The end of winter is here and it's time for a much needed break, but where should you go? Check out our Easter holiday destinations for the UK, Europe and beyond. They'll help you thaw out, put you in the mood for spring and even give you a peak at the upcoming summer weather.
Explore the best UK holiday destinations in April
Whether you are hiking in Northumberland, or taking the family on an Easter Egg hunt at National Trust sites on the Isle of Wight, Easter holiday destinations in the UK are always a great idea.
Country or city, Northumberland is one of the best holiday destinations in March
As the northernmost county in Britain, Northumberland features sweeping beaches and a chance to get back to nature. Holiday cottages along the River Tweed are popular with anglers, while holiday rentals near Northumberland National Park are a perfect jumping off spot for hikers who want to explore by day and enjoy a comfortable bed by night. For more urban fare, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is known for its ebullient nightlife and as the seat of Geordie culture. Make sure to try a stotty, a Geordie flatbread popular throughout the area.
Isle of Wight, the perfect April holiday destination
Less than 2 hours away from London via ferry, the Isle of Wight is a world away when it comes to the weather. Spring sees an influx of city-goers looking for sunshine and thinner crowds. Popular with hikers and campers, the picturesque island also features more than 200 miles of bike trails. The two-week Isle of Wight music festival takes place in April, while spring is also the official kick off to the island's springtime bonfires and firework displays.
Head into these March holiday destinations like a lion and come back like a lamb
The first part of the year is finally over and with it the long cold winter. While it might not be time to break out the swimsuits in the UK, that's just what the locals are doing in Marrakesh and Lisbon.
Sun and fun is the name of the game for holiday rentals in The Red City
You haven't really lived until you've seen the sun set over the Atlas Mountains from the spectacular city of Marrakesh. In addition to a medieval walled town, beautiful mosques and grand palaces, the city offers a unique cuisine of Mediterranean and African flavours, which you can enjoy in the city's Medina section. Feed your shopping appetite at the world famous marketplace along Jemaa el-Fna square. If you feel the call of the sun and want to work on your tan, take in the rays at the city's wildly popular Nikki Beach.
Warm up with a villa rental in The City of 7 Hills
As the calendar turns to spring, things begin to heat up in Lisbon. The city's famed Bairro Alto is known for its Fado clubs, while a short train ride to the west will take you to the Praia de Carcavelos beach where you can catch the rays and enjoy a Ginja de Obidos, the unofficial drink of Portugal. Don't miss a chance to check out Alfama, the city's oldest quarter and known for its unique shops and cafes that overlook winding cobblestone streets.
Explore great destinations in March around Europe
Technically, March can still be considered a winter month but don't tell that to the people of Barcelona because that's when the city really begin to get in gear for warmer days and milder nights.
A Spanish villa rental never looked so good
Whether it's clubbing in the Las Ramblas area or enjoying a Leche de Pantera cocktail in the Gothic quarter, Barcelona has earned a reputation as a city that knows how to enjoy life. It's also home to some of the most unique architecture in the world and is especially known for the whimsical buildings designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. If you're a football fan, no trip would be complete without a visit to Camp Nou stadium, the third largest in the world and where you'll find the pride of the city, FC Barcelona.
These holiday rentals start to heat up in March
Since the fall of the Wall, Berlin has been changing rapidly. However, you can still catch glimpses of the city's Eastern section that look amazingly like it did under communist rule. The city's occupants are proudly friendly and straightforward – their direct dialect is known as Berliner-Schnauze. The city's famed opera houses are some of the most glamorous in the world, but if hipster chic is your thing, check out the Kreuzberg section of the city for its upbeat vibe and trendy cafes where you can sip coffee and enjoy a Berliner Pfannkuchen, Berlin's answer to a traditional doughnut.