Why wait until summer – enjoy that well-deserved break early this year with a spring getaway! Spring breaks bring all the relaxation and adventure of a summer holiday without the sweltering temperatures and crowds of tourists, so we’ve put together our top picks for the season. Escape the April showers by visiting one of these gorgeous destinations.
Dubrovnik is the perfect holiday destination if you can’t decide between a relaxing beach holiday and city break. Get a dose of both relaxation and culture in this southern Croatian city, known for its coastal location and distinctive Old Town complete with 16th century city walls. There’s fascinating sights to explore here, from ancient monasteries to Baroque churches and Renaissance palaces. Temperatures rise to a pleasant level of 14-17°C during the day in April and will reach up to 20°C in May – perfect for city sightseeing and a dip in the Adriatic sea.
Marrakech is perfect for spring – after all, the sun shines nearly all year in this Moroccan desert city. With a lusciously green landscape and daytime highs of 27°C, midday temperatures are just right for a break in the sunshine that won’t be uncomfortably hot. Nights are cooler, so you may need to pack layers to explore the city and its bustling marketplaces selling traditional textiles, pottery and jewellery. Discover this thriving medieval city over spring for wonderful views and a truly special evening atmosphere.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Lanzarote is a great choice for family holidays, boasting a unique volcanic landscape as well as great beaches, sightseeing and a fantastic range of hotels and restaurants. Lanzarote is a Unesco biosphere reserve, its stark terrain dotted with whitewashed houses and intriguing architecture. Avoid visiting in the summer holidays when the island is jam-packed with tourists – instead, try spring, when temperatures are at a pleasant 16-24°C. As well as volcanoes and lava fields, you can also enjoy cycling, hiking and kiteboarding.Photo by Piet Bastine on Unsplash
One of the islands of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, Gozo is a more tranquil and rural alternative to its sister island of Malta. Spring is a great time to visit, with temperatures at an average of 17°C during the season. Whether you’re looking for a solo trip, a quiet couples break or a family holiday, this luscious island ticks all the boxes and has plenty to see and do. Visit the fascinating Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins, hike around the gorgeous landscape, relax on the beach or try a spot of scuba diving. Gozo is an incredibly pretty island with friendly natives, hoards of culture and delicious food – what more could you want?