This pretty Baltic city, one of Poland’s most beautiful towns, comes to life in the spring when the warmer weather calls for mornings spent browsing the market stalls and afternoon walks on the beach. City life is flourishing, with trendy new cafés and restaurants springing up and microbreweries selling craft beers alongside traditional Polish goulash and pork dishes. In March and April, Gdansk is humming with spring fairs selling crafts, wooden painted eggs and amber, for which the city is famous.
Getting there: Gdansk Airport is only 12km to the north of the city centre and is served by low-cost airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air, alongside KLM Airlines and Lufthansa. Non-stop flights of an average of 2 hours in duration depart from most major UK airports. HolidayTaxis private transfers from Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport to Gdansk city centre start from only £9 and will get you there in 30 minutes.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is best enjoyed in the spring, before the throngs of tourists fill the city and when the streets burst into bloom. The weather is a little cooler, so be prepared to bring a coat, but you’ll benefit from the lower prices and extra breathing space. Make the most of the shorter queues to visit Amsterdam’s best museums, take a stroll around the flower market or join the locals at the spring music festivals.
As of the 4th April this year, Eurostar is also launching a new service to the Dutch capital, with trains running twice daily between London and Amsterdam Central Station. You can also fly from most main UK airports to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, only 25 minutes from the city centre.
San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife
Tenerife is an ever-popular choice for British holidaymakers looking for some sun, but while the south of the island attracts tourists in their droves, the north is a relatively overlooked destination. San Cristóbal de la Laguna is an old colonial town near the capital of Santa Cruz. All pastel-coloured, historic buildings, narrow streets and sun dappled squares, this melting pot of cultures offers a refreshing change from the beach resorts of Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje.
Getting there: The closest airport to San Cristóbal de la Laguna is Tenerife North Airport, however there are no direct flights here from the UK. Fortunately, there are lots of direct flight options to Tenerife South Reina Sofia Airport, with airlines like British Airways and easyJet. Book a transfer from the airport to your hotel in San Cristóbal de la Laguna with HolidayTaxis and you’ll be there in only 50 minutes.
Spring is the season when visitors will see Rome at its best; when cascades of wisteria bloom across the city, the streets are quieter, and the clear blue skies and warm afternoons are best served with a gelato. Food is a quintessential part of any holiday to Rome, so what better time to go than when the produce is fresh, seasonal and sold cheaply at the local markets. Spring announces a host of seasonal events throughout the capital, culminating in a magnificent firework display for the city’s birthday.
Visitors to the Italian capital can arrive by air, bus, train or boat. Rome is served by two airports, the largest of which is Rome Fiumicino Airport, a 60-minute drive from the city centre, where you will find more amenities and long-haul flights in and out of Italy. Rome Ciampino Airport is a hub for low-cost airlines and is closer to the city centre. If you are visiting by rail, Rome’s Termini Train Station is only 30 minutes from the city centre and the nearby Civitavecchia Port provides access for ferries and cruise passengers.
If you’ve had your fill of the British winter and want sun and good weather guaranteed, then one place you can be sure of that is in Dubai. With highs of up to 30°C in April, the UAE offers a certain break from the cold with its golden sands and bath-temperature waters. See what all the fuss is about for yourself and take in the colossal architecture, the extravagant malls and the rich culture of this fascinating city.
Dubai International Airport is about 4 kilometres southeast of the city and only 25 minutes by taxi. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and Qantas all offer direct, 7-hour flights from London airports.
Riga is an increasingly popular destination for a European city break thanks to its beautiful architecture, its interesting culture and its budget prices. The Latvian capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting opera, folk festivals, trendy brunch cafés, traditional craft markets, beaches, microbreweries and lively bars.
Budget airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air provide flights to Riga from London, Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds. Riga Airport is the busiest in the whole of the Baltic states, but by booking your transfer to the city centre with HolidayTaxis in advance you can avoid any hassle once you arrive.