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Where to see spring wildflowers in Europe: readers’ travel tips - MW

Victory Tip: Wildflower Paradise, Slovakia
We went to Slovenský raj national park (Slovak paradise) to explore the magnificent canyons of the river, but the first thing that surprised us was the sumptuous spectacle of wild whores and cranes (maple flowers). Lu) and other wild flowers in the forest. Kláštorisko's café, as well as the excellent pancakes, are located in a large meadow. Spišská Nová Ves is the best starting point, about 4.5 hours from Bratislava by train. Tourist information sells great hiking maps. Then take a short bus or take a taxi to Čingov, where Penzión Lesnica, at around 30 euros a night, is right at one of the park entrances.

Petals in the Picos, Spain

Picos de Europa, in the northwest of Spain, is ideal for spring flowers. Orchids in all shades, dark pink and purple gentians, saxifrages, wild daffodils and baby tulips with miles of mountain meadows to satisfy your eyes, while eagles, hawks and circular vultures and woodpeckers follow the rhythm of your steps in the trees. Below, a butterfly that you had never seen before jumping on the road. There are well-guided trips as hard or as easy as you want, there is no other soul in sight. And for a panoramic view, take the Fuente Dé cable car (return 16 €). It will take you on a snow field in the sun. I recommend the beautiful city of Potes as a base. It is the center of Picos with many accommodation options for all tastes.


Almond blossom, Spain

Venture into the foothills of the Pyrenees from the medieval town of Ainsa (one hour from Huesca, buses run every day) to see the almond trees in full bloom. Lots of people go wild on the sidewalk, or you risk falling into the forest. This season is short (until mid-March) but the pine forests, the old monasteries and the mountains have been disappointing. Restaurants are very rare outside of Aínsa, so organize a picnic and enjoy the tranquility. Don Tiet remembers a walk in Muro de Roda, where an old church and a monastery overlook the mountains and the lakes. Follow the cycle path through the valley to Luján to cross many fields of almond blossoms. It is generally sunny and sunny, but the nights are cold. Find out with the free Ztrails app.

Anna Lopez

Botanical double whammy, Portugal

The Sado estuary in Portugal, near Lisbon, offers a delectable double shot of plants. To the south of the estuary is the long sandy peninsula of Tróia, while to the north is the limestone ridge of the Serra da Arrábida. In early spring, the Tróia sand dunes burn with French lavender, snapdragons, rock roses and Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias). In Arrábida, a stroll through the fragrant maya will make you admire with fruit-filled strawberry trees, hidden green shadows, pretty miniature hoop-petticoat daffodils and more orchids than you can shake a stick. The small green ferry from Setúbal to Tróia makes it easy to combine visits to these two special places.

Jamie Males

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