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The top Northern Hemisphere destinations you should visit this Spring

The top Northern Hemisphere destinations you should visit this Spring

Spring is upon us, and temperatures are getting warmer in the northern hemisphere! Check out our list of where you should be heading this season.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Spain in spring

There are loads to see in Spain at such a gorgeous time of year, but your best bet may be Barcelona. The Catalan city offers a place to enjoy a nice city break, and a long stretch of beach if you want to just take it easy and avoid the hustle and bustle. With the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Campo Nou, numerous bars, restaurants and shopping to keep you busy, this is a city free of boredom.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur Nicaragua during Spring

This Central American country boasts being a surfers’ paradise.  Whether in the north or south you can almost always find great waves and a relaxed atmosphere. San Juan del Sur has the most social vibe, and offers an exciting party scene at night.  If that’s not your thing, only a few streets away from the main strip you’ll find a quieter area to relax.

Montreal, Canada

Hockey is one of Canada’s most popular sports and nowhere more so than in Montreal. Make sure you check out a game while you’re there! ‘Old Montreal’ is also worth a visit to see the Old Port and the Bonsecours Market – which is not actually a market any more, but houses many bars and restaurants. Other places worth visiting are the botanical gardens, the Olympic stadium and the Chinatown district.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in spring

This is the place to go if you are looking for idyllic landscapes.  From the pilgrimage site of Adam’s Peak you can see some truly amazing views. While a safari or delicious local food are recommended, either watching or taking part in a game of cricket is also a must.  You’ll usually find a match in Colombo or Kandy.

Istanbul, Turkey

There is so much history in Istanbul, and you can discover it by visiting the many different museums, mosques and churches. It’s a city that unites the east and west, and has a great feeling about it.  The locals are friendly, although maybe that’s so you’ll buy something from their bazaar stall.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun mexico spring

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Cancun, but if lazing on a beach all day is not your priority what about seeing the Chichen Itza? It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and while it is a bit touristy, it’s definitely worth seeing.  Afterwards you can head back and enjoy the party-like nightlife Cancun has to offer.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur in spring

You can take a lift half-way up the famous  Petronas Towers to the bridge which connects them. While the Chinatown area will keep you busy hoping for bargains and haggling with sellers, be sure not to miss a visit to the Batu Caves, which hosts a huge gold statue waiting to great you. Watch out for the little monkeys that that love stealing your food and belongings!

Rome, Italy

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe to visit, there is an abundance of culture and history to take in here. The Colosseum, Pantheon and Saint Peter’s Cathedral are only a few of the buildings and architecture to experience.  

 

Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.

 

Thanks to Adam Wyles, SBA73, Bruce Thomson, Aidan Jones, Ricardo Diaz, and Luke Ma for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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