It’s the first opportunity in the year for real, bona fide, early summer sun and, if you’re anything like us, after the dark, cold and wet months of winter, pawning Easter eggs just so you could experience the warmth on your face again would be considered a good deal.
In the last decade, easier flight routes have made the Easter break one of the most popular times to escape and in the northern hemisphere, before the full heat of the summer sun puts destinations like Jordan and Morocco off the map of any sane parent. It’s a time when either spring flowers are starting to bloom or, in the Southern hemisphere, refreshed by the late summer rains or monsoon, countries can be at their verdant best.
In certain destinations, sightseeing and activities are also best during this period, when it’s warm enough to wear a t-shirt and you can explore historic sites or go jungle trekking for hours without being batted back to the hotel pool by the heat or humidity.
Here’s what we think are the best destinations for family holidays at Easter.
Yes, Morocco has some phenomenal coastline and beaches (it’s rapidly becoming a surfing destination, didn’t you know?!) but why loll around on the sand when exploring the Atlas mountains is warm, hovering around the early 20’s and the slopes carpeted with spring flowers? With the tourist season just getting underway, you might even be able to bag more of a bargain than usual in the souq.
Although Jordan is a ‘year-round’ destination, it’s actually at its best between March and May. The temperatures are warm but not of the fried egg on rock variety, the hills lush and the desert is transformed into a blanket of wildflowers.
Click here for an overview of Jordan family holidays and take a look at our example Jordan itineraries.
3. Sri Lanka
April is one of the best month’s in the year to travel to Sri Lanka although it’s best if you stick to the middle and south of the island to experience the least chance of rainfall and temperatures hovering around the mid 30’s. It’s a great time for trekking, and if you’re planning on climbing Sigiriya Rock, do go early for the cooler temperatures.
Eight hours of sunshine and an average temperature of 28 degrees (highs of 31 degrees): that’s what you can expect from this wildlife and adventure packed South East Asian destination. April heralds the dry season in Borneo and is the driest month of the year, although there can be late afternoon showers.
5. Costa Rica
It’s almost a case of ‘last bite of the cherry’ for this stunning country, along with its Central American neighbours, Guatemala and Belize, with April marking the last of the dry season. After Easter, you’ll have to wait for the Christmas holidays to enjoy them at their best.
It’s worth noting, though, that due to Easter’s increasing popularity, the best family-friendly accommodation (and flight availability, particularly internal flights) get booked up in advance. Our advice is to book at least 6 months ahead to bag the best of it.
Family holidays at Easter
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Liddy Pleasants, MD Stubborn Mule Travel
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