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10 Great Spring Destinations
Spring is a great season for travelling and #Japan, #Cuba, #London and #Germany are some of the most enjoyable destinations during this period. There are plenty of things to do there and much to choose from. Your stay can be either #active, or aimed for #relaxation, also, you can take your #family and learn about the local #culture!
Spring is making its way to the Northern Hemisphere. For those seeking pleasant weather and small crowds spring is the perfect time of the year to travel. Get out and enjoy the upcoming season with our selection of ten off-the-beaten-path spring trips to take this year.
Founded in the 11th century to the north of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh remains a centre of politics, economy and cultural in the western Muslim world. Chaotic, intense and colorful Marrakesh. Hot without being overwhelming, with glorious sunshine Marrakesh is a growingly popular spring destination. To experience Marrakech at its fullest dive into the old Medina, walk through the tangle of lanes, explore the endless maze of souks, breath in the pungent tanneries, discover the many masterpieces of architecture and art. Majorelle Garden is a shady retreat from the bustle of Marrakech’s Medina, with its exotic plants, cobalt-blue buildings and the outstanding Berber Museum. In the evening, sit on one of the terraces that surround Marrakesh’s main square and with a mint tea in hand observe the complex assembly of the night market, which brings back the smells of spices and food, snake charmers and various entertainers.
Marrakesh Hidden Sides Tour
Moroccan Tour From Marrakech and Back
Marrakech Discovery Tour
Praised for its powdery-white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Boracay is one of the more than 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines. This archipelago is creating a buzz as a less-discovered alternative to Southeastern Asian hotspots. It has 12 beaches that have pushed the Philippines into the list of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the most popular being White Beach and Puka Shell Beach. Look closer and you will discover a melting pot of different cultures, in a exuberant array of traditions, colorful festivals, elegant colonial towns and rustic food. The weather in the Philippines is typically divided into two weather patterns: the wet season, that lasts from May to October, and the dry season, that runs from November to April. In the spring, typhoon season has not kicked in yet and temperatures are still not too high. There are plenty of discounted special offers after the travel high season ends.
Sunset Cruise at Boracay Island
Taal Volcano Trek
Sky Diving in the Philippines
Mount Yoshino, Japan
With spring just around the corner, Japan is preparing for one of the most anticipated events celebrating the upcoming season. Hanami, the celebration of the cherry blossoming season, is one of the most ancient and traditional Japanese customs. Excitement starts to build in the weeks before the flowers bloom. The blossom forecast is announced each year by the weather bureau and followed closely by those planning Hanami. Mount Yoshiko has been Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spot for many centuries. Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it is a sacred site and part of the pilgrimage routes that link the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto. The surrounding are has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its natural beauty and monuments that form this cultural landscape. Story goes that the first trees were planted along its slopes more than 1,300 years ago. Nowadays it is covered with over 30,000 cherry trees. Yoshino’s blooming season typically starts in late March or early April and reaches full peak around early to mid-April.
the celebration of the cherry blossoming season, is one of the most ancient and traditional Japanese customs.
Havana combines past and present. As Cuba’s capital city and the country’s commercial center, Havana has a population of 2.1 million, standing as one of the Caribbean’s main metropolis. In contrast to other countries in the Americas, where historical centers were destroyed to make way for modern buildings, Havana has preserved its center, which is a lively reminder of a 500-years history. Old Havana has remained virtually unchanged. Cobblestone streets ripple though colorful colonial buildings, earning this city a UNESCO recognition for its outstanding value. Enjoy the old architecture, traditional street music, food vendors and cigars. Spring is a good time to visit Havana as temperatures are mild, and you’re sure to have blue skies and sunny days. Also hurricane season is still a few months away.
Havana Art Tour
New York, USA
Each year, millions of tourists travel to New York City. Each season offers visitors plenty of reasons to visit, but spring is anxiously awaited after a long and brutal winter. Snow melts away and the freezing winter temperatures began to warm up, inviting more and more people to the Big Apple. With spring comes a slew of cultural events and New York classics. Restaurants and outdoor markets take over the streets and shops open their windows wide. Spring ushers locals and visitors to witness the spring blooms in the parks. You can easily find a spot to picnic, read a good book, take a jog or stop with the kids at one of the many playgrounds and soak up the sun. Brightly colored cherry blossoms await as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden transforms into a Japanese secret garden in the heart of the city. If you are looking for music festivals, from folk to electronic, New York’s got you covered. The Tribeca Film Festival makes its annual appearance this season, giving average moviegoers and impassioned cinephiles the chance to witness a glimpse of Hollywood in the Big Apple.
find a spot to picnic, read a good book, take a jog or stop with the kids at one of the many playgrounds and soak up the sun.
Orlando Theme Parks, USA
No other place on Earth celebrates childhood quite like Orlando. Located in Central Florida, Orlando is known as the “Theme Park Capital of the World” and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62-million visitors, surpassing New York as the most visited tourist destination in the United States. Early spring is a good time to visit Orlando: you’ll find the most pleasant weather, agreeable prices and lines haven’t reached the winding lengths of peak summer season. However, let’s be honest: there is no low season when it comes to Orlando’s Theme Parks. There is just a not-so-terribly-crowded season. From the classic Disney’s Magic Kingdom to Legoland Florida, there is something for everyone!
Northern Lapland, Finland
North of the Arctic Circle, is Finnish Lapland. It is one of most beautiful places to experience the aurora borealis that has been delighting observers for centuries. Once shrouded in mystery, the bright dancing lights of the aurora are the result of collisions between particles in Earth’s atmosphere with electrically charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere. The northern lights make an appearance over Finland about 200 nights per year. First and foremost, you need dark skies to see the Northern Lights and as daylight hours begin to stretch, the skies will be too bright for the human eye to see the lights. The long winter nights are the most popular time for aurora hunting. However, March sees the weather slowly improving, as the temperatures begin to rise with the possibility of less snow cloud cover. Also, there is some speculation that the spring and autumn equinoxes bring greater solar activity.
Northern Lights Night Tour Finland
Reindeer Safari in Lapland
Sampo Icebreaker Tour
After a rainy and dark winter, London comes to life as spring arrives. Typically temperatures in London are mild in the spring, which means it’s a great time to enjoy outdoor activities. The best thing about London is you don’t need to go to the countryside to enjoy the greenness and flowery nature of spring. You have everything right in the center. There are plenty of parks and gardens in London where you can not only relax but also enjoy many activities, from sports events to open-air theatre, music concerts and festivals. Many of London’s historical properties reopen their doors after being closed for the winter. New plays and musicals debut at the West End and museums welcome new exhibitions for the season. The patron of England, Saint George has his day of celebration on April 23 with a feast that gathers everything from live music and dance performances to food stalls. Shortly after, the London Marathon takes place – one of the capital’s most important dates in the annual events calendar. Every April thousands of runners from around the world and even more enthusiastic spectators flock to London, in what is the world’s biggest fundraising event. The Canals of Little Venice will host once again the Canalway Cavalcade, an annual gathering of canal boats that takes place every year since 1983 and is already a spring classic.
an annual gathering of canal boats that takes place every year since 1983 and is already a spring classic.
Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands
Spring is not just the best time of the year to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, it is the only chance you have! Founded in 1949 by a group of prominent bulb growers in the tiny town of Lisse, it is the largest flower garden in the world. Keukenhof, literally the “kitchen garden”, it is open for an eight-week span, from late March to mid-May. Each autumn, as many as 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the gardens, carefully planning the show for the upcoming spring season. Easily reachable from Amsterdam, you can easily spend a whole day here. Explore the network of footpaths that criss-crosses a sea of multicolored tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and narcissi stretching through the Dutch landscape as far as the eye can see. There are several restaurants on the grounds and glasshouse holding indoor displays about the history of tulips and floral demonstrations.
Romantic Road, Germany
The almost 400km-long Romantic Road (Romantische Strasse) winds south from the vineyards of Würzburg to the alpine town of Füssen and the nearby Neuschwanstein Castle. Created in the 1950s to boost tourism in post-war times, it draws two million visitors every year, making it by far the most popular tourist route that crisscross Germany. The Road passes through walled medieval villages, with traditional red-roofed tops and cobblestone streets, large green stretches of countryside, vineyards and centuries-old battlefields. It meets a proper end at Ludwig II’s fairy-tale castle, Bavaria’s number one tourist attraction and a popular destination for those visiting Munich. Spring is the perfect time for exploring the Road as you can enjoy the warm weather and the flowery landscape before the summer crowds hit.
you can enjoy the warm weather and the flowery landscape before the summer crowds hit.