Sun-seekers looking for an Easter break don't have to endure a long-haul flight. There are plenty of places in Europe that are gearing up to be lovely and warm in the spring. Plus, in March and April the landscape is still green and flowers are beginning to open in the warmth – making Easter the ideal time for a sun holiday in Europe.
Mallorca in the spring is an entirely different island from the one you’ll see in summer. There’s still a high chance of sun, as March temperatures are upwards of 20˚ in the south, and the transparent greeny blue of the Mediterranean is pretty much a constant all round the coast. But spring is the season for exploring the countryside, finding villages tucked off the tourist trail and finally understanding why the likes of Chopin and Miró loved this seductive Balearic best of all.
Palma’s urban beaches are quieter at this time of year and the city’s easier to enjoy. Down on the south coast, holiday-ready seaside towns still feel fresh and enthusiastic in the lead up to June. And even resorts like Magaluf are fun rather than frantic in the spring.
Cala d’Or in the south east is reliably good fun for families early in the season. But if you want authentic charm and a quick route from coast to country, think about Puerto de Antraitx to the west.
The classy hotel is sprinkled throughout with child-friendly features - a superbly-equipped kids club, a big children’s pool plus another shallow paddling one for tots, and a fantastic sandy playground.
Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort, is set in Albufeira overlooking the dramatic cliffs and beaches of the Algarve coastline in southern Portugal. Pine Cliffs is one of Europe’s favourite family destinations.
Completely renovated hotel, with seriously cool amenities and family activities that would make a rock star jealous. Kids get the chance to be real-life rock stars thanks to the Roxity Kids Club.
They’ve thought of everything - from a chest full of buckets and spades at the beach, to free fruit for poolside snacks, to sunshade-fitted buggies and a superbly-stocked kids’ club with more games than Toys R Us.
The best bit for kids is the kids club, lots of water sports and beach activities, and the proximity of the hotel to a wide range of local attractions including the safari and the old town.