It has been a long bloody winter, but the days are finally becoming longer and the sun is getting warmer, which got me thinking about the top places that are ideal to visit during spring.
Many are mistaken for thinking that Marrakech is ridiculously hot all year round, given its close proximity to the Sahara. The truth is that winter can actually get quite fresh, but spring is a beautiful time to visit Morocco as it starts to warm-up and the city comes to life again.
The historic Moroccan city of Marrakech definitely, attracts a trendy crowd. The pink-walled Medina, known as the ‘old lady’, is filled to the brim with beautiful chic boutique lodgings (riads) to choose from.
Le Riad Monceau Marrakech
Famous for its markets and plethora of shopping, Marrakech is an absolute delight. Even the non-shoppers will be in awe of the colour, diversity and vibrancy surrounding the souks.
If you are looking for an action-packed, sun-filled & stupidly affordable city weekend away during spring then Lisbon is the pick.
Lisbon seems to be the talk of the town within Europe and the city is reacting with new bars, restaurants, boutiques, clubs, galleries and hotels multiplying at a dizzying rate.
Limao Rooftop Bar at H10 Duque de Loule Hotel
If you are a beach lover, then I would highly recommend renting a car and driving yourself to Portinho da Arrabida (approx. 45-60 minutes from Lisbon), which in my opinion is one of the most stunning beaches in the whole of Portugal.
We actually did the Nicolas Alexander SS18 photo shoot in and around Portinho da Arrabida!
With Fidel Castro no more and a new openness towards America, Cuba seems to be in a period of change.
Havana is the famous capital and according to our friends who are currently holidaying there, it is simply electric! They suggest that the best thing to do in Havana is to spend the days and nights in the streets. The mix of impressive architecture, beautiful bright vintage cars and people everywhere make Havana unique and is what creates its magical energy.
Weather-wise, March and April are the best months to go to Cuba. The days are long and sunny, without being too hot and prices are not to bad given that it is not peak holiday season.
The beautiful beaches along the south coast tend to get the best weather on the island and are definitely worth a visit if you like Carribean pure white sand and turquoise seas.
When we finally get to Cuba I can’t wait to drive around Centro Habana in a pink Cadillac, find a rooftop bar in downtown where the mojitos are flowing and the ceviche is fresh, smoke a cigar and dance the night away under the stars.
The Japanese capital is a pulsating metropolis where old meets new and fashionable meets downright funky! With a wide array of world-class hotels, sleek boutiques, mind-blowing restaurants, art galleries, museums and nightclubs, Tokyo defies belief.
Toyko is a special place to visit during the months of spring as that is cherry-blossom time! It is an extraordinary event that is recognized around the world. The first bloom usually starts around late March in Tokyo, with the rest of Japan following suit in early April.
During this time, Tokyo is a place of celebration and joy with national festivals celebrating the arrival of spring.
With sophisticated new architecture, a vibrant party scene and eclectic boutique places to stay, not to mention its UNESCO World Heritage City of Valletta, Malta has plenty going for it.
Given that tourists seem to flock to Malta as of June, why not visit in spring to ensure you get to enjoy everything this stunning island has to offer.
Oh, and did I mention the beaches aren’t too bad either! Malta is recognised as having some of the best and cleanest (shared first for cleanest) beaches in the Mediterranean. Worthy mentions would include Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha both located on the Northwest coast of Malta and if beach clubs are your thing, then check out Pearl Beach and Baia Club.
South Africa’s southern N2 highway from Cape Town (Western Cape) to Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) is one of the most spectacular coastal drives (about 460 miles) on the planet. Some say it was designed for detours!
The Garden Route section, in particular, deserves special attention, with lagoons, lakes, forests, mountains, beaches and bays all to explore. Other notables include world-famous Jeffreys Bay, then there is Mossel Bay, where you can try sandboarding on 557-foot high Dragon Dune.
For the adrenaline junkies, there is the 709 foot-high Bloukrans Bridge to bungee jump off!
So there you have it, my top picks for a springtime getaway! All of them except maybe Tokyo offers you a good excuse to pack your Nicolas Alexander swimwear and enjoy what will probably be your first swim of 2018!
If this blog inspires you to visit any of the above-mentioned locations in the next few months, please do let us know. Actually, better yet why not send us a photo of you in your Nomad swim short whilst there and we can put it up on the Nicolas Alexander Instagram feed.