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10 last-minute Easter breaks for couples, families and solo travellers

Simon Calder’s Travel

Easter is just around the corner but never fear, it’s not to late to book a last-minute trip. Whether you’ve got just the long weekend to play with, or can use some leave along with the bank holidays to take a longer break, Easter is a great time to escape abroad.

European city break destinations are at their best at this time of year; warm enough to offer a taste of summer yet not so hot that sightseeing becomes a challenge. And beach destinations – whether on the continent or further afield – are less busy than in summertime, meaning that nabbing your favourite sunlounger is an altogether more pleasant experience, and it’s easier to find a table in that picturesque waterfront restaurant.

Here’s our roundup of top places to spend the Easter weekend and beyond. Whether you’re a solo traveller on the hunt for adventure, a couple looking for new experiences to share, or a family with kids to entertain during the school holidays, we’ve got a great break for you.


Lisbon is famed for several things, from its numerous hills to the production of azulejo tiles and the invention of Portuguese custard tarts

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The Portuguese capital remains a good choice for all types of traveller due to its relaxed nature, beautiful architecture, a range of impressive tourist attractions and affordable options for accommodation and dining.

Highlights include the São Jorge castle, Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, but in between you’ll find dozens of atmospheric squares, interesting museums and characterful districts such as Chiado and Alfama, filled with cobbled streets and quality eateries. Viewpoints are a notable feature of this hilly city – with the best at the Portas do Sol or Panorâmico do Monsanto – as is the nightlife; head to Bairro Alto to sample the best.

The capital’s proximity to several other popular Portuguese locations means that day trips are a popular option while in Lisbon too. Cascais and Estoril are the choice for beach lovers, while Sintra houses a famed castle belonging to Portuguese royalty.

Where to stay

White, wide-open spaces with cool, clever nooks at the Hotel Convento do Salvador make this former convent one of the loveliest spots for lounging in the labyrinthine, old Alfama district. You’ll need the rest after climbing up the steep neighbourhood streets to the door….

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