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8 ideas for a last-minute Easter escape

9 April 2022 | Updated 17 March 20235 min read

View of Palma's huge gothic cathedral from a marina filled with boats and yachts on a sunny day

When we say last-minute, we mean it! Whether you can cheekily ask for few extra days off around the Easter bank holidays, or can only travel over the long weekend, we've round up some great last-minute ideas for an Easter getaway.

From seven nights soaking up the sun in Tenerife to a weekend of croissants, café culture and chic fashion in Paris, here’s where to jet off to in the next few weeks.

1. Algarve, Portugal

Drawn to its idyllic beaches and affordable prices, Brits have been flocking to the Algarve since the 60s. If you’re after all-action resorts, Lagos, Vilamoura and Albufeira are the busier, buzzier places to stay. But if you’re looking for something a bit quieter, try Alvor, which is great for cycling and kayaking, or Sagres, a tiny surf town perched on the edge of Europe.

For a completely different vibe, head to the Algarve’s eastern coastline, where high-rise hotels give way to white-washed fishing villages and deserted Atlantic beaches.

Agua Hotels Alvor Jadim

  • Alvor, Algarve, Portugal
  • 2 April 2024
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • From Newcastle

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2. Majorca, Spain

This blissful Balearic is in many respects the ultimate destination for a family package holiday. Not only will you find beach after dazzling beach dotting along its long, craggy coastline, you’ll also get fantastic food and great coastal hiking, too.

When it comes to finding a place to stay, you're spoiled for choice: Alcudia, Cala Bona, Cala Mayor, Cala Millor, Magaluf and Puerto Pollensa are among Majorca’s most popular resorts. Meanwhile, the island’s beautiful capital Palma, famed for its stunning cathedral quarter and excellent tapas, makes for a great day trip from the beach.

Colon Palma

  • Palma De Mallorca, Majorca, Spain
  • 16 April 2024
  • Room Only
  • From Southend

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3. Canary Islands, Spain

Spain’s Canary Islands need no introduction. Whether it's Tenerife or Fuerteventura that takes your fancy, this classic destination easily earns its fans and keeps them coming back year after year.

The best way to get a feel for the iconic archipelago is to island hop. Choose the western islands Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and little El Hierro to cover a lot in a short amount of time. That said, you won’t miss out by staying put on the one island; Lanzarote is a great pick for incredible landscapes, lovely beaches and good prices this Easter.

4. Antalya, Turkey

Antalya holidays are a beach-lovers dream – this is Turkey’s Turquoise Coast after all, and the region more than lives up to its pretty name. Antalya itself is a good base for lots of food and nightlife option. Its pretty marina and the Duden Waterfalls are highlights here.

Other resorts in the region include glitzy Lara Beach, golf-mad Belek, and Side, where ancient Greek and Roman ruins are the main draw for history buffs. The huge Roman amphitheater is a must-see.

Fame Residence Lara & Spa

  • Lara Beach, Antalya Area, Turkey
  • 13 April 2024
  • All Inclusive
  • From Birmingham

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5. Paris, France

Let’s face it, last-minute Easter deals don’t always come cheap, but for a city break that’s worth the splurge, it’s got to be Paris. This perennially popular city has tons to keep you busy, whether you’re keen to shop for oh-so-chic fashion or visit world-famous museums and galleries.

Less obvious options include the Palais de Tokyo modern art gallery and the Museum of Fairground Arts. The latter is an interactive museum full of old-school fairground props and games. French speaking tours run everyday (English pamphlets are available to help you follow along), or a select number of English speaking tours will be running during the summer period.

6. Copenhagen, Denmark

Looking for a laidback city break? Cool Copenhagen ticks the box. Foodies will be kept satisfied in this stylish city – and you don’t even have to fork out at the world-renowned Noma for a taste. Visit gourmet and ‘New Nordic’ restaurants in Vesterbro or hit up the markets at Torvehallerne and Reffen.

For big kids at heart, Tivoli Gardens are a must. The Demon rollercoaster is the headliner at this theme park and entertainment venue; for something more sedate, try the old-school Swing Carousel and Trolley Car.

7. Prague, Czech Republic

It’s easy to be charmed by this historic city. Gothic churches, Baroque buildings and spliced by the Vltava River, Prague is fairytale pretty. Main attractions for first-time visitors include the Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady before Týn in Staré Město (Old Town) and Prague Castle, on the other side of the river.

If you’ve visited Prague before, this is the time to get better acquainted with the city’s craft beer scene. You’ll find bars in and around Old Town but if the weather’s warm, it’s worth heading up to the Letná Park beer garden to enjoy city views with your pint (or two).

8. UK holidays

Overseas travel may be easy again but don’t forget about the humble staycation too quickly! We can bet you still have much to discover close to home, whether that’s in a UK city or out on a walk in the lovely countryside.

Keep costs down by finding free attractions near your destination (there are so many free museums in the UK), or embrace the warmer spring weather on an outdoor adventure. Keep an eye out for those pretty spring blooms!

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