Our Guide to the Most Amazing Places to Visit in Spring

From wildflower-filled valleys to whale-watching and wine tasting, spring is packed with incredible adventures

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A large field full of purple tulips in front of traditional windmills in spring, Kinderdijk, Netherlands

Spring travel is in. No longer reserved for retirees and backpackers, anyone and everyone can experience the season of new beginnings. Witnessing colourful blooms are a given, but spring is also great for festivals, wildlife spotting, and underwater activities. We here at Plum Guide have done all the research, and put together a comprehensive list of best places to visit in spring just for you. You can thank us later, but for now, take a look at our guide to start planning your next spring break.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bicycles standing against a railing in front of a canal at sunrise in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bicycles standing against a railing in front of a canal at sunrise in Amsterdam, Netherlands

There’s really no better place to be in spring than Amsterdam. The whole city comes alive with colour and festivities, as the annual King’s Day (or Koningsdag) celebrations take place (get there for the last Saturday in April each year). April also marks peak tulip season, and this is not something to ignore - the best place to see these beautiful blooms is the infamous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens. Step into a mosaic of colour as millions of tulips carpet one of the largest flower gardens in the world.

Tulips in the Window, Plum Guide home in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tulips in the Window, Plum Guide home in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mount Yoshinoyama, Japan

An aerial view of green hills with pink trees in spring, Mount Yoshinoyama, Japan

An aerial view of green hills with pink trees in spring, Mount Yoshinoyama, Japan

Mt Yoshino is probably Japan’s most well-known cherry blossom destination - legend has it that the very first cherry blossom trees were planted on its slopes over 1,300 years ago. Today, more than 30,000 cherry trees cover the mountain, and you can admire the views by visiting Yoshino’s pretty town with its temples, shrines, parks, and viewpoints.

Antalya, Turkey

An aerial view of white boats on the blue water at Phaselis Cove in Antalya, Turkey

An aerial view of white boats on the blue water at Phaselis Cove in Antalya, Turkey

Spring is the most beautiful time of the year to visit this popular beach resort in Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region. Temperatures are still bearable, the summer crowds haven’t yet taken over the beaches, and the scent of jasmine and orange blossoms waft through the streets. Whether you want to relax on Konyaalti Beach, wander through the Old Town, or take a boat out onto the Mediterranean sea, there’s no better time to do it.

Vanishing Point, Plum Guide home in Antalya, Turkey

Vanishing Point, Plum Guide home in Antalya, Turkey

Malmö, Sweden

A large, still lake reflecting tall buildings and trees on a sunny day in Malmö, Sweden

A large, still lake reflecting tall buildings and trees on a sunny day in Malmö, Sweden

If you’re a keen cyclist, spring is the best time to visit this coastal city in southern Sweden. With over 500 kilometres of bike lanes, you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you're looking to traverse through fields of wildflowers, soar along the coast, saunter through green forest, or even just sightsee around the city. After all that cycling, unwind in true Swedish style at a classic sauna. The 19th-century Ribersborg Kallbadhus is a beloved institution with saunas, steam room, and spa.

Madeira, Portugal

A tall mountain with a staircase and a hiking trail in spring, Madeira, Portugal

A tall mountain with a staircase and a hiking trail in spring, Madeira, Portugal

Want to experience spring all year round? Madeira is the place to be - explore the island’s lush, volcanic interior as you bask in the delightful weather. Locals take this season very seriously, with the annual Flower Festival and carnival taking place every spring. It’s a truly incredible sight to see every inch of streets and towns covered in flowers, performers in colourful flower costumes, and huge floral floats parading through the capital Funchal.

Blue Dawn, Plum Guide home in Madeira, Portugal

Blue Dawn, Plum Guide home in Madeira, Portugal

Hangzhou, China

Yudai Bridge on a large lake near green trees and tall hills, Hangzhou ,China

Yudai Bridge on a large lake near green trees and tall hills, Hangzhou ,China

Each spring, Hangzhou transforms into a watercolour painting. The city’s downtown area is built around the beautiful West Lake, famous for inspiring poets and painters throughout Chinese history. Its many temples, shrines, pagodas, and romantic bridges are especially beautiful when lit up at night. Stroll along the Su Causeway, or take a boat ride across the lake to admire the flowers and peach trees in full bloom.

Pembrokeshire, Wales

A view of green banks and a small stone path leading to a beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

A view of green banks and a small stone path leading to a beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

Pembrokeshire has to be one of the most magical places in spring, when nature erupts in a picturesque display of colours, sights, and sounds. The best way to experience this is by walking along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path for views of majestic cliffs, pretty beaches, and wildflower meadows. For a less physically intense experience, take a boat trip to Skomer Island - find an abundance of birdlife such as puffins and razorbills, as well as dolphins and seals.

Cwmni Dau, Plum Guide home in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

Cwmni Dau, Plum Guide home in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

Maldives

An aerial view of two small boats on clear blue water by a serene island, The Maldives

An aerial view of two small boats on clear blue water by a serene island, The Maldives

The Maldives are one of the best spring travel destinations, with the greatest weather between January and March. This is when the skies are a permanent blue and the water is at its calmest, with excellent visibility making it ideal for snorkelling and diving. When you’re not exploring underwater, or surfing on top of it, be sure to go island hopping - visit markets where you can find locally-made crafts and jewellery.

Barcelona, Spain

A colourful wall overlooking green trees and buildings in Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

A colourful wall overlooking green trees and buildings in Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Spring is the perfect time of year to enjoy Barcelona’s cultural offerings, from Easter celebrations and festivals, to sporting and art events. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to live it up at the Barcelona Beer Festival, get active at the Barcelona Marathon, or indulge in sweets at the Sant Medir Festival. There are also plenty of traditional Catalan celebrations - such as Sant Jordi (similar to Valentine’s Day), and Semana Santa, which celebrates Easter.

Mondrian's Lines, Plum Guide home in Barcelona, Spain

Mondrian's Lines, Plum Guide home in Barcelona, Spain

Morocco

Two hot air balloons floating over the Sahara desert, Morocco

Two hot air balloons floating over the Sahara desert, Morocco

Spring is the best time to visit Morocco, when you can swap out the searing hot sun for balmy and crisp temperatures. Start your journey in Marrakech, and wander through the alleyways before practising your best bargaining skills at the Bab Doukkala market. For an outdoor adventure, head into the Atlas Mountains for raw and spectacular scenery, dotted with Berber villages, canyons, and ravines.

Lake Tahoe, USA

A small sandy beach by tall green trees on a sunny day in Lake Tahoe, USA

A small sandy beach by tall green trees on a sunny day in Lake Tahoe, USA

As the snow turns into waterfalls and raging rivers, spring is one of the most picturesque times of the year to visit Lake Tahoe. As well as fewer crowds, the weather is generally mild and sunny, making it ideal for all the outdoor activities on offer - think spring skiing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, and relaxing in hot springs.

Creek & Glen, Plum Guide home in Lake Tahoe, USA

Creek & Glen, Plum Guide home in Lake Tahoe, USA

Mendoza, Argentina

A pristine winery in the spring on a sunny day, Mendoza, Argentina

A pristine winery in the spring on a sunny day, Mendoza, Argentina

If you’re a wine connoisseur wondering where the best place to visit in the spring is for you, then look no further Mendoza. This city in Argentina’s Cuyo region is at the heart of wine country, known for its Malbecs and other reds. There are over 1,200 bodegas (wineries) in the area, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to tours and tastings - you can even tour the wineries by bicycle.

Lake District, England, UK

Green trees reflecting in a lake in front of distant mountains in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Green trees reflecting in a lake in front of distant mountains in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Woods carpeted with bluebells, wild garlic in bloom, lambs grazing in wildflower-filled pastures - this is what spring in the Lake District is all about. The same daffodils that inspired William Wordsworth can be spotted for miles, whether you’re strolling along a lake, cruising on a historic steam yacht gondola, or hiking on the fells. With outdoor festivals and fairs celebrating everything from food to art, this is the perfect time to visit.

Scafell Cottage, Plum Guide home in Cumbria, UK

Scafell Cottage, Plum Guide home in Cumbria, UK

Budapest, Hungary

A yellow tram driving over a bridge in front of a distant town, Budapest, Hungary

A yellow tram driving over a bridge in front of a distant town, Budapest, Hungary

Photogenic Budapest is worth a visit any time during the year, but spring is best for mild weather, blossoms, and countless festivals. The Budapest Spring Festival is packed with all kinds of events - think concerts, art exhibitions, dance performances, and operas. The fun continues with even more festivals, like the Cherry Blossom Festival, Hungarian Jazz Festival, and Hungarian Folk Dance Festival - plus numerous Easter fairs.

Provence, France

A large purple field of lavenders next to a green field and a small cottage, Valensole, Provence, France

A large purple field of lavenders next to a green field and a small cottage, Valensole, Provence, France

When it comes to the best places to visit in spring, few places offer something as special as Provence. Fields transform into oceans of wildflowers, vineyards glow all shades of green, picturesque villages become lively and bustling, and farmers’ markets fill up with fresh spring produce. The moors along the pretty coastline are filled with the scent of rosemary, wild thyme, and Mediterranean pine, while the warm spring sunshine basks the glittering sea in a beautiful light.

Secret Baignade, Plum Guide home in Provence, France

Secret Baignade, Plum Guide home in Provence, France

Glacier Bay, Alaska, USA

Tall mountains reflecting in a clear blue lake in spring, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Tall mountains reflecting in a clear blue lake in spring, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Spring is feeding time for the whales in this National Park and Preserve. Covering 3.3 million acres of mountains, glaciers, fjords, rainforests, and coastline, Glacier Bay is the best place to spot orcas, minkes, humpbacks, and grey whales. On your whale watching excursion, you may also get to see harbour seals, porpoises, sea otters, puffins, and a variety of mammals - including Alaskan brown bears.

Venice, Italy

Small boats on the Canal Grande, with Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background on a sunny day, Venice, Italy

Small boats on the Canal Grande, with Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background on a sunny day, Venice, Italy

Venice can get notoriously crowded during the summer months, so visiting in spring allows you to admire the beauty of the city without the hordes of tourists. Wander down the charming streets, embark on a gondola ride, or enjoy a coffee in Piazza San Marco. Spring is also a great time to visit the neighbouring islands of Murano, Burano, and Lido.

Love In Venice, Plum Guide home in Venice, Italy

Love In Venice, Plum Guide home in Venice, Italy

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Two Blue Footed Boobies standing on rocks, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Two Blue Footed Boobies standing on rocks, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands are one of the best places to visit in spring for wildlife watching. This is the perfect time to spot iguanas, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies doing their mating dance, turtles hatching, and the famed waved albatross. Snorkelling and diving is ideal in spring, so be sure to visit Camaño Islet on Santa Cruz island - spot marine iguanas hunting for food underwater, or El Arco on Darwin Island to see sharks in action.

Tyrol, Austria

A view of tall snow-capped mountains behind green trees and a clear lake in spring, Tyrol, Austria

A view of tall snow-capped mountains behind green trees and a clear lake in spring, Tyrol, Austria

With the last of the snow melting away and the mountain slopes turning green, spring is a beautiful time in Tyrol. Pastures fill with wildflowers, inviting you to hike or cycle through the valleys. For those looking for something a little more relaxing, why not take a stroll through the blossoming apple meadows, or indulge in the traditional Austrian treats made during the Easter celebrations.

Cocoon, Plum Guide home in Tyrol, Austria

Cocoon, Plum Guide home in Tyrol, Austria

Nepal

A large range of snow-capped mountains with a bright blue lake, Himalayas, Nepal

A large range of snow-capped mountains with a bright blue lake, Himalayas, Nepal

Spring is one of the two main trekking seasons in Nepal. This is the best time to finally complete that Himalayan trek you’ve been dreaming about. Even if trekking isn’t your thing, the bustling capital of Kathmandu offers temples, markets, and delicious food. Chitwan National Park’s rainforests and grassy plains are best for safaris - spot rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, and even the elusive Bengal tiger (if you’re lucky).

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