Holiday ideas for Easter 2011
101 Holidays editors Mark Hodson and David Wickers select the best places to go during the Easter holidays in 2011.
Easter falls late in 2011 with Easter Sunday on 24 April. This has two effects, say Hodson and Wickers.
Firstly, the warm weather spreading across the Mediterranean means that families will not need to fly long haul in order to be sure of getting some fine weather. This is particularly good news now that rises in air passenger duty means that long haul airfares are getting increasingly expensive.
Secondly, the proximity of the Easter holidays to the May Bank Holiday weekend mean that the two can be combined: in 2011 it will be possible to take just four days off work, but effectively get a full eleven days away. Great news if you have a busy work schedule and no kids.
Late April is a great time to be in the Med, say Hodson and Wickers. Resorts are free of crowds and the attitude of local people working in the tourist industry is great (they can be a bit jaded towards the end of the season).
Once you get out into the countryside you'll find lush fields and wild flowers in bloom - not the dusty heat you sometimes get in August.
Recommended destinations in include Spain and the charming coastline of Catalonia. For sandy beaches the editors recommend getting down south to the Costa de la Luz. For villas it is Majorca and Ibiza that win out.
The Ile de Ré on the French Atlantic coast is also highlighted, along with the island of Corsica and boating on the Canal du Midi.
Greek Orthodox Easter normally falls later than ours. But in 2011 the two will fall on the same date. This is a great time to visit Greece and experience the charm of the occasion and the warm hospitality of local people, say the editors.
Italy is also high on the list of recommended destinations with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia joined by mainland Umbria and Puglia.
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