Spring is here! Well, in a month, anyway. But if you’re like me, you’re over winter and ready for some sunshine. So if you want to get a head start on your spring travel plans, today I bring you A Lady in London’s 12 awe-inspiring spring travel destinations.
Spring Travel Destinations for Nature Lovers
Keukenhof Gardens, Holland
One of my favorite places to get into the seasonal spirit is at Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands. I spent my birthday here a few years ago, wandering among the tulips and soaking up the brilliant colors of a million spring bulbs. The gardens are spectacular, and well worth a day trip from Amsterdam.
Kent is the Garden of England, and there’s no better time to visit a garden than in spring. The county is home to famous gardens like those at Sissinghurst Castle, as well as fairytale forests full of bluebells.
Washington, DC, USA
There’s nothing quite so inspiring as cherry blossoms in the spring, and Washington, DC has them in abundance. All around the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument, the tiny pink flowers bring the city into the season with ceremonial color. And if you’re in Asia, you can experience a similarly breathtaking sight in many parts of Japan.
Spring Travel Destinations for City Break Fans
After a cold winter, Istanbul emerges victorious in the spring. The vibrant tulips at the Topkapi Palace are alone worth a trip, with their velvety purples and canary yellows bringing the Bosphorus alive with seasonal hues.
If Istanbul is a feast for the eyes in the spring, Sevilla is a treat for the nose. The city’s orange blossoms fill the air with the sweetest smell during the season, making every step a delight for visitors and locals alike. And with festivals like Semana Santa and Feria, the other senses have a reason to celebrate, too.
With cold, wet winters and scorching hot summers, Marrakech can be an inhospitable place to travel. But the late spring sees pleasant weather and warm-but-not-too-warm temperatures, making it the perfect time to explore the souks, soak up the sun on a riad rooftop, and wander through the famous Djemaa el Fna square at sunset.
Spring Travel Destinations for Wine Enthusiasts
While spring means rebirth in the Northern Hemisphere, this time of year is all about the harvest in the Southern. The wineries in Santiago’s Maipo Valley are not only beautiful to see, but also easily accessible from the city center and perfect to visit during the grape collecting months.
The same can be said for Australia. One of my best memories of my time in Melbourne was a wine tasting trip to the Yarra Valley. So while we wait for the tulips to emerge from the northern ground, we can head to the south to watch the grapes roll in.
Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, South Africa
And let’s not forget South Africa, a country with some of the best and most underrated wine growing regions in the world. From Pinotage to Cape Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay, areas like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek—both of which are an easy drive from Cape Town—have gorgeous vineyards and great food to pair with the wines.
Spring Travel Destinations for Festival Goers
Hay Festival in Wales
Calling all book lovers! The annual Hay Festival is one of the world’s foremost literary festivals, and it takes place every spring in beautiful surroundings near the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. It’s a great place to go for literary inspiration and the perfect escape from urban life. Or as Bill Clinton put it, the ‘Woodstock of the mind’.
Songkran in Laos
While the new year festival of Songrkan is more closely associated with Thailand than Laos, Luang Prabang has an amazing water fight to celebrate. And even if it didn’t, the city is one of the most magical in Asia and worthy of a trip with or without a festival on.
Primavera in Barcelona
For music lovers, the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona is the place to be this spring. The annual event brings thousands of people to the Catalan coast for performances from some of the world’s most popular performers, as well as great new and independent acts.
How about you? What do you think are the most awe-inspiring spring travel destinations in the world?