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Don't sweat the summer: places that peak in spring

If you’re in the planning stages of your yearly holidays but not quite sure where to go and when, make sure you take into account the climate.

While many destinations are in their prime in midsummer, there are quite a few that become too hot or too busy during the northern hemisphere summer months. But often these places are absolutely perfect in spring.

From California to Japan, these five destinations are all at their most glorious before the summer hits.

The floor of Death Valley coming into bloom with Desert gold Wildflowers, California

The floor of Death Valley coming into bloom with Desert gold Wildflowers, California

Death Valley National Park, California

Known as one of the hottest and driest places on earth, Death Valley in the height of summer is an intense experience. Spring, on the other hand, is a delight. The weather is mild and sunny and, if you’re lucky, you’ll be privy to the Valley’s famous and spectacular spring wildflower displays. Usually peaking in late March to Early April, a carpet of blooming colours covers the desert floor and attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Traditionally-dressed revellers during the Seville Fair, Spain

Traditionally-dressed revellers during the Seville Fair, Spain

Seville, Spain

Spring in Seville not only brings pleasant sunshine but several Easter celebrations. Semana Santa (Holy Week) runs from the 9th to the 15th April 2017 and is one of Spain’s biggest festivals; a spectacle involving processions and flamboyant floats. The following week, another grand event – the Seville Fair – kicks off. Hundreds of tents are set up and locals and tourists gather to feast and admire the parade of traditional horses, carriages, and people dressed in traditional Sevillian attire.

Cherry blossom (sakura) turns Tokyo pale pink come spring, Japan

Cherry blossom (sakura) turns Tokyo pale pink come spring, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Instead of subjecting yourself to a stifling Tokyo summer, visit in spring for blissful weather, cherry blossom, and endless cultural attractions. If you time your trip to coincide with the sakuras (cherry blossoms) blooming, the whole city turns pale pink, with petals drifting through the air to surreally beautiful effect. You’ll also chance upon a wide selection of festivals and events, including Hana Matsuri (Buddha’s birthday), the Daruma Fair at the temple of Jindai-ji, and the clam-digging season, a surprisingly popular activity for families in Japan.

Enjoy typical Tel Aviv sharing food al fresco in spring, Israel

Enjoy typical Tel Aviv sharing food al fresco in spring, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel

As a beach city, Tel Aviv is enjoyable at any time of year but a spring visit is ideal. It’s definitely sunbathing weather but fewer tourists and gentler temperatures make wandering the city’s streets exploring its wealth of gorgeous cafés and small galleries totally do-able. Be sure to check out Rothschild Boulevard, a long and leafy street with lots of great spots to people watch.

Head to the Jardins Majorelles for sensational flora, colours, and spring sunshine, Morocco

Head to the Jardins Majorelles for sensational flora, colours, and spring sunshine, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Midsummer in Marrakech can be a bit much, with hectic souks and fatiguing temperatures. Spring, however, couldn’t be lovelier. The Jardins Majorelles will warm your winter-weary soul – an eye-popping collection of exotic plants covering twelve acres. This botanical treasure was created by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 30s, later owned by French designer Yves Saint Laurent. But the city has many more gardens to explore, plus resplendent royal palaces, ruins, and of course the vibrant main square, Jamaa el Fna.

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