With spring having finally sprung, we find ourselves looking forward to those long, sun-filled evenings, leisurely walks in the countryside and a refreshing beverage in one of the many beer gardens that will be cracking open their doors. As the days get longer and lighter, we take a look at the best places to go in Europe this April for a little spring sunshine.
Beach Holidays in France
Just a 90-minute ferry trip from Dover to the port of Calais across the channel opens up ample opportunities to enjoy a bit of beach time. Spanning 120km along France’s north coast, the Côte d’Opale is a beautiful stretch of pristine golden beaches and sand dunes framed by chalky white cliff faces and verdant green meadows.
Less than an hour down this stunning coastal road, you’ll find the charming coastal town of Le Touquet. Brimming with life when the sun emerges, this characterful town is home to spectacular and modern villas and a colourful, vibrant centre. A favourite holiday destination of Parisian city dwellers, this chic area is bursting with French sophistication – whilst also possessing a little classic English seaside charm. It is also perfect for a spot of shopping, golf and boasts a fantastic range of restaurants.
Hiking in France and Belgium
Don your walking shoes this spring and discover the luscious landscapes on offer in the French Ardennes region. Recently awarded its National Park status, this vast area of forests, rivers and hills offers a great trail for avid walkers and cyclists. Before setting out, take in the sights of the architecturally stunning Ducal Square in the city of Charleville-Mezieres, along with the bustling cafés and shops sitting beneath its symmetrical arches.
Running alongside the meandering Meuse River is the Trans-Ardennes Voie Verte, or Green Way. This 85km-long paved route is shared by hikers and cyclists alike, and travels all the way to Givet by the Belgian border. You’ll be astounded by the never-ending greenery along the way, and enjoy passing through pretty little towns like Haybes along the way. Whether you choose to tackle the whole route or just a section, stop off for delicious picnics and admire this stunning expanse of nature.
The perfect spring bank holiday trip, Amsterdam is a regular feature on people’s must-visit lists. Its tangled maze of canals make for an exciting way to explore this historic city, so take a boat tour or ride alongside the waterways on two wheels, traversing the cycle-friendly streets and stopping off to try Dutch delicacies like sweet waffles.
Lap up the culture by immersing yourself in some of the world’s best art galleries and museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, which contains works by the likes of Vermeer and Rembrant, and the Van Gogh Museum, dedicated to the nation’s most famous painter. Lose yourself in the cobbled streets of this energetic capital for a spring holiday to remember.
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