18 February 2018 by Anna Staford
Spring is always a great time to enjoy a mini-break or a full holiday. Catch the warm rays of April and May sun with friends, family, or loved ones in stunning locations around the world whilst avoiding peak season crowds. Take out your travel insurance and choose one of these 8 great destinations, perfect for spring break:
This beautiful archipelago set in the Atlantic Ocean is a great spot for a spring break. The best known locations are Paradise Island and Grand Bahama. Some of the best-rated resorts in Paradise Island are The Cove Atlantis and One and Only Ocean Club. In Freeport, The Island Sea Resort and Pelican Bay at Lucaya are top choices. Enjoy staying at the Breezes Resort & Spa or the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau. There are many activities in the Bahamas that the whole family will enjoy. You can relax on the beach, go fishing, snorkelling, dive, and enjoy all the unmissable water and outdoor activities. Try Bahamanian local dishes such as the roast conch, johnnycakes or stew fish.
Visiting Cyprus is always a good idea. The island is best known for its great beaches, but its inland countryside also has little discovered wine regions worth visiting. Cyprus has a great Mediterranean climate and enjoys abundant sunshine even during the winter months. The best time to visit is in the spring, when the days are pleasantly warm and the countryside is green and full of spring colour. Its summer months in July and August can reach a sweltering 38 degrees Celsius. You can explore Cyprus by choosing a variety of activities based on your interest. Explore the countryside with cycling routes and nature trails; visit the wine regions, or opt for the cultural and religious route by visiting the stunning ancient monasteries, museums, churches and tombs. Or you can simply enjoy Cyprus’ breathtaking beaches: the CTO Pyla Beach, Ammos tou Kambouri Beach, Knossos Beach, and many more.
Cancun is a classic destination for American university spring breakers, and you might bump into a rowdy bunch of them in early or mid-April, but Cancun has a lot more to offer than entertaining university revellers. In fact during the last couple of years, Cancun has aimed to evolve into a wider crowd-pleasing party destination, with world-renowned DJs performing at high-ends clubs especially in April.
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Aside from the party atmosphere, this city in Southeastern Mexico has stunning white sandy beaches and significant Mayan ruins. The Aventuras and Grand Velas beaches are well known for the quality of their recreational spaces and nesting ground for sea turtles. If you’re interested in culture, you can visit archaeological sites or the Museo Maya de Cancun. If you love tequila, you can also visit the Museo Sensorial del Tequila where you will also get a free taste of this local specialty.
The Dominican Republic in the Caribbean seems to have it all: sun, sea, and nature. It also has a rich culture to explore. Visitors can visit the Colonial city of Santo Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with several colonial landmarks. You can relax on awesome beaches in Punta Cana, Juan Dolio or Puerto Plata. Some of the best outdoor adventures in the Caribbean are found in the Dominican Republic. You can explore tropical rainforests, do zip-lines or have an ATV adventure amidst its lush tropical rainforests.
The best time to visit Morocco is in the spring, where the landscape is vibrant and lush. Its winters can be quite cold and its summers extremely hot. Strategically located between the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Morocco is a fascinating country with a rich culture. A trip to Marrakech, in Central Morocco, is a must for every traveller with its vibrant and fascinating markets and people. In April, the open-air International Nomads Festival is celebrated with music, storytelling, folk art and theatre. It is held in the dessert near M’hamid.
Located in southern Spain is a veritable feast for the senses in springtime, with religious festivals and events coupled with stunning natural vistas. Nature lovers will enjoy Sierra Nevada and Doñana National Park nature reserves. For culture lovers, the Alhambra place in Granada is unique and fascinating, while those looking for spiritual landmarks can visit the cathedral in Seville, or go on the Rocio pilgrimage in Huelva. Here are some suggestions on what to do with 8 days in Spain.
Malta is a fascinating island to visit. The coming-together of Moors, Romans, French and British cultures has left an indelible mark in Maltese culture. This succession of rulers has left behind a legacy of fortresses, temples, and churches to explore. Its pleasant spring weather is ideal for exploring the stunning landscape and sites. Spring is also when you will find a number of typical Maltese feasts and fiestas celebrated in Malta and Gozo. Make sure to try these 10 great foods while you are in Malta.
Spring comes early on the island of Crete, and with it, eight hours of sunshine and little rain. Crete has plenty of things to offer spring breakers: remnants of great civilizations, fertile valleys, stunning beaches, and a rich gastronomic culture. You can visit the Samaria Gorge and White Mountains in the region of Chania, enjoy the history and scenery in Heraklion, the beach at Lasithi, or visit historic monasteries and monuments in Rethymnon.
Enjoy your spring break and make the most of it!