For many destinations in Europe, spring is the best time of year to visit. Flight costs tend to be lower and, in many cases, you can avoid paying peak season prices of things such as accommodation. With fewer tourists around than there are in the summer months, you can also enjoy relative peace and quiet. Here are three city break destinations which are particularly ideal during spring.
1. Seville, Spain
Andalucía’s capital and largest city is home to the third largest old town in Europe. The city has a population of around 1.5 million in the metropolitan area. Seville boasts some of Spain’s finest architecture and well over two-thousand years of history. One of Europe’s cultural centres, Seville has a very well preserved historic centre, a reliable transport system and plenty to see and do.
Spring is undoubtedly the best time to go to Seville. Summer, by contrast, is extremely hot. In fact, Seville is Europe’s hottest city with temperatures regularly surpassing fourth degree during the summer months. Springtime temperatures range from an average of fifteen degrees in March to twenty degrees during May.
Famous landmarks in Seville include the Cathedral of St. Mary, the Giralda, the Alcázar Palace, the City Hall, the Torre del Oro and the Plaza de España among numerous others. Much of the city centre can easily be seen on foot.
During spring, Seville hosts the April Fair where many activities involving dancing, traditional costumes and socializing become a part of everyday life.
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam might have a reputation for being a city where numerous young tourists go to indulge in everything debaucherous, but the Dutch capital is also home to many world-class cultural venues and plenty of things to see and do. The city has a population approaching a million and much of the centre can easily be seen on foot.
Amsterdam is well known for its café culture. This gets started in late April and May when average daily temperatures range from nine to thirteen degrees. It can, however, be a lot warmer than that. May is also the sunniest month of the year.
Much of Amsterdam is characterised by its canals and bridges and diverse architectural history. You will find architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Art Nouveau. The city is also famous for its nightlife. During spring, one of the most significant events is the public holiday, Queen’s Day, known in Dutch as Koninginnedag. The holiday celebrates the birth of Queen Beatrix (the current Queen of the Netherlands) and is held on April 30.
3. Rome, Italy
A corner stone of Western Civilization, Italy’s capital is a sprawling metropolis boasting some of the most fascinating relics of the ancient world in existence. The city has a population approaching three-million and it has a history spanning back more than 2,700 years. Rome is also home to the Vatican City, the independent city state and seat of the Pope.
Rome has a fairly typical Mediterranean climate and temperatures regularly hover around thirty degrees during the summer months. Spring, however, is an ideal time to go to the city when temperatures average from thirteen degrees in April to seventeen in May. Since there is so much to see and do and plenty of walking involved in sightseeing in Rome, the cooler temperatures and lower number of tourists make spring an optimal time to visit.
Rome is home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Colosseum, Piazza Venezia and the Vatican City. The Vatican, located in the centre of Rome, is an independent city state. It is home to the famous St. Peter’s Square and the spectacular Sistine Chapel.