See Europe in Full Bloom

Winter was hideous, it’s been raining here ever since. So it pretty much goes without saying that we all need a little inspiration where the countryside is in full bloom and maybe there are a few fewer clouds in the sky.
Whether walking through Austria’s alpine meadows, cycling past flourishing fields in France, or hiking Tuscany’s endless landscape of poppies and sunflowers, European adventures are sure to have almost everyone excited to stop and smell the roses this Spring.
As the fresh scent of flowers fills the air and temperatures rise, these are Exodus Travel’s favourite spots for watching the best spring colours in full bloom:
Sicily, Italy: Wildflowers
Sicilian wildflowers thrive in rich, fertile volcanic soil fed by the ash and lava from the volatile tantrums of Mt. Etna and other volcanoes. The warm Mediterranean climate encourages flowers almost all year round, but never is the scene finer than in April and May, when the isle is awash with a ribald rush of colour, including orchids.
Best time for flowers: April & May
Castile, Spain: Wildflowers
Encircling the ancient monasteries in a multi-coloured halo, the wildflowers of Castille are innumerable. Small, pretty blooms carpet the meadows with a floral rainbow of vivid reds, pristine whites and sunshine yellows. The river is lined with almond and cherry trees.
Best time for wildflowers: May
Provence, France: Lavender
The unmistakable hue floods Provenceevery year in late June. The fields are laced with ribbons of purple leaving a sweet, soporific scent in the air. Markets are filled with small bundles for sale, and beauty products fragranced with lavender fill the shelves.
Best time for lavender: June
Trins, Austria: Alpine Blooms
The Austrian Tyrol is idyllic in many ways: charming villages with onion-domed churches, verdant meadows, and the beauty of the mountains. But it’s the flowers which take center stage: brilliant yellow crepis, dark blue trumpets of gentians, stunning alpine asters, bright pink alpenrose and of course, edelweiss.
Best time for flowers: June & July
Loire Valley, France: Gardens Galore
A leisurely escape in the Loire Valleyallows you to take it all in at a pace which suits you. It’s up to you how long you dedicate to the manicured grounds of Chateau Chaumont, annual host of the International Garden Festival, or how often you stop passing tiny pretty villages en route.
Best time for flowers: throughout summer
Tuscany, Italy: Poppies & Sunflowers
A sea of beaming yellow stretches towards the sun as you approach beautiful Castiglione. Tuscany is rightly famous for its red waves of poppies bobbing their heads in the breeze, but equally beautiful are the fields of sunflowers that dot the landscape.
Best time for flowers: throughout summer
Mallorca, Spain: Orchids
North-western Mallorca is one of the world’s best kept secrets. This is the islands wild side, and is a sun-drenched haven for plants and botanists alike. However, the crown must go to the many orchids. No fewer than 60 different species grow wild here, including two native kinds, all dotted along the trails.
Best time for orchids: year round
For more information about Exodus Travels trips around the globe, please visit exodustravels.com.
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