With the Easter holidays just around the corner it's not too late to book a last minute break for you and the family. The recession is hurting the travel industry as well as the consumers which means, if you can afford to be a little flexible, there are some sensational deals to be found.
Below is our pick of the best Easter holidays out there, here's the top 5 countdown:
5. Majorca, Spain
If you like holidays in Spain with sun, sangria and tapas then Majorca offers all of that, plus a little bit extra on the beautiful Balearic island. The island is usually rammed by the time it hits peak summer season, so a spring break is the perfect chance to see some of the hidden treasures of Majorca.
Take a walk in the hills and explore the rugged landscape outside of the hotels and beaches for which the island is famous. Of course, you can spend time on the beach too, and because its low season there's even a chance of getting a sun lounger!
Palma de Majorca cathedral is well worth a visit for the culture vultures.
4. Cervinia, Italy
If you think you've "done" European skiing but can't afford to get over to the States, then take a look at Cervinia. Often overlooked as skiing country, the Italian Dolomites have some sensational undiscovered resorts which are easily the equal of their French and Austrian counterparts.
Cervinia is hooked on to the back of one of Switzerland's most famous resorts, but is considerably cheaper for skiing. Fancy skiing down the other side of the Olympic Matterhorn? Cervinia holds a 2-kilometre run down the other side of the famous Olympic downhill piste. Skiing holidays are rarely this good value for money, and you get all the bonuses of the sumptuous Italian cuisine as well.
3. Larnaca, Cyprus
Most tourists who take holidays to Cyprus will only know Larnaca for its airport before moving on to other parts of the island. However, Larnaca itself has much to offer, with gorgeous stretches of beach and the wonderful Cypriot weather. Treat yourself to a few KEO beers brewed at nearby Limassol, or an authentic brandy sour as the sun sets in paradise.
2. Crete, Greece
Easter Holidays are all about chocolate. Not so in Crete. If you want to spice your holidays with Greek culture, why not celebrate Easter with the locals? Take advantage of the delicious festive biscuits and lose yourself in the spiritually fulfilling candle-lit processions through the many Orthodox Greek churches.
The summer sun in Crete can be quite strong but an Easter break will be pleasantly warm with refreshing breezes coming in from the sea. For those slightly paler travellers this is an ideal place to enjoy your holidays without worrying about sunburn every 5 minutes.
1. Florida, United States
It's still the best place you can go year-round, but especially if you have young kids then spending the Easter holidays with Mickey Mouse and Co. is a magical dream come true. The Walt Disney World resort is the largest and most successful theme park in the world with very good reason - they know their business and can sprinkle fairy dust on to any family holiday.
Easter is a good time to go to Florida it's less crowded than the peak summer season and the weather is more comfortable for children, especially in the long ride queues. Outside of Disney, the rest of Florida offers some fantastic breaks, with no language barrier and a reasonable exchange rate against the dollar, Florida is the number one place to go for your Easter holidays.
My First Story of Easter By Tim Dowley
An important story beautifully told
The Easter story can be difficult for young children to grasp but the clear and simple text (no more than 25 words per page) of this book, along with the beautiful illustrations, describes the full Easter story in a way that is easy to understand. My 3 year old daughter follows the story avidly and my 20 month old son loves the pictures. It is also printed on such good quality paper (I have the hardback edition) that my son's frequent thumbing has yet to result in any damage! It is a gift every Godparent should give their Godchild.
An Easter Story for Young Children
At last a simple, yet very well illustrated book that tells the Easter Story in a way that young children will be able to understand. The words are simple, yet tell the story in it's entirety
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