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6 European destinations for a spring break

Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

As winter relinquishes its icy grasp, the allure of spring beckons and it’s the perfect time to embrace the vibrant bloom of nature and embark on a rejuvenating escape. In this travel odyssey, we unveil six enchanting destinations. From the storied streets of Prague, where history dances in the breeze, to the tranquil coastal haven of Karystos in Greece, where the Aegean whispers tales of ancient legends — these destinations promise an unforgettable spring getaway…

Prague, Czech Republic: A Bohemian Spring Escape

Embrace the magic of spring in Prague, where cobblestone streets echo with the melody of history. The Old Town Square, adorned with pastel-hued buildings, comes alive with markets and street performers. Wander across Charles Bridge and enjoy panoramic views of the Vltava River. Don’t miss the iconic Prague Castle, an architectural marvel dominating the skyline. Embrace the your bohemian spirit by exploring the city’s vibrant art scene and indulging in traditional Czech cuisine at local pubs. 

Did you know? Prague is home to the world’s oldest working astronomical clock — the Prague Orloj — attached to the Old Town Hall in Prague, it dates back to 1410.

Where to stay: Villa Lanna

Karystos, Evia, Greece: Tranquil Retreat by the Aegean Sea

Fortress on top of a hill in Karystos on Evia island, Greece

Escape the crowds and discover the Greek jewel of Karystos. Linked to the mainland by two bridges, Evia boasts crystal-clear waters and some 435 miles of secluded coastline – from Agia Paraskevi’s pebble-burnished coves to the balmy shallow waters and soft sands of Elafolimano – Evia abounds in beautiful beaches. Karystos, southern Evia’s largest city, is dominated by its Bourtzi Venetian tower and massive Castello Rosso medieval fortress, both offering panoramic views of the Aegean. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the Dimosari Gorge or windsurf along Karystos Bay. Enjoy fresh seafood in seaside tavernas and soak in the Mediterranean sun. 

Did you know? On the remote, goat-strewn Cavo D’Oro peninsula in the southeast of the island, locals still speak Evia’s disappearing whistled language, sfyria.

Where to stay: Montofoli Wine Estate

Co Clare, Ireland: Cliffs, Castles, and Celtic Charm

Welcome spring along the Wild Atlantic Way in picturesque County Clare, Ireland. Despite the landscape, there’s plenty to do on Ireland’s west coast. Stand on the edge of the world and marvel at the iconic Cliffs of Moher, where impossibly rugged cliffs meet the boisterous Atlantic Ocean. Go island hopping in the Aran Islands. Walk the Burren, a unique karst landscape that blooms with wildflowers in spring. And of course, embrace the infamous Irish hospitality in local pubs, where traditional music fills the air. 

Did you know? The Aran Islands were formerly part of the Burren. They were detached from the region when sea levels rose at the end of the last Ice Age (circa 10,000 years ago).

Where to stay: Gregans Castle Hotel

Mdina, Malta: The Silent City’s Timeless Beauty

The entrance to the silent city, the gate of Mdina in Malta.

Malta is best known for it’s balmy weather, gorgeous beaches and vibrant historic cities including Mdina, Malta’s thriving capital until 1530. Sitting 200m above sea level on a high plateau, this ancient citadel is often called the Silent City. Car-free and with fewer than 300 residents, there’s still so much to experience here. Explore the impressive Mdina Cathedral, stroll through Bastion Square, or escape the heat at Palazzo Falson, a fascinating medieval house with an extensive armoury and collection of Oriental rugs. Roam the streets stopping at little bars and restaurants and pass the afternoon like a local — over a glass of wine while the smell of freshly baked bread drifts on the air.

Did you know? Mdina served as a filming location for the first season of Game of Thrones. Mdina Gate, also known as Vilhena Gate, is the main entrance into the ancient walled city of Mdina and makes its Game of Thrones debut in Lord Snow (s01, e03). In this episode, you can spot lady Catelyn Stark, accompanied by Ser Rodrik Cassel, ride into Kings Landing through this very entrance.

Where to stay: Palazzo Bifora

Three Lakes Region/Vully Vineyards, Switzerland: Lakeside Serenity and Vineyard Views

View of the three lakes  region and vineyards in Switzerland, one of the top European destinations.

Experience the tranquillity of the Three Lakes Region and Vully Vineyards in Switzerland. Enjoy leisurely boat rides on Lake Neuchâtel, surrounded by picturesque landscapes. Explore the charming town of Murten with its medieval architecture and vibrant markets. The nearby Vully Vineyards offer wine enthusiasts a chance to sample local varieties while overlooking the stunning Swiss countryside. Explore the region on two wheels along Route du Vignoble de Bonvillars — a 20km easy circuit that offers magnificent vantage points of Lake Neuchâtel. Between Grandson and Concise, it crosses the Bonvillars vineyard and countless characterful villages.

Did you know? Switzerland has 7000 lakes. With a surface size of 580.03 km2, Lake Geneva is Switzerland’s biggest lake. Lac Léman is the name given to 40.47 per cent of the lake that is shared with France. Lake Neuchâtel, with a surface area of 218.3 km2, is the largest lake wholly within Switzerland.

Where to stay: Chateaux Salavaux

Pembrokeshire, Wales: Coastal Beauty and Celtic History

Discover the charm of Pembrokeshire, Wales, a coastal haven with rugged cliffs and pristine beaches. Arguably at its best in spring, southwest Wales is alive this time of year with wildflowers in bloom and wildlife out in force. Explore the historic Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry VII, and hike along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path for breathtaking views. Embrace the outdoors with boat trips to Skomer Island, a paradise for puffin enthusiasts. Enjoy Welsh delicacies in quaint villages, and don’t miss the unique Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy. 

Did you know? Pembrokeshire is home to the smallest city in Britain, St Davids, with a population of around 1,600.

Where to stay: Twr y Felin Hotel, Roch Castle & Penrhiw Priory

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