Last-minute Easter breaks for families

27 February 2017

Hoping to escape and make the most of the Easter break? Whether you’d like a week or two in the sun or are hoping to indulge in a city break, read on for last-minute destinations for a family holiday.

Crete

Crete
The beautiful island of Crete has plenty to explore and the weather in spring is mild, so it’s ideal for activities!

What to do here? Build sandcastles on the pretty beaches or hop into the water and try out the various water sports on offer. Discover quaint villages. Hike in the mountains. Visit the famous Minoan archaeological sites (and learn about the Minotaur!) Take a day trip to Spinalonga to explore the fortress. Speak to your Travel Counsellor for more ideas!

Tenerife

Exploring in Tenerife

From beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife to tropical forests and volcanic landscape, Tenerife is an island of contrasts and outstanding natural beauty. The largest of all the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a year-round holiday hotspot if you’re hoping for sunny shores.

The lively tourist resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos in the south west of the island offer stunning beaches, a dizzying array of restaurants and bars, and a very lively nightlife scene.

Further up the coast, you’ll find the sophisticated resort of Costa Adeje with its luxury hotels and designer shopping. Travel Counsellor Angela spent a week with her family at the 5* Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque: "Tenerife is an ideal family destination. We visited Loro Parque, which has grown and grown over the years and keeps getting better! We also did Aqualand instead of Siam Park (the reason for this is it has a Dolphin Show and the slides were smaller)." Angela recommends the hotel and private villas for "any family looking to have a great holiday with relaxation in mind!"

 

Dubai

Dubai Marina

April in Dubai offers warm, sunny weather, with temperatures in the mid-twenties degrees C – perfect for sunseekers! This dazzling city might be glamorous but it’s also family friendly.

The incredible resorts offer activities galore for all ages, the beaches offer bright white sands, and the thrilling water parks to discover include Aquaventure Waterpark and Wild Wadi Waterpark.

 

Mallorca

Palma in Mallorca

Mallorca, or Majorca as it is also known, is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and it’s an island of glowing beaches, lively nightlife, arts and culture, and iconic buildings, including Palma’s Gothic Cathedral and the Banys Arabs bathhouse, the last surviving Moorish building in Palma.

There’s plenty to offer all interests, as each corner of Majorca has its own unique identity, so whether you’re based in Puerto Pollensa, Magaluf, Santa Ponsa or Camp de Mar, there's somewhere to suit your needs.

Travel Counsellor Jenny regularly visits Mallorca with her three children, as her best friends live there: "[On one holiday] we stayed in Cala Ferreira. You could walk down to a few beautiful coves such as Cala Esmerelda (like a perfect postcard). The scenery around here is breathtaking. It's hilly around here but we coped fine with a double buggy. It comes to life in the evening and it's like a paradise for the under 10s. Bungy rockets, trampolines, mini golf, pedalos, night markets and so many lovely restaurants. The hardest thing is keeping the kids moving because they want to stop and do everything!"

Jenny also recommends Puerto Pollensa: "At night the town square is where it's at! Kids play football with makeshift goalposts. Small kids run about chasing each other. Bunting and fairy lights are hung overhead which makes the square feel really magical and inviting. The square is surrounded by probably a dozen restaurants. You can sit and eat tapas, steak and seafood or whatever you fancy while allowing your kids to roam free and you can see them. Amazing!

There are really cool boutiques and ice cream parlours along the Pine Walk. If you walk all the way to the Ila D'or, a well-known luxury hotel, with lots of history, you can reward yourself with the best sangria in Mallorca!"

 

The Algarve

The Algarve in Portugal

The long coastline of The Algarve stretches a huge 100 miles and the landscape is stunning. Here, you’ll find sleepy fishing villages and majestic cliff-faces, sand-swept coves and lush Championship golf courses. As well as the sparkling water of the Atlantic Ocean!

Florida

Theme Park in Florida

April and May are ideal times to visit Florida as the weather is warm but not too hot and humid. So, you can explore both the theme parks and the spectacular natural landscape.

A few ideas for your holiday to Florida? If you’re looking for the great outdoors, try Everglades National Park or Biscayne National Park. Add a laidback coastal vibe to your trip with a journey into the Florida Keys.

And, delight big kids and little ones with trips to the theme parks and water parks! Travel Counsellor Helen stayed at a Disney hotel so she didn't have to hire a car and because she "wanted to use the extra magic hours to minimize queue times!" Helen also said, "The buses from the hotel are very regular and that is what I loved the most about staying in a Disney hotel - it was quick and easy to get around and we felt close to all the parks/waterpark."

Ready to escape on your last-minute Easter break? For more ideas, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor!

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