Easter signifies two grand occasions. Beside the chocolate bunnies and week off work, the weather usually turns around and starts to bring a whiff of summer. However good weather is not always guaranteed on the shores of the Ol’ Blighty so our next best bet would be make good use of our leave, pack up and head to one of the following sunny beach destinations.
Amongst the most visited destinations in Europe, Tenerife is home to anything you might be asking of your Easter break. Spend a day or more relaxing by one of its golden sandy beaches while getting your tan on, or visit the highest mountain of Spain, Mt Teide and the immense natural park surrounding it. Bring a little culture to your holidays in Tenerife as well by venturing into town and witnessing the colourful celebrations and processions the locals organise to honour the holy week.
Another Canarian favourite, the charming Gran Canaria is a great place to be during Easter. The weather is warm all year round and its beaches and temperament make it one of the best all year destinations. Couple that with great all inclusive deals and a multitude of settings to choose from and you have an apparent winner. In case you want to brush up on your watersports skills, the winds are in your favour more than ever. Make good use of your beach holidays in Gran Canaria to practice a wide array of board sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing and plain good old surfing.
Nicknamed as the ‘Floating Garden’, Madeira is a part of Portugal that sometimes tends to be overlooked. Due to its unique geographical position, Madeira is host to good weather for the better part of the year and even more so close to Easter. Beside that however, take your time to explore the island during your holidays in Madeira and you will certainly be amazed at its spectacular natural beauty. Hike or cycle around the mountains and jump in the water while taking in the amazing surroundings that his island has to offer.
Long between the favourite destinations for Europeans of all ages and nationalities, Crete is a wonderful island full of places to explore. Witness the sheer beauty of Balos or Elafonisi or hike in the Samaria gorge for a day full of adventure. Orthodox Easter might not coincide with the catholic tradition as it is later during the month of April. However, if you are to have your holidays in Crete then, you will be amazed by the vividness of the processions and the large feasts held traditionally throughout the island.
Sunny Cyprus is a great destination throughout the year as its magnificent beaches, vivid nightlife and laidback temperament will also confirm. Book a holiday to Cyprus and relax with a full week under the sun while you leave the busyness and bad weather behind. The amazing array of archeological sites, museums and castles will keep you well engaged during your time there and in case that you decide to visit during the latter part of April, be prepared to enjoy the celebrations and food more than ever.