My top five city breaks for spring
It’s a known fact that I love a city break (or any holiday, I’m not fussy. Someone whisk me away!) The stint between Christmas and summer is a long one and I always try to have something planned in between, even if it’s just a few days away somewhere. I feel like winter drags on forever and summer feels like a million miles away, so it’s good to have something to look forward to. Plus, trips are often cheaper at this time of year, which is just another reason you should book a city break right away (yes this is me telling you to go for it. YOLO and all that – happy for you to blame me!)
I’ve pulled together my favourite city breaks for you to visit over spring.
I’ve just realised I never uploaded a Venice travel guide after my visit over Easter last year! Shame on me. I’ll try and get one up soon and will link to it here. We visited Venice in March and it definitely wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be. It was pretty mild, jumper and jeans sort of weather, which was perfect.
The flights were cheap, and if you want them to be even cheaper, fly to Venice Treviso. It’s a little way out and you’ll need to sort a taxi to the port, but it’ll save you some pennies.
Take a gondola ride (around the back canals, not the Grand Canal as it’s too busy to see anything), fill up on pasta/pizza/gelato and explore the streets of Venice. I loved the quaint feel, the authentic food, the independent shops and the views.
We stayed in the most gorgeous little Airbnb in Venice, but there are loads of hotels around too.
Spring is a great time to visit Seville. I went in June and it was a whopping 37 degrees, which made it hard to explore. I was basically a giant puddle of sweat for four days – lovely. Spring should be pleasantly mild, which will make it easier to explore and to do lots of walking. I was surprised how big Seville is, there’s definitely enough to keep you going for a few days.
Watch the Flamenco, eat tapas, get your shopping fix and swoon over the beautiful Plaza de España . You can also do boat trips down the river or go to the water park, if that’s your kind of thing. I loved the architecture, the friendly people, the amazing food and the Flamenco was a real highlight for me.
We stayed in this impressive Airbnb in Seville and definitely needed the pool!
One of my favourite cities and the home of paella! I feel like Valencia often gets overlooked, with many people opting to visit Barcelona, Seville or Madrid. Valencia is much smaller but very pretty and quaint, especially in the Old Town. The newer area is perfect for shopping but I would recommend staying in the Old Town if you can.
Fill up on paella, explore the incredible City of Science and Arts, grab a taxi to the beach or take a walk down the old riverbed which has been converted into a stunning park. I’m sure you’re sensing a theme here, quaint city + good food + nice walks. What more do you need? Take a look at my Valencia travel guide.
We stayed in this lovely aparthotel in Valencia Old Town.
Lisbon had a very different vibe to the picturesque quaint Mediterranean cities I had visited before. It definitely felt a bit more urban and more bustling, but I loved it all the same. We actually drove up from the Algarve as a bit of a road trip and opted for the mountain route. It took us six long hours, but the views were well worth it!
Take a trip to the Time Out food market, hop on a tram, fill up on pastel de natas and visit Ginjinha for a local tipple. I also loved visiting Baixa (downtown Lisbon), Rua Augusta Arch and I would definitely try and make it to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos if I went back. Take a look at my Lisbon travel guide.
We stayed in Jupiter Lisboa Hotel, located on the outskirts of the city.
Prague, Czech Republic
I’ve blogged a lot about Prague as it really is my favourite city of all time, so apologies if I sound like a broken record! I’ve been to Prague twice, once during a mild autumn and once during a snowy winter. Both times were amazing and I still want to go back! I imagine spring would be a lovely time to visit and Prague is a great option if you’re looking to keep the cost down. There are plenty of budget flights and places to stay, and the food is super cheap when you get there.
Visit the stunning Prague castle, take a trip to Petrin tower and park, wander along the famous Charles Bridge and explore the Old Town. Try the Czech cusine, the goulash soup, the beers and the absinthe if you’re feeling brave. I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’ve written two posts on Prague (here and here) and I could honestly ramble on forever, so let’s leave it at that before I keep nattering on!
Hope you enjoyed this post and hope it gives you some travel inspiration for the coming season!
This spring I’m visiting Edinburgh, which I’m very excited about. Please leave me your recommendations below 🙂