Easter is one of the few times a year you are guaranteed a couple of days off, and the fact that it always falls either side of a weekend makes it the perfect time for a trip away. Forget Easter eggs; treat yourself with a visit to one of Europe’s beautiful cities. Whether it’s to celebrate the feast day or simply get away from it all for a while, here are our top recommendations for an exceptional Easter.
Head to the south of Spain for one of the world’s most magnificent Easter processions of shrouded penitents and sumptuous floats. Thousands watch the daily processions of bands as they march the streets alongside candlelit floats decorated with Baroque statues illustrating the Easter story, and the subsequent hundreds of cloaked ‘nazarenos’. Religious or not, it’s a sight to behold. It is also the beginning of spring for the people of Seville and that too has its own celebrations all throughout the city.
If you haven’t heard, Berlin is the place right now. There’s a wave of young creatives upping sticks and moving there. If you want to see what all the fuss about, Easter is a great time to do it. Spring has sprung and the weather might even be decent. Aside from the fact that Berlin is just downright cool all year round, they go all out for Easter. Pretty much every market in the city gets on board with the theme and the Spandau Citadel will be transformed into a huge medieval market fair for the tenth year in a row.
By the time Easter comes around, the city has awoken from its hibernation and the whole place is vibrant parks and gardens and flowers. The city itself is a wonder of architecture and history and over the Easter weekend they put on special displays to celebrate. There is a big Spring fair in the city centre at Vörösmarty tér, where you can sample traditional Hungarian Easter food and drinks, there’s folk dancing and concerts and much more. Even the famous Caste District has a two-day Easter festival.
Even though the trip itself is a treat, where better to pick up your Easter egg than the place that produces the world’s best chocolate. With specialist shops on nearly every corner you’ll be celebrating the end of lent in decadence. Spring weather is perfect for exploring the city on foot or on the canal, taking in all the wonderful architecture from the gothic Grand Place to art nouveau that permeates the city’s buildings. Did we mention they’re pretty damn good at beer too?
The city is well known for its Easter markets, which take place in three of Prague’s most famous squares – Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and the Square of the Republic. They are extremely popular, showcasing all the wonderful old customs of a Czech Easter, including brightly coloured Easter eggs hand-painted by Czech ladies in traditional costume. There is, of course, plenty of local produce on offer fill your belly; large hams roasted on spits, barbequed sausages (klobása) and, the best of all, trdeknik – a hot sugar coated pastry!