Posted on 13/05/2022 (Modified on 16/05/2022)

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Best destinations for the spring bank holiday

Spring in Europe is pure joy - the scenery is vivid and bright, the weather is perfect, there are no big crowds, and you can feel the vibrance and happiness this season brings. Winter is gone and sunny days are coming. Trees are in bloom, love and sweetness are in the air. Spring is the perfect season to discover the most beautiful European destinations in Greece, Portugal, France, Ireland, Croatia or Spain. So if you're eager to find the best places to visit in Europe in spring, but not quite sure which destination to choose, here's a roundup of cities and regions that are totally worth exploring.

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1. Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger is a beautiful destination located in Norway. It is famous among trekking lovers and lovers of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Although it hardly ever snows in Stavanger (in comparison to other cities in Norway like Bergen), it's so pleasant in spring with the trees in bloom and the beautiful houses of Stavanger illuminated by the sun. 


If you are adventurous, put on your trekking shoes and set off to discover Kjerag that is ranked among the best trekking places in Europe. There are many beaches in the region (along the coastline of Jaeren) ; they are perfect for fauna and flora watching. The highest rated hotels in Stavanger are the Thon Hotel and the Clarion Hotel for their excellent value for money; they are situated in the heart of the city. 


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2. Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is even more alive on sunny spring days with numerous music and cooking festivals, walks and discoveries. If you have the opportunity to go to Dublin in early June we recommend Ireland's largest garden festival "Bloom in the Park" in the Phoenix Park; it is one of the most beautiful city parks in Europe. Book a priority entrance ticket to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin (you will be offered a pint of beer) or a Giant's Causeway full-day tour from Dublin. The most appreciated hotel is "The Marker Hotel" in the heart of Dublin's cultural district and Ariel House in the leafy suburb of Ballsbridge.

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3. San Sebastian, Spain

San Sebastian in Spain (the Basque country) is a dream destination, a unique place in the world. The region has a strong identity, traditions, a quality of life, a relationship with nature and different elements. San Sebastian is both traditional and modern. The gastronomy (only local products) is very fine with a touch of modernity, creativity, poetry and fantasy; it is unique in this region of the world.


Come discover one of the most beautiful bays in the world (probably the most beautiful one in Europe), an incredible architecture, superb museums, a shopping destination, leisure and well-being areas; they are perfect for an unforgettable holiday in spring as well as at throughout the year.


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4. Porto, Portugal

Porto is fantastic throughout the year! It has been elected three times as the best destination in Europe. The city, its friendly inhabitants, will enchant you. Porto is ranked among the safest cities in the world. Take a stroll through its typical and authentic narrow streets. The city is also ranked among the most romantic destinations in Europe.


Treat yourself to an overview of Porto by helicopter, discover its Museum of Contemporary Art, the Serralves Foundation, activities for young and old such as "World of Discoveries" an interactive museum dedicated to Portuguese explorers. Book your best activities such as a cruise of the 6 bridges on the Douro River, a visit to the Port wine cellars or a guided tour of the Douro Valley. We particularly recommend Porto Moments, a superb apartment with views of Porto and the InterContinental Palacio das Cardosas hotel, the most beautiful 5-star hotel in the city.

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7. Krk Island, Croatia

Croatia with its 1185 islands is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. The island of Krk is travellers' favourite. It is 38 km long and 20 km wide and a paradise on earth, THE place to be in spring for an unforgettable holiday in Croatia.


There is a wide variety of landscapes on the island of Krk: You can swim in the blue waters of the lagoons, walk in the beautiful forests, be amazed by the landscapes, climb mountains,watch rare species of birds and plants, meet friendly people and enjoy very good food. Krk is only 30 minutes away from the beautiful city of Rijeka.

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