Starting from today Christian world celebrate the Easter weekend. Many travel destinations offer discount for this weekend. I made a list of 5 best places to be for Easter. 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.
Cyprus has the mildest climate in the Med, and warms up sharply during March and April, when the wild flowers are in bloom. Paphos is the main resort, though the north coast of the Akamas peninsula is the place to go to escape the package tourists.Expect average highs of about 21C. There’s a chance of a few showers but they should be interspersed with plenty of sunshine (nine hours a day).
Indeed, during warmer months – Cyprus is the Middle East, mind – it’s more pleasant to retreat to a beachside base or the foothills of the Troödos mountain range rising inland from all three coastal towns. Almost everywhere, you’ll find that Cyprus has really pulled its socks up since the millennium, in terms of both cutting-edge accommodation and fine dining, though actual restaurant numbers are falling owing to inroads being made by all-inclusive hotel complexes
Madeira is certainly the most beautiful island in Europe with a mild climate all year round and an unspoiled nature. Madeira is rich in history, culture, gastronomy, tradition. You can enjoy the famous typical “Madeira Wine” on a terrace. For a perfect stay we recommend the “Belmond Reid Palace” ,Winston Churchill’s favourite hotel. He also used to paint in the nearby fishing village of “Camara de lobos“.
Madeira is the perfect destination at Easter for hikers, lovers, adventurers, retired people or young couples. It is a 5-star destination! Book your best activities as well as your hotel, B&B, guesthouse or villa in Madeira.
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, Easter Island
Where better to spend Easter than on Easter Island? Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa is the new incarnation of the Hotel Hangaroa, a property intimately linked to the history of the island. For many years this was literally the only place to stay on the island, and famous names like Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and Thor Heyerdahl stayed there having been captivated by the mysteries of the island. While the number of visitors was once a trickle, today the island is more popular than ever. Over 50,000 people visited the island last year and tough subjects, such as limiting the number of visitors in future years, are on the lips of those who are involved in the stewardship of Easter Island.
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa aims squarely at the luxury traveler. The Mana Vai spa offers a range of therapies, massages and treatments, many based on natural products from the island. The resort pool is set amidst tropical native plants, flowers and trees. The resort will keep a discreet profile despite a superb location midway between the airport and Hanga Roa town. Chillean poet Pablo Neruda described Easter Island as “a secret island, a rose… of purification, a golden navel”. It is likely that on your visit to this remote, mysterious place, which is emblematic of the world’s environmental fragility, you’ll feel that not much has changed since Neruda visited.
Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, very close to Italy, Malta is a country and an archipelago consisting of only 3 main inhabited islands: Malta, Gozo (Ghawdex), and Comino (Kemmuna).
Being one of the most religious Catholic countries in the world, Malta hosts various parades and celebrations during this time of year, which makes it one of the most interesting destinations to spend Easter and the Holy Week.
This period is marked by an intense sequence of parades, traditions, and spiritual celebrations. The days with the greatest significance for Maltese people are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Sunday – all celebrated with great passion and spirituality. Maundy Thursday is recognized for the tradition of visiting the seven churches, as well as for many other interesting practices taking place on the streets of Malta.
On Good Friday, several Maltese towns and villages reconstruct biblical scenes, creating captivating displays. On this important day of the year are taking place various parades such as the Roman soldiers’ spectacles or the processions, where participants, dressed in white robes and hoods, walk with metal chains tied at their ankles while carrying wooden crosses.
Easter Sunday, although marked by a great religious significance, is dominated by a sweet atmosphere of joy and festivity. Family members gather in order to spend some time together, have lunch, drink, have fun, exchange presents, and serve the traditional Easter dinner, usually consisting of lamb with potatoes and vegetables. The most popular Maltese Easter sweet is the figolla – a sweet baked pastry filled with almonds.
Alishan – Taiwan
Blink and you’ll miss it. Taiwan’s cherry blossom season, similar to Japan’s, only lasts for a few weeks each year. Luckily, since the Easter holiday comes at the beginning of April in 2015, you should be able to catch the tail end of the season. And even once the sakura is over, a wealth of other colourful flowers are in bloom, making it a special time of year to visit. Alishan National Scenic Area is often proclaimed as the best place to view the cherry blossom with an annual festival from 10th March to 10th April. Here you will find cascading yoshino cherry blossom in abundance, not to mention surrounding views of some of the island nation’s most spectacular scenery. Whilst in Alishan, be sure to ride one of the antique trains through the old Japanese logging village and snack on the famed lunch box meals. And for the most magical experience, wake early to take the vintage train up to see incredible views of the sun rising mystically through the clouds.