While we certainly can’t argue that winter is over just yet, we have long since waved goodbye to Christmas and the days are getting that little bit longer, which can mean only one thing…spring is on its way! And for keen travellers everywhere, it’s time to start planning our Easter getaways. We have for you here, our top 3 European holiday spots to consider this year.
While Portugal may seem like more of a summer haunt, anyone looking for a cheap, sunny break this spring is looking in the right direction. The Algarve has always been a popular choice with holidaymakers and is known for its stunning beaches and year-round sun. Southern Portugal offers some of the most beautiful flora on the continent, with gorgeous cliff walks and plenty of wildlife to keep your eyes feasting. If you’re looking for something a little more lively, the choppy seas offer great opportunities to water sports fanatics.
There are hundreds of different places to stay, from flashy resorts to rustic cottages, each one tailored to meet your needs. Lisbon is a great city to visit, with tons of culture to set your mind reeling, including the Belem Tower, which was built in 1515 as a fortress to guard Lisbon’s waterfront. If you’re hoping to explore the country a little, a car would be a good idea. Most flights jet into Faro Airport, where car hire is readily available.
Italy stands as one of Europe’s cultural capitals, brimming over with historical significance. Anyone with even the slightest hunger for a glimpse of the past should head to Rome this spring and check out the amazing, ancient monuments still standing today. Besides the obvious checkpoints, there are dozens and dozens of fascinating museums and galleries to check out, including the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola, with its beautiful, though surprising dome that constantly changes the closer you get to it. To breathe some more history, Piazza del Campidoglio and Trinità de Monti are also among our favourites.
3. London, UK
If you’re hoping for the perfect balance of style and culture, a city break in London could be exactly what you’re looking for. This British metropolis is almost a country unto itself, with a larger population than Finland. Here you can enjoy a shopping trip along Oxford Street, which is sure to keep you busy with over 300 shops available for your perusal. Or you could check out some of the fantastic museums dotted around the city: for the most cutting-edge pieces of modern art, don’t miss the Tate Gallery. As with most museums, it offers free entry with an option to give a donation if you’ve enjoyed your visit. In the English capital there are hundreds of hotels and B&Bs to choose from – if you book well enough in advance you can make some fantastic savings across the board.