7 Last-Minute Easter Breaks to Consider for the Family
Easter holidays are getting closer day by day. If you’re a parent, you may be considering an Easter break to spend some quality time with the family. The good news is that there are many accessible last-minute Easter breaks to choose from across Europe. Check out our suggested last-minute Easter breaks below for a memorable holiday for the entire family.
1 Algarve, Portugal
A bit of sunshine might be what all the family needs this Easter and the Algrave is often a good shout.
Choose from a variety of family-friendly areas, with regular flights from Ireland to Faro making this an accessible destination. Towns like Albufeira, Vilamoura, Portimao and Alvor are popular with families looking for sun, sea and sand. Then there are the spas, beautiful hikes and walks and many great golf courses to ensure parents get some much-needed R&R.
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2 Donegal, Ireland
If a staycation is on the cards this year then Donegal’s jaw-dropping coastline is sure to be a wonderful experience for all the family. From the tip of Malin head right down to Bundoran town, you will find amazing beaches, inlets and coves. Explore and even take a dip if the weather gets warm enough. Donegal Town is a perfect spot for a four- or five-star hotel break. Within just a few miles you can visit Lough Eske with two hotels along the shoreline if you fancy a bite to eat or a relaxing coffee.
Head further north towards Glenveagh National Park where you can explore the beautiful wilderness of the rugged mountain. Here you will find tumbling waterfalls and oak woodlands via one of the signposted walking trails. Travel north east through the sleepy village of Kilmacrennan to Rathmullan, where you can find spectacular views over Lough Swilly. Buncrana, situated directly across from Rathmullan, is where you can find the annual Amazing Grace festival each Easter. This festival celebrates the dramatic legend of John Newton’s arrival after a violent storm in 1748.
For the ultimate Easter break in Donegal, also see these 8 reasons to visit Donegal in 2018.
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3 Prague, Czech Republic
Consider an Easter break to Prague, one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. Whilst here, make a point of exploring the magical Old Town with ancient alleyways and medieval bars. Prague is home to the world-famous Charles Bridge. You will also find the world’s largest ancient castle, Prague Castle, which is home to the Bohemian Crown Jewels. All the family will be enthralled by the workings of the 15th-Century Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. When the clock strikes upon the hour, you can see the procession of the twelve apostles.
Prague offers a fantastic variety of galleries, museums and theatres to explore and learn new insights about Czech history, art and culture. The Czech National Gallery includes pieces of work from Picasso and Monet. The Czech Museum of Music explores some of the most unique and less popular musical instruments in the world. Municipal House offers impressive exhibitions and shows.
Czech beer is known throughout the world so if your family are above the legal drinking age you could sample a pint in the city’s bars and clubs. Take in a wide selection of the Czech food and drink on a walking tour of the city. Choose from a tantalising line up of schnitzel, goulash, wieners and traditional Kulajda, a creamy Czech soup.
For more European break suggestions, see our 10 European Weekend Breaks to Consider for 2018.
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4 London, England
Easter is a religious featival and in London you can celebrate Good Friday or Easter Monday at one of London’s landmark places of worship: Southwark Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. Here you will find live choral and orchestral music during Holy Week. At St Martin-in-the-Fields Church at Trafalgar Square, the Passion of Jesus is held each year. This is a free performance with over 100 participants. Easter is also widely associated with chocolate and in London you can find an abundance of chocolatiers selling hand-made chocolate Easter eggs. Go one step further with an all-chocolate afternoon tea along Oxford Street. Indulge in Easter-inspired sweets and treats in one of the many cake shops throughout Soho. Plan your own family treasure hunt in Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens or Hyde Park. If you have time, fit in a walking tour of London’s popular sights: the Houses of Parliament, London Eye and the Tower of London.
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5 Newcastle, England
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit different this Easter, then a trip to Newcastle might be just the ticket. A short flight from Dublin, Shannon or Belfast airport will take you to Newcastle in North England. Here you can hire a car for your trip or take advantage of the well-connected public transport for your Easter break. Within Newcastle City you can find Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books. This innovative centre allows kids to immerse themselves in a host of activities and dress up as their favourite book characters. In the surrounding areas, check out the Washington Wetland Centre boasting a range of wildfowl attractions. It is also home to the brick animal trail and a giant Duck Hunt, which is included in the admission price. Beamish Museum will take you back in time, telling the stories of how Easter was celebrated in the 1800s, 1900s and 1940s. At Beamish you will also find an organised Easter Egg Trail to uncover the eggs left behind by the Easter Bunny!
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6 BANSKO, BULGARIA
Proving to be an increasingly popular ski holiday for families, there is still time to spoil your family with a special ski trip. Bansko is considered Bulgaria’s top resort, boasting great slopes and a charming old town centre. With food, drink and lift passes cheaper than many European alternatives, Bansko is a great option for a budget-friendly ski trip with all the gang.
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7 Dublin, Ireland
Younger kids will enjoy the annual Cadbury Easter Hunt for Barnardo’s taking place in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Tickets go on sale online but if you’re not quick enough to hunt some down, you can enjoy the Superheroes Easter Celebration at Malahide Castle. The Ark in Temple Bar is well worth a visit, as this purpose-built cultural centre is a unique exploration of theatre, literature, art, music and film for children aged 2 -12 years old. For something a little more challenging and suitable for teenagers, use all the family’s strengths to escape from the Weescape Dublin. Here you are locked in a room for 60 minutes and, together as a group, you have to solve puzzles, find clues and pass tests of skill to find your way out.
To explore more of what Dublin has to offer on a short break, see our 48-Hour Guide to Dublin.
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