With winter a fast fading memory and mother nature bursting into life; Easter is the perfect time to get away. We’ve rounded-up five of the best short breaks from chic city stays to guaranteed Spring sunshine:
Amsterdam in Bloom The capital of the Netherlands is synonymous with flowers and in Spring the city puts on its’ most dazzling display. Hop off the plane and head to nearby Keukenhof gardens where 32 hectares of parkland has been transformed into a giant canvass and painted with 7million bulbs. Back in the city centre weekends are whiled away wandering the cobbled canal-side streets, rummaging around markets and visiting some of the world class museums, including the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.
It’s all Greek It won’t surprise you that the birthplace of Orthodox Christianity takes Easter seriously, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have a good time. The week-long celebrations are acted out in towns and villages across the country including candle-lit processions on Good Friday and communal feasts of roast lamb on Easter Sunday. It’s also a time for local traditions, from firework wars in Chios to post smashing ceremonies in Corfu, which you certainly won’t get back home.
Best of British Stay at home and have a cracking time on a nationwide egg hunt. The National Trust has teamed-up with Cadbury’s and hidden 1.5 million chocolate eggs in some of the country’s most scenic spots. With over 300 egg hunts to choose from there’s bound to be something nearby, just visit the website to sign-up, follow the clues, and receive a chocolate treat as a reward.
Barcelona City Break Barcelona is often feted as Europe’s favourite city break, and it’s easy to see why. The capital of Catalonia really does have something for everyone and boasts a ‘to do’ list that would turn most cities green with envy. Cultural appetites are well catered for with world-class art (Museu Picasso) and architecture (Antoni Gaudí), while foodies can get their fill of fresh seafood and tapas in the city’s adventurous restaurant scene. While Barcelona dozes in the day the city comes alive after dark and doesn’t stop partying until the sun comes up.
Guaranteed Sunshine Forget about Easter altogether and head for warmer weather in Marrakech. Spring is the best time to visit Morocco when meltwater from the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains turns the surrounding countryside into a patchwork of fruit blossoms and wild flowers. Stepping into the walled city of Marrakech is like stepping back in time: the labyrinthine back streets and souks buzz with activity while in the cloistered riads life ticks by at a much slower pace. If it all gets a bit much you can always head to the hills for a hike or some sun-worshipping on the beaches of Essouaira.
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