Ten of the best spring getaways
As the days get longer and things start warming up, it's nice time to get away from it all.
Holidaying in spring often guarantees you more space, less crowds and flights and accommodation are often a bit cheaper too.
Here's our pick of the best spring break destinations:
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Soak up fine art, good food, or just sit and watch the world go by sipping some of the finest coffee in the world.
Whether culture, history or shopping is your bag Rome has it all and walking through the ancient streets of Rome in the warm spring sunshine is pure pleasure.
Skiing in the French or Italian Alps
Get the last bit of skiing in for the season with a spring trip to some of the best skiing destinations in the world. World renowned resorts like Chamonix are more affordable in the spring when the crowds are a little thinner.
Steeped in history and youthful energy, Dublin is a medieval city where the charming and cosmopolitan converge in delightful diversity. See the city come alive in March in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
If you enjoy architecture, the southern Spanish city offers some of the world's best, all easily accessible by foot.
Follow the Ruta del Modernismo to take in over 115 sites, including many of the Gaudi - sculptures. Enjoy the markets and the lavish nightlife.
With its miles of pristine, unspoilt coastline, Croatia' fast-becoming popular with young, fashionable holiday makers. Budget hotels and luxury hotels sit side by side on beautiful beaches.
New York, USA
New York is great all year round, but spring picnics in Central Park, shopping alongside the fashionistas in Nolita picking up new season clothes and the Tribeca film festival makes New York great for a spring urban break.
Istanbul offers a sunny break with the chance to experience a culture that straddles east and west. Istanbul is delightfully warm in the spring with fewer crowds than in the summer months. It wasn't given the accolade of the 'World's Hippest City' for nothing.
The desert state of Dubai is popular in the spring when things get a bit cooler. Summer temperatures can reach the high forties. A land of firsts – namely the world's only seven star hotel, two of the world's largest man made islands = the Palm and the World – and an indoor snow slope, right in the middle of the desert.
Holiday at home
It's often overlooked but holidaying at home offers the best of both worlds. No passports or flights to catch and a range of diverse activities to take part in. Popular holiday destinations like Cornwall, Dorset and Devon offer seaside fun, and beautiful scenery, just a stone’s throw away.