As much of the world warms up after this long winter, most of us experience a serious mental shift from hibernating and dreaming into going and exploring. Read on for our list of destinations that just beg for a visit for those few short months when the planet is in full bloom.
Spring is a great time to visit Greece as temperatures have not yet reached their soaring summer heights and the droves of sun-loving vacationers have yet to hit the beaches. Most of the season is relatively quiet, with the exception of Orthodox Easter. The major event of Grecian spring, Orthodox Easter is a colorful celebration that features torchlight processions, impressive fireworks displays, dyed egg exchanges and hearty meals of roasted lamb.
The Dutch capital literally bursts into spring when the area’s signature tulips bloom en masse. Springtime offers the best weather to take advantage of the city’s best assets—parks, bike paths, gardens and markets. Festivals like King’s Day offer an opportunity to celebrate like a local, while the legendary Keukenhof Gardens are at their colorful peak in April.
Spring is primetime for long strolls in Paris’ many parks and gardens—not to mention more daylight hours to soak up the city’s famed cafe culture. Popular places to laze away the day include the Tuileries or the Jardin du Luxemborg, while Versailles and Monet’s Gardens at Giverny are equally appealing options just outside the city limits.
Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, Brazil’s sweltering temperatures actually begin to dip in April and May, making for prime sightseeing weather in the city and surrounding park. The carnival crowd will have dissipated by April, but the beaches are still warm enough for a swim if you’d like.
Like in Rio, our springtime is actually autumn in South Africa. There’s still a lot of sunsplashed fun to be found by the city’s beaches and the weather lends itself to temperate hikes on Table Mountain. March through May also means the start of the annual wine harvest—a must for any traveling oenophile.
Where will you go this spring? Tell us in the comments!