9 Stunning Springtime Destinations


Spring is a magical time of year. It’s as if the whole world comes alive – the birds start chirping, the sun shines brighter and the trees turn green, making it a fantastic time to get away. And why not? The weather is ideal, the crowds are minimal and for some destinations, they are at their best during these months.

Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, found the top cities that are especially dazzling and unforgettable in the spring. Offering everything from fabulous festivals, colourful parks and endless adventure, you’ll want to get to these spots before they’re in full bloom.

New York City, USA

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – no other city quite captures the United States of America’s founding principles. Ripe with anticipation, every turn reveals something new and unexpected and there’s no shortage of things to do during springtime in New York City. See the city come out of hibernation while enjoying a stroll in some of the best city parks in the world.

Holbox Island, Mexico

Located on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Holbox Island is separated from mainland Mexico by a shallow, warm water lagoon. Possibly Mexico’s best kept secret, the waters of this laid-back island are home to a diverse range of marine life including dolphins, sea turtles, flamingos, pelicans, barracuda and more!

Polignano a Mare, Italy

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, this small and unique town is home to a captivating historical centre, a jagged coastline and hidden inlets for sandy beaches. Spring is the best time to visit Polignano a Mare as temperatures are just beginning to climb, but remain mild and humidity is still low.

Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale is located in County Cork on the southern coast of Ireland. Historically known as a port and fishing town, today it’s better known for the tourist that arrive to enjoy the fresh air of a cool, Irish spring.

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Due to its balance of sub-tropical and tropical climate, Guatemala is known as ‘The Land of Eternal Spring’, and city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua Guatemala, is no exception. Historically the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, the city offers lively food markets, majestic volcanoes and of course no trip would be complete without a visit to one of their hot springs.

Lynton, Great Britain

Known for its natural beauty and unspoiled landscape, Lynton is a small, coastal town perched on top of a high sea cliff and overlooking the picturesque harbour village of Lynmouth. In the springtime, travellers can see purple orchids standing proudly amongst the lush, green grass in the valleys between the high sea cliffs.

Barcelona, Spain

There’s an undeniable ease to life in Barcelona. Its glorious climate and lively beach culture dares you to live your life in the sun. For adventure, head to the Gothic Quarter, with intriguing alleys and artists’ haunts from bygone days. In springtime, Barcelona is bustling from various festivals, events, and exhibitions.

Jasper, Canada

Located in the heart of Jasper State Park, Jasper is an alpine town amongst the snow-capped Canadian Rockies. It is home to crystal-clear lakes, thick green forests and glacier-fed rivers. No matter what your outdoor activity of choice may be, whether its hiking, mountain climbing or exploring nature, nothing beats springtime in Jasper.

 

Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria

Koprivshtitsa still preserves the atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival period of the 19th century, making it one of the most characteristically Bulgarian towns in the country. Known for its history, architecture and museums, travellers to Koprivshtitsa will feel like they’ve taken a step back in time while enjoying this magical city in the warm spring air.

 


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