We were incredibly fortunate in the way that Christmas and New Year fell in 2010, but Easter this year gets even better thanks to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. For one year only we’ll have an extra Bank Holiday on April 29, which means that for the vast majority of us from the 22nd April until the 2nd May there are only three working days!
The Easter Bank Holidays are as follows:
- Good Friday – 22nd April
- Easter Monday – 25th April
- William and Kate’s Wedding – 29th April
- May Day – 2nd May
Canny workers have already booked the ‘in-between’ days off (26th – 28th April). If you are one of these people – or intend to be – make the most of 2011’s bumper bank holiday allowance by booking a trip away.
For warmer climes and lots of relaxation you may want to consider going a little further afield. In the final few days of April, the Caribbean comes to the end of its peak season, meaning you are pretty much guaranteed fine, hot weather. The currency conversion you’ll need will depend on the country you visit so it’s best to check before you leave; however most accept the US Dollar.
Or if you choose to fly the other way – to Thailand or Malaysia perhaps – you’ll be greeted with the same fabulous weather, white sandy beaches and a laid back pace of life. In fact, May is the hottest time of year for this part of the world, so if you love the heat this could be the perfect long haul option for you.
April – May is a fantastic time to do a city break as the weather in Europe is temperate without being too hot and sticky. This way you can explore all the city has to offer in comfortable sunshine, without having to worry too much about the cold, rain or extreme heat. Barcelona is an excellent choice for architecture, art and delicious Spanish cuisine; whilst the streets and parks of Paris are a joy to stroll around in the spring months.
For a more religious experience, why not try Rome? Visit the Vatican City and take part in a Mass ceremony delivered by the Pope himself to crowds in St Peter’s Square. On Good Friday join the torch-lit procession of pilgrims and choirs that leads from the Colosseum to Palatine Hill: truly a once in a lifetime experience in which the atmosphere is electrifying.
On a Budget
The Canary Islands are always a top choice for Easter as they enjoy mild temperatures for this time of year without the long flight. There are numerous offers available to the Canaries on a budget – think self catering in a clean but basic apartment and you’re talking in the region of £290 per adult for a week.