In the middle of Easter and you still don’t know where to travel? Planning a last-minute getaway but not sure where the destination should be? If this is your case and you need some inspiration, we offer five plans to help you make a decision: three destinations close to home and two suggestions for you to travel beyond our borders.
These are getaways for all tastes and all budgets, to travel with family, as a couple, with friends or simply alone; trips that will allow you to savor, after two years of restrictions, a certain normality. Will you resist and stay at home? Pack your bags and go. You still have time!
Mallorca by bike
Spring is an ideal season to cycle around the island. Long days and pleasant temperatures invite you to enjoy the outdoors and savor its countless nooks and crannies. You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist to hit the road, you just want to be in touch with nature, and Mallorca makes that easy. Did you know that it has an attractive 2,071 kilometer long network made up of 16 cycle routes?
They connect the main population centers and points of interest, such as towns, lighthouses, hermitages and the Serra de Tramuntana, and have different degrees of difficulty, depending on the distance and the slope. They are, in short, another way to discover the island and, among all of them, you will surely find the one that best suits your needs.
The Andratx course, 53 kilometers long and with a drop of 690 meters, is very accessible
The Andratx road, 53 kilometers long and 690 meters high and very accessible; the one that starts from Alcúdia and leads to the spectacular Formentor lighthouse, 96 kilometers long and with a drop of 990 meters, a little more demanding; that of Son Carrió, 130 kilometers long and with a drop of 1,772 meters, designed for experienced cyclists, or that of Serra de Tramuntana north, which runs along the road to sa Calobra, 109 kilometers long and with a drop of 1 977 meters, only suitable for high level cyclists, are some of the most attractive routes. You dare?
A “slow” route through the Alentejo
It is, unfairly, one of the most misunderstood regions of Portugal, despite the hoarding of absolutely wonderful corners. Its prehistoric megaliths, its Roman remains, its medieval castles, its beautiful churches, its virgin beaches, its vineyards and its excellent gastronomy make Alentejo an Easter destination suitable for all audiences.
There is no rush here. The proximity of Spain makes it advisable to travel “the eternal light of Portugal”, as the region is called, by car from north to south -or from south to north- while perceiving how the landscapes are slowly changing . The beautiful Évora, Elvas and its fortifications, Estremoz, Vila Nova de Milfontes, the Roman Museum of Marvao, the Jewish quarter of Castelo de Vide or Zambujeira de Mar, an idyllic town located in the heart of the Southwest Natural Park of Alentejo and Costa Vicentina, will they fall in love
Take the opportunity to taste Estremoz wine and stay in one of the herds Is areas (quintas) that dot the region, mostly old estates converted into rural tourism establishments and far from the hustle and bustle of the coastal towns. You will love the experience.
First sea bath in Chiclana
If you fancy the sea, head to the beaches of Cádiz, a real gift for all those who love to enjoy the sun and the sweetness of life. We suggest a getaway to Chiclana de la Frontera, on the Costa de la Luz, a town with heavenly corners.
One of its most treasured treasures is Barrosa Beach, a sandy area that regularly makes it onto tourist favorites lists for its own merit. It extends for eight kilometers, from the cliffs of Sancti Petri to Loma del Puerco, and in some sections it reaches 100 meters wide. In addition to fine golden sand and warm waters, it has an excellent infrastructure. La Barrosa is not only interesting in broad daylight. Its sunsets and promenades are famous, especially at low tide, which turns the beach into an even more impressive space.
Savor the ‘Fried Fish’, Shrimp Omelet, Seafood Rice or Seasoned Potatoes
You will have no problem finding accommodation in the city – it has an excellent hotel offer – or eating out. Get ready to suck your fingers. As in the whole bay of Cadiz, eating in Chiclana is a delight. savor the little fish fries, the shrimp omelette, the seafood rice or the seasoned potatoes, not forgetting the gazpacho or the almond cake of the cloistered nuns of the Agustinas Recoletas, a real delight.
Back in London (finally!)
Did you stay without moving in the British capital because of the covid? You still haven’t given a date for the getaway you had so carefully planned? Don’t put off the trip any longer. It’s time to resume the project, get on a plane and set off to discover (or rediscover) London; you can always find plane tickets at reasonable prices. Please note that the UK has removed all requirements, so you can enter the country without any restrictions and without any additional proof or documentation required.
Few cities in the world have as many attractions as London: a precious historical and architectural heritage, a wide cultural and leisure offer, a multitude of spectacular parks and gardens, shops, markets and flea markets… And it has full of ingredients to satisfy the most demanding tourists. Beyond Big Ben; Buckingham Palace and its changing of the guard; Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus; Hyde Park or St. James’s Park, the Tower of London, the Thames or its museums (visiting the permanent collections of major galleries is free), spring still offers you a few opportunities.
London is especially beautiful in the spring, when the wisteria are in full bloom. Come to Bedford Gardens in Notting Hill, you may be able to see the first purple petals glowing on the facades, parks and gardens. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover Coal Drops Yard, the new fashion, food and leisure shopping area in King’s Cross that is all the rage among Londoners. It occupies a former coal warehouse with Victorian architecture and is home to shops and restaurants, markets, workshops and all kinds of activities. Will not leave you indifferent. Assurance!
The Drum Route
We could not present a list of proposals without including a suggestion of Holy Week, when marches and processions are the protagonists throughout the territory. We head to the region of Lower Aragón, in Teruel, to discover first-hand the Ruta del Tambor y el Bombo, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. From last Saturday until Easter Sunday, the acts follow one another. After two years of silence, the nine municipalities that make up the organization -Albalate del Arzobispo, Alcañiz, Alcorisa, Andorra, Calanda, Híjar, La Puebla de Híjar, Samper de Calanda and Urrea de Gaén- beat the drums with a deafening roar.
Will you resist and stay at home? Pack your bags and go. You still have time!
Filmmaker Luis Buñuel, son of Calanda, said that all you had to do was put your hand on one of the city walls to feel the vibrations that shook the houses caused by the hour break. And he wasn’t exaggerating. It takes place on the night of Thursday to Good Friday in most towns, although the best known is Calanda.
Traveling to this area at this time of year is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the depths of Lower Aragón and explore unexpected corners in the form of mountains, rivers, viewpoints and towns with cobbled streets. and historic buildings that speak of a distant past.