Home to some of the Med's most breathtaking mountain scenery and a maze of fascinating ancient sites, Cyprus is unquestionably a firm holiday favourite. This dynamic Greek bolthole unites world famous nightlife with laid-back beaches and sleepy fishing villages, from Larnaca's family friendly resort Protaras to infamous clubbing mecca Ayia Napa in the south, or Paphos' pretty marina and historic sites like the Tomb of Kings. Cyprus tends to heat up before the rest of the Med with temperatures as high as 20ºC in March and reaching 25ºC by April - plus the scenery here is at its glorious best during springtime.

Admired for its exciting fusion food, unparalleled shopping on the original Orchard Road and its famous cocktail the Singapore Sling, Singapore offers up a beguiling combination of eastern heritage and thoroughly modern architecture. Sharp contrasts are the order of the day here; wildly vibrant botanicals intermingle with glassy fortress-like malls and stylish bars jostle for space with smoky temples and gardens. If it's retail therapy you're after, you won't find better than Singapore with its enormous consumer temples packed with high-end designer brands and just-released electronics. Singapore is hot all year round but British springtime is when you'll encounter the least rainfall and humidity.

If it's a slice of authentic Spain you're looking for, you could do worse than to set up your beach towel on the delightfully traditional shores of the Costa de la Luz. About as far from the gleaming swagger of its Costa sisters as it gets, this stripe of Spain faces the Atlantic on Spain's most south-westerly stretch of coast and boasts prime spots like six-kilometre-long Barossa Beach and up-and-coming Chilana de la Frontera. Barossa is undoubtedly the diamond in its crown; a six-kilometre sweep of sand that's been more or less left to its own devices - all the better for enjoying spring temperatures of up to 23°C.

A visit to Kos is a vote for sunshine sand and scenery, a coastline that unfurls for over 290 kilometres and a rich century-spanning history. All three are in plentiful supply here. It's an island of two sides; half offers up the nightlife-licked streets of Kardamena and Kos Town with their English pubs and pumping clubs - whilst more low-key resorts like Kefalos and Psalidi offer up ancient ruins, quaint windmills, simple tavernas and golden sandy beaches, all united by a pleasantly relaxed pace. The weather throughout spring tends to average at about 21-24ºC - dreamy conditions for exploring whitewashed villages and pretty hidden bays and coves, without paying the steep prices of those later high season months.

Adventures in Saint Lucia unfurl with a backdrop of near-flawless scenery. Think lush jungles, volcanoes, crystalline waterfalls and sugary white sand beaches framed by the requisite coconut-flecked palm trees. This is a Caribbean destination with much more to its name than sand - though if that's what you're after, it's a good place to start, because the beaches here are really are second to none. The weather here is reliably stunning all year round with temperatures settling at at around 30ºC during most months - visiting in the spring months of March and April mean that you'll be treated to some soothing cool breezes whilst skipping hurricane season - winner all round, we say.

From tranquil beaches to pumping party resorts, Phuket certainly has plenty of strings to its bow. The Thai island's 40-kilometre coastline is blessed with some seriously picture-perfect beaches, some of which often find themselves comparatively crowd free - like Kamala Beach with its unspoilt sands and National Park protected status. At the other end of the spectrum, there's Patong Beach, which offers up a taste of that infamous Thailand nightlife in the noisy form of busy bars and clubs. Visiting in springtime guarantees temperatures of around 32ºC with plenty of sunshine each day, alongside some cool breezes to keep things from boiling over.

Something Different In Spring

Many of the creatures that call the Galápagos Islands their home are found nowhere else in the world. And if that's not reason enough to make these Equadorian islands your next holiday destination, the landscape should be. A little different from your typical tropical paradise, these islands have been compared to the moon with their sparse lunar landscape and volcanic craters - plus their wonderfully diverse ecosystem is one of the world's most fascinating. Visit in spring for calmer waters and the chance to see their famous seal pups.


Or if sitting on a beach all day isn't your idea of a good time, why not consider a cycling holiday? If you choose the right location a cycling holiday can be a great way to take in a lot with a little. France and Italy are both winning choices thanks to short flight times, pretty scenery and pleasant springtime weather. Plus moderate springtime temperatures make great conditions for an active escape - we recommend the route north-west from Beaune into the Ouche Valley in Burgundy for quiet country roads and an adventure through wine country


Speaking of wine; if you prefer guzzling merlot to battling breezy roads by bike, head to either France or Italy for a wine tour. From the picturesque wine roads and castles of Tuscany and Piemonte to the the haute cuisine of Lombardy and the villas of the Veneto, to the sun-dappled vineyards of Burgundy, Bordeaux or the Loire Valley, a wine tour holiday could make a great alternative to your usual sand-and-sea spring break.

Easily one of Britain's most beautiful cities, Bath plays host to some of the nation's most majestic Georgian architecture - alongside some of the world's best-preserved Roman bathhouses. Founded on top of natural springs, it's easy to see why it draws the tourist crowds - but a visit in spring can be a great option if you want to avoid the crowded streets of the summer months, which can feel chaotic. Spring also sees the city welcome many of its famous festivals; visit in early March for the Bath Literature Festival or April for the Bath Comedy Festival, as well as a host of parks blooming jubilantly with colourful flowers.

Everyone knows that Paris is one of the world's most romantic cities - but there's more to the City of Lights than just kissing over croissants. With a host of incredible museums, unmatched vintage shopping on Le Marais, romantic strolls around the Tuileries, big-brand shopping on the Champs Elysees and more historic buildings than you can shake a cafe creme at, Paris is a city that really sells itself. Visiting in spring can be a great way to avoid the crowds without battling the icy temperatures of the winter months - plus prices tend to be much lower for dates in March, April and May, with the potential for great city break deals.

Boasting sky-scraping sights, world-famous museums and some of the best nightlife on the planet, there's a reason why New York is called the city that never sleeps! This trendsetting metropolis is a hub of dining, culture and go-getting energy. So if you think you can take the pace, step right up because this is a holiday destination that provides pretty much everything except boredom. From famous sights like the Empire State Building and the State of Liberty to hipster havens like Brooklyn and the cupcake cafes and cocktail bars of Soho and Greenwich, New York can be especially beguiling in the spring time. Temperatures in summer can be extremely hot and winter very cold, so select the happy medium for a happy holiday.