Europe by the season: Where to go in Spring

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Cherry blossoms, sunshine with a cool breeze, shorter lines… these are all very valid reasons to travel to Europe in the Spring and all of the above are reasons I’ve booked a trip to Europe this coming Spring. Shoulder season (outside of peak and low seasons) is without a doubt my favourite time to travel, so in April I’m packing up my things and heading on another grand European adventure. I’ve travelled to Europe in the Spring before and visited some amazing places, but this Spring I’m looking to venture beyond my previous travels and uncover some hidden gems. Here’s a comprehensive list of where to in Spring in Europe; a collection of past and upcoming travels in Europe!


Spring in Europe

Spring is full of life in Europe, with colourful blooms beginning to show themselves after the long winter and locals coming out of hibernation to enjoy their home cities and towns before the crowds arrive. It is also substantially cheaper to travel throughout Europe in the Spring, before the crazy months of June, July and August arrive (both in terms of crowds and heat). Here’s where you should head on a spring escape in Europe!

City Breaks

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is an absolute delight to visit any time of year, but especially nice in the Spring before the Summer crowds arrive. A few favourites worth mentioning: Mini Bar for dinner (ask no questions, just go); Four Seasons Lisbon for Sunday brunch; Sintra for a cheeky day trip and Pastel de Belem for the best Portuguese tarts.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has quickly become one of Europe’s most loved cities and it takes only one day there to see why. The W Hotel has great views over the beach, La Boqueria is the best pitstop for healthy fresh juices, Gaudi architecture is a must see and be sure to go on a tapas tour for an insight into food culture here in Spain!

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

After visiting Mostar in the spring a couple years ago I completely fell in love with the place, the entire country, and its people. This small town is becoming increasingly popular as a day trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia, however to really get the most out of a visit to Bosnia & Herzegovina, I’d recommend staying 5-7 days at least. If you’re still not convinced, here are 10 reasons why you should visit Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Riga, Latvia

I only managed to visit Riga on a short stopover for one night, but what I did manage to see in those two half days was completely mesmerising. This would have to be one of Europe’s most underrated cities and the perfect city to start your adventures in the Baltics.

Belgrade, Serbia

Another surprise on my travels came when I visited the gorgeous capital of Serbia, Belgrade, on a few days visit in the Spring. This city had been recommended to me by a few travellers and as soon as I was there I soon saw why. There isn’t a whole lot to see or do, but this city has a way of capturing your heart regardless.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

With crowds extremely large in the summer time, it is best to visit Dubrovnik outside of the busy season in order to enjoy it more. This coastal city became incredibly popular after the filming of Game of Thrones in the city and has since enjoyed a huge influx of tourism!

Lake Como, Italy

If you’re looking for somewhere to kick back, relax and take it all in, the lakes district in Northern Italy is the perfect place to do so. Situated nearly on the border to Switzerland, this is a great stopover destination when travelling between Switzerland and Italy.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Perhaps the most underrated capital city in Europe would have to be the capital of Slovenia, with a name that appears almost impossible to pronounce to an English speak (La-yoob-ell-yah-nah). This city has a gorgeous old town centre with countless al fresco cafes, ice creameries and a gorgeous river running through the city centre. This is also the gateway to Lake Como, one of Europe’s most romantic lakes.

belgrade in spring

Cherry Blossom

Paris, France

If you’re looking for guaranteed cherry blossom with a gorgeous backdrop, look no further than Paris. Cherry blossoms pop up almost everywhere in the city, but nowhere are they more iconic than at the Eiffel tower.

Belgrade, Serbia

The image above was taken in Belgrade in the spring on a stroll through the city centre. Although it is a busy capital, I loved this city and would highly recommend it for a few days if you’re looking to get off the beaten path in Europe.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland’s prettiest city comes to life in the Spring, with plenty of cherry blossom to be found.

Bonn, Germany

Bonn is also an iconic cherry blossom town in the Spring, with photos of Bonn circulating the internet year-round.

Stockholm, Sweden

Another great capital to visit on a city break with cherry blossom galore in the Spring is the Swedish capital, Stockholm. If you nee convincing, here are 10 things to do in Stockholm.

cesky krumlov

Charming little towns

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

If you’re looking to get out of the cities, Cesky Krumlov is one of my all time favourite towns and is just a few hours drive or bus ride from Prague. In the summer time locals and tourists float on rafts down the Vltava River, however in Spring there are much less crowds and you can enjoy the cool air and sunny skies in southern Bohemia without being overrun by other travellers.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is another of my favourite towns in Europe, located in Flanders (region in Belgium), just a short train ride from the capital, Brussels. Combine a visit to Bruges with a visit to nearby Gent (20 mins by train) and you’ll be set for a whimsical spring getaway!

Positano, Italy

This gorgeous seaside town in Positano comes to life as the flowers arrive and contrast with the glistening blue waters below. If you have more time, catch the ferry over to nearby Capri for further explorations.

Lisse, Netherlands

For fresh seasonal blooms, head straight to Lisse, a small town in the Netherlands famous for holding the world’s largest tulip festival each year.



St Patrick’s Day, Dublin

Set for 17th-20th March in 2016, St Patrick’s Day is the largest celebration in Ireland and attracts many foreign visitors year after year. In fact the celebrations run worldwide, but nowhere as festive and frantic as Dublin!

King’s Day, Amsterdam

Held on the 27th April every year (the King’s birthday), King’s Day gives you yet another reason to visit Amsterdam (not that you really need one!)

Le Feria de Abril, Seville

The Seville fair is a colourful festival with a great insight into Spanish culture and livelihood!

Are you off to Europe this Spring? I just might see you there!

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    January 21, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    These are all so gorgeous places, and even in my own continent (Yay for less travel cost!), I can’t wait until I’m finished college and can go travel more as I want without being restricted to the set holidays..

    January 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Everywhere on this list sounds fab! I’d love to visit Ireland during St. Patrick’s Day!

    January 19, 2016 at 3:09 am

    I would definitely recommend Dubrovnik in the spring. I went two years ago in May and it was perfect! The only downside was that the ocean water was still very cold so we could not swim, but we were in shorts everyday!


    the cape on the corner
    January 16, 2016 at 7:19 am

    the thing with spain in april is to watch out for their holy week celebrations near easter. we went a few years ago and inadvertently became part of a religious parade…oops!

    January 16, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Can’t wait for Spring and to see the blossom trees bloom!

    Posh, Broke, & Bored
    January 16, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I’ve been to Riga in winter and it’s absolutely stunning, I’m curious to see what its like in Spring!

    Agree with Lisbon – I went in summer and the heat and crowd was HORRENDOUS.

    I’m looking forward to going to Edinburg in Spring! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    rajasthan tour operators
    January 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Europe is really a great place to spend holidays.
    Thanks for sharing the list.

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    January 14, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I going to Stockholm in April!:)

    Sarah - Tasting Lifestyle
    January 14, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I love spring and the smell of flowers and blossoms. Great pick!

    January 14, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I strongly recommend visiting Spain during Spring to avoid the high temperatures of Summer which makes so difficult to sightsee most of places in the country. Madrid is a lovely city and Majorca is worth visiting, it’s a wonderful island!

    January 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I would like to visit Sweden, not necessary during spring time. This is another country that’s on my bucket list.

    January 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I love Barcelona & Riga, I definitely want to go back there and to all of the other places of course!

    January 14, 2016 at 10:22 am

    This is really helpful!! Will be off at the end of january and in again in february so I planned to do some traveling in the EU – but only short trips. Thanks for all the recommendations and I’m glad a city from germany made it to the list haha 🙂 Also I never have heard from Lisse, and I’m living in the Netherlands since half a year now, so I should definitely check this city out!

    Kind regards,
    Sarah from a passport can get you everywhere

    January 14, 2016 at 10:18 am

    So glad you included Bruges – such an enchanting place

    January 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Very interesting tips! I’ve never been to Serbia and Latvia but it sounds like a good idea to visit them. Thanks for sharing!


    January 14, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Hey Brooke,

    First of all I love your blog! A little side note on kingsday though, if the 27th happens to be on a sunday, the festival is moved to saturday, which was de case in 2014 for example 🙂 Don’t worry to much though, the next time that happens won’t be untill 2025!

    Lots of love from the Netherlands!

    January 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I can definitely agree in recommending Riga! We took a free walking tour there on a spring day and it’s still one of my favourite travel experiences. I’ve always wanted to visit Mostar too.

    Laura Bret
    January 14, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Aah! You left me even more eager to travel! haha I hope I will be able to travel this summer, it will be the first time for me:)

    xx, Laura

    January 14, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I’m thinking Stockholm this spring, I’ve been wanting to go for ages!