24th January 2013
Whether you see Easter as a religious festival or simply an opportunity to stock up on those chocolate eggs and enjoy some much-needed relaxation time, it’s possible that you’ll be using this time of year to take a holiday. If so, here are some of the best places to go, whether you would rather stay in the UK this year or are instead considering some of the latest Dover Calais ferry deals.
What about a ‘stay-cation’?
For the perfect rural escape right here at home, consider the beautiful Lake District. The jaw-dropping scenery of this part of the world certainly inspired some of our most celebrated poets, from Wordsworth to Coleridge. You’re sure to be similarly amazed by the hillsides, crags and mountains that attract so many people here each Easter for walking and camping holidays.
Alternatively, if you’re more of a city slicker, you could always spend your Easter weekend in London. You could join in with one of the Easter egg hunts due to take place at Kew Gardens, Cutty Sark and V&A Museum of Childhood, or you could take in one of the many current museum and gallery exhibitions, such as Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern.
Or you could always head abroad...
Of course, you might want to get away from the English drizzle in favour of sunnier climes, such as Egypt or Morocco. It isn’t just the pyramids that enjoy plenty of sand in Egypt, after all, with the country also being home to amazing beaches for sunbathing and water sports. Morocco, too, has no shortage of idyllic beaches, not to mention striking architecture and fabulous food and music. It’s a country that has, at various points in its long history, been occupied by a diverse range of civilizations, and the broad range of styles and influences is very clear.
Spain is another sunny holiday option that is rather closer to home, and where plenty of events will take place over the Easter period. In Malaga, for example, there will be a beautiful procession in honour of the Virgin of the Sorrows, with the long candles of the Nazarenes providing illumination. Meanwhile, in Jerez de la Frontera, one will be able to watch the deeply moving parade through the town of the 31 Easter Brotherhoods, the history of which can be traced back to the 15th century.
France, too, is a popular option for both romance and culture, with the ferry from Dover to Calais being a particularly popular and convenient way of getting there.