Easter is on the horizon and for those of us who want to avoid overdosing on chocolate eggs and facing the unpredictable British spring weather, it is the perfect opportunity to head off abroad on an exciting weekend break.
But in this year of austerity, where can you enjoy a fantastic Easter weekend break without breaking the bank? Here are six cheap weekend break ideas to consider this Easter.
1. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague has long been a favourite for cheap weekend breaks, and it is a perfect holiday location for any type of weekend getaway, whether you are travelling as a group or you’re escaping for a short romantic break.
With attractions including the picturesque Prague Castle, the famous Charles Bridge adorned with splendid sculptures, this historic Jewish quarter which dates back to the 13th century and the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, Prague has a large range of attractions on offer, all of which can be enjoyed at budget prices.
2. Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava is a cultural delight packed full of enough museums and art galleries to keep you busy for more than just a weekend. Situated on the Danube River, it’s the perfect place to stroll around and admire the impressive architecture, including the stunning Bratislava Castle and the numerous baroque palaces in the centre.
On top of that, as it is located very near to the Little Carpathians, there are many forests, parks and lakes in and around the city if you feel like escaping to the country. Add to that great shopping and delightful street markets and you’ve got an entertaining and charming destination for your cheap Easter break.
3. Vilnius, Lithuania
Lithuania is a perfect destination for those seeking out a budget Easter break, and Vilnius is the place to head. Great for exploring on foot, the main attraction is the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its quaint cobbled streets and impressive baroque architecture. Once you’ve explored the delights of the centre with its interesting museums including the National Museum and the Museum of Genocide Victims, also referred to as the KGB Museum, head to 13th century Gediminas Castle and then the 326.5-metre TV Tower to enjoy some spectacular views over the city and surrounding countryside.
Something a Little More Adventurous
The above destinations will provide you with a fantastically cheap Easter weekend break. However, what if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant? The following three destinations are well known for providing that extra something for a fantastic weekend break, making them great value even if they are a bit more expensive than the above options.
4. Venice, Italy
Venice is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world. However, despite its reputation as a major tourist destination, a weekend break here can be a lot cheaper than you might expect. If you find a cheap hotel and book a budget flight then there is no reason why this should be an expensive destination.
When you’re in Venice, key attractions to pack into your weekend include a visit to St Mark’s Basilica with its large and beautiful mosaics, a tour of the Doge’s Palace where you can cross the Bridge of Sighs, a trip to the top of the Campanile for a fantastic view of the city and a gondola tour of the many canals.
5. Trogir, Croatia
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Trogir still manages to get onto the cheap list because it is quite possible to spend a weekend here without paying over the odds. And for what you get for your money it is certainly worth it. If you like your churches and palaces you will be in for a treat as the town is packed full of Romanesque churches and baroque buildings. Make sure you check out the highlights including the city gate, the Duke’s Palace, the Cathedral of St Lawrence, Kamerlengo Castle and the clock tower.
6. Barcelona, Spain
With more than its fair share of world-famous attractions, Barcelona is a city everyone should visit at least once. Just a short flight from the UK, you can easily visit Barcelona for a weekend and stay in a cheap hotel, from where you will find a huge range of attractions virtually on your doorstep.
Barcelona is an art-lover’s paradise. If you’re not checking out the many works of Guadí, including the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell, you’ll also find the Picasso Museum one of the highlights. The best way to get around is by Metro, but if you fancy a walk then a stroll down La Rambla is not to be missed. Football fans shouldn’t miss a trip to the Barcelona FC Museum where you can find out all about the history of this great club. And with traditional Catalan dishes including escalivada and escudella, you’ll be able to eat like a king even if you’re on a budget.