With the passing of the winter months finally giving way to mild sunny mornings and tree blossoms, we are starting to see that spring is finally upon us.
Most people are keen to get passed the cold, dark winter months and start enjoying the new lease of life that spring brings. I am looking forward to enjoying the warm sunny days and being able to get out in the fresh air with a ‘spring’ in my step, as the evenings draw out. However, spring is more than just this; it also helps to rejuvenate our wanderlust!
For travellers in need of a bit of encouragement what better excuse than the Easter Bank Holiday weekend just a few weeks away. It’s a great opportunity to take a well-deserved break but first, you need to decide where to go and for how long. Maybe an overnight trip in the UK or a long weekend or even a week in Europe is just what you need to get over the winter blues.
If you are in need of some spring travel inspiration, here are five European countries to visit:
This green and pleasant land offers so many things to see such as; medieval cathedrals, grand manors, quintessential one pub villages and green hills full of vibrant flora and fauna.
Spring is a great time to view the stunning sight of English woodland floors adorned with bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta to use the scientific name!) Flowering in late April or early May, they often form a popular seasonal tourist attraction.
This beautiful country famed for its windmills and tulips is a must at this time of year. Tulips are in their peak blooming season around mid-April and it extends to the middle of May. Keukenhof in Lisse (also known as the Garden of Europe) is covered by over 7000 bulbs in the spring and is one of the best places to get a good look at many different varieties of tulip.
The best way to get around at this time of year is to take the train or bike through the countryside to see the tulips growing and blooming in field after field. From Amsterdam it takes under 1½ hours by train or only 40 minutes or so if you decide to drive.
White-washed villages, sparkling seas and bright warm sunshine conjur up the traditional image of Greece. There are enough islands to suit everyone’s taste and yet for some people, a trip to Greece is still a lifelong dream.
If hot summer days are not to your liking, Greece will surprise you in the spring. With average daily temperatures of 16c and around 6 hours of sun a day, this is a great time of year to visit.
Dining at a seaside taverna or exploring ancient ruins, a trip to Greece can be done without breaking the bank, especially with the strong pound! Better still, due to the countries financial crisis it is more affordable than ever before, with a great array of last last minute bargain holidays to be had.
Austria might not be at the top of everyone’s ‘wish list’, but there is so much more to this country than just mountains and winter snow sports. Apart from strudels and schnitzel, you will find imperial palaces, castle topped medieval towns and old world coffee houses.
The alpine region of Tirol is ideal for spring holidays as the countryside is dotted with tranquil villages, magnificent mountain ranges and alpine flora, a vision of delight.
The capital city Vienna is one of the most musical cities in the world and a classical music lovers paradise. Great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss either lived and worked in the city or were born there. Even better, the average temperature in Vienna in April is higher than in any other province of Austria except for the Burgenland, so definitely worth a visit!
April is a great time to visit Croatia as the snow has melted, flowers are budding, daily temperatures are rising and the summer sun seekers have yet to arrive.
If you enjoy gazing into glittering sapphire waters while enjoying the cool shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia is the place to be. You will enjoy a cultural feast of simple home-style cooking in friendly family run taverna’s, including local wine and freshly caught seafood.
If you prefer to be more active on holiday, why not follow one of the numerous hiking trails and travel further inland, where the land flattens into rolling farmland and breathtaking natural beauty.
Free Spirit, your first step to a carefree trip
Spring is a great time to set your spirit free with some much needed travel. Wherever you decide to holiday this spring, Free Spirit are committed to providing you with comprehensive travel protection to ensure you can travel with complete peace of mind, 24 hours a day when away from home.
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We hope you have an excellent spring break!