What better way to squeeze in a break than by cleverly using your bank holidays? Easter’s the prime time to take advantage of this, and as it’s just around the corner, now’s your chance to book somewhere brilliant. Plus, when it’s the ultimate excuse to gorge on chocolate, the holiday calories count even less – are we right?
Thinking short holiday or swift city break? We’ve got you well and truly covered. You’ll get the full package with us, which means everything’s nice and easy, and all you’ll have to do is enjoy your time off. To help you choose where to set your sights on, we’ve picked out some favourites. Cue Menorca, Cyprus, Prague, Budapest and Tenerife…
With the convenience of our any duration holidays and earlier flying dates, you can swoop into magical Menorca and uncover its best bits in just a short time. This Balearic beauty shines a light on its past through its historical landmarks and main cities, Ciutadella and Mahón. It’s a place known for its cosy coves and virgin sands too, so if you’re up for a few days in the rays, call off the destination search.
What’s more, Easter marks the start of Semana Santa, the ‘Holy Week’, so there’ll be plenty of festivities and processions on. If chocolate’s not the only thing you want to eat all weekend, why not try the local Mahón cheese? The isle is famed for its Xoriguer gin too! Who’s for a G&T?
Stunning Cyprus is a real winner for a holiday. Between its two major areas, Paphos and Larnaca, you’ll find plenty to fill your long weekend. Any history buffs out there? Paphos’ Tombs of the Kings is an eerie site of cavernous resting places for former royalty and nobility. It’s right by the sea, so the views of rippling waves and swaying palm trees juxtapose the culture interestingly. Just nearby, Paphos Archaeological Park is home to floors and artefacts embellished with well-preserved mosaics.
Once you’ve had your history fix, why not get into the Easter spirit? It’s an important holiday on the orthodox calendar, so meat pies and biscuits are bakery specials after the Lent period. You’ll also come across plenty of seafood and meze restaurants, making ditching the hot cross buns doable for a bit.
Like the idea of somewhere cheerfully cheap but with bags to uncover? Czechout Prague and you won’t be disappointed. This epic city is set across two halves, with the Charles Bridge connecting them. At Easter, there are designated markets in both the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, where you’ll be able to buy hand-painted wooden eggs and sample the local chimney cakes.
Afterwards, get stuck into quirkier sites including the tilted Dancing House and John Lennon Wall. You can’t beat reflecting on the day over a Czech pilsner too.
The Hungarian capital of Budapest boasts brilliance, and then some. While it’s well worth ticking off the main attractions, namely Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and the Parliament Building, the ruin pubs make for edgy nights out after busy days exploring.
From the end of March to the end of April, there’s a real treat in store at Vörösmarty Square – the Easter markets. Unique handicrafts, jewellery, ceramics, toys and more are all on sale there, so make sure you stop by. Wooden eggs and brightly coloured flowers adorn the stalls. It doesn’t get much cuter.
Thanks to the year-round warmth that the Canary Islands can brag about, a cheeky trip to Tenerife is a grand plan for Easter. While a cable car journey up to Mount Teide, day at Siam Park and wine tasting in La Orotava might take your fancy, this isle does Easter in style too.
During Holy Week, role-play events occur in Costa Adeje, while the Magna Procession is held over in La Laguna. Guia De Isora’s floral festival isn’t to be missed either.
Think you’ve got somewhere in mind? You really do have plenty of places to pick from this springtime. So, all that’s left to do is pack your case – and don’t forget to sneak in those Easter eggs…
Posted: 17th Jan 2020.