Where to go on a family holiday this Easter
The kids may just have gone back after February half term, but the Easter holidays are less than a month away for many schools. With two bank holidays giving you some free days out of the office, and the weather improving, Easter is a lovely time to escape as a family.
If you’ve not booked yet, here are five great places to take the brood.
Average temperature: 17C (Crete)
The temperatures on Greece’s largest island, Crete, are starting to increase in April, averaging at around 17C. This makes it a fantastic time to visit if you’d like to avoid the heat and crowds of summer. Similarly, temperatures will be around 17C on Rhodes, 15C on Zakynthos and 14.5C in Corfu.
Crete’s turquoise waters and pink sandy beaches are reason enough to visit this Easter but you can also take the brood to the ancient palace of Knossos to learn more about Minoan civilisation or wander around Chania’s cobbled streets. And on Zakynthos, you can visit Navagio Beach, which has been called one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of sand, wander among Zante Town’s Venetian style pastel-coloured buildings and book a boat ride to the Blue Caves, which are named due to the reflections of the water.
Average temperature: 12C (Istanbul), 15.5C (Antalya), 16C (Fethiye)
If you and your brood are fans of culture-filled city breaks, Istanbul is a lovely place to explore in spring. You’ll be able to sightsee in pleasant temperatures and the tulips in parks will be in full bloom.
The kids will be fascinated by this buzzing city that straddles two continents. On a visit, complement trips to must-see architectural landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque with a couple of hours at the Miniaturk attraction where you’ll all be able to spot mini versions of attractions from Istanbul and Turkey. You could also see the city from a boat on the Bosphorus then treat the kids to a Turkish ice-cream – it’s got a different texture to Italian style ice-cream and ice-cream vendors tend to perform tricks when you buy one.
Or, if beach breaks are more your holiday style, head to Antalya, on the Turkish Riviera, or Fethiye or Oludeniz for spectacular stretches of sand.
Average temperature: 29C
Not many places beat the Maldives for a luxurious beach break with the brood, with their powder-soft sands and turquoise waters perfect for snorkelling. And, 2022 marks the archipelago’s 50th year of welcoming tourists.
Weather wise, April is also the end of the dry season in the Maldives.
The Maldives’ resorts are not just aimed at honeymooners and couples either – many have options for family villas, babysitting services, kids’ clubs, outdoor cinemas, water sports, boat trips and much more.
The Canary Islands
Average temperature: 18C (Tenerife), 20C (Lanzarote)
The Canary Islands’ reliably sunny weather, interesting lunar landscape and fabulous hotels and resorts tempt families back year after year. And, over Easter, you and the kids may also get to see some of the islands’ traditional religious processions.
For a contrast to beach days in Tenerife, you could take a cable car up its volcano, Mount Teide, or head to the charming town of Garachico in the north of the island to wander its cobbled streets and see its volcanic pools.
On Lanzarote, meanwhile, you could treat the kids to a meal that they will be keen to tell their friends about at El Diablo in the Timanfaya National Park, where food is cooked by the heat of a volcano. Or take them to a memorable sight, the pea-coloured Green Lagoon (Charco Verde). And don’t forget to tear yourself away from the beach to visit one of César Manrique’s works, such as Jameos del Agua, which is inside volcanic caves and where you can spot albino crabs.
Average temperature: 27C
If you’re after a glam, fun-filled treat with the brood, Barbados will be a memorable family holiday destination. Weather wise, December to April is Barbados’ dry season, so you should be able to enjoy dreamy beach days over Easter.
With older children, you could snorkel next to turtles, while there are submarine trips available to peek underwater with younger members of your brood too. And, if you can bear to leave the island’s golden sandy beaches, take the kids to explore its capital Bridgetown or head to Animal Flower Cave in the north where you can also swim.
Top tip: This year Ramadan takes place over Easter (2 April-1 May) so be conscious and respectful of this if you visit Turkey or the Maldives.