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Where’s the best place you’ve seen Spring?!
Nothing beats the feeling of a spring day: new-born lambs, budding blooms and green shoots. Holiday Lettings suggests five places, from the Norwegian fjords to Belgian woods bursting with bluebells, to fill you with the joys of the season.
See snow melt away on Sognefjorden, Norway
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Strap on your skis to see spring arrive on Sognefjorden, Norway’s largest fjord. At the top of the sparkling hillside you’ll still see blankets of snow, but look down towards the water and you’ll spot luxuriant green orchards surrounded by quaint wooden churches and cute cottages.
For more stunning fjord views, take in the panorama from nearby Urnes Stave Church and admire parts of the building that date back nearly 1000 years. As you head west, you could stop at the evocative open-air Sogn Folkemuseum. Further on, how about treating yourself to a meal at Ciderhuset? This restaurant within a fruit farm uses only organic fruit from its own orchards to make delicious desserts and punchy cider brandies.
Feed new-born lambs in the Yorkshire Dales, UK
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New-born lambs dot the Yorkshire Dales’ flat-peaked hills and lush valleys throughout spring. You can spot them grazing on idyllic village greens or as you hike through the rugged terrain. Alternatively, if you visit a local farm like Hazel Brow Farm in Swaledale, you can feed the lambs or you may even see one being born. Then head to the nearby Wensleydale Creamery to sample creamy sheep’s milk cheese.
There’s so much to do across the Yorkshire Dales. Duck into Ingleborough Caves to marvel at their fantastic limestone formations or gaze up at nearby Ribblehead Viaduct’s awe-inspiring structure. For an excellent sense of the area’s rural heritage, why not stop off at the Grassington Folk Museum? You can also jump aboard the Settle-Carlisle Railway and let the gorgeous scenery roll past.
Tread through bluebells in Hallerbos, Belgium
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Wade very, very carefully through the Hallerbos forest: it’s dubbed the Blue Forest because in springtime it’s home to a vast carpet of bluebells. Sunlight streams through the canopy and turns the pale blue flowers into a bright blue sea that flows out as far as you can see. You can discover more at the museum on the southwestern edge of the forest.
It wouldn’t be a proper trip to nearby Halle without sampling the treats of the Boon Brewery – their specialities include the local favourite Duivels Bier. You can then pamper yourself with a relaxing treatment at the Thermen Tadema spa in the town centre. When you’re done, the quaint main square’s an excellent place to sit in a cosy café or browse the lively market stalls.
Admire budding vines in the Loire Valley, France
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In spring the Loire Valley’s gentle slopes take on a vibrant green hue and the buds in the rolling vineyards start to unfurl. It’s the perfect point to tour a local winery, as the winemakers have more time for tours and tastings now than at harvest time. Domaine de la Noblaie in Chinon or Le Clos du Tue-Boeuf in Touraine are both terrific choices.
You can explore the area’s scenery with a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks or a donkey trek. Architecture fans will love Chartres’ glorious cathedral and pretty cobbled streets in the north of the region and history buffs will be fascinated by stories of the Château de Chenonceau to the south. From its picture-perfect moat to its gorgeous gardens, it’s the stuff of fairy tales.
Spot flocks of migrating birds in Hortobágy, Hungary
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Hungary’s enormous plains dominate the landscape of central-eastern Europe. At its heart, Hortobágy National Park’s grasslands and wetlands attract over 340 species of birds from red-footed falcons to stone curlews. Spring’s an excellent time to visit as it coincides with the spectacular arrival of vast migrating flocks. It’s well worth taking a walk here at daybreak to catch the season’s beautiful birdsong.
In Hortobágy village, the Shepherd Museum’s paints a vivid picture of the area’s agricultural past. While you’re there, you can meet longhorn grey cattle, buffalo and Nonius horses at the Puszta Zoological Gardens. Or drop by the Meggyes Csárda Museum, a tavern dating back to the 1760s that’s now dedicated to former travellers and highwaymen.