Escape to the city this spring

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Escape to the city this spring

City breaks come into their own in the spring, with long weekends and the promise of sunshine on the horizon. We've chosen some of our favourite European cities, and found some desirable places to stay with homeaway.co.uk

Salzburg, Austria
Barcelona, Spain
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Bruges, Belgium
Nice, France

Salzburg, Austria

Why go?

Whether you're a fan of Mozart or The Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to offer. Visit Mozart's residence on Makart Square or follow Maria's footsteps on The Sound of Music Tour. If visual arts are more your thing, you've got more than 50 museum and galleries to choose from. Be sure to stop for Sachertorte in one of the city's many coffeehouses.

What's the weather like?

Spring throws up some unpredictable weather for Salzburg, but you can expect an average of four hours of sunshine every day. Be prepared for - ahem - changeable weather - you could have summertime temperatures or maybe snow!

Where to stay?

Embrace the rustic charm of this 800-year-old villa (above), just ten minutes from the city centre or couples could stay in a one-bed apartment in an ancient castle right in the heart of the city.

Find more holiday rentals in Salzburg>>>

Barcelona, Spain

Why go?

This vibrant city certainly packs a punch when it comes to things to do. An array of festivals, art, culture, stunning architecture and fantastic food awaits you. One of the delights is that you can cover most of the main sights on foot, whether you're soaking up Gaudi's masterpieces or tracing Picasso's early years, you can cover a lot under your own steam. Indulge in glorious fresh seafood or snack at the plentiful tapas bars.

What's the weather like?

March and April are typically bright and sunny, but you can get overcast days. Average temperatures are between 15 and 17C.

Where to stay?

You can be right in the heart of the action in this in this four-bed apartment which can sleep eight, just one minute's walk from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya.

Or experience the city from a different perspective and stay on a five-bedroomed luxury boat moored moored at Forum Diagonal Mar, just ten minutes from the centre.

Search for holiday rentals in Barcelona>>>

Pilsen, Czech Republic

Why go?

Most famous for its beer, Pilsen lies at the confluence of four rivers, on two strategic trade routes and close to Prague. And if that's not enough to encourage you to visit, it was named European Capital of Culture for 2015 (along with Mons, Belgium).Stroll the streets and admire the architectural gems such as the Gothic St Bartholomew's Cathedral and the Baroque-style Archdeacon's house. Explore medieval underground tunnels or simply soak up the atmosphere in one of the many bars and restaurants.

What's the weather like?

Although you can expect sunshine, be prepared for rain. Average temperatures for March and April are 7.5 to 13C.

Where to stay?


Relax in this pretty two-bedroom holiday home, just two km from the city. There's a covered terrace with outdoor heating so you can make the most of the outdoor space.

Find more property rentals in Pilsen>>>


Bruges, Belgium

Why go?

If chocolate doesn't provide enough incentive to visit this Belgium city, perhaps canals, medieval architecture and fine dining opportunities will. Romantics may wish to visit the "Lake of Love" in the Minnewater Park, while Belgium beer fans may favour the "De Halve Maan" or Crescent Moon brewery tours. Make a canal tour a priority.

What's the weather like?

Bruges may still be a tad chilly for some in early spring, with only a 19% chance of a sunny day. But when they come, they are delicious and the city's charms can still be enjoyed in less clement weather.

Where to stay?


Get the best of both worlds with this large family house with private garden in the inner city. With a maximum capacity of 10, your chocolate-loving friends are sure to adore you!

See more holiday rentals in Bruges>>>

Nice, France

Why go?

With its cosmopolitan Riviera vibe, beaches, boutiques and restaurants, it's easy to understand why Nice remains perennially popular. Stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais, or if you're a cyclist or runner, enjoy it at your own pace. Be sure to visit the Palais Massena to enjoy a close encounter with Napoleon (his death mask at least!) or marvel at the opulence of Jospehine's jewellery.

What's the weather like?

With average daily sunshine reaching 10 hours, Nice is a great place for spring visits. But remember, spring brings showers as well as sunny days, so plan accordingly.

Where to stay?

Stay in the heart of Nice in this bright and airy two-bed apartment within walking distance of the beach. There's a large sunny balcony on which to enjoy morning coffee or perhaps an early evening drink before taking to the Promenade.

More holiday rentals in Nice>>>

A Place In The Sun