For many people, spring is the best time of year in Europe. The cold weather of the winter has gone and the flowers have started blooming yet, at the same time, the influx of summer tourists is still a few months away. For those wanting to enjoy a more peaceful holiday away from the thongs of tourists or the high temperatures of the middle of the summer, there are many perfect destinations in Europe weather you want to go for a city break, a holiday surrounded by nature or a lazy beach holiday. Here are three of the best places to go this spring.

Côte d’Azur, France

It might be highly fashionable and far from being a budget destination, but the glamorous Côte d’Azur on France’s Mediterranean coast is a very attractive and upmarket place. Although the region is most famous for the infamously expensive city state of Monaco and the glitz of the Cannes Film Festival, the Côte d’Azur is also home to many hidden gems which remain truly unspoiled. Spring is a good time to visit, although you might want to avoid mid-May when the film festival gets started and the region becomes temporarily very crowded and often overpriced.

The Côte d’Azur extends across most of the eastern half of France’s Mediterranean coast, right up to the border with Italy. Also known as the French Riviera, the place is home to some beautiful nature and many picturesque historic towns such as the medieval gem of Èze and, of course, the region’s capital city, Nice, by the Italian border.

The Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands comprise an archipelago of seven main islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. The picturesque volcanic islands, an overseas territory belonging to Spain, have long been a popular holiday destination and, thanks to flights with companies such as EasyJet, they are often quite affordable to get to as well.

The largest island is Gran Canaria. The mountainous island is lush and green with plenty of fine beaches and romantic port towns and villages. Tenerife is the best island to go if you’re into history and culture and it is home to many museums and the oldest university in the region. For those who love windsurfing, Fuerteventura is the most popular island while those who love hiking will probably prefer La Gomera. Another of the main islands, Lanzarote, is famous for its stunning volcanic landscape. The two remaining islands are La Palma and El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands. If you’re looking for something slightly more secluded, then these islands represent the best choices.

The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands

Budapest, Hungary

If a city break is more your sort of thing, the cities of central Europe make for superb spring holiday destinations, particularly during May when the weather is often warm and many festivals start up. Hungary’s impressive capital city, Budapest, lies on the mighty Danube River. One of Europe’s most imposing cities, Budapest offers plenty to do and see and springtime weather is often sunny and pleasantly warm, making it ideal for exploring the place on foot.

Budapest is particularly famous for its city baths. One of the biggest is located near Hero’s Square, a few kilometres out of the centre. Budapest is home to many unforgettable sites including the world’s grandest and largest parliament building, the Castle District and the Fisherman’s Bastion among others.

Budapest is a fairly affordable destination. Prices for food, drink and accommodation are somewhat lower than most western countries and getting there is also cheap thanks to direct EasyJet flights from London and various other cities in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.