Everyone knows that Paris in the springtime is magical. The air is crisp and fresh, the flowers are in full bloom, and everyone’s’ spirits are high as the cold winter weather is behind us.
Picnics are a weekly occurrence, the best fruits come into season, and the parks are full of music, laughter, and life. However, leaving Paris for the spring holidays is not such a bad idea, as Europe offers some of the most wondrous travel spots.
The spring is the best time to go to Amsterdam. The city is in full swing: bikes are everywhere, parks are packed full (with bikers, picnics, free concerts, even petting zoos!), and the flowers are filling the city with color.
Explore the streets, on foot or on bike. Sit down at a terrace café or shop at the cities many thrift shops (like Episode or Vind It). If you’re lucky enough to be in Amsterdam on April 27th (King’s Day) you will witness the National holiday, where the city gets covered in orange throughout the many parades, concerts, and boat, bar, street, and house parties.
The must-see of Amsterdam in the spring is the Keukenhof gardens- less than 30 minutes from the city. Open from mid-March to mid-May, Keukenhof is the mother of all gardens. The fields and fields of tulips alone attract thousands of tourists every year. Stroll along the flowers long enough, and you will feel like you entered a dream.
This colorful town, full of culture and warmth, is located in Southern Spain. Spring is the best time to go, as the weather is absolutely perfect, festivals color the town, the streets are bustling, and the aroma of orange blossoms fill the air.
The flowers are reason enough to go to Seville. The azahar flowers cover the city in a vibrant orange, filling the streets, squares, and plazas with a scent unmistakable and lovely. These orange blossoms make the city come to life every spring.
The festivals take place beginning before Easter, and lasting well into May. They celebrate religion and culture, and are surely a spectacle worth seeing and participating in.
Of course, we cannot forget that spring is also the time for flamenco and bullfighting in Seville. If you are a lover of Spanish culture, food, markets, and festivals, then this is the place to go this spring.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Last but certainly not least, my personal favorite: Cinque Terre. These set of five beach towns located on the Northwest Coast of Italy, are some of the most breathtaking places to be seen. Just a two-hour train from Florence, Cinque Terre is an easy escape from the city.
Each town has a distinct personality, some more touristy than others, some right on the beach, some harbor towns. Although lovely all year round, the towns really begin to come to life in the spring. The summer rush can be overwhelming, which is why spring is a great time to go.
There is a train from each of the five towns, taking only a couple minutes to get from one to another. There is also the option to hike between them. These two to three hour hour hikes between the towns are a great way to see the coast and to warm up before taking a dip in the crystal clear waters.
There are cafés with cheap (but unbelievably good) pizza, restaurants with some of the best seafood around, and of course, many gelaterias around for an afternoon snack. Every place has a gorgeous view, and you won’t ever be disappointed.
Article by Samantha Jensen