With its abundance of flowers and lush greenery, good selection of bank holidays, and the promise of new beginnings in the air, spring is a great time to travel. A weekend city break to somewhere with warmer climes is the perfect occasion to make a smooth transition from the cold months of winter to the hot season of summer. In this piece, we’re looking at the best Mediterranean destinations in spring and spring city breaks 2022.
Dive into French Cuisine in Provence
When it comes to French getaways, Provence is an easy choice. Known for its quaint villages, rolling fields of flowers and magnificent cuisine, there are so many reasons to visit the region this springtime.
Let’s start with the food. April is the ideal moment to sample one of the country’s rarest but most delectable delicacies: the white asparagus. Since this beauty only grows under certain conditions, you can only sample it once a year, and trust us: once you’ve tried it, you’ll never forget it. Traditionally served with olive oil, a drizzle of lemon, black pepper, and lashings of hard, salty cheese, the white asparagus is the epitome of a springtime dish in France. It’s also the season for artichokes and strawberries, the most famous variety of the latter being the gariguettes: small but impossibly sweet kisses of perfection.
It goes without saying that Provence is home to some stunning landscapes and this is never more evident than in springtime. Trees burst into life in organza of cloud-like blossom, the moors are suddenly overwhelmed with red poppies and yellow broom while the air is filled with the heady scent of rosemary, wild thyme and Mediterranean pine. These herbs make their way onto plates across the region, too, particularly on Easter Sunday when a roast lamb is traditionally served alongside fat sprigs of fragrant rosemary.
As if all this wasn’t enough, some of the region’s most legendary cultural events happen in April, including the classical music festival in Aix en Provence, the Monte Carlo Tennis Open and the Monaco Grand Prix.
Sunbathe in Santorini
Springtime and early summer in Santorini are truly magical times. The old, cobbled streets, not yet bustling with hoards of summer tourists, are your playground as the small towns present a myriad of opportunities to explore the island during its more tranquil months. As things start to open up and residents prepare for the summer season, it’s the perfect time to pop into a taverna and get chatting with the locals. The beaches are quiet and late May temperatures can reach a highly respectable 30 degrees, meaning you can very much justify going for a dip in the serene ocean.
Santorini’s azure blue waters and the white façades of the buildings are afforded a particularly wonderful charm in Spring as cascades of bougainvillaea blossom into jaw-dropping shades of magenta and violet.
Easter in Greece is the most important religious festival and in Santorini, you’ll witness a spectacular show if you visit during this period. Think hot ovens churning out soft brioche and Easter cookies, locals playing games with red-painted eggs and lines of people marching in the streets to the beat of a drum and the sway of folk music, while smoke from incense and candles wisp dreamily through the air.
Get a History Lesson in Tunis
Shimmering Tunis is a real surprise in the Spring. The city is suddenly alight with the luminous hues of green, pink and yellow from new leaves and abundant flowers. A visit to Tunis in April lets you understand why Paul Klee, who visited in the same month in 1914, was so enthralled by the scenery, prompting him to paint some of his most vibrant works.
Pick up a springtime bounty at the Tunis Central Market, replete with a festival of aromas and colours, or visit the ancient archaeological sites at Carthage and have plenty of space to wander without the summertime crowds. Escape the heat of a warmer spring afternoon by meandering the cool corridors of the Bardo museum, famous in Tunisia for its stunning Roman tile murals.
For a real treat, take a day trip to Sidi Bou Said whose buildings boast glowing white and indigo façades, even more breath-taking when set against the jaw-dropping beauty of a cascading purple bougainvillaea. You can also venture to the North of Tunis, where you’ll find sprawling beaches dotted with coves set against aquamarine waters.
Take on the City of Split by Foot
Croatia is the embodiment of a perfect spring destination as you enjoy lengthy sunny days with mild temperatures. In Split, you can make the most of the quiet streets and wander aimlessly through the historic city. The warm tones of Croatia’s iconic terracotta rooftops and the shimmering water of the Adriatic Sea will mesmerise you as you enjoy a refreshing beverage along the quaint harbour. The magic of the city lies in its hidden corners and unassuming alleyways that hold untold treasures.
Diocletian’s Palace is the main attraction in Split and this colossal Roman structure encompasses almost half of the old town. Here visitors adore the hole-in-the-wall eateries serving humble pastries, seafood, and pasta dishes. As the city is still enjoying milder temperatures you can also make the trek up to Marjan Forest Park for the most exquisite panoramic views. Even though the sea might still be too cold for a dip, you will still find plenty of beach bodies soaking up the sun next to the water.
For many of us, the past months have been a long and difficult journey. All the more reason to treat yourself and start dreaming of a weekend city break in Spring 2022. Our four Mediterranean destinations each feature a myriad of tempting reasons to visit; now the only challenge facing you is deciding which one to pick!