BEST EASTER ESCAPES 2017
We’ve rounded up the best Easter escapes in 2017 that we're sure will put a spring in your step – where the skies are blue from March onwards and there's lots to keep you occupied. Whether it’s shopping, seafronts or sights you’re after, we’ve got your dream destination covered – the only hunting you’ll have to do is for your bucket and spade!
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FOR CITY BREAK LOVERS IN SEARCH OF SUNSHINE
Blush city walls, colourful desert sands and sweet-smelling souks are what make Marrakech holidays so enchanting. This vibrant city boasts an effortless blend of Middle Eastern and modern charm, making it the perfect destination for couples that like a taste of tradition on their travels. The streets are abuzz with activity day and night but most of the action can be found in the medina. Jemaa el-Fna market is a must-visit for its variety of spice, jewellery and fabric stalls or if you prefer things at a slower-pace, explore the city’s natural beauty in Ourika Valley or marvel over Jardin Majorelle. With toasty temperatures of 27°C, it's a superb destination to escape for a splash of sun! Discover more of the city's charms and don't miss the top 8 things to do in Marrakech this Easter.
If sandy beaches, scenic countryside and seaside towns take your fancy, Crete holidays will make a cracking escape. With highs of 20°C in spring, this short haul gem is a great choice for couples who want a leisurely break spent under blue skies, wandering town squares and achilling by the pool. Easter is one of the most important days in the Greek calendar - a religous festival starts on Clean Monday (similar to our Shrove Tuesday) whereby orthodox Greeks exclude meat and fish from their diet for 49 days. The island's churches are decorated with beautiful, blooming flowers and you'll find all the chocolate eggs and traditional treats you could wish for! This diverse resort has a myriad of attractions, so you cane explore the chic cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos and the history behind Heraklion, too. If you want to wander colourful towns and bask on blissful beaches with your loved one, why not pick from the top relaxing holiday destinations for ultimate R&R.
CALA D'OR, MAJORCA
FOR BALMY BEACH LOVERS
The largest of the Balearic Islands promises blue skies and golden beaches for ealry spring getaways. Its candy-coloured towns and lively nightlife are just a few of the major draws, not to mention the fantastic variety of family-friendly resorts including Cala D’Or. This chic spot on Majorca’s south-eastern coast serves up the finest Blue Flag beaches with glittering blue seas, plentiful boat tours and watersports galore – but if you do need a break from the beach the buzzing capital of Palma is within easy day tripping distance. On Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) Palma holds its La Sang procession, whereby a representation of the crucified Christ is carried through the streets, before colourful parades dance through the town once evening falls - don't leave without eating in one of the city's buzzing tapas bars!
Read our ultimate Balearic guide and check out the top things to do in Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca.
THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
FOR FUN-LOVING FAMILY HOLIDAYS
Famed for its super-sized golden sands, delicious seafood, supreme surf and fun-loving activities – it’s no wonder visitors flock to this fantastic region for blissful beach holidays. With highs of up to 23°C in spring you can really soak up the sunshine. Algarve holiday deals are popular thanks to the region's great towns and amazing beaches - and the waterparks! Albufeira’s cobbled town, alfresco restaurants and lively centre lead the pack when it comes to all-round entertainment, while the idyllic fishing town of Lagos offers a more traditional taste. At Easter, celebrations in Portugal always include 'folar' - a sweet or savoury bread that comes with an egg in the middle to represent the rebirth and resurrection of Christ, so be sure to try some before you leave.
If you want to make the most of your Portugal holidays, we've rounded up the top 8 things to see and do in the Algarve.
FOR LONG HAUL LUXURY
Why not use your time off to journey to the tropical white sands of Cancun? Powder-soft beaches, fab shopping malls and awe-inspiring Mayan ruins await you in this beautiful long haul paradise. Spring is a great time to visit - and if you want to party do some research into when the iconic spring break weeks fall and check out our the top things to do in Cancun.
Bordering the Caribbean Sea on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun holidays are a haven for sun-worshippers who want to relax on soft sands, soak up ancient sights and revel in the superb nightlife - and with sizzling temperatures of 32°C April’s the perfect time to visit.
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FOR CULTURE BY THE COAST
This wonderful walled city is steeped in history but its modern side sees medieval buildings and crumbling churches rub shoulders with sandy coves, stylish bars and chic boutiques, too. Beach lovers can take a break from the vibrant town and sink their toes into the sands of Banje Beach, with a sheltered area for sunbathing, seafront shops and bars and watersports aplenty. During Easter, Dubrovnik holidays bring warm, sunny temperatures without the scorching heat of high season - so it's a perfect time to wander around the UNESCO-listed old town and admire the city’s remnants. Soak up a little sea air and hop on a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. Croatia has a variety of traditions when it comes to celebrating Easter, from heading to the streets to sing ancient hyms to decorated olive branches, brightly coloured eggs (known as Pisanice) and blessed breakfast baskets of meats and bread.
FOR LAZY DAYS & LIVELY NIGHTS
This peaceful Ionian island is one of the prettiest in Greece and in spring it really comes into its own. Enjoy the island without the crowds and explore the lush green hills, rugged mountains and olive groves and see for yourself why Corfu is nicknamed the ‘Emerald Isle'. From low-key towns to lively beach resorts, Corfu holidays are great fun and with great spring temepratures it's a cracking choice for a week off.
Spend lazy afternoons on the Blue Flag Glyfada beach, a sporty stretch with activities including jet-skiing, surfing, sea-biking and more, or soak up some culture and head into Corfu Town. Feast on home-cooked food in a family-run taverna before livening things up in Kassiopi – or if you’re feeling adventurous – party-hard in Kavos!
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