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Spring is a beautiful, fragrant season. Nature awakens, and the world comes alive with colour. With young ones away from school at Easter, this is the ideal time for a family adventure or a romantic getaway following the extravagances of Christmas. Leave the rains of the British springtime far behind you and set off in search of the sunshine. 

From the vineyards of South Africa to the fragrant spice fields of India and Southeast Asia, your perfect spring holiday awaits. Our suggestions below are by no means exhaustive, and merely showcase a handpicked selection of our favourites. While they are all incredible year-round holiday destinations, this season is a particularly special time in each. If you're looking for spring holiday inspiration, then you're in the right place.

South Africa

What better way to step into spring than with a holiday to South Africa? This is one of the most clement times to enjoy the beaches of Cape Town and sample the wines as harvesting is in full swing. As the bite of the summer sun wanes and the crowds disperse, you will have the space to rub shoulders with the penguins on Boulders Beach and enjoy the autumnal colours at Kirstenbosch Gardens or along the Garden Route. This is the perfect time to trek up Table Mountain or take the family horse riding through the Western Cape winelands. A family safari to the Kruger National Park to see the Big Five, or expedition to the bewitching Kalahari Desert, can also be enjoyed as this marks the tail end of the rainy season.

Japan 

Springtime in Japan is just glorious. Cherry blossoms flourish across Tokyo and Kyoto, filling the cities with sweet-smelling petals. This candyfloss backdrop makes for unforgettable holiday photos, especially in the early evening as the sun sets over the horizon. Head to the mountainous town of Takayama to enjoy stunning views of the scenery as you stroll among the lovely cherry trees. Spring is a time for cultural celebration in Japan with many festivals held across the country including the Omizutori festival in Nara, the unique Naked Man festival and Hōnen Matsuri, dedicated to fertility. 

South West USA

A place of extraordinary beauty all year round, America's South West bursts into life during the spring. Vibrant wildflowers peek their heads above the desert dust, their varied colours complementing the beautiful red rocks and pastel-blue sky. An exciting American adventure awaits in this picturesque desert landscape, home to five fantastic national parks, numerous mighty rivers and one of the world's greatest natural wonders – the Grand Canyon. Head out on historic Route 66 or hike the rugged mountains trail to explore the best of the South West. Expect unforgettable cultural experiences, intriguing local history and rare desert wildlife.

India

Indian spring is characterised by warm weather and verdant tea fields. Animals venture out once the chills of winter have vanished, making this a great time of year for incredible wildlife-watching experiences. India's lush national parks offer prime tiger-spotting opportunities – lookout for flashes of orange between the long grasses. Other residents include elephant, leopard and rhinoceros, making this a perfect location for a springtime safari. Another way to explore the Indian scenery is on a relaxing river cruise along the Ganges. Unwind to the sounds of the rushing current against the sensational backdrop of the rugged Himalayan skyline.

Ecuador

Shake off the winter blues and head to the beautiful beaches of Ecuador. You can choose from five coastal regions – Esmereldas, Manabí, Guayas, Santa Elena, and El Oro. Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Ecuador is renowned for its rich ecosystem of mountains, rainforests, and cities. You can journey by train across the Avenue of the Volcanoes, a vast mountain pass flanked by snow-capped peaks. Join in the Easter celebrations in the capital, Quito, which include the colourful Semana Santa (Holy Week) religious parade and sample a bowl of traditional fanesca which is only served at this time of year. Browse for souvenirs at Otavalo, home to the most important market in the Andes. The Galápagos Islands lie only 1,000 kilometres west into the Pacific Ocean and are the perfect way to round off a trip to this epic country at this time of year.

Chile

Our springtime coincides with South America's autumn, so a visit to Chile at this time of year promises a beautiful burnt orange landscape and less of a tourist buzz. The Winelands, however, is alive with activity as an exciting wine festival programme kicks off across the region, a highlight of which is the Grape Harvest Festival in Curico. If you're looking for an intimate wine-tasting experience, the Casablanca Valley is the perfect place to sample world-famous flavours and explore lush vineyards. For a unique excursion, head to Chile's southern tip to discover Patagonia's glaciers and enchanting mountain vistas.

Jordan

Spring is the perfect time to explore the history and heritage of the enigmatic country of Jordan. A cool breeze will welcome you to the capital Amman which acts as a gateway to visit Umayyad Desert Castles, Jerash and the Azraq Wetland Reserve. Witness the arrival of spring with a hike through Dana Nature Reserve or by heading to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, to float on the mineral-rich waters. Visit the ancient city of Petra and enjoy the thrills of Wadi Rum with amazing stargazing experiences and desert camping at this time of year.

South-east Asia

Spice trails, diverse cultures and deep-rooted spirituality – South-east Asia has everything you need for a spring awakening. The rushing rhythm of the mighty Mekong Delta is an unforgettable experience. Cruise this vast network of rivers, stopping in at lively markets, floating villages and picturesque pagodas. Another hidden gem is Phuket Island, located just off the coast of Malaysia where you can swim in crystal ocean waters, stroll along the smooth sand and hike through enchanting leafy landscapes. Warm weather makes the coastal regions just perfect for a beach getaway. With so many superb destinations, a multi-centred trip is by far the best way to explore.

Oman

Escape to the beaches of Oman before the sweltering summer sun chases you inside. Spring is the ideal time to discover the country’s diverse landscapes from the magnificent Al Hajar mountains to snorkelling in clear waters of the Arabian Sea. A trip to the wadis of Shab or Bani Khalid will reveal Oman at its most beautiful. Visit Jabal Akhdar in the spring for beautiful views and exploring the abundant terraced orchards and rose gardens. Children will love a day to the beach of Ras al Jinz to view the green sea turtles as they begin to nest. 

Seychelles

If you’re planning a spring wedding, there is no better honeymoon destination than the Seychelles. Swathes of white sandy beaches and the sapphire shimmer of the Indian Ocean await. You will find the weather on the archipelago of 115 islands idyllic at this time of year as the northwest monsoon comes to an end. Enjoy clear visibility for diving or snorkelling in the warm waters where you can swim among iridescent corals and shoals of fish. The balmy temperature is perfect for relaxing with a book under the shade of a coco de mer palm leaf. Honeymooners can escape to the exclusive islands of Denis and Desroches., while families can lap up the laid-back culture of Mahé or Praslin described as the Garden of Eden.

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