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Make the most of the four-day Easter weekend by exploring somewhere new, without having to take any annual leave!
But with so many options, it can be tricky to decide where to go. That’s why we’ve rounded up eight great places to visit for the Easter holidays, some fairly local and others slightly further afield.
So, whether it’s a long weekend for two or a family break away, we’ve got the destination to help put a spring in your step this Easter.
Come to Brussels in springtime to marvel at the Grand Place. The spot, featuring the city’s Unesco-protected central square, is lined with unique eateries and lively cafés. In April, you’ll also be able to witness it covered in a carpet of nearly one million begonias. But the real reason to come to the city over the Easter weekend? To test its reputation as the top cultivator of chocolate… need we say any more.
Don’t fancy flying? Cornwall’s Padstow has all the ingredients for a perfect springtime trip away: sandy beaches, a charming harbour, clifftop walks and great fish and chips. Throw in the scenic cycle path along the Camel Estuary and Rick Stein’s portfolio of hotels and restaurants and you’re onto a winner.
With baroque streetscapes, imperial palaces and a vibrant coffee-house culture, Vienna is one of the top 10 European destinations for travellers. Enjoy Mozart’s piano concertos in the Golden Hall of the Muzikverein, discover the Schönbrunn Palace, or spend your time merely soaking up the atmosphere at Vienna’s three Easter markets.
Copenhagen is the epitome of Scandi cool. Modernist lamps light New Nordic tables and bridges buzz with cycling commuters. With a large Christian population, Denmark takes Easter fairly seriously, and chocolate treats, as well as eggs, are an integral part of this holiday. Make it your mission to sample a traditional “solæg”, an egg hard-boiled in onion water, which makes the yolk turn dark.
Edinburgh is a cultural playground of possibilities, boasting great literature, festivals, art, architecture and food. Journey along the Royal Botanic Gardens Easter trail and sample the delicious chocolate on offer. Or, show off your artistic talents at the Fabergé Family Fun event at the Palace of Holyrood, where you can take part in an Easter egg hunt with a difference. All of this, plus Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Old Town await you.
Portugal’s capital is one of the most beautiful European cities and spring is the best time to explore. At the edge of the Tagus River, Lisbon offers landscapes of picture-postcard views, complete with traditional markets, independent shops, delicious pastries, romantic castles and chic seaside resorts. While you may find some stores closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, there’s a wealth of activities to keep you occupied.
A city where centuries old heritage landmarks blend in with striking 21st century architecture, Norwich is a real culture trip. It’s an inclusive spot, alive with all the sights, local delights and vibrancy of a major city, but with a small town feel, making it easy to navigate on foot. Don’t miss the castle, the local market, Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts and Grosvenor Fish Bar for an Easter lunch that you won’t forget in a hurry!
If egg hunting is top of your list for the Easter break, head to the capital of love, Paris. When the Easter bells ring, you’ll find locals frantically searching for goodies to be the first to fill their basket with indulgent chocolatey ovals. Don’t forget to stop at Notre-Dame and the Sacre-Coeur too, which both hold fantastic springtime celebrations.
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