcohol is bars then? We would probably have 3 or 4 slow pints of lager a night at a bar. I may have the odd bottle of wine, rose or white, i like blossom hill and echo falls, are these available in spain, bars and supermarkets, or is there a spanish equivalant?
Main meals at lunch sounds like a great idea then, we can have a small breakfast at the lodge and a small dinner there too. I doubt we will always have 3 courses... I just want the money just in case. Im dieting at the minute up until then so i want lots of fantastic food when we get there lol.
I was a bit wary of taking my 4 year old in late july in case the sun is too much, but as said ealier my dad took me at that age and i have such fond memories of the holidays.
Thanks again, my plans are fast coming together! Only 7 weeks to go :-D
O.K a pint of lager shouldn´t be more than 4.5 euros. I actually pay 3 at my pub, but off course it is in inner Spain, not touristic area. Coke and rum; or similar should go to 8 euros, I guess...and it alwyas depend on the kind of pub/bar you choose. I am not an expert on wines at all, but I can tell you that there is plenty of wine in supermarkets, so you can ask at the shop or to any other tourist from your country, they can guide you to the similar ones to your tastes...but spanish wines are famous all over the world, so even from the cheap ones you can find reasonably good ones.
If you buy cookies, milk, fruit, yogur...at the supermarket you can make a great breakfast for very little money. I have seen many english tourist fixing sandwiches and bringing some fruit...they have it at midday at the beach or in a public bench, then they wait until dinner time...that is another option to save some money....
Don´t worry about your 4 years old....ours resist it....even the younger ones! Just buy lots of sunblock cream and NEVER forget to put it on him, several times a day(this advice is not just for kids!).