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Where to go in the spring? Our favourite destinations

Written on : 15 March 2019 by

As you probably already know, we are preparing to welcome the spring in with open arms in a few days. Soon we will see trees bloom and nature reinvigorate. To complete this time of the year, what better than a getaway in the sun? Indeed, the spring is the ideal opportunity to enjoy sunny days without the tourist influx of summer holidays. Discover without further delay our selection of destinations for the spring.

1- Morocco

1- Morocco

From gardens and colourful souks to majestic palaces and the smells of spices, Morocco has something to dream about. If the Moroccan climate can become sweltering in the summer, the air is cooler and more breathable in the spring. This is the opportunity to discover the beautiful city of Marrakech, where locals are nicknamed bahja for their warm welcome. We are easily lost in the traditional souks in a thousand colours and in the sublime Majorelle Garden. The medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, amazes visitors in the same way as sumptuous palaces and remarkable mosques.

At the edge of the Atlantic, the trip continues to Essaouira, a port city and former fishing port with nearly 70,000 inhabitants. Here, the climate is mild in spring and promises beautiful swims by the sandy beaches. With its immaculate white medina and its ramparts, Essaouira enchants with its beauty.

For a safari-style spring holiday, head for the majestic Atlas Mountains. Here, the trip becomes a real discovery. Surrounded by Saharan dunes with lush vegetation, the Atlas Mountains will take you to another world. From the 1000 kasbah valleys that have inspired talented filmmakers like Martin Scorsese in Ouarzazate to the sublime valley of Drâa and Taroudant, the Atlas region is an invitation to escape. In the midst of sand dunes and the scent of mint tea, your spring break has never been so delightful.

>>> Our villas and riads in Morocco

2- Mauritius

2- Mauritius

Under its postcard look, Mauritius looks like a true tropical paradise. In the spring, the cyclone risks are lower and the temperatures are less stifling despite the tropical and humid climate of the island. From April, the island is less windy and offers visitors the opportunity to make the most of this dream destination. Perfect for a honeymoon or for new adventures with the family, Mauritius surprises with fine sand beaches, turquoise waters and coconut trees. From casuarinas to natural parks to the famous colourful lands of Chamarel, Mauritius has not finished surprising you. Between land and sea, this destination makes you forget all the worries of everyday life. It is easy to lose oneself in Ile aux Cerfs, an uninhabited islet where an idyllic setting unfolds before our eyes. As a family, Mauritius is also a destination of choice. Renowned for its exceptional seabed, Mauritius is perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving or any other watersport. A real gem in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius also has a rich ecosystem with immense natural reserves and incredible biodiversity.

>>> Our villas in Mauritius

3- The South of France

3- The South of France

In spring, in France, the colours of the flowers and streets are reviving. Quiet and relaxing, the South of France offers a nice getaway. Still little frequented in the spring, the South of France enjoys mild and unstuffy temperatures. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the beautiful region of the Côte d'Azur. This region of France has attracted many painters like Matisse or Bonnard. While walking the lands of Cannes or Saint-Tropez, you will understand why. Here, the light is sublime and radiates from the natural landscapes. Everyone thinks they know the Côte d'Azur, which attracts millions of tourists every summer. Yet, in addition to its sandy beaches and azure sea, this French region also has wild coves. The Côte d'Azur is also a good excuse to organise a hike with family or friends. From the scents of aromatic herbs to the green of the pines and the red rock in places, the Côte d'Azur is a true delight.

Let's continue our spring break in Provence. This region inspired Pagnol but also Giono and Cézanne, who were all seduced by its sweetness of life. Relax in this region of southern France known for its lavender fields as far as the eye can see and its side roads. From the Luberon to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence via Avignon, Provence is rich in unspoiled natural landscapes and charming villages. If these places of interest can be invaded in the middle of summer, in spring you will be able to discover, in peace, these decorations that seem created from scratch...

In the spring, the Southwest also lights up with the sublime basin of Arcachon and its splendid seaside resorts. From Hossegor in the French Basque Country to Cap Ferret, the Southwest invites you to discover and relax. In the middle of a green nature, go on bike rides or hikes to observe birds and cherry blossoms. From visiting vineyards to swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, the Southwest amazes with its warmth and cultural landscape.

>>> Our villas in France

4- The Amalfi Coast in Italy

4- The Amalfi Coast in Italy

As you already know, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top tourist attractions. Therefore, we advise visiting this divine region in the spring. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, this region of Southern Italy will amaze you with its beauty. Already, John Steinbeck wrote these moved words: "It's a dream place that does not seem true when you're there." Upon your arrival, you will understand why. Here, the mountains plunge into the blue of the Mediterranean Sea and the forests are lush in the spring. From Positano to Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is a jewel of a thousand and one colours that you can hardly leave. You can then walk in the middle of orange and lemon trees that emit beguiling scents. Here, nature is like a real show that is played under the admiring eyes of happy visitors. Like a Garden of Eden, the Amalfi Coast surprises with its unshakable beauty and becomes the refuge of inspired artists. At the beginning of the 20th century, Greta Garbo was already hiding her secret loves. It's your turn to write your story and let yourself be inspired by the beautiful Amalfi Coast.

>>> Our villas in Italy

5- Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

5- Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

It is nicknamed "Cidade Maravilhosa" (wonderful city) and it is not for nothing. In the spring, Rio de Janeiro empties its visitors for your greatest happiness. In the southern hemisphere, between April and June, people are slowly preparing to welcome winter. Temperatures drop but remain mild. More breathable, Rio de Janeiro retains a humid and tropical climate. From the top of Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro shines. Between green forests, superb beaches and incredible national parks, it's like a movie set. Like an interweaving of reliefs, this city of Brazil fascinates with its beauty and its colourful streets. Here, the atmospheres follow one another and are not alike: from the urban jungle in the streets of Rio with sublime bays through to the tropical forests and nature reserves. If in the spring, the carnival of Rio has already occurred, do not panic! You will quickly discover that the locals, called the Cariocas, are extremely warm. In Rio, we breathe the joy of living and it feels good. With the ocean as far as the eye can see, we are easily lost in the different neighbourhoods: Flamengo, Copacabana but also Ipanema and Lapa. As Blaise Cendrars described it, Rio de Janeiro is that pearl of South America that every traveller deserves to know one day. Looks like it's your turn to fly to this city of all possibilities.

>>> Our villas in Brazil

6- The Algarve

6- The Algarve

Perfect for a spring getaway, the Algarve is a land of encounters and a mosaic of civilizations. On the borders of Europe and the gates of Africa, this region of southern Portugal seduces visitors with its wild corners and charming villages. If, in summer, the cities of the Algarve are crowded, it is not the case in the spring. Start your journey in Faro, the capital of the Algarve. We stroll along the cobblestone streets to discover the museums and monuments of the city. A veritable open-air museum, Faro enchants with its medieval heart and dynamism. Then continue to the Algarve Golden Triangle: Almancil, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. Residential and charming, these cities have developed a high-end tourism. In the middle of beautiful beaches and wild coves, this is a setting that looks like a postcard. But the Algarve is also the place of constant wandering. Organise bike rides or hikes in the fertile regions of this beautiful region of Portugal. You will discover a semi-tropical vegetation, orange trees, fields of fig and almond trees as far as the eye can see. The Algarve is also an opportunity to make a gourmet stopover and indulge in the pleasures of the arts of the table. Fish, seafood but also delicious sweets with fig and carob tart and the famous pastry of Dom Rodrigo, your taste buds will be awake in the Algarve. Finish off your spring break by skirting the shoreline and listening to the lapping waves. Your holidays will then rhyme with calm and meditation.

>>> Our villas in Portugal

7- Crete

7- Crete

From April, the sun shines in this island of Greece where nature is a real delight. Mythical and sumptuous, Crete surprises its travellers with its beauty. Far from the festive Mykonos and Santorini, Crete is a wild island that brings together culture and traditions. Like an immersion in antiquity, Cretan cities seem frozen in time. One would think oneself willingly within Greek mythology. From the mountains of Dikti, where Zeus was born, to the pebble beaches through to the orthodox monasteries and the pristine white chapels, Crete is an invitation to travel. Mountainous and wild, this island of Greece lends itself to road trips. You can then explore at your whim these magical places on the borders of Europe and the East. Cradled by the warm winds of Africa, Crete enjoys a temperate climate all year round. In the spring, the temperatures are high without being hot. Take the opportunity to discover all the splendours of this island of all possibilities. Many hikes can be organised to discover the prolific nature of Crete. We particularly recommend Samaria Gorge and Balos Lagoon. At its peak, the beauty of Crete captivates its visitors, whether inland, in the deep waters of the sea or in the flanks of the valleys.

>>> Our villas in Crete

8- The Maldives

8- The Maldives

In early spring, between April and May, the Maldives become heavenly. This is the perfect opportunity to get away from everyday life. From coral atolls to warm, crystal-clear waters, the Maldives seem straight out of a movie. And yet, upon arrival, you will be amazed by its pristine beaches and turquoise lagoons. Discover Malé and the daily life of Maldivians who flock to the colourful markets and tea houses. Captivating and magnetic, the capital of Maldives is an invitation to a change of scenery. But the most fascinating side of the Maldives is underwater. Corals, tropical fish, seaweeds, but also sharks and turtles, the seabed of the Maldives is utterly beautiful. Enjoy your spring getaway while you try scuba diving. Many diving schools are at the edge of the beautiful beaches. Here, the water is both warm and deep. It is a pleasure to soak your feet in every season. With 26 atolls and 1,000 coral islands, the Maldives are tropical islands that mix sublime lagoons, watersports, but also gastronomy and escape.

>>> Our villas in Maldives