Which destination to choose for a weekend of spring holidays? What are the destinations to discover in 2019? Here are 10 ideas for travelling in Europe, exploring nature, landscapes and cities of art, from Amsterdam to Seville, from Greece to Slovenia.
10 EUROPEAN DESTINATION FOR SPRING 2019
The little gem of the French Riviera, Antibes is the perfect destination for spring holidays. Here you can breathe the sparkling Mediterranean air and enjoy an authentic and lively atmosphere. This territory hides fine sand bays, cliffs, hidden coves and rocky beaches.
Don’t miss: the Cap d’Antibes, perfect for long walk lovers. Take the pilgrims’ path Chemin du Calvaire which will lead you to the Garoupe sanctuary, which houses the prayers for the sailors.
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Spring is the best time to visit Seville. The temperatures are warm and the orange blossoms spread the intense fragrance of citrus in every corner of the city (blooming season: end of February to the end of March). In April, architectural beauties such as the Alcazar, the Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija and the Plaza de España become the perfect background for the celebrations of the Semana Santa and, two weeks later, for the Feria de Abril, with its colourful casetas, the flamenco and the lanterns.
Don’t miss: the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the most beautiful district of Seville. Take some time to stroll down the alleys and wander in its squares – our favourite, Plaza de la Alianza. Enjoy every corner, shade, scent…
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Canals, bicycles, tulips. Amsterdam seems made for spring. Between a coffee along the canal, a bike ride and a boat trip, the weekend proceeds at a slow pace. To experience a unique atmosphere, visit the city between the 25th and the 28th April, when the whole nation celebrates King’s Day. All dressed in orange or oranje, the national colour, they celebrate, dance and toast on the roads.
Don’t miss: Jordaan, the artists’ district, with its Saturday morning organic markets, artisan shops, art galleries and vintage boutiques. Along the canals and labyrinthine streets, you can admire beautiful buildings, built in the late seventeenth century and embellished with flowers and lace curtains.
It was the sea that brought the Greeks, founders of the city, to Cefalù and its crystal clear waters are still the fortune of the city, attracting tourists every summer. Spring holidays are the perfect occasion to discover the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea and to enjoy its beauties far from the crowds. We fell in love with the imposing rocky promontory that overlooks Cefalù, but also the little restaurants by the pier with the fresh catch of the day and the beautiful Cathedral of the Transfiguration, World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Don’t miss: the Sicilian granita (slushie), unique in the world. Prepared only with fresh fruit, they are an essential ritual in the island. The must? Almond, Pistachio, Chocolate, Figs, Mandarin, Mulberry, Orange flavour… to be enjoyed with or without whipped cream and brioche!
Pristine coves, breathtaking sunsets over the Aegean Sea and picturesque churches with light blue roofs: the volcanic island of Milos is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. To see: the fishermen village of Mandrakia, Kleftiko Bay reachable only by boat, the quiet beach of Firopotamos and the beautiful Sarakiniko with its white limestone cliffs reminding me of the moon’s surface. To taste: the ouzo, a typical anise-based liqueur, the tzatziki sauce, the meat skewers and a lot of fish!
Don’t miss: the sunset from the Thalassitra church in Plaka, the highest point on the island of Milos. From here you can admire some of the most beautiful sunsets in the archipelago.
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Ligurian Riviera, Italy
Narrowed between sea and mountains, Liguria has breathtaking views and unique landscapes. A perfect destination for spring holidays, the region offers hikes, fishermen villages, authentic atmosphere and culinary delights! Not to be missed are the towns and villages of the Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Camogli with the splendid San Fruttuoso Abbey, Finale Ligure, the Portofino Promontory Nature Park and the Gallinara Island nature reserve. To taste: the fugàssa or Genovese Focaccia and the cheese Focaccia di Recco, celebrated the 27th May during the Festival of Focaccia di Recco.
Don’t miss: Bagni Sillo, a small bathing establishment with rocky terraces overlooking the Sori bay. The perfect place for a refreshing bath followed by a happy hour with local wines, typical dishes of the region like the Ligurian focaccia and, above all, breathtaking sunsets.
Sixteen pure turquoise lakes are a pretty good reason to choose the Plitvice Lakes National Park as your destination for spring 2018. If you then add the beauty of the mountain forests and more than a hundred waterfalls connecting the park’s lakes, you don’t have any more excuses. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice is Croatia’s oldest national park and is divided into two areas: the upper part, characterised by dolomite lakes, powerful waterfalls and dense vegetation and the lower part, with smaller and less deep lakes.
Don’t miss: the lakes at sunrise or sunset, when the crystal clear waters reflect the colours of the sky creating amazing light effects.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Smaller and less famous than the near Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland is rich in surprises. Historic pubs, memories of the Titanic and signs of a complicated recent past make Belfast, the capital, a city to be discovered. In spring, you just need to leave the city behind to enjoy green and uncontaminated landscapes, rich in history and legends. Who, like us, is a fan of the TV series Game of Thrones can’t miss a visit to Castle Ward (Great Winter) in County Down and to The Dark Hedges (the famous King’s Road) in the Antrim County!
Don’t miss: the Causeway Coastal Route is one of the most beautiful roads in Europe. The route begins in Belfast, it reaches The Gobbins, a path that runs along a stretch of coastline for 3 km and continues towards the Glens of Antrim, nine deep valleys covered by pristine vegetation. Going past picturesque villages and legendary landscapes, the route arrives at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – a 30m high suspended rope bridge linking an islet to the coast – and then finish at the famous Giant’s Causeway, a geological wonder of 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago.
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Bruges is a perfect destination for spring holidays. You will be welcomed by romantic canals and an exciting smell of waffles flooding every road of the city centre. Medieval architectures, brick houses, coloured facades, arches, bell towers, bridges and carriages with horses make Bruges the most picturesque city of Flanders. Among the unmissable stops, Halve Maan Brewery, a family-run brewery producing the famous Brugse Zot beer.
Don’t miss: the city seen from above at sunset. You can admire it by climbing the 366 steps leading to the top of the Belfry Tower, the bell tower of Bruges. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the market square and the old town.
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An uncontaminated territory that lies behind the Lienz Dolomites and the Carnic Alps, in the southwestern part of Austria. The valley of Lesachtal, known as the valley of the 100 mills, is the ideal place to relax during a spring break. Here, the rhythm of life is slow and calm. Hiking in the pristine nature and tastings of local delicacies are the perfect way to spend the days in Lesachtal.
Don’t miss: the small jewels of alpine architecture that are hidden at every corner. Small carved stone votive chapels, decorated buildings, carved wooden barns and centuries-old water mills.
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