Well we’ve made it to the end of February and the dark days of winter are almost behind us. The nights are drawing out and I don’t know about you but we’ve got a bit of a spring in our step! It’s time to get off the sofa, shed the knitwear and rediscover the outside world.
Spring is a great time to travel, Easter is just around the corner and there’s lots going on in all our destinations…
Carnival may have ended but Nice is really starting to bloom; the weather is warming up and the skies are blue with daily temperatures reaching a pleasant 15C and rising! Nice is a great city to explore on foot at any time of year but if like us you are still struggling to kick start body and mind post-Christmas why not get on your bike? The city has 125km of cycling lanes and the vélo bleu city bikes can be rented from 175 stations 24 hours a day. Picture yourself cycling along the Promenade des Anglais with the sun on your face and, maybe stopping for a cheeky rosé as a reward? If you prefer some company for your pedal-pushing and want to combine fresh air and exercise with a spot of sightseeing, why not try out a guided 2-wheeled tour?
Whilst we can’t necessarily guarantee blazing sunshine, but it’s still a great time to discover the great outdoors on the Dingle Pensinsula. If you’re still finding your walking mojo then a short walk round Dingle Harbour is a gentle introduction that will still blow the cobwebs away. For more experienced walkers, we love the cliff walks in Ballydavid and over at Sauce Creek. Why not take your time and stop en-route for a picnic? Most of our cottages welcome dogs too, so your furry friends can also enjoy a spot of country living. Most of the boat trips and water sports open up for the season after St Patrick’s Day but hard-core surfers and windsurfers will find plenty of like-minded souls braving the “exhilarating” Atlantic waves in early March!
Cyprus, it’s fair to say does rather win our “spring sunshine” award! Temperatures in coastal regions have already passed 20C and it’s not even March yet! Early spring really is the best time to explore some of the island’s many treasures before the heat of the summer when all you will want to do is lounge on a beach! History buffs will love visiting the Greco-Roman remains and mosaics at Kourion and Paphos or the UNESCO-listed painted Byzantine churches in the mountains. In fact the mountain region is gorgeous at this time of year, all fresh and green and with the almond trees in blossom! Like Nice, all the main resorts in Cyprus offer bike paths and city bike hire or you could join an organised group and tackle a more challenging route through the hills or off-road. If this all sounds a bit like hard work, then my personal recommendation for making the most of the Cyprus spring is to bag a sunny spot in a beach front cafe, sip on an iced frappé and feel ever so slightly smug that friends and family back home are probably looking out onto rain and grey skies!
Because the YNA team is full of the joys of spring, we wanted to spread a little happiness too! Introducing the Spring Fling Super Slotter Saver….find your favourite house, apartment or cottage in Nice, Dingle or Cyprus… check out the dates…and if you find a gap contact us and you could be a Super Slotter Spring Saver!