As the third post in my “Where To Go And When” series, here are some of the best places to visit during the Spring season for the months of March, April and May. Just like the Fall and Winter posts, these suggestions are referenced from Joseph Rosendo’s book Where To Go When. Because there are countless amazing places around the world to visit, it’s helpful to choose the best time of the year to visit each place to avoid high tourist traffic, bad weather, or inflated hotel prices. Check out some of the best destinations for Spring below.
Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech is an ancient and exotic city, the center of focus being Jemaa El Fna – the main square. There is constant entertainment here with snake-charmers, toothpullers, storytellers, acrobats, dancers, and musicians. The city used to be famous for trading; visit the souk and explore dozens of shops selling a wide array of spices, jewelry, leather goods, carpets, pottery, metal and wood work, and anything else you can think of.
Yucatán, Mexico. If you’re looking to explore some Mayan ruins, this is a great choice. You can climb El Castillo, the giant pyramid that serves as the center of the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá. Lay out on the white sandy beaches. Visit natural “sinkholes” that lead down to underground rivers and lakes. Or, you can spend time exploring the region’s charming towns.
Berlin, Germany. Berlin has a rich history contrasted with modern and unique architecture, art and music. Culture is everywhere here, so visit some of the city’s museums, galleries, historical buildings and exciting nightlife venues. A few interesting places to consider are the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, Tiergarten Park, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and Reichtag.
Fjord Cruise, Norway. The fjords of Norway have some of the world’s most breathtaking views. Here, you’ll find forest-covered mountains cut with pristine rivers, waterfalls and glaciers. Most cruises stop by coastal towns where you can explore little museums, shops, restaurants, and city tours that showcase the Saami way of life.
Cinque Terre, Italy. Literally meaning “five villages,” Cinque Terre boasts beautiful, colorful buildings built along the rocky Mediterranean Italian coast. A great place for romance, follow the Via dell’Amore to Manarola – a walkway carved into the rock. There are several paths you can explore between the five villages, with opportunities to check out ancient Roman ruins, cute restaurants and cafes, and turquoise beaches.
Petra, Jordan. Petra is one of the world’s most famous archeological sites. Called the “Rose-Red City,” Petra is completely chiseled into the solid rock wall of the Jebel al-Madhbah mountain. It is estimated to have been built around 312 BCE and was undiscovered by the Western world until 1812. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is on Smithsonian’s list of “28 Places to See Before You Die.”
Bali, Indonesia. Bali is exotic, picturesque, and the people make everyone feel welcome. Explore gorgeous the gorgeous rice terraces, spend a day at one of the island’s many spas, visit the markets, museums, and shops, and watch a traditional Balinese dance performance at the Royal Palace. Bali is a prime location for a romantic vacation, so there are dozens of resorts, villas and hotels that set the mood.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, but the Zimbabwe has more options for accommodations and places to explore. There’s a lot to do here if you’re adventurous: bungy jump over a hippo and crocodile-infested river hike the national park, canoeing, white water rafting, or going on a safari. There are also plenty of shops, museums, casinos, and towns to check out.
Prague, Czech Republic. Prague is just awesome. The architecture is amazing, it hosts a yearly Spring International Music Festival and Mozart once said “My orchestra is in Prague.” There’s a lot of history to see here, such as Golden Lane St. Vitus’ Cathedral, Lobowicz Palace, and St. George’s Convent (all in the Castle District). Visit Little Quarter Square, the Jewish Quarter, and Old Town for more medieval courtyards, museums, historic buildings and great cafes. Don’t forget to see Town Hall’s Astronomical Clock while you’re there as well – you can’t miss it!