9 Stunning Springtime Escapes
As we emerge from the last cold days of winter, many travellers are looking to shed those cumbersome layers and book a last-minute escape to enjoy some much needed springtime sunshine.
But which destinations are worth travelling to in the months of April and May? We've looked at our internal data and have found that according to our customers, the following destinations are at their most beautiful during spring*. These destinations scored higher at this time of year than during any other season. So according to the real experts, the Booking.com travellers, this is the definitive list for sensational spring travel.
New York City, USA
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – no other city quite captures the United States of America’s founding principles. Ripe with anticipation, every turn reveals something new and unexpected and there’s no shortage of things to do in spring in New York City. See the city come out of hibernation while enjoying a stroll in some of the best city parks in the world.
Holbox Island, Mexico
Located on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Holbox Island is separated from mainland Mexico by a shallow, warm water lagoon. Possibly Mexico’s best kept secret, the waters of this laid-back island are home to a diverse range of marine life including dolphins, sea turtles, flamingos, pelicans, barracuda and more!
Polignano a Mare, Italy
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, this small and unique town is home to a captivating historical centre, a jagged coastline and hidden inlets for sandy beaches. Spring is the best time to visit Polignano a Mare as temperatures are just beginning to climb, but remain mild and humidity is still low.
Kinsale is located in County Cork on the southern coast of Ireland. Historically known as a port and fishing town, today it’s better known for the tourist that arrive from March through May to enjoy the fresh air of a cool, Irish spring. Top endorsements by Booking.com travellers include scenery, food/restaurants/pubs and relaxation.
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Due to its balance of sub-tropical and tropical climate, Guatemala is known as ‘The Land of Internal Spring’, and city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua Guatemala, is no exception. Historically the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, today it’s best known for its mild climate and elaborate religious celebrations during Lent.
Lynton, Great Britain
Known for its natural beauty and unspoiled landscape, Lynton is a small, coastal town perched on top of a high sea cliff and overlooking the picturesque harbour village of Lynmouth. In the springtime, travellers can see purple orchids standing proudly amongst the lush, green grass in the valleys between the high sea cliffs.
There’s an undeniable ease to life in Barcelona. Its glorious climate and lively beach culture dares you to live your life in the sun. For adventure, head to the Gothic Quarter, with intriguing alleys and artists' haunts from bygone days. In springtime, Barcelona is bustling from various festivals, events and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of Jasper State Park, Jasper is an alpine town amongst the snow-capped Canadian Rockies. It is home to crystal-clear lakes, thick green forests and glacier-fed rivers. No matter what your outdoor activity of choice may be (top endorsements by Booking.com travellers include scenery, mountains, nature, hiking and wildlife), nothing beats springtime in Jasper.
Koprivshtitsa still preserves the atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival period of the 19th century, making it one of the most characteristically Bulgarian towns in the country. Endorsed by Booking.com travellers for history, architecture and museums, travellers to Koprivshtitsa will feel like they’ve taken a step back in time while enjoying this magical city in the warm spring air.
*Our data analysts looked at which destinations were the highest recommended for spring, compared to summer, autumn, and winter. To be included, destinations needed to be in the northern hemisphere and had to have had more than 50 recommendations per month throughout the year.