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The Best Spring Break Destinations in Europe

Spring break calls for adventure, so why not travel across the pond? Discover the best of Europe with one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Lucie Grace
13 Dec 2021
As spring break approaches, a trip to Europe is calling. Whether you’re torn between heading to the beach towns of Croatia or Turkey, reconnecting with nature in the remote islands off Scotland’s west coast, or savouring sumptuous cuisine in southern Italy or Portugal, we’ve got you covered with TRIPS by Culture Trip. Here’s our selection of the best spring break destinations in Europe.
1 . Northern Portugal, for city sightseeing, wine tasting and beautiful beaches

Portugal’s two main cities, Lisbon and Porto, are bursting with cultural, culinary and historical appeal – they’re equally suited to wining and dining, sightseeing and partying. If you have the time, why not combine both in the same trip? On this nine-day Northern Portugal adventure, you’ll visit the main sights of Lisbon and Porto, including a jaunt down the vineyard-lined Douro Valley on a traditional rabelo boat and a stay on a traditional quinta estate. Swing by the surfer’s paradise, Comporta, look out for dolphins off the coast of Sesimbra, and sip fine wines in the Alentejo region before winding up in the capital. Pastéis de nata (custard tarts), are an absolute must-try. Visiting in spring is a smart choice if you want to escape the heaviest crowds and sweltering temperatures of summer.

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2 . Turkey, for vibrant bazaars, lunar-like landscapes, and golden sand beaches

The ancient city of Istanbul is a vital stop on any Turkey itinerary, with vibrant bazaars, ornate mosques and opulent palaces in abundance – plus deliciously moreish food. Experience all of that on this action-packed 12-day adventure, as well as a cruise along the Bosphorus, before heading inland to the capital, Ankara, en route to the Cappadocia region. Venture down into subterranean cities, hike through the other-worldly Rose and Red Valleys, and stop by one of the best-preserved sites of the ancient Roman era, the Aspendos amphitheatre. You’ll then journey through the wild landscapes of the Taurus Mountains, finally arriving in Antalya, renowned for its sun-drenched, golden sand beaches and turquoise waters on the Mediterranean coast. In spring, you’ll be able to avoid the stiflingly hot summer weather.

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3 . Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, for sea kayaking, partying and gorgeous architecture

Croatia’s coastal cities of Split and Dubrovnik are the perfect starting and finishing points for an island-hopping adventure along the Dalmatian Coast. On this eight-day trip, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Split, where the majestic Dioclesian’s Palace forms the focal point of the old town, and go sea kayaking around Marjan Hill. Hop on a ferry to Hvar, one of the sunniest destinations in Europe, with an effervescent nightlife scene and secluded, pebble beaches aplenty. Explore the former Yugoslav military base, Vis, before continuing to Korčula, where you’ll visit some of Croatia’s finest vineyards. Your trip concludes in Dubrovnik, where you’ll explore the Unesco-listed old town, characterised by a maze of cobblestone streets, hidden courtyards and a mixture of gothic, renaissance and baroque architectural styles.

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4 . Southern Italy, for delicious street food, James Bond scenes, and whitewashed villages

Southern Italy offers so much charm that you’ll be wondering why it took you so long to explore the region. This 10-day trip kicks off with a street food tour of Naples before heading south to the Amalfi Coast – a boat tour is the best way to go between the pastel-coloured, cliffside villages. Learn the secrets of Altamura bread production in a bakery workshop as you head inland to Matera, characterised by ancient cave dwellings carved into the hillside, and featured in the latest James Bond movie, No Time To Die. You’ll then cycle through the Itria Valley, renowned for its traditional trulli houses, and have time to relax on the secluded beaches of Polignano a Mare, before wrapping up your trip in Lecce, nicknamed the Florence of the South for its resplendent array of baroque architecture.

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5 . Britain’s Outer Hebrides, for wild swimming, hiking and whisky tasting

Scotland’s Outer Hebrides are the perfect spring break idea for those looking for awe-inspiring landscapes and a chance to truly disconnect from the daily grind. At this time of year, the days are growing longer and the cold isn’t quite so biting. Departing from Inverness, this seven-day trip takes you to the Isle of Skye, where you’ll hike to the Fairy Pools – a series of natural rock pools fed by waterfalls and framed by craggy peaks. If you’re feeling brave, why not take a dip? Trek across the rugged Trotternish Hills, tour a Scotch whisky distillery on the Isle of Harris and wander the wild beaches of the Isle of Lewis. You’ll also visit the 5,000-year-old Calanais Standing Stones – one of Britain’s most impressive archaeological landmarks, and much less busy than Stonehenge.

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