Whether you’re planning a break in the sun, city or snow, check out our cracking range of ideas for Easter Holidays.
Easter breaks: with your other half
Why? A slice of paradise beckons in this Indian Ocean idyll where average temperatures hover around 29°C (84°F). Lap up the rays and you’ll return home with a sun-kissed glow that will last you throughout the summer.
What? The three principle islands of this archipelago are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, each boasting a wide selection of 5-star beach resorts that will leave you gasping in delight. Clear waters create a picture postcard setting for divers and snorkellers, while land lubbers can enjoy bird watching, dazzling white beaches and tropical forests. Wildlife lovers should visit the Aldabra atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see giant land tortoises. Around 150,000 of these incredible creatures live here, reputedly five times more than on the Galapagos Islands. If you’re feeling romantic, wow your other half with a private yacht trip to a deserted island.
Easter breaks: with your mates
Why? While snow at most ski resorts in Europe is patchy in April, the high altitude of the Swiss Alps means that snow is rarely in short supply, ensuring that you can still slope off for some late season skiing.
What? Head for the car-free resort of Zermatt, Europe’s highest ski resort, overlooked by the mighty Matterhorn. Featuring a mix of chocolate-box chalets and grand hotels, there is a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget. Thanks to the size of the ski area, there is plenty of terrain to suit all skiers, from beginners to experts. When you tire of skiing, go ice skating, ice climbing, tubing or snowshoeing. Alternatively, consider attractive, snowsure Saas Fee or Grindelwald bristling with lively après-ski restaurants, pubs, and cafés. Grindelwald offers special spring skiing and accommodation packages perfect for coordinating your Easter holiday. With a little bit of everything available, Switzerland ensures an ideal experience for you and all of your mates.
Easter breaks: with tots
Where? Athens, Greece.
Why? The exuberant atmosphere of the Greek capital during Easter will suit the endless energy of young kids while giving parents a vibrant and entertaining cultural experience. Another bonus: average daily temperatures in April are a pleasant 20°C (68°F).
What? A series of flamboyant festivities occurs during “Great Week” from Palm Sunday to Easter Monday. In preparation of the traditional Easter roast, markets in Athens come alive, brimming with delicate meat cuts and freshly made cheeses. Visit the historic market of Psiri where free cheese is offered to kids and homemade wine is available for adults. Kids can marvel at dyed Easter eggs, strewn flower petals and candles lit throughout the city. On Easter Eve, at midnight, church bells toll, fireworks erupt and sirens blare – noise and light saturate every corner of the city. On Easter Day, local Athenians venture into the countryside to craft traditional wreaths out of wild flowers. When Easter is over, you still have Athens to explore, a city endowed with rich ancient treasures.
Easter breaks: with teens
Where? Puerto Rico, USA.
Why? Puerto Rico is a little island with big appeal. Its tropical Caribbean climate, warm waters and diverse geography will suit families looking for anything from adventure to relaxation.
What? The legacy of Spanish rule has manifested itself in the island’s lively music, language, cuisine and architecture. Base yourself in the capital San Juan and visit the old town where an impressive Spanish fortress overlooks sparkling turquoise seas. To really awe your teens, take them to the tropical rainforest of El Yunque, where they can hike endless paths and marvel at exotic plants and birds. Or head for the huge waves at Rincon, on the island’s west coast, which attracts talented surfers year-round. If you plan to relax in luxury, stay at the El Conquistador Resort on the northeast coast. This tropical haven offers a myriad of activities. Teens can slip and slide in the expansive seaside water park, putt around a golf course, enjoy treatments designed specifically for teens at the spa, play tennis, basketball or volleyball, scuba-dive and fish.
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