5 best spring vacations
How does the start of spring make you feel? For me, it makes me hopeful, vibrant, and ready for summer.
It also puts me in the mood for a spring vacation. Spring signals the end of the dark, dreary days of winter, and the beginning of new possibilities.
The mornings are brighter and the days go on for that bit longer. And what better way to enjoy the start of spring, than by watching it bloom in a different country.
To give credit to my second home city of London, springtime in the capital is a fine sight. Look around for signs of blossoming trees aligning the streets and parks, and swaying rows of bright yellow daffodils.
But, as pretty as London is in the springtime, there are many other places just as worthy.
If you’re looking for destinations where you can get your spring on, the following list’s a good place to start.
5 best spring vacations
1. Fujikawaguchiko, Japan
Fujikawaguchiko may not be the easiest word to pronounce, but it’s one spring vacation you’ll never forget.
Japan’s natural landscape takes your breath away. And for anyone visiting in spring, this town’s a real treat.
Fujikawaguchiko is situated in the Yamanashi prefecture and attracts visitors for one of two reasons. From here you can catch a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji, and also take part in the Fuji Shibazakura Festival.
The annual event takes place in the Fuji Motosuko Resort from late April to late May. A colorful burst of roughly 800,000 red, white and pink Shibazakura flowers sprawl over its rolling hills.
The result is a color explosion on the senses, with the striking contrast of Mt. Fuji as the backdrop.
Try the local food — best spring vacations
What’s more, there’s also a food festival on site that celebrates dishes local to the region. The Mt. Fuji Delicious Foods Festival is foodie heaven, with stalls selling traditional dishes like Fuji Yoshida udon noodles.
For dessert, sink your teeth into one, or two, regional Fujiyama sweet bean buns.
Where to stay in Fujikawaguchiko
Located on a hillside with cabins overlooking Lake Kawaguchi, this is one glamping experience you’ll never forget.
2. Grieve in Chianti, Italy
A destination generally known for its natural beauty, inspiring landscapes and wine, Greve in Chianti is an ideal springtime choice.
Located 30km from Florence, Greve in Chianti offers a calmer respite from its neighbor. With a unique triangular-shaped piazza, and charming Tuscan villages like Montefioralle to explore, it’s one to add to your Italy bucket list.
One for wine lovers — best spring vacations
Tuscany is known for producing some of the best wines in Italy. And, just a few moments from the centre in Greve in Chianti, you can see the vineyards where its namesake wine, Chianti, is produced.
The region of Tuscany is also home to Brunello di Montelciano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Both are made with the Sangiovese grape of the region, which is a popular wine grape variety.
If you love wine, especially of the Tuscan variety, you should consider joining a guided wine tour. It’s a great opportunity to meet with local experts, along with like-minded people, and is a novel way to get to know more about the wine.
Where to stay in Grieve in Chianti
Get the most out of your stay in Grieve in Chianti at the exquisite Borgo Del Cabreo.
With a swimming pool and rooms offering panoramic views of the countryside, your Tuscan journey begins here.
As the name suggests, the hotel looks like a work of art, with elegant minimalism being the central theme.
Get on your bike in Tuscany
To make the most of the Tuscan outdoors, you may want to cycle your way around. Again, there are many tours or routes you can arrange with local travel operators.
However, if sweating on a bike isn’t for you, the Treno Natura (Nature Train) may be more suitable.
Take a ride on a steam train, and enjoy the romantic sights of the countryside. Depending on the itinerary you choose, you may even get the chance to see some festivals and farmers markets too.
3. Sognefjorden, Norway
When the frosty signs of winter have melted, Norway’s largest fjord is a spectacular sight in spring. Travelers can bask in the surrounding nature of the glorious mountains and calm blue waters lining the fjord.
Taking a boat tour is the most popular way of exploring Sognefjorden and the many villages along the way.
Plenty to see — best spring vacations
The branch of Gudvangen is situated by the UNESCO heritage site of the Naeroyfjord. It’s the wildest branch of the Sognefjorden, 17km in length and 250m wide. Passenger boats between Gudvangen and Flam run all year round.
There are other notable branches of Sognefjorden also worth visiting, such as Lustrafjord. Here, travelers can access Jotunheimen National Park through the village of Skjolden, and enjoy hiking or fishing activities.
Where to stay in Sognefjorden
For a stay that combines luxury living with a family-run business, look no further than the Kviknes Hotel. It’s built in the style of a traditional Swiss hotel, and with gorgeous views overlooking the Sognefjord.
4. Ottawa, Canada
Springtime in Canada begins around February in some territories, and can last until June.
The annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival usually takes place from March to April. And the calendar’s full of events to celebrate the festival that has strong ties to the start of spring.
Canadian Tulip Festival
The Canadian Tulip Festival usually takes place in May and celebrates the world’s largest tulip festival (1 million flowers) in Ottawa. The colorful blooms are not the only star attractions of the festival.
Firework displays and daily live music performances also take place during the festival to help celebrate the spring season.
Where to stay in Ottawa
Looking for a fabulous place to stay in Ottawa? I love the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market.
It’s close to Parliament Hill, has first-class service and excellent amenities. That, plus they serve a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.
5. Agadir, Morocco
Temperatures are around 24°C/75F during the day and 13 to 15°C /57/60F at night). It’s also a good time to visit, as many shops and tourist sites close earlier in summer because of Ramadan.
Sights to see in Agadir — best spring vacations
Agadir is a city rich in Berber heritage, with many activities to choose from. Jump into an orange petit taxi and head to the centre of town to take in the sights.
The Museum Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh is a good starting point. It showcases the best of Berber heritage, featuring a range of jewellery, carpets and crafts.
Head to the beach in Agadir
In the case you prefer to just chill out, you can do no wrong by heading to Agadir beach. A 6-mile long sandy beach, it attracts many visitors to its shores each year. However, don’t let that put you off. The beach is extremely wide, meaning there’s no problem here of overcrowding.
For those looking for a quieter beach, you may prefer heading to Taghazout or Mazagan. Both beaches are a popular spot for surfers, but everyone’s welcome. It’s a short trip by local bus or taxi from Agadir, but the dramatic coastline is worth the journey.
Where to stay in Agadir
Make the most of your time in beautiful Agadir, by checking into a luxury or boutique hotel.
Le Riad Villa Blanche is my boutique hotel pick. There are 28 elegantly furnished rooms to choose from, and the beach is a 5-minute walk from the property.
How about you? Do you have a favorite destination that you enjoy seeing the start of spring? Share your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
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