Easter Holiday Ideas
Countdown to the Easter holidays in on, so it's decision time when it comes to booking an Easter break.
World Reviewer has some suggestions, whether you're after a classic springtime break, a traditional Easter celebration or something outdoorsy now that the weather is starting to improve (fingers crossed!).
Paris in the springtime is worthy of a song – it could be because many of Paris's epic landmarks are surrounded by gardens that benefit from new spring blooms, it could be because it's a city of outdoor cafes and promenading best done in the sunshine, or it could be that Parisian spring means Parisian spring fashions.
There's no song for New York in the springtime, but that's probably just an oversight by the writers of popular songs: this is another city that benefits from fresh blooms, fresh sunshine and fresh fashion. There's no better time to stroll in Central Park or attend a service at St Patrick's Cathedral but this is also the right time to visit for the Tribeca Film Festival and of course the fun Fifth Avenue spectacle of the Easter Parade.
Naples isn't exactly a classic springtime destination but at the bottom of Italy it's the first place to get the sunshine, and is renowned for the quality of its gelato – think of it as a summer appetiser. Easter is also a good time to visit popular destinations like Corfu, Madrid and Rome - Easter is pre-season for the summer tourist crowds, but the cities are decked out in their Easter garb.
In the UK the seaside towns are a natural choice for an Easter Break. Classic seaside resort Brighton adds the Komedia Festival to its list of charms (that include the pier, the pebbly beach, and the chic, trendy shopping lanes.), and less chic Margate value adds with the Easter Beer Festival.
Traditional Easter Events:
Valencia is not only starting to get sunny and warm around Easter, it also hosts Las Fallas - the Spanish have a thing for mixing raging parties with patron saints, and in this case they like to do a bit of effigy burning and parading of giant puppets at the same time. Equally sunny Seville competes for your attention with the Feria de April: a Spanish whirlwind of flamenco, sherry and fairground fun, while São Brás de Alportel in the Algarve celebrates Easter by strewing the streets leading up to the church with a floral carpet. More aloof Prague hosts a more familiar sounding traditional event, the Prague Easter Markets.
If you have the time and money to travel a bit further, Easter is a surprisingly well celebrated time in Peru where it's Semana Santa (Peru's Holy Week). Small communities, like Ayacucho located high in the Andes, hold celebrations that involve the whole town – there's re-enactments of biblical stories, parades, markets, parties and daily church services – supposedly there's a window for sinful behaviour in the days between Christ's death and his resurrection, then on Easter Sunday there's fireworks and additional singing and dancing as he comes back to watch over everything.
Jamaica is another destination where Easter is surprisingly popular - there they celebrate with the Jamaica Easter Festival which is a bit like Carnival but with more religious connotations and more soco and calypso sounds.
The UK's National Trust, which looks after many heritage buildings, runs a special Easter program to help entertain the kids through the hours of admiring ancient architecture and old furniture. The highlight for many kids will the the Easter Egg Trail.
Outdoors at Easter now the weather has broken:
If you're looking forward to getting outside in the revitalising spring air, or if you have kids who'll bounce off the walls if not properly exercised then the Vienna to Prague cycleways, a walk along a section of the Hadrian's Wall Walking Trail or a slightly out of season visit to Chamonix is just the thing to brush the cobwebs away. Baeza, in Andalucia is another excellent outdoorsy choice, and they have a big Easter festival.
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