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Looking for a family getaway that won’t leave the kids pining for their computer screens as you drown your sorrows in a sea of chocolate eggs? Dust off the cobwebs and jump into spring with our favourite family Easter escapes.
Break the mould with a European city break
City breaks may generally be your idea of a romantic getaway for two. But some of our most majestic cities can also serve as dream destinations for family holidays as well. If you’re frustrated with trying (and failing) to avoid crowds during peak holiday season, it might be time to just wave the white flag, embrace your fellow man and throw yourself right into the beating heart of some of Europe’s most vibrant cultural capitals. And whilst traipsing around a European city in the middle of summer can leave you hot, cranky and wishing you’d booked a beach holiday, spring is the perfect time to get out and explore.
Rome, Paris and Barcelona are three of the continent’s must-see cities that also pack in plenty for kids. Thrilling historical legends, world-class theme parks, iconic attractions and relaxed, child-friendly attitudes make these areas a breeze to visit, whatever the age of your entourage. Hire a car to see it all on your own schedule.
Get active in Wales
From white water rafting to horse riding, mountain biking and traversing the treetops on high rope courses, Wales is an adrenaline junkie’s dream. There’s something here for every level of outdoor enthusiast and plenty to help you work off that Easter dinner. For something a bit different, check out some of the country’s best beginner family surf locations and sign up for a surf school, suitable for all ages and levels. Although hardened surfers don’t let a little bad weather get in their way, spring is when things really start kicking off – and with great beginners’ breaks all over Wales, there’s no better time to take the plunge.
More of a land-lover than a water nymph? Hire a van and pack up the bikes, camping gear, fishing rods, walking boots and golf clubs – all these activities and more are waiting for you in Wales.
Spring sun in Portugal
If it’s some sun you’re after, the Algarve is the hotspot to hit, boasting an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Spring is a perfect time to visit Southern Portugal, with plenty of chances to make the most of the good weather as well as the area’s many activities, including cycling, windsurfing and golf.
The east coast beaches on the Mediterranean side of the Algarve have the best chance of good beach weather at this time of year, with April highs hovering around the early to mid-20s; a temperature that will feel positively tropical to us winter-beaten Brits fresh off the plane. And with 200 kilometres of coastline just waiting to be explored, it should be easy to escape those Easter crowds. Hire a car in the Algarve and find a spot to call your own.
Dust off your skis in Bankso
Most of our minds may have turned to spring, but at the European snowsports resorts, winter is still in full swing. If you fancy throwing yourself into some real frozen fun after a rainy, windy winter, take yourself off to Bulgaria this Easter for great snowsports at a pinch of the price of their Alpine counterparts.
Bankso is booming at the moment, with the best conditions for winter sports landing right now. Keep an eye on conditions online and grab a last-minute deal to Bulgaria to make the most of the tail end of winter.
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