Whether you are seeking a balmy beach holiday, a low-key retreat, or an adventure, Europe has a lot to offer in the spring. The weather is pleasant and you can visit some really beautiful destinations at affordable prices. 

Here are the 11 best places in Europe that you can visit between the months of March to May. These places are sure to impress every type of traveler, including outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, and art-lovers:

1. Elba, Italy

Elba Italy

Elba is one of the little known treasures of the Mediterranean. It is a popular retreat for anyone who is looking for the sea, sand, and the sun. Elba is a small and easily navigable island and is just about 10 kilometers from the Tuscan coast. The island has inviting sandy beaches, dramatic coastal views, and much nature to explore.

2. Annecy, France

It is one of the most captivating cities in France. Annecy is famously known for its lake, romantic spots, winding canals, and colored houses that line the waterways. It also has a museum with a natural history exhibit and regional artifacts like religious art and Alpine furniture.

3. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is the largest city of Slovenia, which is known for the expansive Troli Park, university population, and green spaces. It is easy to get around the city using a traditional riverboat or a bicycle. Also, it is one of the most ideal places to explore natural wonders like the Lake Bled, Skocjan caves, and the Soča River Valley.

4. Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is the oldest Alpine village located on the western shore of Lake Hallstatt. It is well-known for its Hallstatt Salt Mines with a subterranean salt lake. To get familiarized with the history of the place, you can visit the Beinhus (Bone House) and the Cultural Heritage Museum. There are plenty of other things you can do in Hallstatt such as surfing, boating, hiking, visiting the ice caves, and the salt mine.

5. Lausanne, Switzerland

With its beautiful vineyards and medieval architecture, Lausanne is a breathtaking city on the picturesque Lake Geneva. It is popular amongst visitors for its Olympic museum and cathedral. When visiting the city, you can discover the famous Swiss culinary delights, shop-lined streets, winding alleyways, science museums, and more.

6. Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence, is home to magnificent architecture and masterpieces of Renaissance art. Here, you can visit the most iconic sights like Duomo cathedral, the leaning tower of Pisa, as well as the  Cinque Terre town.

7. Nice, France

Nice, France

This Mediterranean city is a worthwhile destination. It has a mild climate year-round and is surrounded by the blue waters of Baie des Anges. Whether strolling in the famous Promenade des Anglais, or walking in quaint cobblestone streets, visitors will be pleased by the ambiance, beauty, and culture of Nice.

8. Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia

Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, has a mild Mediterranean climate. It is home to the famous Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site. Not only that, Split has some offshore islands and extraordinary beaches, which can be a perfect get-away for travel enthusiasts.

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