Continuing with my best places to travel to in…. series, I bring you the best places to travel to in spring!
We might be in the depths of winter now, and while I adore winter, I know a lot of people don’t. So to look forward to warmer climes ahead, the best thing is to get planning. And here are some suggestions of the best places to travel to in Spring.
What are the best places to travel to in Spring?
Little shout out to my home here! I wanted to start my best places to travel to in spring list with one of my favourite destinations, my home. It is beautiful at any time of the year. But it really comes alive in spring. One of my favourite places to head is Heydon, which is one of two privately owned villages in Norfolk. It has a lovely tea room, a great walk around the grounds of the Hall and look at this blossom!
But its also the perfect time of year for walks, beautiful fields, gorgeous big blue skies and the sun beginning to shine. Head to the coast (some ideas here!) or Thetford Forest.
I know Japan featured on my autumn list, but I could not miss it off the best places to travel to in Spring list either! I am not sure there is a destination more synonymous with spring!
The Cherry Blossoms in Japan are absolutely world renowned. I think everyone can conjure the iconic picture of Mont Fuji with the beautiful pink blossom in the foreground. There are websites to follow the progression of the blossoms, as they don’t last long once they bloom. Starting in the south sometime in March, then travel North through the country. Some blossom can be found as late as early May in the very northern regions.
I’ve been to Amsterdam a few times (take a look here), but never ventured further. One thing that is absolutely on my bucket list is to go and see the tulips in Holland. I picture endless fields of beautiful, coloured flowers. The pictures certainly look amazing.
The area around Lisse is where some of the most famous tulip fields are, and in this area is Keukenhof, which is one of the most well known flower gardens. The best way to see the fields around Lisse is by bike. If you want to drive, then make sure you stay to the back roads. After seeing the fields, head to Keukenhof. Although I have heard it is best to avoid weekends and bank holidays as it is enormously crowded. There are over 7 million flower bulbs planted and 800 different varieties of tulips. With 15km of pathways to walk around the tulip spotting opportunities are huge!
If you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to winter just yet, there is still some spring skiing to be found.
Head for higher resorts, such as Tignes or Val Thorens in France or Obergurgl in Austria. The benefit of going skiing in Spring, is the longer days. The lifts are likely to stay open later, meaning you can have an extra long lunch. And, with it being warmer, the chances are higher of being able to sit outside in that beautiful winter sun. Honestly nothing better than sitting on a terrace with a beer in hand, looking over the mountain views.
When I visited Marrakech for the first time, it was late March and it was perfect. It was warm, mid to late twenties, and was a little cooler in the evenings. Not too cool, but just to put a thin layer on. Basically the perfect temperature for walking around the souks as it wasn’t stifling. And also the perfect temperature for sitting outside for both lunch and dinner; eating in the beautiful courtyards and rooftops.
We also took a day trip to the Atlas mountains, there was still snow to be seen on the higher peaks, but it was a perfectly sunny day. Marrakech is one of my favourite destinations and Spring is the perfect time of the year to go.
Spring marks the very beginning of the Spanish tourist season. The crowds haven’t really arrived yet and the weather hasn’t reached too hot. If you head there late spring, you should be lucky enough to get some lovely warm weather during the day, with slightly cooler evenings.
I have often visited Menorca in May and have been so lucky with the weather. It has also been cool enough to explore and blissfully quiet.
If you’re thinking about visiting Menorca have a look at this post.
Other beautiful destinations in Spain in Spring include Valencia, Barcelona and Seville.
The dry season in Bali is between April and October. However, the majority of the tourists head there in the summer months. So by going in Spring you will be doing the best job of beating the crowd! Yet, will not be missing out on the sun and the beach days.
The earlier part of the year (April to June) is also the best time for diving in Bali, so if you are wanting to dive this is an excellent time of year to go. There are also good deals to be found on accommodation until early June.
There are also some great festivals to check out in Spring. Nyepi, the Baliense day of silence, falls on Hindu New Year. This will definitely affect your trip, as tourists are required to stay in their hotel and no noise is permitted. Although the night before is reportedly great fun! It will fall in either March or April, depending on the Hindu calendar. Holi is also celebrated in Bali in Spring.
Of course Petra would be top of the list for any trip to Jordan. In April it is warm, but not boiling. Making it an ideal time to explore this amazing wonder of the world. I am actually heading to Jordan this April, and I cannot wait!
The winter rains means it is also quite lush at this time of year. Spend time in Amman, as well as visiting Wadi Rum, the beautiful desert. The wildflowers are out at this time of year, supposedly even covering the desert. The hills and the valleys are also lush and full of colour.
Spring is a fabulous time of year to visit the capital of France. The city parks are bursting with colour, the blossom is out in the trees and the cafes suddenly come to life with the iconic bistro chairs outdoors, where you can sit back and enjoy the new found spring sunshine.
Make sure you check out the Musical Fountain Show set against the backdrop of the iconic Chateau de Versailles. As well as going to view the Eiffel tower, which epitomises spring against a back drop of spring blossom.
So, here is my bucketlist of places to travel to in spring. Some I have been to, and some I can’t wait tick off this spring.
How many of these places to travel to in spring have you been to?
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