We all want to make the most of our Easter break in 2015, and what better way to enjoy it than to pop off somewhere wonderful. Nothing says fun and spontaneity than a short getaway in the spring.
A short weekend break or a 2 or 3 night city break would be just the ticket this Easter.
Still the most popular Easter City Break, Paris is the city of culture, gastronomy and beauty. It is famous for its pavement cafes, galleries and restaurants. There is so much to see and do in Paris this Easter.
What better way to while away a few hours strolling through the winding streets and grand boulevards of Paris, passing quintessential bakeries, markets and the ever popular boutiques.
Paris has lovely museums and world class galleries to visit, including The Louvre and Musee d’Orsay.
Exceptional food and drink are always a minute away, whether it be a coffee and croissant at a pavement café, or a fine dining experience. The choice and variety in Paris is unsurpassed.
Another popular Easter City Break, Amsterdam is a great place to explore on a short stay. There is plenty to do and see and is small enough to walk or cycle just about anywhere. It has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, but without all the hustle and bustle of a large metropolis.
With its gabled buildings, pretty bridges and serene canals, Amsterdam is a must this Easter.
Why not sample the delights of coffee and a world renowned pancake at a pavement cafe before heading off to a world class museum like the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum?
Then head off to the Nine Streets area which is filled with unique shops and stalls, before grabbing a Dutch beer to quench your thirst. With the added benefit of hop on hop off trams, Amsterdam is a city that caters to every whim of its visitors.
The perfect experience for an Easter City Break.
An Easter City Break in Barcelona offers you the opportunity to experience Spanish culture with all the benefits of a Mediterranean climate, the perfect antidote to a long cold winter. The city’s energy and creativity ensures you leave revived and refreshed.
A trip to Spain isn’t complete without the obligatory tapas. Head for the tapas bars and experience tapas with a cana (draught beer). Cava is cheap and plentiful and perfect to while away a spring afternoon over the Easter weekend.
Cataluna’s largest and most vibrant food market, the Boqueria has all the regional delicacies you would expect. Experience the stunning displays and marketplace hustle and bustle.
Barcelona has 4.2km of fabulous golden, sandy beaches, only 10 minutes away from the city centre. There are plenty of things to do on the beach besides swim; windsurfing and kite surfing are popular. The many beach huts offer refreshing drinks just the things whilst you soak up the Spanish sun.
Spend your days sightseeing and your nights experiencing the Catalan cuisine and diverse entertainment. Each area has its own history from the Roman remains of Barri Gotic to the Museu de la Catedral, Barcelona has something for everyone this Easter.
It is said that all roads lead to Rome, and Easter 2015 will surely take you there. Rome is both a cosmopolitan and an ancient city, with so much to offer this Easter. It is filled with fascinating architecture, ruins, museums, churches and galleries.
Take a stroll from the Sistine Chapel to St Peter’s Basillica where you can appreciate the Christian Rome and Michaelangelo’s fantastic dome and marble Pieta sculpture. The perfect place to relax is the square in front of the Panteon, the Piazza della Rotonda. Whilst there, why not try the delights of Rome’s gelateria at one of the many cafes.
The best views can be experienced from the top of the Spanish Steps at the 16th century Trinita dei Monti Church. The Piazza di Spagna is where you will find charming cafes, boutiques, galleries and antique shops.
On Good Friday, the Pope retraces Christ’s Via Crucis in a moving candlelit procession ending in a massive open air mass on St Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday. The Easter procession winds from the Colosseum to the Monte Palatino. Always busy at Easter, but well worth a visit.
The city’s pastry shops display marvellous Easter Eggs stuffed with tiny picture frames, toys or costume jewellery. There is an air of festivity in Rome over Easter, with the weather in Rome usually good why not leave the city for a delicious lunch outdoors? The Romans have a saying ‘Christmas with your family, Easter with your friends’ and this is evident from the picnics at local parks and the smell of barbeques being lit.
Rome over Easter is the stuff bucket lists are made of, an experience you will never forget.
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Gwen Strachan is a Director of Incredible Experiences Ltd and Do Africa Differently (Pty) Ltd and provides complete travel and event solutions to the corporate and leisure market. She has first hand knowledge...