Are you looking for an awesome place to spend your Easter break in Europe? Somewhere that won’t cost a fortune, leaving you plenty of money to spend on the things that matter? Our top 5 awesome places to spend Easter include:
Religious or not, the Easter processions in Seville should be on everyone’s list of ‘things to see before I die’. The highly moving and emotional ‘Semana Santa’ or ‘Holy Week’ processions will make their way through the streets of Seville from 9-16 April, 2017.
Holy Week in Spain is the annual tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ, celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods on the streets of almost every Spanish city during the week of lent.
Thousands of tourists and residents line the streets to catch a glimpse of the processions which tour the city before returning to their parish. Carrying the floats, which weigh over 2,000kg, is a once-in-a-lifetime honour for the costaleros, who practice all year.
The mood at each day’s procession changes from the opening events on Palm Sunday to the sombre ones on Good Friday which depict the crucifixion and the more joyous ones on Easter Sunday to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
Easter processions take place during the day and the evening in Seville. The average daily temperature in April in Seville is 19 degrees Centigrade.
Easter is a great time to visit ‘Gay Paree …’ and although the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees and the Louvre are must-visits if you have never been to the city before, why not get off the beaten track to discover what really gives Paris its ‘je ne sais quoi?’
La campagne a Paris is a perfect place to start. This picturesque part of town, filled with lush greenery and open spaces feels more like the French countryside than the city centre. Some of history’s most famous artists and philanthropists are buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery and a visit, far from being morbid, will give you the chance to admire the ornate and decorative headstones of Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde to name but a few.
Easter weekend in Paris heralds the welcoming of spring and as the church bells ring loud on Good Friday, the locals relax in pavement cafes as the patisseries display delicious pastries and chocolates to celebrate the holidays.
Far and away one of the best places to explore during Easter is Berlin. Quirky yet cutting edge, Berlin offers everything you would expect of a capital city and more. Check out the art galleries, clubs and restaurants in old warehouses and factory buildings.
Culture vultures should immerse themselves in the history of this once divided city with a visit to remnants of the Berlin Wall. Visit the vast beer halls for a stein or 12 and chomp down on currywurst if you are looking for tasty and inexpensive food.
Take a trip to the Schoneberg district where David Bowie once lived in the 70’s or take your time over a hipster brunch in the student hub of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in the east of the city.
The sun-drenched capital of Portugal, Lisbon is famous for its laid-back atmosphere, its golf courses, its cuisine and its haunting fado music.
If you want to chill out at Easter, soak up the sun in one of Lisbon’s many pavement cafes, enjoy the local cuisine and watch the world go by.
Mercado de Ribeira’s food hall is well worth a visit and sells some of Portugal’s finest, fish, vegetables, seafood and meat. The food hall provides around 750 seats. Choose the dishes you want from each different outlet and sit down to enjoy them. Try the ‘Piri-Piri’ chicken, a Portuguese garlic steak sandwich or octopus in its own ink!
If the sun is shining, take the train from Lisbon to Cascais or Estoril for a lounge on the beach.
Amsterdam is a stylish and vibrant city that combines awesome nightlife with cultural attractions throughout the city. Easter is a great time to visit as the weather starts to warm up and many of the attractions are relatively uncrowded. Visit the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Enjoy the canals, the colourful flower markets and the Amsterdam tulips.
While most visitors stick to the Museum Quarter and the south of Central Station, stroll around the Canal Ring and Jordaan for a real taste of authentic Amsterdam.
If you are looking to book a city break at Easter, why not book room swap or room stay accommodation in Amsterdam, Seville, Lisbon, Berlin or Paris and save a fortune on expensive hotel room accommodation?