Best Holiday Destinations for Easter 2024

We fully understand the importance of holidays with your family. It’s a time to reflect, relax and regroup before heading back to school or work. That family time may look different for every person. It might be a week long, action packed ski season. It could be a chance to unwind, sit by the pool and read. Or, it could be a trek around the Yorkshire Dales, praying that the rain holds off.

Even though it feels like New Year’s Eve was only last week, it’s actually only a couple of weeks until this year’s Easter School Holidays begin.  And, many families will be jetting away to enjoy the two-week break.

Amidst those two weeks are also the two Easter bank holidays, Good Friday (29 March) and Easter Monday (1 April). This means that even though prices can be higher during school holiday periods, for those working parents, they can make the most of the holiday calendar and have those few extra days off work.

If you’re yet to decide where you and your family want to go, or you’re on the hunt for a cheap last- minute deal, we’ve been looking at a few different options for you to explore.

Craving that sun and desperate to escape the classic British showers? We’ve all been there – Googling, ‘Where is hot’ and then spending hours devouring the pictures of palm trees and beaches.

We think Malta might just be the answer.

Malta city view

Granted, Malta boasts more cliff sides and cultural retreats than beaches and palm trees. But, Malta lies 80 kilometres south of Italy right in the heart of the Mediterranean meaning it gets that summer sun pretty early each year.

If you’re heading there in March you can still expect temperatures of between 17 – 20 degrees. The small island is a favourite for movie set locations, boasts dramatic cliffsides, ancient buildings and stunning streets to explore. Lots of the country's architecture dates back thousands of years with the capital city Valletta being a UNESCO-listed.

Stay at one of the many boutique hotels situated not far from from St Paul’s Shipwreck Church. There are even a few places that are a cross between a boutique hotel and serviced apartments, so you’ll find the space you need for you and your family right in the heart of Valletta. Take a walk round the block and you’ll see St John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace and Valletta’s main square. Then, once your day is done and you’ve taken in all the wonders of Valletta you can escape to one of the city's rooftop terraces for some amazing views of the harbour and some tasty treats.

Make sure to get the kids to try Brungiel Mimli (stuffed egg plant with a meat and cheese filling – like a pasty but in a vegetable) or a Imqaret (similar to a fig roll, these pieces of fried pastry dough are filled with dates).

Now, if you’re more of an action-packed adventurer or you’re a family of multiple different holiday needs then maybe it’s a cold Easter destination you need. We say that because a glacier or mountain range gives you that freedom to relax by the pool in the hotel, ski all day, snowboard across every piste or trek your way to the top.

Sölden, Austria is the only ski resort which has three mountains over 3000m in altitude. It’s nickname is the ‘Big 3’ and with mountains up that high, it’s the ideal Easter ski location because snow is almost guaranteed. Once you’re up there, you can ski all the way back down to the town on a gorgeous wide blue slope that runs for 15km. Take in the winter sun, enjoy watching the family ski or snowboard across the mountains and then cosy up in your hotel of an evening.

There are many great hotels and appartmenrt only a few minutes walk from the centre of Sölden and only 100 metres from Gaislachkogelbahn cable car. Their rooms are cosy and comfortable with some boasting balconies showing off the amazing mountain range nearby. As with many Austrian retreats, there are great sauna, steam and solarium facilities alongside a fantastic restaurant and cocktail bar.

Sustainability can have a variety of different definitions when it comes to holidays. It can mean travelling sustainably, staying closer to home, not leaving a lasting impact on the destination and being carbon neutral. 

In that case, Vienna is a great European city choice having been named one of the world’s most sustainable cities. Austria’s capital has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040, its city is covered in gardens, allotments and open spaces, and they have strict recycling rules in place. Get the Eurostar from London across Europe and then change onto a train headed for Vienna to enjoy a 16hour journey like you'v never seen before.

But, if you’re heading off from the UK and don’t fancy Austria then there is always Wales?

Another great choice for a more sustainable school holiday, Wales can be accessed from most of the UK by train. Or, if you're a family with a lot of luggage then a car is still a fair option when compared with taking a flight abroad.

The country boasts an array of glorious campsites with green fields and mountain views alongside some great historic sites where you can learn to really relax with the family on their Easter break. If you’re in Wales then take a trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Powys were your kids can learn all about sustainable living. And then, once all the sustainable learning is done, you and the kids can jump on the worlds, ‘only people-powered rollercoaster’ at Greenwood Forest Park.

Look out for Dolphins on the coastline!

We’d love to see where you head off to this Easter.

Whilst you and your family travel this Easter be covered with travel insurance from Allianz Assistance. You'll be covered for many unforeseen costs incurred whilst you're away. This could include medical expenses including medical emergency, delays, cancellations, lost or stolen property and more.

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