The Easter holidays are nearly upon us, but don’t worry if you don’t have anything planned yet as there are an abundance of great destinations that you can book last minute.
From locations packed with history and landmarks to those with sandy beaches and adventure sports, these destinations have something to appeal to all the family.
So if you want to relax and enjoy time away from school and work, or immerse yourself in a cultural hotspot, these are some of the best destinations to visit in the Easter holidays.
With temperatures regularly topping 20°C, the crystal blue Mediterranean waters around the Balearic Islands can be especially tempting during April.
The island is significantly quieter than during the summer months too, meaning it’s a lot easier to get out and explore, especially if you opt for a hire car.
Expect the urban beaches at Palma to have fewer people, while if you want to venture away from the regular tourist trails, you can uncover an island rich in stunning scenery and mystery.
And the best bit? You should still get at least eight hours of sunshine daily!
Another place renowned for early sunshine and warm temperatures, you can expect 25°C on a daily basis in Cyprus throughout April.
Explore the spectacular coastline, laze on the many golden beaches or explore the mountain towns – you won’t be short of options.
If you get a chance, discover the ancient city of Paphos – the European Capital of Culture in 2017 – or venture to Larnaka to try your hand at a wealth of water sports.
Just remember to double check your travel insurance cover if you do intend to take part in extreme sports, as this often an added extra and may not be included as standard.
Another Mediterranean island with a lot to offer is Malta – it’s certainly not just a beach destination.
Alongside temperatures of between 23°C and 25°C, and anything between eight and ten hours of sun, there are a host of cultural landmarks to discover.
The capital Valetta has plenty of narrow streets that are packed with mystery, as well as districts packed full of boutique shops and cafes to discover.
Should you run out of options – which is very unlikely – you can always jump on a boat to the islands of Comino or Gozo.
In the summer, temperatures can be so high in Seville that they’re unbearable. But in April, an average of 25°C is far more manageable.
There’s plenty going on in the city too – one of Spain’s largest Santa Semana (Holy Week) celebrations takes place in Seville each year.
The Museum of Fine Arts of Seville (Museo de Bellas Artes) is home to a comprehensive collection of Spanish art and sculpture while the Alcazar of Seville – a royal palace – provides an insight into the region’s rich and complex history.
If you’re travelling with children, a visit to the Aquapolis waterpark is a must.
The southern-most point of Italy marks the Holy Week in style, with processions in every village, mammoth meals and plenty of tradition.
Of course, the countryside is also in full bloom and the sun regularly shines for up to 10 hours a day which provides the perfect backdrop for taking in all of the celebrations.
If you want to escape to the beach, check out the beautiful golden sands of Sampieri, or immerse yourself in the cities of Palermo or Catania – both have rich histories and are full of museums to explore.
Renowned for being party central at the height of summer, Ibiza is much more family orientated in the early part of the season.
The southern beaches offer golden sands and warm waters, while it’s also a fantastic time to explore the hidden parts of the island that are away from the main tourist regions of San Antonia and Playa d’en Bossa.
Sailing is incredibly popular in April and May, with temperatures again in the region of 25°C. Hiring a 4x4 is a fantastic way to experience the island and to find its many picturesque beaches and villages.
Canada’s largest city says goodbye to the worst of winter in April and Toronto is then home to an abundance of beautiful cherry blossom and new greenery.
The Distillery District packs a real punch, with plenty of independent shops and restaurants, while the Museum of Contemporary Art houses an eclectic mix of provocative artworks that encourage critical thinking and reflection.
Don’t expect temperatures to get much beyond 8°C to 10°C, but do enjoy the sights and take in a city that is pointedly quieter than at the height of summer.
If you want a long haul destination that promises sun and bearable heat (think highs of 30°C, dropping to around 18°C at night) then look no further than Cuba.
It will be dry and sunny, with incredible unspoilt beaches to see at every turn, while the main tourist traffic is long gone.
Havana is an exciting city to explore, and one that is full of history, having first been set up by the Spanish in the 16th century – the Museum of the Revolution, in particular, is worth visiting.
If you head to Dubai in April then it’s likely you’ll experience the Emirate before the temperatures skyrocket too much.
It will still be hot – around 33°C on average – but that’s ideal for splashing around in the waterparks or trying your hand at water sports.
Alternatively, have a go at dirt biking or dune buggying. Or for something more relaxing, wander around the many gigantic shopping malls in search of local crafts and designer goods.
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Date Created: 05/03/2019