5 countries to visit this Spring

 

Daffodils are out and blossom is slowly appearing on the trees. It’s finally Spring. Many will flock to the Netherlands to see the tulip fields in full bloom but we have some other suggestions for where is best to visit this season. From the blossoms in Japan to wildflowers in Jordan and whales in Argentina, there’s something for everyone.

Japan

Hanami, literally meaning ‘flower viewing’, is the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the cherry trees’ blossoms, which signals the arrival of spring. Groups of friends gather for picnic parties and traditional tea ceremonies under the trees with some arriving hours early to reserve the best spots. Typically, the best blooms can be seen from March to mid-April and is a magical sight, with much of Japan being blanketed in pink blooms.

Philisophers stone path, Hanami season, Kyoto, Japan

Uzbekistan

With biting winters and stifling summers, spring is the perfect time to explore the fascinating culture and history of Uzbekistan. The ubiquitous turquoise tiles are set off perfectly by the bright blue sky, making for stunning photographs. Explore the Islamic architecture in Samarkand and marvel at the towering fortresses in Khiva and Bukhara. To truly experience the warm Uzbek hospitality, have lunch or dinner in a local family’s home.

Khazrat Imom complex, Tashkent,  Uzbekistan

Jordan

Wildflowers may not immediately come to mind when you think of a desert country, but Jordan in springtime is awash with colourful landscapes. The country has a very dramatic topography and also the most fantastic abundance of flora, setting it apart from the rest of the Middle East: there are over 2,500 species of plants growing in less than 5% of the country, compared to less than 2,000 in the UK. A spring visit to one of the many nature reserves such as Dana or Ajloun will be rewarded with flowers in full bloom.

The Monastery, Petra

Argentina

While the northern hemisphere is waking up to spring, in the south the trees are turning all shades of autumnal red and brown. Patagonia is less crowded than during the summer and temperatures across Argentina are much milder than in the summer. In March, killer whales can be seen at the shoreline around Peninsula Valdes as well as the vast colony of Magellanic penguins with all their young chicks.

Southern Right Whale, Peninsula, Valdes,  Argentina

Morocco

Spring is the ideal time for a Morocco holiday: before the heat of the summer arrives but after the cold winters in the mountains. Soak up the sunshine with a mint tea – or something stronger – from the roof of your riad in Marrakech; head to Essaouira on the coast to enjoy the sea breeze and colourful fishing harbour; or up into the Atlas mountains to see the traditional Berber culture and explore the fertile valleys on foot, bike or horseback.

Old Habour, Essaouira, Morocco

Katie Cosstick is the PR Manager at Cox & Kings.

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  1. Zascha says:

    Definitely Japan! And I’m dying to go to Jordan.
    I have never considered Uzbekistan, but that’s an interesting choice.

  2. J.R. Duren says:

    Morocco….would love to experience the cuisine. Plus, it’s right around the corner from Spain! It’s interesting to me that Japan is making a comeback because most of the new “hip” travel locations are in less-developed countries in Asia. Just read a post about Nagasaki this morning … the photos/writing presented Japan as a very tranquil place, although I hear Tokyo is quite frenetic.

  3. Larry Leung says:

    Tokyo definitely has its moments of tranquility and chaos.
    It is great take a long stride to check out the cherry blossoms and then enjoy a bowl of hot ramen afterwards.

  4. J.R. Duren says:

    We’ve been craving ramen ever since watching David Chang’s cooking/documentary episodes where he gets ramen in Tokyo.

  5. Sherry says:

    Great travel recommendations! I’ve certainly added a few more locations to my list or must see spots but Japan will always be number 1 on my list of spring time destinations.

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