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The 10 best destinations for Easter sun

by Nick Trend, deputy head Telegraph Travel

Easter is always tricky for sun-seekers. Unless you are prepared to endure a long-haul flight, there are few destinations where you can expect to find reliable sunshine.

On the other hand, if you are just looking for some milder air, gentle sunshine and a first taste of spring, some parts of southern Europe can be stunning at this time of year. The landscape is still green from the winter rain, the blossom is out and first flowers are opening - and when the sun does shine it can warm up nicely.

The good news this year is that Easter is almost as late as it can be. It is never later than April 25, and this year falls on April 21. The bad news, of course, is the uncertainty over Brexit. But if we leave on March 29, most of any initial potential problems at borders and airports should have eased, and the uncertainty also means that fewer people have committed than usual - so it is easier to find availability and discounted prices.

So, if you haven't already booked, here are my choices for an Easter holiday this year, whether you are looking for serious heat or just for better weather than at home. For each, I have recommended some tour operators with a strong programme to the destination concerned. Flight times to all these places are less than four hours, except the Canaries (about 4½ hours).

Temperatures given are average daily maximums for April; during a warm spell they can be significantly higher (or the opposite can be true, of course). Sunshine hours are the average daily figures for April.

Airline contacts: British Airways (britishairways.com), EasyJet (easyjet.com), Ryanair (ryanair.com)


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