Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Why Travel in Spring 2021

Dreaming of traveling next year again? Choose spring for pleasant weather and fewer crowds!  It’s always a beautiful time when parks and gardens are blooming and cities return to life again. 

The first things that come to mind when traveling in Europe in spring:

  • Airfares and hotels are cheaper
  • Rental cars are easier to reserve at bargain prices.
  • Museums, castles, and restaurants are not so crowded

Last but not least, the locals are home. There are very few tourists clogging the streets and their favorite restaurants and now’s the time they can eat and play in peace – it’s more favorable for travelers and locals alike!

Merano, Southern Tyrol, Italy:
Between the end of March and the beginning of April, the area around Meran appears at their best.  In spring, Vinschgau, Meran, and Eisacktal take place in a really inebriating natural spectacle with thousands of pink and white blossoms.

Early season visitors to Meran and environs should head for the castle park where the Empress Sissi was accustomed to stroll – the 'Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle' are a must, as nowhere else in South Tyrol can be found such a fragrant, colorful and rich variety of flowers. Those who decide to head for the hills and go hiking will soon reach the vivid Alpine meadows of the Tschögglberg, the Vigiljoch, or the Texel Group nature park.  Restaurant tables and chairs await you on the terraces, umbrellas are set up, the weather is fine. When you are eating outdoors, with views of the mountains and apple-orchards, South Tyrolean food tastes even better!

Paris, France:
There’s something special about this city of romance and gastronomic delights come springtime. Making it definitely worth Traveling in Europe in the spring!
The charm of Paris in the spring is just overwhelming.  From picnicking in front of the Eiffel Tower to wandering the city’s many impressive gardens, dappled wanderings by the banks of the Seine, sunny mornings over a fresh croissant and café au lait, husky eves over Pernod and red wine – surrounded by blossoming chestnut groves, blooming Jardins, and truly breathtaking blue spring days.

No waiting lines: The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are not nearly as crowded as in summertime.  A big plus of spring in Paris is the 'Nuit des Musee' or 'Night of Museums'. It’s when museums, art galleries, and cultural centers throughout the city open their doors for one night in May so visitors can experience some of the best art in the world in a very different way: totally free and very late at night.
However, there are many other beautiful, and often ancient cities in France to visit in spring, such as Toulouse, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Bordeaux, or Biarritz.

Seville, Spain:
The exciting Andalusian capital explodes with life in the spring, cafes, and restaurants buzz with energy.  Orange blossoms and white citrus leaves bloom, and the cultural calendar kicks into a whole new gear.
Feria de Abril: The Seville Fair traditionally starts two clear weeks after Semana Santa, in a huge area in Los Remedios. This is a week of dancing, drinking, eating, and socializing, with late nights – or all-nighters.  The sheer size of the April Fair’s spectacle is extraordinary.  From around midday until early evening Sevilla society parades around the fairground in carriages or on horseback.  Another pleasure is a Tapas Crawl: Spend a day people watching whilst nibbling away at fine food in the tapas bars. There are even organized Tapas Tours.

Dublin, Ireland
The best time to visit  Ireland - weather-wise - is in April, May, and June.  I did not know this, but on my first visit during April there was beautiful weather, seven days of sunshine!
Even travelers visiting Dublin in March will have plenty to capture their attention.  For example, the famous two-mile-long St. Patrick’s Festival Parade.  The celebrations span the entire weekend.

If you want to escape the crowds: The K Club, a 5-star country manor located 30 minutes outside Dublin.  With a vintage 1936 Jaguar house car, curated whiskey tastings, and horseback trails and a golf course on 550 acres.
For smaller budgets:
- Swallows Rest Garden Apartment, Wicklow
- the Chester Beatty Inn, Ashford or
- Halpin's Town House Bed & Breakfast, Wicklow
They are all located in or around Wicklow, close to the Wicklow Mountains National Park, not even an hour's drive from Dublin.

With or without kids, spring is the perfect time to travel and sample nature and culture in Europe.  Let's travel again in 2021.



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