As most of the world slowly emerges from the long wintry spell, the days start to get longer and weather brighter, I tend to find myself looking for some Spring holiday inspiration.
The months of March, April, May and early June are my favorite for discovering a brand new destination. There are generally fewer tourists and the mild weather is comfortable for sightseeing. From vibrant city breaks to sunny Mediterranean island escapes, here are my favorite 7 destinations to visit in Europe this Spring.
With over 1 million foreign visitors a year, Bath is one of UK’s top destinations for tourists as well as locals looking for a staycation. A UNESCO world heritage site this beautiful city is an excellent destination for a rejuvenating break. As the name implies Bath is famous for the ancient Spa Town built by the Romans circa 60AD . Surrounded by the River Avon, the largest city is Somerset is the place to discover England’s interesting historical timeline. The stunning fanned interior of Bath Abbey, the views from Alexandra Park and the beautiful Georgian Architecture of The Royal Crescent are definite must-sees.
Paris truly comes alive in Springtime! The beautiful parks are bursting with spring blossom, the cafes are buzzing and there is a never ending list of activities to participate in. This year sees the return of ‘Night of Museums’ when all the museums are open free of charge on most evenings. It is also the perfect time to take a day trip out of the city to The Palace of Versailles.
Barcelona is a favorite for many as a city escape close to the beautiful Mediterranean sea. In the spring months the temperature is relatively mild and so perfect for exploring all that this city has to offer. Discover Barcelona‘s famous Gaudi architecture and the colourful parks. Not to mention the bustling food markets and delicious Spanish cuisine!
There’s no better time to visit The Eternal City than Springtime. The weather is pleasant and perfect for touring the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon and numerous other ancient sites in this wonderful city. For a true taste of ancient Rome why not plan your stay around April 21st. This marks the birth of Rome in 753BC. It is celebrated widely with pageants, re-enactments and even gladiator fights.
One of things Amsterdam is famous for is tulips and what better time to visit this colorful city than Spring! The Amsterdam Flower Festival is held close by, at Keukenhof in March, April and May. Keukenhof is known as the Garden of the Europe and describes itself as “The most beautiful spring garden in the world!” Another great event is King’s Day which is held on April 27th. Amsterdam turns into one huge street party, with everyone wearing orange and joining in on the celebration held throughout the city.
Explore the rich history of one of the friendliest cities in the world! Whilst the weather may still be chillier than the other suggestions listed here, the warm atmosphere sure makes up for it. If you plan your visit early enough in March you may catch the famous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Visit later on in June to catch ‘Bloom In The Park’ the annual Family, Food & Gardening Festival held in Phoenix Park.
If you are looking for a warm island getaway then head to one of the most popular tourist destinations in world. The birth place of Aphrodite and said to be the playground of the mythological gods, this idyllic island will not disappoint. There is so much to discover in and around the city port of Larnaka! It is the excellent base for exploring the surroundings or just having a relaxing time by the sea.