Daffodils are beginning to bloom, trees are starting to blossom and lambs are appearing, wobbily-legged in fields up and down the country. Yes, winter is almost behind us, meaning we can make way for spring before very happily welcoming summer. Christmas went by an instant and January is forever a busy blur – and this means you fully deserve an indulgent, well-deserved spring break.
So, where are the best destinations for your first adventure this year?
From the lavender fields of Provence to the blue domes of Santorini to the baron wonders of the Grand Canyon, the world has many beautiful landscapes. And the Peak District is no different. Arguably the most stunning natural landscape in England, it makes for some awe-inspiring scenery and is also known for its beautiful stately homes. You can find Chatsworth House here, the residence of Pride and Prejudice’s Mr Darcy, the Jane Austen classic.
Fancy a sprinkling of some warm, sunny weather? Look no further than Barcelona. Just a stone’s throw from Spain’s coastline, Barcelona makes for the perfect mix of bustling city break and beach getaway. The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region has everything you could possibly need; energetic nightlife, a glorious beach, stunning architecture, amazing food and, of course, brilliant football.
Spring break in Amsterdam is an experience for sure. The Dutch capital is a fantastic visit at any time of year, however, as it’s downtime during spring you’re more likely to find fewer tourists. Enjoy the canals and winding bike paths before indulging in the city’s mesmerising art and culture vibe. If you’re after a party scene, Amsterdam becomes something of a party hotspot during spring – boat parties and pub crawls, there’s never a dull moment. Release your inner wild side!
Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of the best weekend trips in the UK. The Scottish capital is awash with history, cuisine and culture, meaning there is plenty to see and do. Plus, it’s all pretty compact. Visit the famous castle, hike to Arthur’s Seat, pick up some designer goods on Princess Street, spend a day at the Zoo and show your brave side at the dungeons. The city has a number of sights and a profusion of style.
It’s no secret that London is one of the busiest capital cities in the world, but this is what makes it a brilliant getaway any time of year – and spring is no different. Catch a show at the West End, take a stroll through one of the city’s many large parks – Hyde Park, St. James’ and Richmond are all truly amazing and full of greenery.
There are also plenty of museums to keep you entertained all year round – the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum are just two of many worthy of a mention. And what city break is complete without some art? In London, you’re sure to find galleries in abundance, including the National Gallery and Tate Modern.
Of course, there’s also all of the main highlights; Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, Big Ben, the London Eye, as well as many underrated gems such as Kew Gardens and Little Venice. The capital is also plentiful with amazing hotels, such as the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush, where you can relax and replenish after a full on day during your well-deserved spring break.