It’s not too late to book your last minute Easter or May Bank Holiday break to make the most of the extended weekend.
With places like Costa del Sol, Malta and the Algarve within easy reach of Ireland, booking your spring getaway may be easier than you think. And with guaranteed sunshine, beautiful beaches and a plethora of exciting things to see and do, you can holiday the way you want to.
Gorgeous sandy beaches have earned this southeastern Spanish region the name ‘White Coast’. Located in the province of Alicante, Costa Blanca is home to the bustling cosmopolitan resort of Benidorm (and the popular Levante Beach).
As one of the most popular Costas, here you’ll be spoilt for choice. You’ll find everything from beach watersports, restaurants and great nightlife, to lush green almond trees and orange groves that make the region unique. For a taste of tradition, the port city Dénia still welcomes visitors, offering a blend of old and new. If peace and quiet is on the agenda, the small coastal town of Moraira has unspoilt scenery and villages perfect for exploring.
Boasting over 100 miles of clean, golden beaches, the Algarve is Portugal’s most popular region for holidaymakers. Known for its limestone caves and cliff tops, whitewashed villages, watersports, golf scene and almost year round sunshine, the Algarve has a lot to offer when it comes to family holidays.
Each town offers something different, from the historic architecture found in Silves, to the cosmopolitan area of Villamoura. One of the Algarve’s most popular areas is Albufeira, close to Faro airport. In the popular Old Town you’ll find churches, restaurants, cafés and bars in abundance. But the main attraction is the 25 different beaches that sit along the coastline, including the Blue Flag Praia d’Oura and Praia da Falesia.
COSTA DEL SOL
Stretching from Almeria to Tarifa, some of the most popular resorts in Costa del Sol include Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Marbella. The sunshine coast has around 320 days of sun each year, making it a hit with families looking to spend their holiday in Spain.
Soak up the vibrant nightlife, marinas and charming villages, or just have fun at one of many theme parks and aquariums. There’s plenty to do when it comes to sightseeing, and some of the best tapas bars can be found here too. The region’s 161 kilometre coastline also means you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach hopping.
The largest of Spain’s Balearic islands, Majorca is a real haven for holidaymakers. Beyond the capital of Palma – home to boutique shops, a bustling promenade, and the gothic Palma Cathedral – Majorca offers a whole lot more.
Turquoise waters, sandy coves and fishing villages are among its appeals. Off the coast, Majorca boasts hiking trails through its pine forests for those feeling adventurous! And when it comes to eating out, Majorca is known for an array of stylish café’s, restaurants and bars. Popular seaside resorts include Palmanova in Calvià and the lively town of Santa Ponsa – both near to Magaluf.
Malta has become of the most sought after holiday destinations for those looking for winter sunshine. With an enviable climate, some of the best diving opportunities in the Mediterranean, and a fascinating history, it’s easy to understand why.
Explore historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the city of Valetta, dive into the Blue Lagoon in Comino or simply chill out along the main coastal resorts in Qawra or Bugibba. A family holiday to Malta this Easter will leave you wanting to return!
Just off the north west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are safe bet for a holiday where temperatures average at around 20℃.
The largest of the archipelago, Gran Canaria is a fantastic place to lay back and enjoy the beach scene. But for those wanting to get around on foot, there’s plenty in the way of villages, amusements and picturesque mountains to keep you occupied in the coastal resorts of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles.
Set against the backdrop of the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is one of Turkey’s key resorts in the Mediterranean region. Not only does it boast soaring temperatures for those looking to top up their tan, the yacht harbour and scenic marinas make it one of the prettiest places to visit too.
Often referred to as the Turkish Riviera, adults will appreciate Antalya’s natural beauty and incredible coastline. And with Aqualand sure to be a hit with the kids, there’s something for everyone.