Easter Sunday falls on 5th April this year and the Easter holiday can often be the first chance many of us get to have a break. Spring is upon us and with it comes increasing temperatures in UK and Europe, so whether you are looking for a weekend break or long haul adventure, you have come to the right place. Take a look at our guide of where to go for the Easter Holidays.
The magnificent land of Turkish delights is a great option for those travelling with children, or simply looking for a romantic break in the sun. During April, the weather is still mild, with temperatures around the country varying with an average high of 16°C. Although it’s not warm enough for the beach, all-inclusive areas such as Belek, Antalaya and Bodrum, offer fantastic off-peak season deals. Turkey is a country rich in history with so much to see and do. From Canakkale it’s a short boat trip south to the remains of the city of Troy. Alternatively, explore the bazaars of Istanbul, visit a traditional Hamam bath or the outstanding Sultan Ahmed Mosque.
Where to stay: Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort
Morocco is a country filled with ancient treasures and cultural delights you are unlikely to find anywhere else on earth. With daily highs around 25°C throughout the month, beaches are go-to destinations with areas such as Essaouira, El Jadida and Agadir among the most popular. With so much to see, one could spend months in Morocco and still leave treasures unexplored. We advise taking time to see the splendours of Marrakech including the Jemaa El Fna market, Koutoubia Mosque and the beautiful Jardin Majorelle. After a short trip to Marrakech, take the kids on an excursion they will never forget to visit the out of this world Atlas Mountains. The natural wonder is a two hour drive from the capital, however the area is best explored with at least an overnight trip and taking the thrilling 3 hour ascent up the mountains.
Where to stay: Mazagan Beach Resort
If it’s hot, sunny weather you’re after then Florida is the perfect choice this Easter. With daily highs increasing from 27°C to 30°C throughout April, be sure to pack plenty of sun cream. Nicknamed the Sunshine State, Florida has something for the whole family to enjoy. The Key West is located closer to Cuba than to Miami and is the state’s southernmost subtropical paradise with unique history, natural beauty and cultural diversity all waiting to be explored. For family holidays, there is no better place in Florida than the wonderland of Orlando. Here you can enjoy your children’s faces light up at the attractions on offer including Sea World, Universal Studios, Disney World, Wet n’ Wild and many more.
Where to stay: Hyatt Key West
Oman is a great place for a family or adventure holiday with a difference. The country is a gem of the Arab world and regarded as one of the best kept secrets of the Middle East. April is characterised by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with highs increasing from a whopping 32°C to 37°C over the month. If you can withstand the heat, Oman has an abundance of natural beauty. You can trek the remarkable Jebel Shams mountain, take a 4×4 desert safari through Wadi Bani Khalid or lounge on the miles of pristine coastline. This destination is a great choice for those seeking the modern face of Arabia and doing something a little different this Easter.
Where to stay: Six Senses Zighy Bay
This tropical group of islands enjoys a wonderful climate with a constant mild temperature throughout April ranging from 20°C to 23°C and is host to splendid beaches of fine sand. The Canaries consists of the main islands including Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife and a few smaller ones too. Surprisingly, the landscape of each of the major islands is radically different from the others. Other than the abundance of beachfront resorts, the islands are home to looming volcanoes, prehistoric sites, lush pine forests, and miles of pristine Sahara-style sand dunes. This is a perfect choice for those looking for great weather and lots to do close to home.
Where to stay: Royal Garden Villas
April is a glorious time to visit Egypt. The temperatures are hot and sunny with an average of 27°C and the breeze at coastal regions is delightfully refreshing. Famed for its ancient civilisation and illustrious past, this remarkable country has so much to see you’ll wish you could stay there longer. Fantastic all-inclusive packages are to be had at hotspots such as Sharm El Sheik, Makadi Bay, El Gouna and Hurgada while those looking for unforgettable sights should head to Cairo. Here you can see the last standing Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza reaching 139 metres in height and whose construction is still a mystery. The Egyptian Museum holds artefacts taken from the pyramids including possessions of the famous King Tutankhamun and is definitely worth a visit.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheik
Cyprus has seduced and inspired generations of travellers with its rich history and breathtaking landscape. The legendary birthplace of Aphrodite is filled with compelling culture and warm, friendly people. April is the month where Cyprus begins to warm up, so expect some chilly evenings but nice sunny days with highs around 21°C-23°C. We recommend exploring the southern city of Larnaca which has fantastic nightlife with a variety of water front bars to enjoy. Alternatively, the cities of Paphos and Limassol located in the south, are fantastic choices for families looking for sheer relaxation in a beautiful seaside resort. The ancient town of Paphos has lots to see from the long lost Tomb of Kings to Kato Paphos Archaeological Park.
Where to stay: Almyra
Ski enthusiasts will no doubt be hitting the slopes this Easter and where better to enjoy than the valley town ski resort of Les Arcs, France. Historical weather records of the region suggest the area receives a large dose of snowfall during the Easter period, making it a good choice for those looking for the best conditions. This spectacular setting offers amazing panoramas of the surrounding landscapes and is made up of four modern, purpose built resorts; Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950 and Arc 200. There is so much to do here, you’ll never be bored. Mountain biking, glacier walks, helicopter tours and of course, world class slopes to ski on. The ski season finishes on April 25th as the heat increases with average highs around 5°C-7°C. Nightlife here is great with lots of restaurants and bars to chose from. There’s also a range of nightclubs if you still have the energy to party after a day skiing.
Where to stay: Aiguille Grive Chalets Hotel
For those looking for something a little closer to home, there is lots to explore on our very doorstep. UK breaks are becoming increasingly popular and Easter is a stunning time of year to see this beautiful country. The weather is warming up and average highs range between 11°C-13°C. The southern most counties of Cornwall and Devon are where you’ll find the best weather. These beautiful seaside areas are perfect for visiting with the whole family with cosy little cottages, watersports and pub lunches all readily available. This region is one of the most picturesque the country has to offer and are famous for long coastline walks forging lasting childhood memories.
Where to stay: Tolcarne Beach Cabins