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Top 5 European Spring Breaks

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Barcelona, Spain

Catalonia’s cool capital bursts into life at this time of year with the annual Feria de Abril de Cataluñya running until May 5th this year. The festival celebrates Andalucian culture with music, flamenco dancing, food and drink and a fairground at the city’s Forum Park.

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Nice, France

The cosmopolitan, chic capital of France’s Cote d’Azur, Nice is a great place to explore. The old town has colourful cobbled streets, galleries and restaurants, while the famous seafront Promenade des Anglais is the place to stroll beside the Med or people-watch from a cafe. You can also head inland to explore the stylish villages of Provence or an hour along the coast to Cannes, which hosts its famous film festival from May 15th to 26th this year.

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Palermo, Sicily

The vibrant Sicilian capital is a treasure trove of palaces, castles and churches and doesn’t get anywhere near as many tourists as Florence or Rome. Stop for an aperitif at one of the cafes along Via della Liberta and watch Sicilian life go by. Don’t miss the amazing fruit markets – at their best at this time of year.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

After the very, very long winter we’ve had Iceland may not be the first place that jumps to mind for a spring break. Reykjavik however has all the elements you could want in a city break with the added advantage of offering some once in a lifetime experiences. From spouting geysers, hot springs and blue lagoons to buzzing nightlife, world class restaurants and countless ­museums we think Iceland’s capital has it all. May is also puffin season so make sure to hop on a boat to the Westmann Islands to see them.

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Florence, Italy

Florence is often described as a living museum and strolling through the Uffizi, the original seat of power of the infamous Medici family, you would have to agree. There really is Renaissance treasure around every corner here but some highlights not to be missed include Uffizi and Accademia, the Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and a sunset stroll over the Ponte Vecchio.

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