Easter Breaks 2016 - Easter Holiday Ideas

The Easter break provides a rare opportunity for the whole family to get together and have some fun, so why not make the most of it? Pack a suitcase, bring the kids – the dog too if you can’t bear to part with it – and flee British shores for a week or two. There’s nothing wrong with holidaying in the UK at Easter, but let’s face it: at this time of year you’re going to get better weather abroad. What’s more, it’s possible to get some great deals on holiday rentals around Easter.

Great family friendly ideas for Easter holidays in 2016

As always, the HomeAway website is your best starting point when it comes to sourcing affordable holiday properties. Choose your destination and then choose how you’d like to enjoy your stay: snuggled up in an Alpine chalet or lounging on the balcony of a Spanish villa. Whatever your decision, you’re sure to enjoy a memorable Easter holiday with the whole family.

Easter holidays in Florida

Easter holidays in Florida

If you’re planning to leave the UK behind at Easter, leave it really far behind. Jet off to Florida to soak up all the sunshine you can handle, interspersed with sporadic bursts of activity. Golfing, swimming and deep sea fishing are all part of the Floridian experience, as are trips to Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure. Other family attractions include Disney World (of course), Seaworld and the ultimate water park, Wet ‘N’ Wild.

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Easter holidays in Algarve

Easter holidays in Algarve

Enjoy a taste of summer at Easter by booking a holiday in the Algarve. With three of Europe’s top 25 beaches situated here, suffice to say you’ll want to spend as much time as possible exploring the 200 kilometres of coastline. Over 300 days of sunshine a year makes the Algarve a natural golfing holiday hotspot. The region’s delectable cuisine provides another reason to visit, with locally-landed seafood and the freshest produce used to create octopus rice, fish stew and cherry chicken.

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Easter holidays in Galicia

Easter holidays in Algarve

Take the family to Playa de Barra and you’ll instantly raise the stakes for all future Easter holidays. This exquisite expanse of beach is renowned for its golden sands and bright blue sea that laps against the Galician shore. Here in the north-west of Spain, there are less tourists and thus more wide open spaces to be enjoyed the way they ought to be: with nothing but nature and open skies. Visit the baroque cathedral at Santiago de Compostela and explore the medieval walls of Baiona with its fine tapas bars that overlook the old harbour.

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Easter holidays in Larnaca

Easter holidays in Algarve

By Easter, Cyprus is warming up nicely with temperatures of 15-20°C the norm. Holiday villas in Larnaca are spacious, comfortable and positioned to catch the best of the sunlight that falls on the south of the island. Sailing and windsurfing are the order of the day here, while the waterfront bars are the place to hit when night falls. Larnaca also boasts some fine archeological remains, some of which date back as far as the 9th century AD. Even by old standards, that’s old.

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Easter holidays in Turkey

Easter holidays in Algarve

Bordered by four seas, Turkey is a perennially popular beach holiday destination. Along the Aegean Coast, the best beaches can be found at Cesme and Alacati. If you fancy experiencing Turkish nightlife, head a little further to Kusadasi which lies close to the biblical site of Ephesus. Despite its historical setting, Kusadasi is known for its shopping and vibrant nightlife. Finally, for watersports and long walks, take a trip to Antalya, a southern city with a Roman harbour and old town. Windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing can all be enjoyed here, while sunshine can be enjoyed here and in every other part of Turkey at this time of year.

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Many holiday home owners will be more than happy to rent out their property for a short break at Easter, especially at the last minute, allowing you to have a relaxing three day Easter weekend break if you can't get the full week off work. Multi-family holidays are particularly popular over the Easter break not only because of the extra company for both children and parents, but also for the reduced cost per head of taking a larger holiday rental.

Easter Holiday Dates for 2015 and 2016

Year Ash Wednesday Easter Sunday Easter Bank Holiday Easter Rental Period
Easter 2015 Dates 18 February 5 April 6 April (Easter Monday) 28 March to 11 April
Easter 2016 Dates 10 February 27 March 28 March (Easter Monday) 25 March to 04 April

The 2015 Easter weekend break takes place during the first week of April 2015, with Easter Sunday falling on Sunday the 5th of April 2015. If you are looking to take an Easter holiday break, the Easter dates that matter are from the 28th of March to the 11th of April.

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