The kids are off school for a couple of weeks and the weather’s not looking favourable; no wonder so many families decide to jet off in search of new scenery and experiences over Easter.
So to make that ‘destination decision’ that little bit easier, here’s 9 unique family Easter breaks around the world to choose from…
Spring style in the Spanish capital
If your ideal family Easter break consists of taking in the sights and sounds of a city, why not consider Only YOU Hotel Atocha in Madrid? It’s the hippest new hang out apparently.
The urban-style property is perfectly positioned for visitors wanting to explore the city on foot thanks to its strategic location in the heart of Madrid’s famous Golden Triangle of Art and right next to the spectacular Retiro Park; known as Madrid’s ‘green lung’ and ideal for soaking up the early spring sunshine.
The hotel décor bears the hallmark of prestigious Barcelona-based interior designer Lázaro Rosa Violán, who has created a warm and sophisticated space that blends classic industrial and Mediterranean styles and materials.
Bringing something completely unique to the Spanish capital, guests can enjoy a gastronomic journey through Latin America to Asia and back to Europe with onsite restaurant ‘Trotamundos by Spoonik’, sweet Easter treats at onsite bakery ‘The Bakery by Mama Framboise’ and panoramic views of the city from seventh floor restaurant and terrace ‘YOUniverse’.
Double rooms are priced from £120, including breakfast.
Cherry pick with Wendy Wu Tours this Easter
Japan – one of Asia’s most enthralling countries – is proving to be this year’s hot destination with Joanna Lumley contributing to inspiring travellers to a country full of captivating contrasts.
The Easter period is at the heart of ‘sakura’ or more commonly known as cherry blossom season, where locals and tourists alike gather to view and celebrate the magical scenery around them.
As an example of tour operators, Wendy Wu Tours offers five Japan tours to choose from, including the popular fully-inclusive 13-day Discover Japan, which includes capital Tokyo and its fusion of modernity and tradition, iconic Mount Fuji, the thatched-roof village of Shirakawago, the dramatic Matsumoto Castle, beautiful Kyoto and 10,000 red torri arches of the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Prices start from £5,490 per person for 2018 cherry blossom season including flights and taxes, domestic transport, accommodation, guides and entrance fees.
Find your inner DJ in Tenerife
The new five-star Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is located on Tenerife’s southern coast in Playa Paraiso near Adeje and has been created with the whole family in mind.
With three pools, a saltwater lagoon, three free tiered kids clubs (for kids from six months all the way up to teens), as well as a Rock Spa, Body Rock gym, six restaurants and a beach club, the property offers something for every member of the family.
The hotel’s ‘Sound of your Stay’ music programme allows guests to enjoy a free in-room Fender guitar lesson with headphones and amplifier or become a DJ for the day with mixing equipment including a Traktor Kontrol Z1 controller and laptop that connects to the in-room stereo surround sound systems.
Over the Easter period, families can also experience Easter traditions on the island, including Good Friday processions and Palm Sunday parades.
British Airways Holidays offers seven nights at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife from £749 per person, based on two adults and two children travelling. It includes accommodation with breakfast and flights from Gatwick.
Relaxation and Easter tradition in Fuerteventura
The sun drenched island of Fuerteventura is the closest Canary Island to the African coast and is characterised by sweeping sand dunes and long sandy beaches – ideal for a family Easter break.
Throughout the year, Fuerteventura offers a calendar of enticing events and Easter Week or ‘Semana Santa’ offers the chance to experience age-old traditions with local festivities and customs combining religious and festive events.
The island’s flagship property, Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahіa Real offers a great place for visitors to the island seeking a luxurious base from which to explore. Featuring six restaurants where guests can taste some of the island’s best local gastronomy, an extensive spa and a chill-out beach club and lounge, guests can combine culture and relaxation on a short Easter break.
As an example of prices, four nights in a double room with a sea view at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real costs from £968 per person with Jet2holidays. The price is based on two people sharing and includes private transfers, breakfast and baggage allowance.
‘Viacrucis Acuatico’ on Lake Nicaragua
Every Easter the Nicaraguans celebrate the ‘Viacrucis Acuatico’, an Easter festival that can only be found in the Nicaragua. It features a procession of 40 boats that sail around the islands of Granada on Lake Nicaragua – the largest lake in Central America.
Islanders decorate boats with flowers and images of Jesus and go from island to island to receive symbolic offerings. Every year, hundreds of tourists travel to Lake Nicaragua to celebrate Semana Santa and to admire this exceptional procession.
As an example of prices, a 13-day ‘Highlights of Nicaragua’ tour with Exodus costs from £2,059 per person including flights from the UK, accommodation, local transport, listed activities and some meals.
Discover Heroes, Myths and Legends at the Channel Islands Heritage Festival
The Channel Islands Heritage Festival is an annual event (this year’s runs from 8th April – 10th May and offers a ‘Heroes, Myths and Legends’ theme.
Celebrating the colourful history of this small group of islands in the English Channel, the five-week festival features family-friendly adventures, guided walks, exclusive openings of historical monuments, and themed tours, exploring the heroes, myths and legends that have drawn visitors to their shores for centuries.
Family highlights include the ‘Legends of the Coast’ RIB tour, where visitors discover local folklore, smugglers and pirates at Guernsey’s hidden coves and secret anchorages; ‘Island Explorer’s Treasure Hunt’ around Guernsey where kids can learn about the island’s history; and ‘Coasteering at the Creux Mahie Cave’ for more active and adventurous families.
As an example of prices, Channel Islands Direct offers a family holiday to Guernsey staying at the four-star St Pierre Park Hotel for £999, including four nights’ bed-and-breakfast accommodation in a large family room plus flights from London Gatwick.
Easter provides the perfect opportunity to visit Genoa in northern Italy
The oldest Easter tradition in Genoa dates back to the Middle Ages with the ‘Sepolcri’, where alters of churches and convents are decorated with flowers and fabrics, as well as vases of wheat.
Food also plays an important part in the Easter festivities with Pesqualina (Easter Pie) served during the lead up to Easter in homes and restaurants in Genoa. The pie offers a rich and full flavour made with eggs and shredded artichokes, usually served with a side of Italian salami.
Families should also visit the historic sweet shop, Confetteria Romanengo di Pietro Romanengo, which produces a delicious range of Easter eggs and quaresimali biscuits, which are made especially for Lent.
Accommodation prices start from €161.25 per night during Easter Week at Hotel Melià, while return flights from London Gatwick to Genoa are available from £187 with British Airways.
Holy Week in the Costa Daurada
Easter week in the Costa Daurada sees thousands of people participating in events across the city of Tarragona, with the main event being the Holy Burial Procession of Good Friday, which dates back to the 16th century and has been declared a Festival of National Interest.
The procession takes parts in the upper historic streets of the city with 18 fraternities, brotherhoods, guilds and associations, and around 3,000 people taking part in the parade.
There are also several events in nearby Reus, including the Procession of Silence which takes place on the evening of Maundy Thursday. On this night the streets are kept in darkness and are only illuminated by the torches carried by the parade as it makes its way through the city.
Prices with On The Beach for seven nights at the four-star Mercure Atenea Aventura Hotel in Vila-Seca start from £324 per person including breakfast and flights from London Stansted.