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Where to go this spring: our top picks for a spring weekend away

Spring has sprung, the birds are singing their hearts out and flowers are bursting into blossom all around us. It’s the perfect time of year for a weekend away. What could be better than discovering a new city in the spring sunshine? Perhaps you yearn for dreamy canal-side walks, cobbled streets and culture, or maybe it’s fresh mountain air and heart-stopping views that your soul is crying out for? Good food, bustling local markets or secret Mediterranean coves: whatever kind of holiday you’re dreaming of, we’ve got it covered. Read on for our favourite spring holiday ideas.
Lightly dusted with a sprinkling of blossom, Amsterdam looks particularly lovely in springtime. It’s the perfect time of year to walk or cycle around this charming city discovering quirky cafes and restaurants, seeing the latest exhibitions and browsing among the antique shops in the Jordaan district. Make the most of the Dutch capital at this time of year: book a room at the Golden Tulip Amsterdam West, not far from the pretty parks and gardens in the centre of Amsterdam.
Escape for a weekend in Marseille for a joyful dose of Mediterranean charm and sunshine. A wander in the old port is the ideal way to soak up the lively atmosphere in this unique city. Sit at a café table and watch the world go by, or set off to explore the hidden calanques and secret beaches along the nearby coastline. Stay in a hotel in Marseille for a weekend and you’ll be in for a treat. You will eat and drink well and come back feeling refreshed.
If the crisp mountain air and serene Alpine lakes make your heart soar, then what are you waiting for? Get away from it all with a rejuvenating stay in a hotel near Lausanne in the Alps. Spend your days hiking in the mountains or try some water-based activities on Lake Geneva. There’s nothing like a good dose of nature to recharge your batteries and spring-clean your mind.
If it’s the heat you crave after the cold winter months, Marrakesh is an ideal choice. A mere few hours from Europe, in this ancient Moroccan city you can lose yourself in the exotic bustle of the medina and haggle for artisan pottery, leather goods or spices in the souk. Explore the glorious Majorelle Garden and visit the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum close by. It’s the perfect time to visit Marrakech as the weather is not yet unbearably hot but it’s still warm enough to enjoy a swim in the pool at the Golden Tulip Marrakech.
The charming Portuguese city of Porto is at its most beautiful in springtime. The city has a fresh, verdant feel in spring. The café tables spill out onto the street, the restaurants and bars enjoy a lively buzz: life is good in this coastal city. Fresh fish, excellent wines and delicious sweet treats like pasteis de nata will keep you fuelled as you explore this hilly and colourful city. Porto’s Medieval streets and ancient churches will compete for your attention with sunny parks and nearby beaches.

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