Spring travel is often a delightful surprise. When we visited Mérida in western Spain in late April one year, we were charmed to find the city overrun with nesting white storks. Everywhere we turned, we saw stork nests atop the ruins of medieval churches, on the arches of an ancient Roman aqueduct — even on the metal poles for power and telephone lines. Its remarkable Roman ruins make Mérida fascinating at any time, but the springtime colonies of storks add a touch of magic.
In fact, spring tends to bring out the best in any destination. Longer days, golden sunlight, and sudden pops of bright color make any place look great, and the hints of warmer weather to come put everyone in a good mood.