Spring is in the air! Europe in spring offers some of the best flower blooms, weather and outdoor activities.
As the weather starts to warm, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit some of those popular European tourists destinations. From the Amalfi Coast, to Cornwall to Brussels. What better time to explore some of these amazing places than in Springtime.
We can’t take all the credit for this list as it’s inspired by Lonely Planet’s Where to Go When. You can get your own copy to discover all the best times to visit those bucketlist places.
We’ve taken the best destinations in Europe in spring from the book.
Here’s the 11 Best Places to Visit in Europe in Spring (March, April and May).
Europe in Spring: 11 Best Places to Visit
Amalfi Coast by Chrysoula from Travel Passionate
The sun-kissed shores of Italy’s Amalfi Coast bring to mind images of spectacular cliffside landscapes and delicious Italian cuisine. However, during summer it can often be the busy beaches and scorching temperatures that stick in the mind. Thankfully, spring in Amalfi offers all of the best bits while remaining blissfully quiet and temperate.
The shoulder season in southern Italy offers lower prices, wider ranging availability and relatively cool temperatures. All the while still being notably warmer than Northern Europe and the US. With spring in the air, there’s no better time to hike the trails around the Amalfi Coast. Or simply stroll through the vineyards and lemon groves that line the cliffs.
Start your mornings with an espresso in the Spring sunshine before exploring the markets of Positano which will be overflowing with seasonal produce. In the afternoons you can discover the ruins of Pompeii or the slopes of Vesuvius without the crowds. All before heading to a peaceful trattoria for dinner. Plus, have you pick of the fisherman’s fresh catch with no competition – what could be better?
All this makes the Amalfi Coast one of the best places to visit in Europe in spring.
Prague by Stefan from Nomadic Boys
Prague is one of our favourite places to visit in Europe in spring. For us, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe period. Particularly in the spring because the weather is mild; not too warm or too cold. During the summer months, it can get too hot and worse still, the visiting crowds make it quite a claustrophobic place to visit.
One of the highlights in Prague is the pretty cobblestone UNESCO listed Old Town, which dates back to the 10th century. The Prague Castle is another UNESCO listed gem you could easily devote an entire day exploring. It’s particularly fascinating because it dates back to the 9th century when it was a seat of power for the Kings of Bohemia. It’s also famous for being the largest ancient castle in the World according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Other gems in Prague to explore during the springtime include the iconic Charles Bridge, the Prague Zoo (which is rated as one of the best in the world), Petrin Hill, the Jewish Museum and the Lego Museum. The latter being the largest Lego museum in the world.
Festivals to look out for during Spring include the Prague Spring Swing Festival in April and the classical music Prague Spring International Music Festival in late May. There’s also the Prague Marathon and the Prague Fringe Festival in May. For more information, check out our gay guide to Prague.
Prague is a perfect European destination to visit in Spring.
Cyprus by Kirsty from World for a Girl Family Travel Blog
There is no better season to visit the sunny, South-eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus than spring. The weather is still mild and the spring flowers are in full bloom. Better yet the hordes of tourists from Northern Europe are yet to arrive.
Cyprus is a beautiful island with a turbulent past and a precarious future. Divided in two by war, it is a land of contrasts. Travelling around the country from the Republic of Cyprus across the border into the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus by car gives a taste of both European and Turkish culture.
The pleasant weather and easy-to-find accommodation in spring enables travel throughout the whole island. From the central hill-towns, through the bustling but divided capital of Nicosia to the historic harbours by the coast. We climbed to the top of St Hilarion Castle in the Kyrenia mountain range for magnificent views over the sea in March without breaking a sweat!
We love visiting ancient ruins with our toddler and Cyprus has an abundance of important Roman and Greek heritage sites across the island. In spring, these enchanting remnants of the past are made even more magical by the meadows of wildflowers that grow in between the ancient rocks, pavements and pillars.
One of our favourite photos ever is this picture of our young son wading through bright, yellow flowers at the famous Tombs of the Kings UNESCO World Heritage site near Paphos. An advert in itself to visit Cyprus in spring!
Sicily by Suzanne from The Travelbunny travel blog.
Visiting Sicily in Spring is good for so many reasons. Temperatures average the early 20s so it’s nicely warm but not too hot. And the spring flowers are beginning to make an appearance in the sunshine.
During April and May the island’s hot spots are more relaxed and won’t be over-run by tourists. Sicily partakes in some serious celebrating in Spring with many of the country’s festivals start taking place around Easter.
Holy Week will see feasts and colourful processions in every town and village. Infiorata di Noto, one of the most colourful festivals in the world takes place in Siciliy over the third weekend of May each year. The pavements are decorated in a mosaic of colourful flowers and petals. It’s a great way to soak up some culture and gain an authentic insight into local life.
The spring weather makes it perfect to enjoy some of the island’s beaches like the long swathes of golden sands of Sampieri. If you’re into culture then you won’t have to suffer the stifling heat of summer in the cities.
Catania is a fabulous city to explore with many historical sites, piazzas and gothic architecture. The fascinating Catania food market and Pescheria is well-worth a visit where the stall-holders are almost theatrical in their attempts to sell their wares.
From culture and castles to food and festivals Sicily makes a perfect break in Europe in spring.
Isle of Skye by Susanne from Adventures Around Scotland
The Isle of Skye has become one of the most popular destinations in Scotland. It gets extremely busy in the summer and if you want to avoid the crowds then spring is a good time to visit. Accommodation is easier to find and the roads are much quieter.
The most popular tourist sites like the Quiraing, Fairy Pools and Old Man of Storr are still relatively quiet. The attractions and museums that close for the winter reopen in the spring and the weather can be quite pleasant.
Although the weather is always unpredictable in Scotland, May is generally one of the more settled and drier months. As there are many outdoor activities to enjoy on the island, now is the perfect time to explore walking, climbing or kayaking.
Another good reason to visit Skye at this time of year is to avoid the infamous midges. These are tiny flying insects which can swarm in their thousands. The Highland midge is the most ferocious and notorious, but they generally don’t appear until the end of spring!
It is also the season where wild flowers appear, new born lambs skip about the fields and seabirds return to the cliffs. Making Skye a top destination in Europe in spring.
Europe in Spring: 11 Best Places to Visit
Montenegro by Coni from Experiencing the Globe
The jaw dropping, dramatic views of the Adriatic clashing with the black mountains that give Montenegro its name are best enjoyed in spring. During summer the crowds are unbearable, and in winter it is hard to escape the rain.
A perfect mix of lush Mediterranean climate, sapphire waters, and medieval towns is found in the coast of this small nation. Plan you trip around the Bay of Kotor, the jewel of the country. Here you’ll want to stop at every corner to take in the views.
If you like photography, you’ll be in heaven. Every town is more picturesque than the last. Fro cobblestone streets, medieval fortresses on top of the hill, churches full of history, and Venetian grand palazzos.
Give a day to Herceg Novi. Visit it’s Old Town and the fortresses that different invaders built to protect themselves from the next one. Continue to Perast, a tiny one-street town that houses 16 churches and 17 palaces.
From here you can visit the charming islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. The next stop is the town that gives the bay its name, and the highlight of the trip, Kotor.
Get lost in the winding streets of this medieval walled city, and go up St. John fortress for the most impressive views of the town from above. If you like to party or you want to relax by the beach, continue to lively Budva, the “Montenegrin Miami”. If you prefer nature, head to breathtaking Lovćen National Park instead.
Montenegro is great to visit anytime of year, but especially during spring.
Crete by Stefanie from Sofia Adventures
Crete is great to visit in spring because the beaches are just as gorgeous but the crowds haven’t yet arrived. While the water is a bit cold, you can still swim in it. It gets hot enough that you will want to escape the heat even if it means a dip in water that’s on the cold site.
Crete is full of cities and villages with so many activities to enjoy when you’re not at the beach. The town of Chania is charming, while Heraklion has more of a city feel.
Make sure not to miss Rethymnon, with its beautiful Egyptian Lighthouse and Venetian Harbor. Some people think of the town as a great day trip, but there are enough things to do in Rethymnon that you can easily enjoy a few days here.
Other can’t miss spots in Crete include the beautiful Seitan Limania beach and the southern coast on the Libyan Sea.
A great way to explore Crete is to rent a car and go on a road trip, but you can also utilize the island’s great intercity bus system. Getting to Crete is easy. You can fly into either Chania or Heraklion or you can come by ferry from Athens or another Greek island.
Crete is a wonderful place to explore in Europe in spring.
Mallorca by Nadine from Le Long Weekend
Spring is an incredible time to discover Mallorca. Just before the rush of tourists descend you can experience the true spirit of the island.
You really get the best of both worlds visiting Mallorca in spring! As the weather is generally fantastic, the trees are brimming with citrus fruits, and there’s a really lovely laid-back vibe going on. We visited in May and the beaches were barely busy, with only a handful of other visitors on some of the more remote shores.
The accommodation was really reasonably priced, being out of the peak season. And we never had to queue anywhere. Even for the infamous Sóller train.
If you visit in May, be sure to head to the Pollença Wine Fair to try the best wines of the region. Or, if you’re heading over at Eastertime, there are plenty of celebrations taking place around the island then too.
You won’t be short of things to do or places to discover! Just one word of advice – if you do like the quieter, more authentic vibe, stay away from the coastal resorts and book a place slightly off the tourist trail. This way you’ll get to experience the best of Mallorca in Europe in spring.
Lake District by Demi from Around the World with Her
The perfect place for a getaway, The Lake District is an area of outstanding beauty. This national park, in the North West of England, was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ultimate adventure playground for outdoor lovers, with hundreds of hiking trails and unbelievably beautiful views. Spring is an ideal time to visit, when flowers are just starting to bloom and days are getting longer. In every field you will be able to see cute little lambs as they are born throughout spring.
The Lake District is home to countless fells, rivers, valleys and lakes, and Ambleside is the perfect base for visiting the area. Ambleside sits right at the top of the biggest lake in England, Windermere. The shores of the lake make for a great day out, with cosy pubs and sprawling lawns, plenty of ducks to feed, and rowing boats available for hire.
For the keen hikers, England’s highest peak Scafell is fairly easy to hike. There are plenty of places in The Lake District to rent a bicycle if you fancy seeing the surroundings on two wheels. Just taking a wander into nearby fields and woods will most likely result in spotting deer, squirrels or birds of prey.
The perfect place for nature lovers, there are plenty of things to do in spring in The Lake District.
Cornwall by Kelly from A Pair of Passports
There’s nothing more relaxing and peaceful than a weekend getaway to Cornwall before the summer crowds rush in. Villages feel abandoned and beaches are empty, but the region still holds all of its charm.
During the spring, it’s easy to snag a low-season rate at some of Cornwall’s finest hotels. Take advantage of it and treat yourself to a weekend wandering empty beaches (almost all are dog-friendly in the off-season), warming up in cozy pubs, and filling up on Cornwall’s famous pasties. The World Pasty Competition takes place in early March, so a visit in the spring gives you a chance to visit the local winner(s) soon after they’ve been crowned.
The best part of visiting Cornwall in the spring is the opportunity to visit Cornwall’s top spots without the crowds. Wander along the footpath to St. Michael’s Mount when the tide is low, pop into one of Cornwall’s six wineries for lunch and a tasting, and enjoy a chilled evening at Lusty Glaze Beach Cafe during one of their live music nights.
You may not experience sunbathing weather while visiting Cornwall in the spring, but it’s well worth a visit just to explore the region. Sometimes, you’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself! And what better way to take in the beauty of the English coast?
This makes Cornwall the last of our 11 best places to visit in Europe in spring.
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