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Where to go for a last minute family holiday this Easter

Where to go for a last minute family holiday this Easter

The Easter holidays may be just around the corner but it’s still not too late to swap the chocolate for coconuts in sunnier climes overseas. With the kids breaking up from school for two weeks, what better way to keep them entertained than a fun-filled cheap family holiday?

Don’t worry, holidaying with the little ones doesn’t have to break the bank. By snapping up a last-minute family deal, you’ll be surprised at how much you can save. Here’s our best Easter holiday destinations where you can find an egg-cellent last minute deal for the whole family.


Flight time — 2.5 hours

Avg. temperature in April — 19⁰C

It may be famous for its stay-up-late nightlife, but Benidorm has so much to offer families, too. Along with its Blue Flag trio of beaches, it’s packed with adrenaline-pumping attractions — theme parks, water parks, animal parks, you name it! Whether you want to be standing inches away from elephants or flying down some of the world’s highest waterslides, there’s something to suit everyone in bustling Benidorm.

When it comes to finding somewhere to rest your head after a jam-packed day in the parks, there’s a fantastic choice of hotels on offer. Expect kids’ clubs, West-End style shows, and some even have on-site splash parks of their own.

Where to stay?

Top family activities in Benidorm 

  • Terra Mitica Theme Park

Learning doesn’t have to stop during the Easter school holidays. Discover the history of Greece, Egypt and Rome in this gigantic destination-themed park. You know what they say, every day’s a school day!

  • Aqualandia Water Park

How do you feel about riding Europe’s highest standing slide? Well, you can give it a go at the Aqualandia Water Park. Don’t fancy it? Opt for the Amazon-themed lazy river whilst the adrenaline junkies of the family get their thrill.

  • Terra Natura Animal Park

Prepare to come face-to-face with the likes of tigers and elephants at Terra Natura animal park. This is one of the selected few attractions that you can discover ‘Zooimmersion’ — a new concept where the animals are seen through barriers that are invisible to the human eyes.

Canary Islands

Flight time — Approx. 4 hours

Avg. temperature in April — 22⁰C

It’s true what they say – the Canary Islands are a hit with just about everyone. With first-class beaches, big resorts and toasty temperatures in common, each island has a tempting offer – as well as their own unique selling points too.

Take Gran Canaria for example, where you can ride a camel across dreamy sand dunes at sunset. Or there’s Tenerife, where you can whizz down a knuckle-clenching slide that’s measures up at a whopping 28 meters high! Offering so much more than just a beach holiday, these have-it-all islands really are a winner for families. Did we mention they all serve up temperatures up to 22 degrees in April too?

Where to stay?

Top family activities in Canary Islands

  • Siam Park — Tenerife

Take the plunge at world’s #1 Waterpark – Siam Park. Home to the biggest wave pool in the world, this crashing tide can reach up to 3 meters high! It really is amazing!

  • Watersports at Costa Caleta — Fuerteventura

Take part in some of the best water sports in Spain on Lanzarote’s luscious coastline of Costa Caleta. Think windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddle surfing.

  • Palmitos Park — Gran Canaria

Set in tropical gardens on the outskirts of Maspalomas, this zoo-park is a fantastic family day out. Expect to come up-close-and-personal with crocs, butterflies and even dolphins.

Cape Verde

Flight time — Approx. 6 hours

Avg. temperature in April — 26⁰C

For a holiday with your nearest and dearest that’s a little further afield, there’s the Cape Verde Islands. Thanks to its have-it-all hotels and close proximity to the UK, it’s easy to see why this destination is a long-time favourite amongst families.

Serving up sunshine all year round, these Caribbean-like isles are one of our warmest holiday destinations at Easter. In April you can expect temperatures of around 25 degrees — the perfect weather for getting in the sea and trying one of many water sports such as wind or kite surfing. If sunbathing is more your thing, there’s miles of sugar-coloured sands for you to bask on too.

Where to stay?

Top family activities in Cape Verde

  • Viana Desert — Boa Vista

Blast through the sand dunes of the Viana Desert with a quad bike safari or hire your own 4×4 for a family day out to remember.

  • Glass-bottom boat trip — Sal

Discover the spectacular underwater world on a glass-bottom boat trip around the islands. Expect to see fish, turtles and stingrays galore!

  • Whale watching — Boa Vista

Head out on a whale-watching trip — a thrilling experience for both adults and children. With groups of North Atlantic Humpback whales coming to Cape Verde to give birth from March to May, sightings are very frequent.


Coastline of Cyprus

Flight time — Approx. 4.5 hours

Avg. temperature in April — 22⁰C

Offering a mix of laidback and lively, Cyprus has long been a hotspot with not just party-goers but families too. Particularly the Larnaca region and its family-friendly resort of Protaras. Here you’ll find clear shallow waters that are ideal for the little ones. As for the older kids, there’s Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa as well as the ancient-Greek waterpark WaterWorld.

Of course there’s the Paphos region too. Its long list of historical sights are great for families that prefer something a little more cultural than playing on the beach. With UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Tombs of the Kings sitting right by its golden sands, you can always have the best of both worlds.

Where to stay?

Top family activities in Cyprus

  • Fig Tree Bay — Protaras

An ideal beach for families with children old or young, the Fig Tree Bay has shallow swimming waters, a stunning coastline boardwalk and plenty of water sports.

  • WaterWorld — Ayia Napa

Take a five-minute drive out of Ayia Napa to another of Europe’s biggest waterparks. With all the rides themed around Greek mythology, you might even learn a thing or two as you take the Apollo’s Plunge — a 124-meter waterslide.

  • Camel Park — Mazotos

Ostriches, goats, wallabies and turtles are just a few of the animals you can learn about during a jam-packed day at Mazatos adventure park. With camel riding, amusements and a 5D cinema experience, you’ll have a fantastic family day out.


Flight time — Approx. 3.5 hours

Avg. temperature in April — 21⁰C

With so many Grecian gems to choose from, it’s no surprise that Greece is one of the world’s most popular holiday spots. Whether you’re jetting abroad with toddlers or teens, it’s got something for you. There’s family-friendly Crete and its historical treasures. Rhodes and its huge list of Blue Flag beaches. Or Zante and its party hubs for the older teens. And that’s us naming just a small handful!

Holidaying here in April means you’ll enjoy toasty temperatures of up to 20 degrees in some regions. We know that flying as a family can sometimes be a handful, but with a holiday to Greece you’ll be there in just three to four hours. That gives the kids less chance to ask those anticipated four words ‘are we there yet?!

Where to stay?

Top family activities in Greece

  • Shipwreck Beach- Zante

Take the kids to a beach that’s a little out the ordinary— one that’s hidden inside Zante’s Smuggler’s Cove. Getting there is all part of the fun as you can only access by boat.

  • Dinosauria Park – Crete

The whole family can take a trip back in time at the Dinosauria Park — a spectacular museum with over 50 different species of dinosaurs to learn about.

  • Faliraki WaterPark- Rhodes

A family holiday isn’t complete without a day trip to a waterpark. This one is Greece’s largest and offers an unforgettable experience, with rides for all ages.


So, how much can you save on last minute family holidays this Easter? Start your holiday search here.