As the first buds of spring begin to unfurl and the last traces of bleak midwinter are dispelled by the brighter and warmer mornings, thoughts of short breaks away tend to stir in our minds, but the wait until the planned summer holiday can seem like a long and arduous stretch. With spring comes the opportunity to escape with a loved one and, whether you’re looking for a romantic rural retreat at home or an inspiring and adventurous break overseas, there are plenty of choices for a memorable spring getaway.
One of England’s most distinctive and scenic regions, the Cotswolds is a favourite destination for couples seeking a tranquil spring break where they really can reconnect and enjoy each other’s company. The expansive area, which stretches from the wildflower meadows along the banks of the River Thames to the Cotswold Edge escarpment overlooking the Severn Valley, is a place of immense beauty and relaxation, where an afternoon can be whiled away wandering the timeless streets of ancient villages, distinctive for their golden Jurassic limestone houses, narrow streets and medieval churches. Bourton-on-the-Water, the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds with its iconic low bridges which straddle the gentle River Windrush, is not only unmissable but a free day out that is sure to linger in the memory.
Only 35 minutes by air from southern airports, the tiny island of Jersey is the perfect destination for a spring break for a couple of any age. Only here can you savour a truly continental atmosphere yet feel reassured by the familiarity of home. From ancient castles to peaceful walks amid scenic countryside – or even adrenalin-pumping water sports along the stunning coastline – there’s something for every couple to enjoy together in one of Britain’s sunniest destinations. With a comprehensive range of hotels, guest houses and apartments to suit every budget, you can be sure of finding accommodation to meet your every need, while a proliferation of restaurants are sure to capture your imagination.
With the Mediterranean heat reaching near unbearable proportions in summer, the island of Malta is more ideally suited for a spring break, boasting a climate that is agreeably warm with a low likelihood of rainfall. Couples visiting the island will appreciate the familiar road system, although the comprehensive bus network means most parts of the island are easily reached. With the warmest seas in Europe, a selection of World Heritage sites to explore (including the stunning capital city Valletta), a bustling nightlife and boat trips to take you along the stunning coastline of the archipelago, Malta is a spring break destination at the gateway to Africa, with all the trappings of the former British colonial lifestyle.
Whether you’re heading to a spring short break destination at home or exploring an unfamiliar location abroad, purchasing comprehensive Direct travel insurance will protect you from the unexpected and help to keep you and your partner safe in the event of unforeseen problems. Then you can head off on a magical short break relaxed in the knowledge that you’ll be looked after at all stages of your trip.