Best Spring Destinations 2017

Best Spring Destinations

Maybe you are reading this blog post bundled up on your way to class or to work or maybe you are reading it after you have been shoving snow all morning. Or maybe winter is your favourite season and you hate me for talking about spring already *eyes roll*. In any case, while we are still in the middle of winter (sorry to remind you) and I had to pay a fortune on a new pair of winter boots *£15* (I could have just saved that for travel purposes you know) I will tell you something my friend. Spring will be upon us eventually and now is a good time to make plans for March, April and May and see if that’s going to warm you up a little.

1. Mauritius

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While any time of the year is a good time to visit a tropical island, this retreat located in the Indian Ocean is a great destination to check out in May when the water kiting season begins. If the annual average of 20 something °C/60-70 °F doesn’t convince you, the golden beaches, crystal clear water and the landscapes will.

2. Valencia

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While the history, beautiful buildings, good food and friendly locals can be found there any time of the year, spring is a particularly good time to visit Spain’s third largest city because it is warm enough to enjoy the beach but not hot enough to find it difficult to walk around and be a noisy tourist.

Best spring destinations 2017

So buy a portion of the famous Paella from Mercado Central. The hipster in you will be happy to know that Valencia has its own recipe which is called, obviously enough, Valencian Paella so technically you are not like everyone else if you have that.

Best spring destinations 2017

When you are tired of food, feed your soul with faith at the Cathedral, feed it with beauty at the Museo de Bellas Artes and feed your mind with culture at La Lonja, Museo Nacional de Ceramica, at the Museo del Patriarca, at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, at Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe or at Torres de Quort. You get the idea.

3. Dubai

Best spring destinations 2017

It may be UAE’s second largest city but it is the world most famous luxury destination. Dubai is a oasis in the desert, located just on the south-east coast of the Persian Gulf. The Gulf enjoys sunshine pretty much all year but it gets too hot in summer so the best time to go is spring.

Best spring destinations 2017

Burj-Khalifa, the Palm Islands and the famous Burj al-Arab (pictured above), the world only 7 stars hotel built on an artificial island are probably some of the landmarks that caught your eye but there is more to do in Dubai than stare at million dollars investments. From outdoor and water sports, to shopping, sunbathing and exploring the cultural heritage, Dubai has it all.

4. Florida

Best spring destinations 2017

After welcoming over 57.4 MILLION tourists in the first half of 2016 alone, it is easy to see that the Sunshine State is the dream destination for many. And it is no surprise as Florida has sun, it has golden beaches it has exotic animals and scary reptiles (aligators, pitons) it has adventure parks, it has Disney World, Legoland Park and Universal Studios.

It has everything for everyone and every taste. Even the pickiest tourist could find something to do here with such a wide variety of options, which makes Florida a great family destination. Treat your kids with a visit or treat the kid in you with a visit in spring because just like in Dubai, summers can get a little to hot here.

5. Zermat

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This is for those of you who love winter sports and are not ready to go into the warm season just yet, so while everyone is wishing for sunshine in March, April and May, you are wishing for snow…and if you love skiing you know that you can always rely on Switzerland for that. In fact Zermat, Europe’s highest skiing resort, has snow 365 days per year. With 365 km of pistes and pistes for every level (from beginners to pros), apres ski bars, culinary delights and ski tours, it is easy to understand what makes Zermat the paradise for winter sports enthusiasts.

6. Morzine

Best spring destinations 2017

This one is again for ski and snowboard lovers but also for their I-preffer-sun-over-snow-friends. Why? Because while the top of the mountain is covered in snow, offering the perfect conditions for ski and snowboard, the valleys are green and sunny. You are basically getting two seasons for the same price. So if your partner for example loves skiing a lot but you don’t, you can enjoy spring while they enjoy the snow – no need for compromise this time.

7. Kyoto

Best spring destinations 2017
Kinkaku-ji Temple (Temple of Golden Pavilion)

 

I don’t know about you but when I think of Japan the first thing that comes into my mind is a temple surrounded by trees in bloom. I don’t know how accurate this image is (but I know for sure you think what I said is super cheesy) or wether I watched to many historic Japanese movies but cherry and plum trees blossom in March and April and there are even viewing festivals.

Best spring destinations 2017

This is what makes the former Imperial capital of Japan such a good spring destination. The best spots for cherry blossom viewings are: Maruyama-Koen Park, the north end of Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace Park), the banks of the Kamo-Gama River, Kyoto Botanical Gardens and Gion’s Shimbashi district (in the evenings).

Best spring destinations 2017

Besides cherry blossom viewings you can visit Kyoto’s Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle which was built in 1603 or one of the many temples for the architecture and for their gardens – Tenryu-ji, Nanzen-ji, Sanjusangen-do, Ryoan-ji, Ginkaku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera are just some of them.

Best spring destinations 2017

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Irina

 

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