Morning everyone, hope you’re all doing well. I want to apologise that this weeks post is a day late, due to unforseen circumstances I spent all morning yesterday at the hospital as I’ve unfortunately been having trouble with my right ankle (which if you’ve read a few of my previous posts you will know is funnily enough the same side that I’m still suffering from Tendonitis in my wrist), and had to wait quite a while for a Doctor to take a look at it, and there was no internet service available to publish today’s post, so again I apologise. Luckily I haven’t broken my foot/ankle but they want me to see a specialist as my bones are very thin and weak, which they find a little concerning as I’m quite young (the doctors words), anyway let’s get on with this weeks blog post…
Ahh, April. With the UK weather usually unable to make up its mind – unless it decides to constantly rain – what better time is there to get away from it all with a well-earned break? Knowing where to travel during Easter can be difficult, especially if you have little ones eager to escape the routine of school and the cold of winter. Perhaps you’re keen to expand your travel horizons beyond Europe or get a nice pre-summer glow. Maybe you simply want to make the most of the Easter break. Whatever your reasons, here are some top holiday destinations where you can escape to…
Spain & Tenerife
With its many archipelagos of picturesque islands only 3-4 hours away, Spain and Tenerife offer up the sun and warmth needed to take the edge off of winter without the long flight that accompanies most beach holidays at Easter. Perfect for families with small children, step off of your short-haul flight to palatial resorts where everyone’s needs are catered for. Spend a leisurely morning playing golf while the little ones learn about Spanish culture, and reunite in the afternoon for hours of fun around the pool.
If you want guaranteed heat at Easter, Dubai is the place to go. When you land after a direct flight, you’ll find yourself transported to an oasis of amazing hotels, incredible pools, delicious food, and beautiful beaches. This is perfect for a family getaway; Dubai has its own theme park, aqua park, water sports, and several luxury hotels with exceptionally well-equipped kids’ clubs. There really is something for the whole family.
The Maldives are idyllic at any time of year but escaping there for a week-long Easter break is the perfect antidote to the cold weather of winter. A notoriously romantic destination, couples will love the remote intimacy the islands offer with lazy days spent lounging on private beaches, snorkeling around coves, and for families looking to reconnect, the Maldives’ worry-free island culture makes it the ideal place to spend quality time together.
Portugal warms up nicely come Easter, with temperatures in the low 20s. With beautiful beaches, coastal fishing villages, and stunning scenery inland, a trip to Portugal won’t disappoint. Whether you want to relax around a pool, play golf or explore the capital Lisbon, this time of year isn’t too hot or cold and allows you to do all of these. Portugal’s Algarve region definitely deserves a spot in a roundup of the best Easter holiday destinations. There are long sandy beaches and whitewashed fishing villages to explore along the coast and excellent hiking and cycling trails further inland. And if you’ve always wanted to learn to surf, this is a great place to do it.
With so much to discover, after holidaying in Mexico you’ll leave feeling like you’ve been there for a month. Spend a week exploring the cultural and historical aspects of its Mayan history before moving to the coast to chill out by the ocean. The diverse range of activities on offer means families will never fall short of ways to entertain their little ones. If you’re looking for an escape for two, spend margarita-soaked evenings reconnecting at secluded haciendas after an afternoon swim in one of the country’s many cenotes.
Temperatures in Sicily reach a respectable 22˚C in Spring, making it warm enough for a sunny holiday in 2022. It’s not too hot to explore the island’s Greek and Roman heritage or stroll around the historic towns of Catania, Palermo, and Syracuse, but definitely warm enough to enjoy breathtaking beaches. Enjoy lazy days with the golden sand and crystal clear waters of beaches such as Scala Dei Turchi and Sampieri. Wherever you stay for your island holiday in the sun, you can watch lavish processions and feast on traditional delicacies such as slow-roasted spring lamb. Find outdoor adventure during the Easter holidays in Sicily by cycling or hiking through the Zingaro Nature Reserve or the magnificent landscape that surrounds Mount Etna.
What better way to escape as a family and celebrate the long Easter holiday than off-grid on a private island in the Seychelles? With a range of private islands scattered amongst the Seychelles, you can choose the level of exclusivity best suited to your needs. On one island, opt for one of just 25 cottages that sit secluded in lush tropical forests rumored to hide buried treasure and a giant tortoise colony roams freely. If you’d rather not share your slice of paradise with others, reserve your own private beach or take over an island exclusively. Take your pick of self-sufficient islands with fully serviced shorefront villas for a complete Crusoe castaway luxury beach holiday.
Perfect alone, paired with one of its neighboring Caribbean islands, or as part of a multi-center holiday that takes in cities and beaches, Antigua’s laid-back culture, secluded beaches, and warm spring temperatures make it prime for relaxing Easter breaks. A far-flung escape for couples and families alike, opt to spend your days lounging by the pool or dining on Michelin-starred food at one of the island’s luxury resorts.
Every child dreams of going to Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios in Orlando and the Easter holidays are the perfect time for making this come true. The resorts will be less crowded and, with temperatures around 28°C, cooler than later in the year. Florida is also made for romantic holidays for two. Laze on the beach in Miami before exploring its Art Deco architecture, go alligator spotting in the Everglades, or horseback riding on a traditional cattle ranch. Pick up a car and take a road trip driving from Miami to Key West, stopping off to explore the islands of the Florida Keys on the way. Be sure to arrive in Key West in time to catch the nightly sunset celebration in Mallory Square.
If you’re looking for an Easter weekend where you can immerse yourself in a totally different culture, consider Morocco’s capital Marrakech. A short flight and lack of time difference mean you can step straight off of the plane and into the commotion of Marrakech life. Stroll around Djemaa el Fna, admiring musicians and acrobats before taking the chance to sample tagines and the famous sweet mint tea. At sunset experience the spectacular views over the Atlas Mountains. Then end the day in the enclave of a traditional riad, or escape the chaos of central Marrakech in a luxury hotel in the surrounding countryside.
One destination that is guaranteed to deliver high spring temperatures for sun holidays in 2022 is the Indonesian island of Bali. Bali truly is a beach lover’s paradise. As well as temperatures in the early thirties, March and April are in the dry season so your days spent sunbathing on the beach or chasing the surf won’t be disrupted by rain. The resort of Canggu is charmingly relaxed, retaining a sense of the real Bali. Ubud does as well, especially if you’re looking for some spiritual revitalization combined with fine dining. It is home to Locavore, one of Asia’s best restaurants. Be sure to take some time out from the beach to explore Bali’s rugged interior with its mountains and volcanic peaks dotted with thousands of hillside temples such as Pura Luhur Batukau.
When it comes to beautiful islands, you’re spoiled for choice in Greece. Each has its own character but maybe the most beautiful is in Crete. By the Easter holidays, it is one of the hottest places in Europe, with temperatures regularly reaching a comfortable 20°C. Malia and Hersonissos have family-friendly beaches with plenty of water activities to keep the kids occupied all day, perfect for a sun holiday. Chania and Agios Nikolaos are charming destinations if you’re looking for romance, while Heraklion, the capital, has its own picturesque but gritty atmosphere. Just outside Heraklion is Knossos, home to the fascinating archaeological remains of Europe’s oldest city. Take time out from the beach on your holiday in the sun by hiring a car and driving through Crete’s spectacular mountain scenery.
If you want to explore, Edinburgh is a great pick for the Easter Holidays. You can take in views of the city with a climb up Arthur’s Seat or tour around Edinburgh Castle. Harry Potter fans can see where JK Rowling wrote her famous books and go on a Hogwarts Express tour, leaving from the city. There’s also whiskey tasting, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the National Museum of Scotland for culture vultures.
The French Alps
While some people might be in search of warmer climes, there’s still snow on the French Alps at Easter, making it the ideal time to have your last dose of skiing or snowboarding. Tignes and Val d’Isere are good resorts to head to for late-season skiing and offer plenty of run options, depending on your ability. Val d’Isere has a large children’s area with a magic carpet ski lift as well as lots of nursery slopes. If you fancy something a bit more challenging, there’s off-piste runs and a glacier to tackle, as well as waterfall climbing and lake diving for those wanting a break from the white stuff.
Elevate your Easter Holidays in an unforgettable experience with your family in the heart of Barcelona. Head to the centre of the city to experience all that Barcelona has to offer. There are more than 15 iconic Barcelona sights and historic landmarks that are walking distance from the Barcelona EDITION hotel, making it the perfect place to visit. Wake up to breakfast included and discover the Chocolate Museum after a stroll through El Born neighborhood.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, travel rules and restrictions can change at the drop of a hat. Therefore, you’ll need to check before you book if and what requirements you’ll be expected to fulfil on arrival. Wherever you book a trip, it’s wise to make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance – to ensure you’re covered for unexpected cancellations, medical expenses, and travel restriction changes.
If your thinking about going on holiday, I hope you found this list helpful. Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and I will see you next Wednesday!