Easter is almost upon us, which means it’s an excellent time for a little weekend away. We’ve picked out some great value Easter break destinations, just a short flight away. Whether you’re thinking of an action-packed city break or a chilled-out holiday that’s closer to nature, we’ve got you covered.
Now is an excellent time to visit Oslo. It’s not exactly known for being the cheapest city break destination but at the start of the year the pound was up 24% compared to 5 years ago against the Norwegian Krone, giving you an extra £190.78 spending money per £1,000 exchanged.
That means more Scandinavian treats once you’ve touched down. Plus, it means more money for excursions out of Oslo to discover the beautiful landscapes across the country including breath taking glaciers, jagged coastline, and lush evergreen forests.
Oslo also accommodates culture vultures with its renowned modern architecture and contemporary art museums.
Stockholm is another Scandinavian gem that’s better value for Brits booking an Easter break this year – your pounds will get you almost 8% more Swedish Krona than they did four years ago.
The Swedish capital is full of historic architecture but a distinctly modern buzz, thanks to being a tech and start-up hub.
Head to the island of Royal Djurgården for the city’s many historical buildings and monuments. The island is also home to some fantastic museums including the maritime Vasa Museum and Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum and zoo.
Enjoy a fika (Swedish for coffee break) at one of the many fantastic cafes, and dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant.
Spring is the perfect time to visit Santorini. The landscape is green and the sea has warmed up, but the crowds haven’t descended just yet.
One of the Mediterranean region’s many gems, Santorini is best approached by catamaran in order to appreciate the true beauty of the white buildings perched on the volcanic rock. If you decide to fly direct to Santorini though, make sure to enjoy a sea excursion during your stay. The island’s beauty draws in an array of holiday makers, from honeymooners to backpackers.
In the daytime, hike along the rocks or enjoy a tour of the island’s wineries. In the evening, relax with a glass of wine and some meze, whilst you peer over the cliffs and watch the sunset.
Last year, Santorini featured in our European Holiday Cost Barometer, due to it offering a great value week long break.
Switzerland’s second largest city offers a delightful mixture of luxury hotels, boutiques, jewellers and, of course, chocolatiers. It’s also home to Western Europe’s largest lake, Lake Geneva, with spellbinding views of the Alps to the north and the city nestled to the south.
At this time of year snow on the hiking trails is beginning to clear, meaning you can enjoy a walk up into the alps to enjoy the clean air and fantastic views. Back in the city you can enjoy chocolate tasting and some liquid refreshment in one of the many bustling bars.
Whilst Switzerland isn’t the cheapest European destination, now is an excellent time to visit this beautiful Swiss city as the pound is 7% stronger against the Swiss Franc than it was a year ago.
Head to Morocco this year and your pounds will get you 4% more Moroccan Dirham than they did last year. That means more refreshing sips of tea to quench your thirst at the open-air markets.
Marrakesh is a fantastic destination for the foodie within – treat yourself to ample servings of tagine, fish chermoula and b’ssara. Check out our top foodie destination guide for more tips on where to eat.
Marrakesh is also home to some stunning architecture in the form of palaces, tombs and its many mosques. Religion is a key part of local life here and the city has been home to a mixture of communities in the past.
Head to the medina’s souqs to take in the smell of North African spices and preserves, and to buy from local craftsmen.
Rates correct as of 20/03/2018.