The best countries to visit over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
Want to make the most of the long jubilee weekend? Tracey Davies finds sizzling
destinations – from Jordan to Florence – that are even better to enjoy in springtime.
Tuscany is sweltering in the summer months, with temperatures hitting the mid-30s, and that is also the busiest time to visit Florence.
Smart culture vultures visit the birthplace of the Renaissance in spring, when it’s a comfortable 22C and the crowds at the Uffizi and Accademia are smaller in number but baby blue skies means plenty of opportunity to drink spritz in the sunshine.
Stay at Palazzo Lorenzo (above), a chichi boutique hotel in a 19th-century palace.
A three-night stay B&B at the Palazzo Lorenzo from June 2 costs £598.
Jordan’s temperatures can reach 38C in the peak of summer, plus that’s when the crowds flock to Petra (pictured) and the Dead Sea.
However, Jordan is stunning in spring when daytime temperatures are an easy 25C with plenty of sunshine and cooler nights. If you can extend your weekend, Intrepid offers the full Jordan experience – from camping under the stars in Wadi Rum to floating in the Dead Sea – with the help of an expert leader.
An eight-day Explore Jordan group trip from May 30 to June 6 starts at £1,005pp.
Visit Halkidiki, Greece, in April, May and June when it’s a clement 23C yet the Aegean Sea is temperate. Stay in the five-star Kassandra Palace next to Kriopigi beach – it’s ideal for exploring the Kassandra peninsula, featuring the ruins of the Temple of Ammon Zeus.
A three-night B&B stay at the from June 2 costs £420.
Summer in Marrakech is a hot and dry affair with the mercury regularly nudging the 40s.
Spring is the best time to go as you can explore the Medina’s dusty souks at a more comfortable 25C.
Also well worth a visit is the new World Storytelling Café, which celebrates Morocco’s rich storytelling heritage. Along with a feast of plant-based dishes, it offers daily performances by narrators from around the world.
Marrakech Riad offers a three-night culture break staying in one of its charming riads in the Medina (above), with private transfers to and from Marrakech Airport, a traditional Moroccan dinner on arrival, a guided walking tour and a trip around the city by horse and carriage.
From £175pp for three nights from June 2 based on two sharing, flights extra.
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