Winter is gone and warmer weathers, blooming flowers are being welcomed In Europe. Yes, Spring is here and everyone is waiting to visit the best places in Spring in Europe.
So where are you going for Spring break in Europe? Still confused?
Spring season in Europe generally lasts from March to May. And that is a beautiful time when weather is getting warmer and flowers begin to bloom. So begins the search for the places to visit Europe in May, April and March.
What best to get first-hand suggestions for European spring from seasoned travelers.
London is a fantastic destination for families because there are many kid-friendly and educational attractions. It’s perfect for spring break because the weather will be a bit warmer and the city will be in bloom. It is one of the best places to visit in Europe in April and May, but beware London’s weather is unpredictable. So do carry your jackets along.
Some of the best museums in the world are located in London. The British Museum is home to the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Sculptures, and more. The Natural History Museum and the London Transport museum are also very child-friendly.
Kids will enjoy visiting the Tower of London where they can see the Crown Jewels and the famous Ravens. They will also want to go on the iconic London Eye. After your ride, take a cruise down the River Thames.You can also take advantage of some of the beautiful parks London has to offer. The kids will love the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.Harry Potter fans should do a tour to visit some of the Harry Potter sites in London or see the West End Show. They can also do a day trip to the nearby Harry Potter World at the Warner Bros Studios.
When it comes to food, you won’t be short of choices in London. The Shoreditch neighborhood has many affordable and tasty restaurants like Meat Mission. Head to Brick Lane if you like Indian food (or street art). Borough Market also has some interesting food stalls.
To make the most of your time, you will want to stay in Central London. The Tower Hotel is located right next to the Tower Bridge and Tower of London. Given its convenient location, it’s a good value. They also offer family rooms.
Rome, the stunning capital of Italy, is definitely an amazing spring break destination for families. Visiting during this time of the year means you will be seeing the city during its shoulder season, when the weather is just perfect (50-80°F), and when the crowds are not as bad as the high season of the summer. With that said, because Rome is a super popular destination in general, booking tickets for attractions in advance is always a good idea.
No perfect Rome itinerary would be complete without a visit to the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon. While those are the most famous attractions in the Eternal City, don’t forget to also see the beautiful Piazza Navona, home to lots of street performers and clowns who love entertaining kids. Take a stroll along the Lungotevere to see Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica reflecting beautifully in the water, and head over to the neighborhood of Trastevere, where you’ll find the most authentic restaurants in town.
Be sure to visit Villa Borghese, a beautiful park where you can relax after all the sightseeing. Lots of locals go there with their families, and it’s the perfect place to chill on the grass or play frisbee or hide and seek! You can also rent bikes and 4-people quadricycles (which is perfect for families) and ride around the gorgeous park.
When in Rome, you have to try the local specialty of pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) — the best place to have it is in Pizzarium Bonci. You can also find the best tiramisù in town at Two Sizes Tiramisù, and exquisite gelato at Come il Latte.
I recommend staying in Relais Trevi 95 Boutique Hotel next to the Trevi Fountain to enjoy a cozy rooftop terrace.
Tuscany is the perfect place to go on a spring break for the whole family. With endless vineyards dotted with charming villages and small towns, Tuscany has something for everyone. The weather is usually pleasant too, with nice sunny days and it’s strawberry season! It is one of the Best places to visit in Europe in May to enjoy the juicy strawberries.
Going on a road trip gives you the freedom to stop where and when you want while discovering places like Volterra and San Gimignano with its many towers overlooking the surrounding wine country. Other medieval towns worth a visit are Montepulciano, Cortona, and Monteriggioni.
Staying at a wine farm can be a fun family activity where you can learn about the traditions of the region. If you prefer to have a base, stay in Florence and take the train or bus on day trips to the nearby towns. You should at least explore Florence in 2 days whether you stay there as a base or if you move around.
The Duomo of Florence is one of the most prominent landmarks in Tuscany, and so is the Ponte Vecchio. Nearby, you can see the leaning tower of Pisa and walk on Lucca’s city walls as well as having lunch on top of an ancient amphitheater at Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Tuscany will definitely be a place where a lot of family pictures will be clicked, and yet more family memories will be made.
There is no doubt Tuscany is a bucket list destination for most. Stay at Your Florence hotel, centrally in Florence with walking distance to all the main attractions.
Sicily is a wonderful destination for a spring break family vacation. It is the biggest island in Italy and the Mediterranean and has beautiful cities, exceptional historical sites, family-friendly beaches, and the kids-first attitude Italy is well known for.
Spring is the ideal moment to visit Sicily with kids this time of the year, the weather is usually sunny and mild without reaching the heat excesses that can make sightseeing hard in the summer.
The best part of Sicily to explore with kids is the Eastern coast. Here you have the famous localities of Taormina and Siracusa and a plethora of options when it comes to day trips and tours.
Families with small kids are likely to enjoy the quiet streets of Taormina, its pretty Isola Bella (beach), and the family-friendly museums and city center of Siracusa.
Families with older kids can get adventurous climbing Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, and visitors of all ages will love the picture-perfect small villages of the area such as Marzamemi, or, further South, the UNESCO famous towns of Val di Noto.
If your family loves road trips, you can also explore farther afield and treat your kids to the incredible experience that is a visit to the Valley of the Temples, near Agrigento, or have fun at the stunning Riserva Dello Zingaro, an area with great beaches and sea waters near Palermo.
The whole of Sicily is famous for excellent foods and families can easily find kids’ favorites such as pizza, as well as Sicilian specialties such as cannoli and arancini.
A great place to call home for a spring break in Sicily is the apartment Mon Repos in Taormina. Self-contained, clean, and with a beautiful pool and garden, it is the perfect Sicilian hideaway!
Dubrovnik, a gorgeous Croatian coastal town doesn’t need any introduction. Although, this famous city on the Dalmatian coast is an all-year-round destination spring brings the best of the town. Spring lasts from March through May here.
Why spring? Because who wouldn’t want to enjoy the bright sunny days with the blue sea warm enough to swim without hordes of tourists? Plus, hotel rooms come cheaper and all the attractions and tours are open for you. And, most importantly, otherwise, super touristy Dubrovnik is a breeze to explore with kids during spring.
Apart from the beautiful beaches, charming islands, the Old Town, Game of Thrones tours, and lovely day trips there are so many spring events likeAklapela Vocal Groups Festival (April 5 to 7), Wine & Jazz Festival (May 25 to 28), and Annual Easter Fair (April) you can attend.
Out of all the things to do in Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Cable Car up Srd Hill, gelato ice-cream at Peppino’s in the Old Town, and playing at one of the many beaches in Dubrovnik are the ones that kids enjoy the most.
When traveling with kids, we prefer to stay in the center because it’s easy to catch the action. We recommend Boutique Hotel Stari Grad in Dubrovnik Old Town.
The city of Nice is a lovely Spring Europe destination for a spring break with the family. Nice is part of the French Riviera – Côte d’Azur in French – in southern France. Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, this keeps the temperature in Nice pleasantly mild, and sunny days are guaranteed.
Nice has an efficient international airport, so it is worth checking if you can find a direct flight to Nice. However, nobody will blame you if you decide to spend a couple of days in Paris before heading to Nice. In this case, you can get to Nice from Paris by train, perhaps with a change of trains in Marseille or Lyon.
There are many things to do and see in Nice so consider a minimum of 2 days in Nice to cover the main sights.
The list of fun things to do in Nice with the family includes a stroll through the Old Town to admire its beautiful baroque architecture, a walk around the old port, or a hike up to the Colline du Chateau. Here, you will find a beautiful park with waterfalls and some of the best views over the Bay of Angels in Nice. A walk along the sunny Promenade des Anglais with the season’s first ice cream is usually a must for the kids.
Then you can check a day trip or two from Nice, there are many beautiful coastal towns nearby, very easy to reach by train.
For your stay in Nice, consider the rental of an apartment. Hipark by Adagio Nice offers self-catering apartments with a sun terrace, and it is conveniently located at 1.5 km from the city center.
Brussels holds the proud double title of being the capital of both Belgium and Europe. It has everything you would expect from a cosmopolitan city yet somehow still manages to retain the feeling of a large village, where people greet each other with “Bonjour”, “Hello”, or “Hallo” – depending on which of regional languages you happen to bump into.
The city holds some of the best and most interactive museums in the country, for example, the National History Museum and the Magritte Museum are an absolute must and a great backup plan if it happens to rain. It also is home to the very cool Atomium – a remnant of the 1958 World Expo. You will want to purchase a ticket and make your way up the Atomium for the best views over the city. Be sure to wander around the grand place and marvel at all the gold façades, pop into Café Dandoy for a hot chocolate and a traditional snack (a waffle, what else!).
A little known fact about Brussels is the absolute stellar quality of Italian food that can be found. In fact, Brussels has some of the best pizza you will find not only in the country but in Europe (outside of Italy of course). Find out where you can find it right here.
The beauty of the city is you can walk everywhere. To do that though I would recommend getting a hotel that is centrally located like for example The Hotel Brussels, a 4-star hotel located on the main shopping street of the city.
Switzerland is a stunningly beautiful country with pristine landscapes and postcard-pretty villages and cities. Nestled close to the Swiss Alps and only a short train ride from major Swiss cities is the very lovely Lucerne, a lakeside city perfect for a spring vacation. With a lovely lakeside setting, the city of Lucerne is a fabulous family destination and combines the best of outdoor pursuits with a cosmopolitan vibe.
One of the top things to see and do in Lucerne is to take the day trip out to Mount Pilatus. A short bus ride from the city center will take you to the Pilatus Gondola which staggers the way up the mountain affording stunning views along the way.
It is highly recommended to hop off at each stop along the way to enjoy some hiking, picnics, or to partake in fun activities such as the 1350m Frakigaudi Toboggan ride. For the kids, there is a great nature playground at Pilu or a ropes course at Frakmuntegg.
The final gondola known as the Dragon Ride is a sensation short trip in a glass gondola hugging the cliffs edges to take you to the peak of Pilatus Kulm. Once on top, you get gorgeous 360-degree views of the surrounding region before descending down the other side of the mountain on the cog railway. If you are after a special stay in the Lucerne area then consider the Hotel Pilatus for amazing scenery and top of the world dining.
Other favorite places to visit with kids in Lucerne include the super fun and interesting Swiss Transport Museum with loads of interactive exhibits and activities to keep the fussiest of kids entertained. Exploring the historic Old Town and enjoying a stroll along the promenade of the lovely Lake Lucerne or taking a boat cruise are other must-dos. Make sure you enjoy a cooling dip at one of the lake’s beaches to top off a warm day in Lucerne.
Ibiza is an island in the Balearic islands group off the eastern coast of mainland Spain. The island is the perfect spring break destination for families. During the period of spring break, the island of Ibiza is quieter than that main tourist season which will allow you to experience the traditional culture of Ibiza. There’s plenty to do in Ibiza for kids.
One of the best things to do in Ibiza is to have long walks along the beaches. There are 57 beaches to choose from, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. The best beaches in Ibiza are Playa d’en Bossa (a huge expanse of sand) and Cala Gracio (a small cove-like beach with fantastic views out to sea).
Ibiza old town has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999 and is a must-visit on any trip to Ibiza. Kids will love climbing to the top of the old fort which protected Ibiza from pirate invasions long ago. There are fantastic views of Ibiza island and the neighboring island of Formentera from the top.
There are many family-friendly resorts in Ibiza including Es Cana where you’ll get the best value for money, Santa Eulalia, Cala Gracio, and Cala Llonga. The very best place to stay for families is the Globales Montemar Apartments set overlooking the beach of Cala Llonga. From Cala Llonga, you can catch buses to Santa Eulalia and Ibiza town easily. From Ibiza town, you can connect to buses going all over the island.
Costa del Sol is the ideal spring break destination for adventure seeking families. Most people think of the coast as beach and sun, but there is so much more to this area of Andalucia. Though the coastline is blessed with astounding beaches and prime snorkeling destinations like Maro, there is also a lot of nature to be explored, and the mountains along the coast boast some of the most incredible views over the coastal towns and deep blue Mediterranean. To mention a few, La Concha, Cruz de Juanar, and Minas de la Trinidad are all fun family hikes. The latter featuring an intriguing cave system, so make sure you bring your headlamps. Other fun activities are the river hikes you can do on a hot day, like Rio Chillar and Rio Guadalmina, both running through beautiful gorges. The latter is full of natural pools, slides, and rock jumping, and a stretch of about a hundred meters that requires swimming through a narrow ravine. In Fuengirola, you have a fun waterpark, Aquapark, with slides and pools also for the youngest in the family.
Costa del Sol is full of charming villages. While Malaga city is a wonderful place to stay as a base, there are other family friendly destinations like Nerja or Fuengirola which are great for families to stay, both in near distance of the above mentioned activities. If you stay in Fuengirola or pass by, you should try out the best vegan restaurant on the whole coast, La Libelula. They make amazing food that the whole family will love. All organic while supporting local businesses.
Pyr Fuengirola is a great option to stay in, right at the beach front with its own pool.
Thanks to the wealth of things to see and do in Athens, the Greek capital is an amazing year-round destination, and with clear, mild days, off-peak prices, and lush green spaces starting to bloom, spring can be as good a time as any.
Many of Athens’ attractions and activities are located outside, so you’ll want to pack plenty of layers and some comfortable shoes for your family spring break. Start your mornings early with visits to archaeological sites like the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora, allowing you to enjoy the sights and take some photographs before the midday crowds arrive.
Other attractions that are well worth a visit with the family are the impressive Panathenaic Stadium, The Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hellenic Children’s Museum, and the National Art Gallery. When you’re not visiting historic sites and museums you can wander around the streets of Plaka and Monastiraki, see the Changing of the Guard in front of the parliament building in Syntagma Square and visit the little ‘island in the city’, Anafiotika.
Lunch in Athens can be anything from an on-the-go gyros pita to a long, traditional Greek affair with mezze plates covering the table allowing everyone to try different dishes. Alternatively, you could spend some time at Varvakios Agora (the Athens Central Market) where you can see stalls laden with fresh produce and pick up some foodie souvenirs for friends.
Choose AVA Hotel and Suites for a well-equipped suite with a living area and kitchenette or the Grecotel Pallas Athena for family-friendly interior styling and connecting rooms.
If you are looking for great spring break destinations for families, consider spending your vacation in Georgia’s coastal town of Batumi on the Black Sea. This holiday summer getaway for locals sees fewer tourists in spring, while the average temperature ranges between 16-20C.
Backdropped with mountains, rich in history and culture, there are plenty of things to do in Batumi and around it for you to explore. Often referred to as Las Vegas of the Caucasus, Batumis’ skyline is dominated by international chain hotels, casinos, and skyscraper apartment buildings.
Start your day with a morning dip in the Black Sea, then wander through its streets, stroll down the Miracle Park to see quirky statues and landmarks, and enjoy a nice evening walk on its 12 km long Boulevard.
The main attraction of Batumi is its center featuring beautiful buildings that resemble the Parisian Belle Epoque Era. Europe Square is home to an astronomical clock, a statue of Medea and Argonauts, and several other gorgeous architectural landmarks that are a relief to ostentatious modern structures at the seafront.
Another important landmark of Batumi is the Ali & Nino statue at Miracle Park. The symbol of eternal love was inspired by Kurban Said’s book of the same name. Next to it find a 135-meter tall building that looks like a DNA molecule encircled by 33 letters of the Georgia alphabet. Kids will love various attractions at the Park, such as renting a scooter or a bicycle, riding a Ferries Wheel, skateboarding, or taking a small cruise.
When in Batumi, one of the must-do things is to try Adjarian Khachapuri, a boat-shaped cheese pie native to this region, along with going to a fish market and indulging yourself with grilled fish caught in the Black Sea.