Step away from the equator. Easter’s in April this year and it’s hot enough on a lot of European beaches to shed your winter woollies and get frolicking in the sea without the pain of a long-haul flight. Here are seven quite close and not too costly family holidays to think about for starters.

Ibiza clear sea

1/7 Port d’es Torrent, Ibiza, Spain

Family of four, 11 April for seven nights from £697

The party doesn’t get started on Ibiza’s north west coast until well into July. Turn up for Easter and the beaches are clear of clubbers sleeping it off; the weather’s 23˚ and climbing; sea’s safe for water sports and Saint Antoni is just lively enough to like.

Torrent Bay Hotel’s in Port d’es Torrent, a sleepy little suburb just west of Saint Antoni with fabulous golden sands and not much else. But water taxis run day and night so you can visit Ibiza Old Town and other resorts round the coast in no time. Or you could go with the holiday vibe, relax and not do anything at all.

Price: £697 for seven nights including return flights from Gatwick. Based on two adults and two children sharing a self-catering one bedroom apartment in Port d’es Torrent, Ibiza.