Desperately need of a short break from the daily grind? Check out these three Easter getaway destinations that tick all the boxes for sunshine, fun, and adventure.
Far Away in Faro
As the southernmost tip of Europe, Faro is the perfect blend of sunshine, history, relaxation and culture. The city has been around since Roman times and has lost none of its crumbling intrigue. Wander into the old part of the city, a 9th century Muslim stronghold. Inside, you will find a hotchpotch of historical treasures. A statue of 13th century king Alfonso stands alongside a crumbling 9th century castle and Se, the old cathedral is built in splendid Gothic and Baroque styles.
If shopping is more your style, head to Rua de Santo Antonio, a pedestrianised shopping area in downtown Faro. Shop till you drop, and then refresh yourself with a chilled drink at one of the area’s bustling pavement cafés. If you’re looking for a bargain, the market in city centre is also a must for costumes, clothing, shoes, and other quirky goods.
While you’re in there, take a leisurely lunch near Rua do Trem, where many restaurants serve up delicious barbecue during the summer months. Skip the menu and go straight for the grilled sardines and local wine.
Spring in Split
Split in Croatia is the jewel of the Dalmatian coast. It has vibrant beach life, succulent sea-side cuisine and plenty of opportunities to ramble through antiquity. With its moderate and mild spring climate, it’s the perfect Easter weekend hotspot.
Culture vultures shouldn’t miss the works of famed Croatian sculptor Meštrovi? at the Meštrovi? Gallery and Kastelet. Also a must is the dizzying climb to the top of the Sveti Duje cathedral. The view at the top is stunning panaroma of terracotta roofs and worth the small entrance fee.
A trip to Split isn’t complete without savouring the best seafood this side of the Mediterranean. Noštromo is an upmarket seafood restaurant that will delight your tastebuds with dishes like ray-fish stew and battered sea anemone, made in the traditional Dalmatian style.
If you have cash to splash, then get the red carpet treatment at Le Méridien Grand Hotel Lav at Podstrana. They have champagne- and truffle-infused therapies and an infinity pool with a view for miles.
Meandering in Menorca
This southern outpost of Spain is drenched in sunlight most of the year through, but Easter is the perfect time to go. Peak season hasn’t started yet and the prices will leave you with plenty of change to spare.
There aren’t any steep mountainous inclines across the island. So the mostly flat terrain is well suited for exploration on foot, by bike or on horse-back. The island is full of serendipitous discoveries waiting to be made, like stone monuments dotted around the countryside and ancient coastal paths with windswept caves to explore. It’s perfect for birdwatching or coastal foraging year-round although arguably the prettiest time of year is in early spring when the almond blossom comes out.
If an active holiday is not your thing, it’s also the perfect time of year to sit beach-side and sample the local fire-water called pomada – a Menorcan gin with lemonade and ice.
So what are you waiting for? Easter’s fast approaching and it’s the ideal time of year to indulge in a cheeky weekend getaway.