Where to See the Wildflowers in Europe

In honor of chasing away those last vestiges of the cold, dark winter, leading adventure tour operator Exodus Travels offers springtime adventures to watch the world come alive with brilliant color. 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 any traveler 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 favorite spots for watching the best spring colors take 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 color, including orchids.
Best time for flowers: April & May


Castile, Spain: Wildflowers
Encircling the ancient monasteries in a multi-colored 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 Provence every 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 Valley allows 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
Northwestern 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

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