People think of summer as the ideal time to get away and enjoy some hot weather relaxation, but with nearly everyone else sharing the same idea – many popular destinations quickly become  way too busy and far too hot. If you’re craving sunshine, culture and a great getaway, we’ve got a perfect list of places that are best enjoyed before summer fully kicks in. Avoid the crowds, the rip off prices and the humidity by traveling before July. Spring is the new summer.

a building with a bridge and a canalSeville, Spain

This beautiful city break destination can reach sweltering temperatures over July and August, so get the most out of your time there and enjoyment in these picturesque streets complete with  gorgeous architecture by booking now. This is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe.

a river running through a townSicily, Italy

The water is warm enough to enjoy a swim and the food and wine needs no mention at all. Spring really is the best time to visit this luscious island. And don’t come home without a native Sicilian grape in a bottle!

a river with a bridge and buildingsLjublijana, Slovenia

An ideal and completely underrated city for the quintessential European break. Enjoy a perfect latte in an open air café, take in the charming bridges and cobbled streets -it’s all perfection. Spring weather offers perfect temperatures to rent bikes and explore the city sites. Lake bled is also a must.

a beach with palm trees and a city in the backgroundCannes, France

If you’re looking for a bit of glitz, glam and partying, Cannes has it all – especially if you coincide with the Cannes Film Festival in May. Guaranteed sunshine, sandy beaches and maybe a few celeb spots.

a city next to a body of water

Zadar, Croatia

You don’t need to wait. Zadar is in perfect form this spring and open for business. This is one of the most tourist friendly destinations you’ll find, offering some extreme value. On top of all that, it’s beautiful too.

a body of water with buildings and blue skySyros, Greece

Noticing a trend here? Any Greek Island you’re planning on visiting will be less crowded and far more affordable in spring than summer months. If you’re looking for some incredible hikes, charming villages and pretty scenery, this is a great spot to add to your list that’s just off the standard tourist guide book.

a marina with many boats and buildings on the sideMallorca, Spain

There’s no doubt this stunning Island is a massively trending summer holiday spot, so beating the rush is crucial to enjoyment (and scoring a decent price). Spring offers superb weather and bountiful Instagram worthy wild flowers. For a fun side trip, take the vintage train from Palma to Sóller, a lovely town with gorgeous views.

a pool of water with buildings and Blue Lagoon in the backgroundReykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik has become so popular recently, it’s fair to say the growing crowds may even be ruining it. With the Northern Lights drawing crowds in winter and 24 hours of daylight bringing in summer attraction, visit in Spring. You’ll see all the greatness with more daylight and fewer tourists.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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