The chill of winter has lost its novelty, and daydreams of sunnier climes are creeping into your everyday thoughts. Not to worry – we've teamed up with Oliver's Travels to show you that there are plenty of places to warm up and de-layer between March and June; it’s time to ditch the woolly hats in favour of t-shirts and sandals on a springtime family holiday to Europe.
Oliver’s Travels is a luxury villa holiday company with a twist; from converted lighthouses and chapels to private islands and medieval fortresses, they specialise in quirky and extraordinary holiday homes for families and large groups. After all, why do ordinary?
From the village charm and scenic backdrops of Nerja to the sophisticated glamour of Marbella, Costa del Sol is – and always will be – a popular tourist spot for families. With family-friendly resort towns, sweeping sandy beaches and villas with private pools, you can spend your days splashing about with the little ones and exploring rustic coastal towns. Temperatures begin to creep up over the spring months, so if you’re looking for a more pleasant climate (particularly if you’ve got younger children) then visiting in March/April may be best.
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The golden coastline of the Algarve boasts great weather year-round, but it can get uncomfortable in the peak summer months. That’s why spring is the ideal time to visit, as the average temperatures stay within the low-mid 20s. Sleepy coastal villages, sparkling coves and beautiful beaches fringe the region, offering a laid-back lifestyle, freshly caught seafood and intriguing historical sites. Family members of every age can enjoy the Algarve – grandparents can chill at the beach, kids can splash in the pool, parents can explore the towns and landmarks, and the whole family can come together for dinner in one of many local restaurants.
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Any of the Canary Islands are perfect for visiting at this time of year, but Lanzarote is a feast for the eyes – the volcanic landscape meant that it was listed as a Unesco Geopark in 2015. From gold and black beaches to excellent outdoor adventures, this Spanish island is just waiting to be explored. Dazzling natural pools open out to stunning national parks, the waters are perfect for thrill seekers looking to rip up some waves or dive for marine wonders, and it’s equally good for cycling and hiking. If you’re not looking for an active holiday, don’t worry – the beaches, bustling towns and variety of bars and restaurants are just as good for downtime.
The sun-baked heel of Italy offers up an authentic – albeit slightly different – view of Italian culture. Its landscapes are dotted with traditional trullo houses (rustic conical-shaped homes), UNESCO World Heritage villages and a captivating coastline. At the beginning of Spring, temperatures are more on the mild side, but once it gets to April/May it starts to warm up. One thing’s for certain – whenever you visit, you’ll be treated to delicious, fresh Italian food and a welcoming vibe.
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This Greek island offers up a delightful tapestry of landscapes, from the craggy mountains and lush valleys to the sun-soaked stretches of beaches, sparkling Mediterranean Sea and snow-topped crests. The rich history is illustrated in the ancient ruins, medieval architecture and monuments, while its culture is preserved in the charming towns, local lifestyle and tasty cuisine. Spring in Crete is perfect – the temperatures aren’t too hot, but it’s enough to warm up that pale winter skin.
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