Spring Holidays in Europe & the UK

Sheep in Stonethwaite during spring | John Millen
Sheep in Stonethwaite during spring | John Millen

Navigate your way into spring 

With the days slowly becoming longer, it’s time to ponder your spring holiday. We can’t wait for you to head out and enjoy a spring holiday in Europe or the UK again. 

With the vaccine roll out going great guns, we hope the travel season will be back sooner rather than later. Whether you’ll travel in your own backyard or explore a little further away, with 400+ active UK & European breaks to choose from, we’re confident you’ll find something to your liking. To help you navigate your way into spring, find here 7 of the best places to go in spring. The list is a mix of destinations throughout the UK & Europe - for all of our active travellers right across the UK and Europe, wherever you may be.

Austrian Lakes

From 22 April, you can explore again the UNESCO World Heritage listed Salzkammergut alpine region of Austria. Encompassing 76 crystal clear lakes, the Dachstein Glacier, lush summer meadows, picturesque Hallstatt, and impressive rock faces up to 3000 vertical metres high, this is a magnificent region for hikers. Even though spring is a fantastic time to go, in alpine regions the weather can change severely and without warning, so it is always a good idea to be prepared with different layers and carry waterproof gear. 

Duisitzkar Lake in the Dachstein Alps

> Find a spring departure to the Austrian Lakes

Provence 

Postcard-perfect scenes abound in Provence: sloping vineyards and sunny olive groves, ruined Roman cities, medieval castles and busy market towns, the foothills of the Alpilles, hilltop villages of the Luberon, and glitzy beaches of the French Riviera. So, whether you’re a cyclist or walker, travel to Provence from 1 April for your active break away this spring. The region offers one of the best spring holiday opportunities in Europe as this is one of the most ideal times of the year to visit Provence. You’ll enjoy sunny days, cherry blossoms, deep red poppies and from June the purple lavender fields. Moreover, temperatures are between 20-30°C (68-86°F), so fantastic conditions for an active holiday.  

Descending  through blossom from Saignon

> Find a spring departure to Provence 

Amalfi Coast 

The spectacular Amalfi Coast in Italy brings you sheltered coves, glamorous resort towns and charming medieval villages, all hemmed by impossibly rugged cliffs and steep hills swathed in olives, citrus and grapevines. Narrow walking trails crisscross the hills above some of the world’s most romantic, postcard-perfect coastal scenery. With Pompeii, Rome and the forgotten Cilento Coast all nearby, you are spoilt with options for a truly Italian spring break away. March to June are some of the best months for a walking holiday along the Amalfi Coast. Plan your visit when flowers start to bloom and before the temperatures start to rise, and avoid the crowds that normally draw in during summer. 

Hiking along the Sentiero degli Dei |  <i>John Millen</i>

> Find a spring departure to Amalfi Coast

Transylvania 

Travel to the Transylvania region in Romania this spring, to find flower-filled meadows, the mating sounds of lynx and perhaps here and there a trace of snow. Temperatures from April are rising, making them excellent for activities such as walking & cycling. It is therefore that you can depart for a Transylvania spring break from 19 April onward. 

hiking group in the Bucegi Mountains foothills enroute to Bran |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

> Find a spring departure to Transylvania

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast 

Because of the popularity of this trail, people often fall into the trap of thinking that it is easy. However, our trips on the Coast to Coast trail are amongst our most challenging but rewarding tours in Europe. Travel in spring to kick off your year in active holidays and enjoy the wildlife coming back to life while feeling the first rays of sun on your skin. Experience the diversity of England by choosing a guided or self guided walking or cycling trip on the Coast to Coast trail this spring. Departures start from as early as mid-March each year.

Coast to Coast walkers in Swaledale near Muker

> Find a spring departure following the Coast to Coast 

Mont Blanc 

The first Mont Blanc trips depart early June and the fact that you may encounter snow on the passes brings a nice contrast to the spring flowers that can be seen popping up lower in the valleys. Whether you prefer a guided trip or travel in your own company on a self guided itinerary, with UTracks you have a wide choice of Mont Blanc departures in spring

Refuge on the Tour de Mont Blanc trail |  <i>Dana Garofani</i>

> Find a spring departure to Mont Blanc

Cumbria 

Cumbria combines some of England’s most scenic viewpoints, quintessential English villages, lakes, pastures and fells along moderate, low-level terrain. The shoulder months deliver pleasant conditions for walking in the Lake District with the added advantages of fewer crowds and an abundance of spring flowers. So, if you choose to trek among the stunning bluebell woods, a Cumbria hiking adventure does not come better than this! 

Bluebells and the pikes, Great Langdale |  <i>John Millen</i>

> Find a spring departure to Cumbria

Have you thought of where to go in spring? Will it be the UK or somewhere in Europe? Share your ideas in the comment section below.

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