Six of the best spring breaks in rural Europe

Six of the best spring breaks in rural Europe

With the countryside blooming but tourists crowds yet to, spring is the ideal time for a European adventure, from sea kayaking in Sardinia to cycling through the tulips near Amsterdam

Millions of tulips turn the landscape of the Netherlands into a carpet of colour each spring – usually between the beginning of April and mid-May, and particularly between Haarlem and Leiden to the west of Amsterdam. The best way to explore is on a bicycle, along well-kept cycle paths that thread their way through a sea of colour – and with such a flat landscape, it’s not strenuous. The Keukenhof Flower Gardens, to the south-west of Amsterdam, are a highlight, with 32 hectares of gardens planted with tulips, as well as daffodils and hyacinths.
• Book it A four-night, self-guided cycling holiday in early April to mid-May costs from £408pp, including bikes, luggage transfers and B&B. E-bikes can be arranged, flexitreks.com

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Author:
Jane Dunford and Sarah Baxter