Make the most of the Easter holidays with our five different suggestions for European breaks.
Easter is a great time to get away but deciding where to go can be no yolk - after all, those bank holidays need to be used wisely. Get inspired with our five Easter holiday suggestions below and plan the perfect getaway. It might just save you from getting egg on your face.
1. Chocolate Box City Breaks
We recommend? Bruges, Belgium
Perfect for? City explorers / Chocolate chompers / History yearners
There's no denying it, Easter and chocolate go hand in hand. Chocoholics should head to Bruges and make the Chocolate Museum their first port of call. At any given time of the year, this egg-scellent museum features delicious exhibitions where you can learn all about the production of chocolate accompanied by free samples. Things get extra tempting at Easter with special tastings, seasonally themed treats and even chocolate-sculpture making classes. And yet, this getaway needn't be all about the choc. Bruges is a medieval city filled with unique charm, romantic restaurants and quaint bars. It's perfectly made for a weekend break which is why it's one of our top Easter Holiday ideas.
2. Fun in the Sun
We recommend? The Canary Islands
Perfect for? Party goers / Sun worshipers / Poolside bathers
Leave the chilly winter behind, fast forward past spring and jump into summer with a spot of Easter sun. With temperatures reaching up to 22 degrees Celsius, the Canary Islands are the perfect option if you want warm weather but don't want to go long-haul. There's something for everyone on this idyllic archipelago with lively resorts on Fuerteventura, dramatic views and hiking heaven at the El Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canarian culture at Gran Canaria and charming hill-top white villages on Lanzarote.
3. The Easter Spirit
We recommend? Seville, Spain
Perfect for? City explorers / Culture cravers
Visit Seville over Semana Santa (Easter Week) and get reacquainted with the origins of this springtime festive period. The southern Spanish city celebrates Easter with a jam-packed programme of parades, processions and events honouring the Catholic tradition. Religious devotion, art, colour and music combine in acts to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. It's one of the biggest events in Seville and a huge draw for tourists each year.
We recommend? Borovets, Bulgaria
Perfect for? Snow seekers / Activity lovers / Party goers
April usually heralds the end of the ski season in Europe and an Easter ski break is your last chance to get out on the slopes if you don't want to wait until November. Popular destinations include France, Switzerland and Austria but you can find fantastically cheap deals further afield in Bulgarian resorts such as Borovets. Borovets is the country's oldest ski resort and it's famous for pistes that stretch up to 2600 metres and a lively après ski scene that makes it a winner with the party crowd.
5. Easter Markets
We recommend? Prague, Czech Republic
Perfect for? Culture cravers/ City explorers
Prague is famous for its Easter markets which create a fantastically festive atmosphere and a great opportunity for picking up unique souvenirs. Centred around the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, you'll find stalls manned with Czech ladies in traditional costume selling beautifully made glass and metalware, jewellery, candles, wooden toys and embroidered cloth. Some of the most charming items on sale are painted Easter eggs which you can personalise with a special message for a loved one. The eating is good too with plenty of traditional fare on offer such as spit-roasted ham, tasty barbequed sausages (klobása) and freshly-made Czech cakes and pastries. Stay until the evening and you'll even be entertained by school folk groups and dancers performing at a specially erected stage.