Easter is the perfect time to escape as a family, the crowds are not as big as in the hectic summer holidays and it’s not too hot for little ones. You can incorporate your traditional Easter traditions into a holiday abroad and see how the rest of the world celebrates! (Just don’t let the Easter egg hunt melt in the sun!)
Lanzarote holidays are popular in the Easter break as the temperature is already around 18C to 20C. During the Easter holidays you will find a number of events, mostly aimed at children, as well as Easter church services that are open to everyone around the island. Playa Blanca in the south of the island hosts craft markets where you can make Easter gifts, second hand markets and live music, and there are children’s parties with bouncy castles and games. In Puerto del Carmen you will find traditional Easter egg hunt, bonnet making and egg decorating competitions.
During Holy Week you will see the solemn processions through the streets with people carrying religious statues in towns all over the island.
Where to Stay
The Blue Sea Kon Tiki Club Apartments are located in the heart of Puerto del Carmen and are the perfect base for exploring the island.
Home to some of the finest chocolate in the world, holidays in Switzerland are perfect for families wanting to try something new during Easter. The milder spring temperatures mean the flowers are in bloom and the mountain countryside is perfect for exploring on hikes, cycling or by canoe.
Easter is celebrated very similarly in Switzerland as in the UK, but you will find Swiss customs such as ‘Zwanzgerle’. This takes place on Easter Monday in Zurich and involves children challenging adults to break their decorated egg with a twenty cent coin. If the adult can’t break the egg then the child keeps the money, but if the adult is successful then the child loses the 20 cents and their egg!
The Lindt chocolate factory in Zurich is a fun and inexpensive activity for families on Easter holidays to Switzerland. Grab a free sample and a free tour of the factory between Wednesday and Friday.
Where to Stay
Families can benefit from an excellent central location in Zurich at the 3* Ruetli Hotel.
Events during Easter week in Tenerife are heavily rooted in religious tradition and are quite a solemn affair, but there are plenty of other light-hearted Easter attractions to experience on your family holidays to Tenerife. The Festival of Crosses celebrates the date on which the town of Los Realejos was founded and is remembered by a local competition of decorated crosses, as well as a famous firework display. Around Easter time the sea temperature averages at around 20C making swimming a great activity for families – older kids will especially enjoy the lively surf at the Playa Jardin beach.
The model village of Pueblo Chico has all the landmarks and towns of the Canary Islands, but in miniature. Pueblo Chico which will entertain both adults and children on Easter holidays, look out for the naughty dog and the peeking Tom!
Where to Stay
Families can benefit from the great value and excellent facilities at the popular 4* Hotel Blue Sea Interpalace. It has a great location in Puerto de la Cruz within easy reach of the spring firework display, Pueblo Chico model village and the Playa Jardin beach.
Majorcans are big on Easter celebrations, with events running throughout the week, known as Semana Santa. It’s a really exciting time to be in Majorca as a visitor and you’ll be able to watch or join in with the festivities, such as the huge Maundy Thursday procession in Palma. Easter Sunday involves a street parade called ‘The Encounter’, with brass bands playing and live doves being released – just don’t forget your camera! On Easter Monday there will be fiestas across the island, with dancing, food and traditional music.
A torch-lit walk in Puerto Pollensa, where the residents’ statue of Christ is carried from the top of Calvari Hill and down 365 steps (one for each day of the year) to the town itself. This takes place on Good Friday.
Where to Stay
The Hotel Illa D’Or is right on the seafront of Puerto Pollensa, in the north of the island, and it dates back to 1929.
Luxor in Egypt is a fantastic place to take in the sights and sounds of the real Egypt. Spring in Egypt is celebrated with an annual public holiday, Sham el-Nessim (translating roughly as ‘the sniffing of the air’). Head out to the countryside to enjoy the springtime air after the Lent period.
To break the fast observed by Christians, special foods are prepared – you will be able to try molokhiya, a stuffed vine leaf dish or salted grey mullet. The time-honoured tradition of swapping painted eggs accompanies the picnicking, and during this time families and friends sit outside and eat together all day long.
As there is so little green space in many of Egypt’s cities, you’ll see many families picnicking down by the river’s edge. Take a traditional Felucca boat up the Nile and see the crowds welcoming spring time to Egypt.
Where to stay
The Sonesta St George sits on the banks of the Nile itself and attractions in Luxor are just a short walk from the hotel – including the Karnak temple.
An Easter holiday is the perfect escape for the family, the weather is warm but not too hot and there is so much to see and do that you will never be bored. From parades to egg decorating and of course, eating chocolate, you can enjoy your own Easter traditions anywhere in the world.