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We love the changing of the seasons! Here’s where to spend spring in Europe

There are so many wonderful ways to embrace spring in Europe. With nature bursting into life and the weather getting warmer, it’s a great time of year to get a little travelling done. See below for our suggestions of where to visit this upcoming season.

1. Experience nature’s finest fruits in Ireland

Pinetree Lodge Garden, Ireland

Based on the Gulf Stream, warmer weather and sunnier days come early for those who travel to West Cork in the spring. Make the most of the beautiful climate by exploring the 27 gardens that make up the West Cork Garden Trail (or as many as you can fit into your trip)! These stunning tributes to nature showcase some of the world’s most remarkable plants, flowers and trees, with each garden sporting its own unique things to see: including the bamboo trees sweeping through Bamboo Park, and Glenview Gardens, which features its very own hobbit house. We can’t imagine a better way to while away the springtime.

WHERE TO STAY: Award after award has been given to the spectacular Fernhill House, which has won titles such as ‘Best Wedding Venue’ and ‘Most Community-Minded Business’ in a range of ceremonies over the years. Book a room to see what all the fuss is about, for whether it’s the bright, blooming gardens or delicious food served up in the on-site restaurant, there’s sure to be something here that you adore.

2. Relax in Tuscan hot springs

Natural swimming pool in Bagno Vignoni, with thermal spring water and calcium carbonate deposits

Kicking back in warm, sapphire waters under the gorgeous Italian sun sounds like a pretty perfect way to celebrate spring in Europe, in our opinion. Venture down to Bagno Vignoni to soothe those muscles and enjoy a little quiet time on a nature-filled spa trip. 49 metres long and 29 metres wide, this cosy pool flanked by historic buildings is the ideal place for a moment’s respite. Don’t forget to bring your own towels, and consider packing a picnic to make the most of your laidback day in the Tuscan countryside.

WHERE TO STAY: It’s never a bad time to visit Castello di Gargonza! This culture-crammed property once housed a large farming community… one which it still honours today, with each of the property’s houses named after its former inhabitants. Experience the simplicity of rural life with the wonders of modern-day hospitality, here, where peaceful countryside experiences are met by the best food and local attractions.

3. Admire Rhodes’ ‘Butterfly Valley’

Butterfly Valley, Rhodes

Yes, ‘Butterfly Valley’ really is as magical as it sounds. Filled with vibrant flowers, lush vegetation and water features like waterfalls and tranquil ponds, this quiet spot is an oasis for hundreds of butterflies. You’ll want to visit in May to see them in all their glory – this time of year is the end of the wet season, in which they flock towards the gardens’ Oriental Sweetgum trees that can only be found here in Europe. Walking under a thick blanket of fluttering butterflies is truly a sight to behold… there’s a reason why this place is one of Rhodes’ most famous attractions.

WHERE TO STAY: There’s a special place in our hearts for Allegory Boutique Hotel. This impeccably-designed place includes countless touches to take your visit to the next level, including customisable lighting systems and tons of amenities in their rooms, and a fascinating story to tell: one of enduring love dating back to the 1500s. 

4. Embark on coastal adventures in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales – Source: Unsplash

Many would say that spring in Europe is best spent by the coast. Beautiful Pembrokeshire, the UK’s only coastal national park, is a fabulous place to tick that box. There are tons of different ways to engage with the water here, from coasteering off of St. David’s Peninsula to ‘wild swimming’ at Whitesands Beach and taking scenic boat tours across the shimmering shores of St. Brides Bay. You’ll love this stunning corner of the continent.

WHERE TO STAY: Just a breath away from your adventures on the water is Penrhiw Priory, an utterly unique building dating back to 1884. Each corner of this property exudes charm… including outside its walls, where beautiful views of the peninsula and verdant gardens await. There’s even a treatment room where you can enjoy holistic therapy treatments, so long as you book in advance. Sign us up. 

5. Stroll through the incredible gardens at Schönbrunn Palace

Palace and Garden of Schönbrunn

Head into a world of splendour, refinery and magnificent colour while celebrating spring in Europe this year. The park at Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace has been a major visitor attraction since the 1700s, and has since been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Venture through a maze, admire the glass-flanked Palemenhaus and step into the Imperial Carriage Museum all while making your rounds of this glorious green space.

WHERE TO STAY: Why not rest your head at the oldest hotel in Vienna? Hotel Stefanie sets the standard when it comes to exceptional customer service, and it’s based right in the heart of the city, granting you the best access to wherever you may want to visit during your holiday. Keep your eyes peeled as you wander through this historic property, which is crammed with antiques that will rivet and inspire your inner collector.

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