Easter is coming! Here in the UK we’re looking forward to four days off this weekend. But with the weather not exactly being warm right now, a lot of us are setting our sights on destinations further afield than mum’s house in Wherever-shire. Which is why I bring you A Lady in London’s guide to the 6 best places to travel for the Easter holidays.
Best Places to Travel for the Easter Holidays
Whether you’re looking for early spring sunshine, tons of chocolate eggs (yay!), or a place that takes Easter more seriously as a religious holiday than where you live at home, there’s a perfect place to travel for the bank holiday weekend. Here’s the list…
When I went to Malta for the Easter holidays a few years ago, I wasn’t expecting to find myself in the middle of religious processions and festivities. But Malta takes Easter seriously, especially in places like the hilltop town of Rabat, where visitors can watch people walking through the streets dressed as everything from Roman soldiers to fishers of men.
For the less religiously inclined, there are great Easter pastries in Malta over the bank holiday weekend. Don’t miss the delicious almond Figolli cookies.
Prague is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but also one of the best places to travel for the Easter holidays. This is not least because of the big Easter markets in Old Town Square.
Throughout the square, everything from sheep-shaped easter cookies to beautiful hand-painted eggs can be found in rustic wooden stalls. There’s plenty of hot food to be found, and for those in a tactile mood, there’s also a petting zoo complete with lambs and other cute cuddly critters.
I’ve been to Spain’s Sevilla twice during the Easter holidays, and it’s one of the most exciting times to travel to the city. All throughout Semana Santa, the week leading up to Easter Sunday, people from across Andalucia come to the city in processions that last throughout the day. Just ignore the fact that their costumes look oddly similar to those of the Ku Klux Klan.
In the evenings the tapas bars and restaurants throughout Sevilla’s city center come alive with celebrations, and there’s no better place to soak up the culture and meet the locals.
Unsurprisingly, Jerusalem is one of the best places to travel for the Easter holidays. I went a couple years ago to see what it was all about, and was amazed by the number of people that had come to spend Easter in Jerusalem.
In addition to the religious pilgrimage sites that many visitors want to see, the city is full of brightly colored Easter egg pastries and other festive cultural and religious nods to the holiday.
Rome is a great city at any time of year, but at Easter it takes on a special significance. The Pope’s Easter Mass at St Peter’s Basilica is a highlight for many (just reserve your tickets far in advance), and reason enough to travel to Italy in the spring.
But the celebrations start before Easter Sunday, with Good Friday’s candlelit procession and Holy Saturday’s Easter Vigil Mass.
And this being Italy, Easter food is just as important. From torta di Pasqua, an Easter cheese bread, to Colomba Pasquale, a cake shaped like a dove, there are plenty of treats to enjoy.
And speaking of treats, Brussels is one of my favorite cities to travel at Easter. Known for world-class confections, the city’s many chocolatiers go all out at Easter to make the most stylish, lavish, large, and otherwise amazing chocolate Easter eggs.
While in town, don’t miss Pierre Marcolini’s luxurious chocolate eggs. They’re so beautiful and fashionable they should almost be worn instead of eaten.
Where do you think are the best places to travel for the Easter holidays?