Spring City Breaks

 

 

As the weather is getting better, I am starting to feel the need to pack my bags and go on a nice little trip around Europe!

For me, Spring is the most exiting time as I feel full of energy and ready to go on lots of new adventures! So, what could be a better time for a city break?

Here are few great ideas for a spring city break:

Barcelona

Catalonia’s cool capital bursts into life at this time of year with the annual Feria de Abril de Cataluñya, which runs until May 6. The festival celebrates Andalucian culture with music, flamenco dancing, food and drink and a fairground at the city’s Forum Park. It’s a great event and a perfect city break. If you are lucky enough, you might even spend a day on the beach (the temperatures can get quite high in April and May)!

 

Venice

SPRING is the perfect time to wander the sinking city’s narrow alleys and bridges, discover crumbling ­palaces and churches, eat ice cream in the gondolas or drink prosecco and eat perfect pasta in a sunny square. Venice’s romance can be quite expensive, so you better plan your visit in advance.

Venice is of course, one of the best city break destinations for couples, but can be quite fun visiting with friends too!

 

Lyon

Lyon is packed with more than enough to compete with Paris for weekends away, but without having to exhaust yourself trekking from one arrondissement to the other. From May 2015, Eurostar will be running direct trains to Lyon meaning you can reach the city from London in less than five hours. It’s renowned for its food scene, but recently it’s the regenerated dock area on the banks of the Rhône and the Saône that’s got a buzz to it. That’s where you’ll find the recently opened Musée de Confluence – a futuristic-looking science and anthropology museum – as well as La Sucrière, a new arts and music venue in an old sugar warehouse, as well as a host of other chic restaurants and art spaces.


Being 250 miles further south than Paris, Lyon gets lovely hot weather during the summer. Thus, it is preferred to visit during the spring. In May, it hosts Nuits Sonores, a five-day (and night) festival of electronic music and art, which sees hundreds of locations across the city transformed into creative stages (13-17 May).

Belgrade

 

Belgrade’s cultural scene has snowballed in the past five years. The combination of this with the gritty urbanism of the city sees it frequently (perhaps lazily) compared with Berlin – Belgrade is intriguing in its own unique way. Savamala, the neighbourhood on the river below the old town, is the current focal point for the city’s creatives. Here you’ll find KC Grad and Mikser House, two arts and performance spaces as well as lots of bars and restaurants. The city’s clubbing scene is vibrant, and feaures legendary floating club 20/44 and brand new “techno cathedral” Drugstore, in a former slaughterhouse. Not to mention that the food is absolutely delicious!

As the summer is super hot in Belgrade, the best times to visit, according to locals, is spring, avoiding the particularly dreary spell winter can cast over the place.

 

Love, Tina J x

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