Inspiration: top places where to go in the springtime

Inspiration: top places where to go in the springtime reveals where to go in March, April and May. From short-haul destinations for early T-shirt weather or sure snow, to further-flung corners where you can enjoy the changing of the seasons, these are our top ideas.

Hampshire, UK

If you want to get in touch with history and retreat into mysterious landscapes, Hampshire is probably your favorite find so far. Book The Granary farm. Built in 2021, the rustic cabin is slick yet cozy, with an open-plan living area and a fully equipped kitchen. But it's the outside, set within acres of farmland, where you'll find the real wow-factor. Take your morning coffee outside to spy roe deer, pheasants, foxes, badgers and red kites, and enjoy a sundowner from the wood-fired hot tub, followed by a splash around in the outdoor copper bath. During the day, there are miles of countryside walks to take, plus the historic town of Winchester is only three miles away.

Los Angeles, USA

April is the perfect time for a trip to La La Land. The weather is comfortable 23 degrees, so it's ideal for brunch outside hip Silverlake hangout Sqirl, afternoons exploring Abbot Kinney Boulevard or micro-breweries in the Arts District, and evenings sipping cocktails on the rooftop of Downtown's Perch. The Hoxton's DTLA spot — complete with Instagrammable interiors and rooftop pool.

Lake Como, Italy

Take the four-day Easter break visiting Lake Como. Seems like the perfect time to explore and chill out with an Aperol. If you're looking forward to sailing the waters and hopping off at the colorful towns that sit just on the water's edge — Bellagio and Verenna are top of your list.

Madrid, Spain

Spring is the perfect time to visit Madrid. The weather is mild but not overwhelming, crowds are relatively minimal, and you can eat your way through the city's restaurants without having to make a single booking. Now travel to Spain is simple, and if you're desperate to return — this time with a more focused itinerary. We advise you to base yourself at the Hyatt Centric, which is close to the museum, Palacio Real and the Casa de Campo park.

Vienna, Austria

In Vienna, you're probably welcomed with clear, blue skies, strong sunshine and tourist-free streets. The city is really walkable, and it's a real cultural hub, so spend days strolling through the districts and popping into different museums and galleries — there are over 100. The Belvedere Palace is home to the world's largest collection of Klimt, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is the country’s largest gallery, where you'll find masterpieces by Rubens, Titian, Rembrandt and Brueghel. Plus, the recently opened Albertina Modern has lots of exciting contemporary exhibitions planned — we advise Ai Wei We's latest collection, In Search of Humanity, showcasing some of his activist work over the years. For a break from art, head beyond the city and go hiking in the Alps, where you can channel your best Julie Andrews in majestic mountain surroundings.

South of France

Code D'azur is our blue-eyed person! After a two-year, pandemic-induced break, we can’t wait for a short French-style weekend. Here, you can drink the palest rosé and eat gooey goat's cheese salads and tramp through vineyards. High on the list: booking a room at La Maison d'Ulysse, a farmhouse near Uzes, a hidden Provençal town.

Reykjavík and Westfjords, Iceland

The best time for your Nordic journey to Iceland — right at the tail end of April and into early May. Although the wisest time to visit the Arctic state is said to be between June and August because of the burning midnight sun and warmer weather, going in May helps to keep the cost of visiting the relatively expensive destination down, while it also shouldn't be so freezing or so crowded at the Golden Circle or Blue Lagoon, or on the various whale-watching, volcano crater or glacier snowmobile tours from the country's capital. Plus, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 2022, the inaugural Detour Discotheque is taking place in the beautifully empty and immense Westfjords — said to be the remotest club night in the world. It should certainly be a spring break, like no other.

Kyoto, Japan

The cherry blossoms in Japan during March and April must surely be the spring event. This incredible season is complemented by the amazing gardens and palaces to be found in the city of Kyoto. If you are looking for the real Japan, this city is the perfect starting point.

Zermatt, Switzerland

For ski nerds, the supreme place in April is Zermatt. With access to three varied ski domains, including Italian Cervinia, there are lots of family-friendly runs, as well as extensive off-piste options. The town itself is prettier than most: it's car-free and full of wonky narrow streets and horse-drawn sleighs. There's even a surprising but thriving gourmet restaurant scene both on and off the slopes: head to Chez Vrony for risotto with ceps and white truffle — and views of the Matterhorn to boot.

Munich, Germany

As the weather warms up in Munich, the place to try is Gelato Naturale. It's tiny, but the ice cream is, without a doubt, the best in town. They are made from all-natural ingredients, with no artificial flavorings. Try salted peanut flavor! Ice cream is best when it's fresh, and the owner knows this — he will tell you which flavors have just been made. At only €1 for a really large scoop, the price is fantastic as well. 

Arendal, Norway

There's probably a medical term for it, but don't you, sometimes, secretly long, not to throw yourself into the warm, fragrant embrace of spring, but to hunker down and enjoy a few more cozy minutes snuggled up beneath the duvet with winter? If so, Northern Europe is the place to be; and as good a place as any in Northern Europe to be at such a time is one of the simple waterfront cafés in the quiet Norwegian town of Arendal, a clapboard paradise on the coast a few hours west of Oslo, with a woolly blanket on your lap, the sunlight low on the water, a reassuring chill in the air and the promise of spring nothing more than an idle rumor.

Capri, Italy

Beach Club Il Riccio in Capri is set on the cliff face directly over the Med and is a wonderful spot for a lazy lunch. A reservation is not always essential, but advisable, thanks to its Michelin Star, as well as the exceptional menu of fresh seafood and Willy Wonka-esque 'dessert room'. It's a good idea to arrive a little earlier than your booking time as you can while away the wait time with a few drinks on the terrace, just as Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon did in The Trip.

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