Europe In The Spring: Which Countries Should You Visit?

It’s no secret that spring and autumn are my favourite seasons to be on the go. Several reasons explain this, from the smaller flocks of tourists to the warm-and-sunny-yet-not-scorching weather and the still very affordable prices. Elbow seasons are not only easy on the budget, but also on the eyes.

The only difficult thing about this is picking a place; while it’s so nice to see Nordic countries come out of permafrost, it’s also a great feeling to be able to visit southern Spain sans fear of passing out from insulation. Which is it going to be?

Spring Travel in Europe: A Best-Of

Andalusia

europe in the spring

For the same reason that Rome is mostly enjoyable in the spring, Andalusia is also at its best when temperatures hover at around 20 degrees and where entire cities don’t shut down for the afternoon because it’s just too hot to get anything done. Cities like Sevilla, Ronda, Granada and Cordoba are particularly pretty and offer great insight into Moorish culture, which had a much stronger influence on the Iberian peninsula than most people know. Flamenco, tapas and tinto de verano await!

Scotland

europe in the spring

Not too far from London is Scotland, the land of kilts, haggis, lochs and some of the most welcoming people I’ve met in my travels. But one of Scotland’s biggest flaws, it there ever was one, is its weather. Notoriously impossible to predict accurately, the weather up north of Britain can go from hail to sunshine in less than an hour. True story! But springtime is a little more clement to tourists, and when I was there last April I was blessed with bright sunshine for the better part of the my five-day trip. Few things are more spectacular than Isle of Skye bathed in sunlight!

London

europe in the spring

You guys already know that London is one of my favourite places in the world to start with, either in winter, autumn, summer (even British summer) or spring. Yet, the latter has something other seasons don’t have, a magical feeling of rebirth –almost literally, after spending several months under a thick, gray permacloud– that is only enhanced by the fragrance of the cherry blossoms and the sight of these bright, pink flowers everywhere in town. Scientists say that smell is the strongest trigger of memories, and every time I smell the sweet aroma of blossoms I can’t help but be reminded of springtime in London. It’s also the best time of the year to explore the city’s many royal parks!

Rome

europe in the spring

On the other side of the weather spectrum is southern Europe, where winter only means a slight drop in temperatures and fewer al fresco meals. For someone like me, who would rather teleport to Antarctica than spend the summer in scorching, too-hot-to-go-out Italy, Rome in springtime is the perfect compromise. Not only are there much fewer crowds (by Rome standards anyway) but the temperatures are warm enough to leave the parka at home while not TOO hot that constant gelato breaks become mandatory in order to regulate inner body temperatures. Because of course that’s what gelato is for, right?

Netherlands

europe in the spring

Proving to tourists from around the world that the country knows more to plants than just one green plant, the Dutch fields tend to be more reminiscent of a rainbow than anything else in April. Colourful tulip fields extend as far the eye can see, and the Keukenhof gardens, arguably one of the world’s most spectacular gardens, glossy up just in time for the tulip festival. A dream destination for photographers, green thumbs of this world and flora enthusiasts.

15 Comments on Europe In The Spring: Which Countries Should You Visit?

  1. andrea
    March 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes to London! The cherry blossoms are just starting to peek out now and I could not be happier to see them.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 12, 2014 at 10:22 am (3 years ago)

      So jealous that you are in London to see this! :-)

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  2. Catherine
    March 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm (3 years ago)

    You are totally right about spring and autumn being great seasons for travelling! Though I summer is still my favourite time of the year – when the sun is shining I just can’t stop smiling :)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm (3 years ago)

      True, the sun is a great reason to travel in the summer ;-)

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  3. Delicious Europe Travels
    March 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I agree with you about Rome! Not too crowded and not too hot. Plus I love what’s in season at that time (artichokes, fragole de bosco or Italian strawberries, puntarelle, etc)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 27, 2014 at 9:52 am (3 years ago)

      YUM! So many delicious flavors to try!

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  4. Sara Chukoian @Green Global Travel
    April 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm (3 years ago)

    As an avid traveler, I smiled from ear to ear when I stumbled across this post. I have traveled to some of the places mentioned and agree with you on their beauty in the spring. It is hard to go anywhere during the spring season in Europe and not find it just breathtaking. Netherlands has always been on my bucket list and I hope to check that one off in my near future. The pictures in this post are truly magnificent. Great post, thank you for sharing!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      April 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for the kind words Sara! Netherlands in the spring in simply amazing.

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  5. Jerry
    October 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

    It is common for US citizens to regard the UK as comprising England, Scotland and Ireland. If so, you forget a UK country of outstanding natural beauty – Wales, home to Snowdonia National Park (home to the highest mountain in England and Wales), the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the rugged Brecon Beacons National Park where the world famous S.A.S. do their training.When you include the beautiful cities of Cardiff, Swansea, Wrexham and Newport, Dylan Thomas’s writing perch at Laugharne, the Preseli Mountains from whence came the Bluestones of Stonehenge, the Gower, the immense and numerous castles, the immaculate beaches and a culture full of song, poetry and the glorious language that is Welsh (the OLDEST continuously spoken language in Europe!) a visit to the UK without the Wales experience is an opportunity lost for understanding art, history and heritage.

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  6. Rosemary
    February 19, 2016 at 10:54 am (1 year ago)

    Anywhere the cherry blossom is out! Great post, thank you

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 29, 2016 at 8:41 am (1 year ago)

      Yes indeed the cherry blossoms are quite lovely!

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  7. Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki
    February 20, 2016 at 4:09 am (1 year ago)

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for sunshine on our May trip to Scotland. Coming from Iceland though I know all about the crazy unpredictable weather.

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 29, 2016 at 8:40 am (1 year ago)

      Yeah, I’d say Scotland is just as unpredictable as Iceland as far as weather goes! Better be prepared for a little bit of everything, even that “shiny fucking hole in the clouds”, as they like to call it ;-)

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  8. Quyen Le Gjone
    February 22, 2016 at 8:40 am (1 year ago)

    The Netherlands, or maybe BeNeLux all together? That’s my plan for this spring ;-)

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 29, 2016 at 8:38 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, Benelux is a great option! :)

      Reply

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