3 Destinations That Are Perfect For A Spring City Break

spring city break milan

Ahhhh, don’t you just love this time of year? The sun is shining, the evenings are lighter and everybody just seems so much happier. It’s blissful.

Spring also happens to be the perfect time of year to take a little trip. Visiting places just before the start of peak season means you won’t be battling huge crowds and the weather is usually pretty pleasant in most European destinations too. Plus, it always feels just a little bit magical to visit a city just as it’s coming into full bloom.

Of course, there are some places that lend themselves to the season better than others. Here are 3 destinations that are perfect for a spring city break…

1) Paris

spring city break parisspring city break parisTo be fair, I love visiting Paris at any time of year, but in spring it is absolute perfection. You can take long strolls along the Seine, picnic on the grass at the Jardin des Tuileries and climb the steps up to the Sacré-Cœur without melting. With the blossom trees in full bloom, spring is definitely the prettiest and most romantic time to visit the city. Plus the temperature should be perfect for my all time favourite Parisian activity – sitting outside a cute little cafe and people watching with a glass of wine.

2) Lisbon

spring city break lisbonspring city break lisbon If you’re looking for both sunshine and culture then Lisbon is perfect. In April and May you’re guaranteed blue skies and warm air most days, but it won’t be too humid to take on the city’s many hills and steps. There are plenty of great places to enjoy dinner outside and the nightlife in the Bairro Alto district really starts to pick up at this time of year too. Plus, you can visit the nearby seaside town of Cascais before the summer crowds arrive.

3) Milan

spring city break milanspring city break milan I didn’t know much about this city before we visited last May, but we fell head over heels for it pretty quickly. Full of charming squares and lush green parks, Milan is the perfect destination for a laidback spring city break. Be sure to visit Navigli for some aperitivo by the canal and head to Eataly for the most delicious picnic you’ll ever eat. Brera is also a beautiful area to wander around on a sunny day – make sure to stop for an Aperol spritz at one of the pavement cafes.

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Have you got any spring city breaks planned? Where are your favourite places to visit at this time of year?


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  • All these sound fab! I am a big Lisbon fan – mostly due to the incredible (and good value) food and drink that none-algarve portugal offers!!
    We’re heading to Florence and Bologna for 5 days in may for our anniversary – very excited as been a long time since I’ve been to Italy – and what’s not to love about the place!
    Holly xxx /// BLOG:

    • Ooooooh, that sounds amazing! I’m excited to see your photos on Insta 🙂 X

  • I’ve been to Paris in every season but fall – and spring in Paris is my favourite! x

  • Love this – visited Paris and Lisbon, but can’t wait to get to Milan next month! Heard a lot about the aperitivo, will HAVE to get in on that…

    Lorna x

  • hanan abdi

    Booked Lisbon and these pictures just fuels my excitement more 🙂 xx

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  • Sophie

    Eeeek, this is making me crave a weekend away so bad! Not been to Lisbon or Milan but they are definitely on my list. A few weeks ago I went to Marseille which we booked completely based on price (it was seriously cheap) and it was actually amazing! So picturesque with lovely views and a nice feel – would definitely recommend!

    Sophie xxx

  • Fantastic shot of the arch in Libson!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Oooh I love this post lady! I’ve wanted to visit Milan and Lisbon for SO long and definitely have them on my list (*apart from the time when I thought I was going to Milan but ended up in a different country haha!). Paris is SO stunning in the Spring time!

    Hayley xo

    • I hope you get to visit them soon (on the right plane!) haha x