April escapes: where to go this Easter
Easter is a popular time of year to go away.
This is largely because it falls nicely between the Christmas break and summer holiday season and many of us need a break to keep us going until summer. Add to that, that most schools have a two-week holiday over the Easter period, which means the whole family can get away too.
This year, due to the way Easter and the May Day Bank Holiday falls, it is possible to turn nine days of annual leave into an 18-day holiday, from Friday 19th April to Monday 6th May.
So where is the best place to go in April? All Things Business spoke to Rob Gower of Dragonfly Traveller and got his recommendations.
For the sun worshipper
Easter isn’t just about the kids. Why not take your loved one away to the Caribbean - a prime destination for romantics? The islands are just great at catering for couples with differing needs and wants, whether that be a beautiful beach, an escape-from-it-all hideaway or somewhere known for its great food. You could even catch a glimpse of the famous swimming pigs in the Bahamas.
Spring continues to blossom in Morocco in April and the days grow steadily warmer, reaching a high of 24°C in Marrakech. When arriving in Marrakesh the first thing you notice are the colours. The ground is a vibrant yellowish orange, and stalls lining the streets are filled with rugs and carpets of the richest reds and oranges as well as fresh fruit and green vegetables. The sky is the most beautiful bluest of blues and the locals dress in bright reds and purples creating a masterpiece of colour and a vibrant and busy scene. In the evening, the main square transforms into the ultimate dining room with food stalls popping up as the sun sets, musicians taking centre stage and tables and chairs filling with locals and tourists alike.
Closer to home
From a romantic getaway in Paris to winter sports in the Alps, France has it all. Nice, the capital of the French Riviera and former sanctuary of Europe’s elite, is also well worth a visit. Wander through the narrow, winding alleyways and explore the restaurants, bars, boutiques and market squares or get lost in a maze of greenery while exploring Nice’s Castle Hill. Other points of interest include the gorgeous coastline, the ruins of the former Château de Nice and the Cascade Dijon waterfall.
Edinburgh has lots to offer at Easter too with the Royal Botanic Gardens, events at Edinburgh Castle and some great exhibitions taking place at the National Museum of Scotland. It may even be possible to take a drive to get in some last-minute skiing if the snow has held on the Highland mountains.
Madeira is one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. It has a mild climate all year round and plenty of nature to explore. It is rich in history, culture and tradition and there is plenty to do including boat trips, a visit to the famous whale museum or, if you’re feeling brave, a toboggan ride.
Disneyland Paris is a far superior experience to any British theme park. It’s bigger and there’s a greater variety of rides which will keep both kids and adults entertained. It has the bonus of being only 40 minutes by train from Paris, so there’s always the possibility of turning it into a double-destination holiday.
Bursting at the seams with majestic mountains and breath-taking beaches, Montenegro is the perfect place for a break away. I recommend staying at the Iberostar Bellevue Hotel, which overlooks the beach and has two swimming pools, along with plenty of entertainment for the little ones. A dream destination for any family looking for some quality time together.
Cyprus is a firm family holiday favourite, thanks to its sandy beaches, turquoise waters and resorts that cater for children and adults alike with their food, entertainment and kids’ clubs. And if you go inland, you’ll find lots of history, sleepy villages, hidden hamlets and the scenic Troodos Mountains.
Rob and Lisa Gower of Dragonfly Traveller work as travel PAs, building bespoke holidays and trips for their customers. Call 01604 661100 or visit www.dragonflytraveller.co.uk to find out more.