Which European Cities Should You Visit for Easter?
Easter is a magical time, second only to Christmas for the appeal it holds. Time spent with family and friends, food and drink being enjoyed, it is a traditional holiday that both Catholics and non-religious people look forward too.
Since travel rules have changed, and allowed more freedom, people are looking to enjoy a getaway with a difference. Rather than hunting for chocolate at home, egg hunts are taking place on beaches, near iconic landmarks and on road trips.
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Easter in Brussels
We know there is the religious aspect to Easter, and we will touch upon that later with a couple of our chosen places. Chocolate, however, plays a huge part in the enjoyment of the Easter weekend. Where else to enjoy that other than the birthplace of the finest chocolate in the world!
With tastings and demos at the Chocolate and Cocoa Museum, then chocolate shops close to the Grand-Place, you are never far from a world of confectionary!
Brussels is also an extremely picturesque city, so hopping in the hire car to explore will make the whole trip more enjoyable. Hosting more cultural events than New York and boasting a place on the top dating cities to visit in the world, Brussels has a host of sights to make Easter a little different this year.
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Easter in Paris
Famed for its romance, loved for its culture and adored for its sights, Paris can tick all the boxes for an Easter trip. Often thought of as a city for couples, Paris also comes to life for the kids during Easter.
Head to Parc Andre Citroen for an annual Easter egg hunt that takes place on Easter Sunday and Monday, and allow the kids to discover plenty of eggs whilst enjoying face painting, art workshops and dancing!
No trip to Paris is complete without a drive down the Champs Elysees. The stunning visuals that greet you as you take in some of the best sights in Paris are worth the car hire fee alone.
Browse our Paris Directory to get your hire car organised, and avoid excess fees whilst on your trip.
Easter in Rome
As with much of Italy, Rome fully embraces the true meaning of Easter and as a result, the city adds even more to its stunning beauty. Head to the Colosseum on Good Friday to witness the ritual of the stations of the cross being re-enacted. It normally starts at around 5pm, but we would suggest an earlier arrival. On Easter Sunday, mass is read in St Peter’s Square and is something to savour, whether religious or not. It is a hugely revered occasion and is, for many, an experience to fully immerse yourself in. A hotel owner recently stated that Easter is one of the best times to visit Rome, as it tends to be the week before the larger crowds are drawn in.
With so many sites to see in Rome, it is advisable to pick up a hire car from either Fiumicino or Ciampino airport to help you get around. Browse our Rome directory for guidance and get fully covered against excess fees.
Easter in Berlin
A long-time favourite of those looking for a weekend break, Berlin fuses music, art, chocolate and knights (yes, knights!) into a city-wide celebration.
The Britzer garden hosts an event where over 1000 decorative eggs are hung from the trees. A programme of events compliments this visual spectacle and has proven popular with families for years.
The Easter Knights Festival then takes you back in time to medieval Easter, with knight tournaments, exhibitions and activities for the kids. Parents won’t feel left out, though, as the variety of taverns and stalls keeps them fed and watered whilst the little ones marvel.
Berlin is a big city with multiple attractions spread out across a variety of areas. Pick up a hire car at Berlin Brandenburg airport and you can soon be on your way. Our comprehensive Berlin directory contains all the information you need.
Easter in Barcelona
Barcelona has always been a destination for couples as well as families, and during Easter it will be no different. The popular Spanish city has a host of attractions to keep you busy during the Easter weekend.
Focusing heavily on the religious aspects of Easter, Barcelona prides itself on the many processions and masses that are held over the Easter period.
Join the Easter mass at Sagrada Famillia – arrive early as space is limited! Get to the church by 8:30am in order not to miss out. For an Easter with a difference, there is the Gothic Quarter which embraces Easter in a very different way to the rest of the city.
Our other top tips are at two very different ends of the spectrum. The Processions of the Brotherhoods – made famous by the conical hats and its nod to the crimes committed by members of the brotherhoods many years ago – take place on Good Friday and are a cultural sight enjoyed by many.
Looking for something less sombre? PortAventura World combines three parks that get the adrenaline flowing. Ferrari World, Caribe Aquatic park and PortAventura Land all offer a faster-paced environment and will surely see those Easter egg calories burnt off!
Wherever you plan to travel for Easter this year. The team at Direct Car Hire Excess can keep you fully covered against excess fees with one of our plans. Offering European, worldwide and holiday cover, we can help you travel safe in the knowledge you won’t have any additional fees to pay, should a claim need to be made. Contact us today for advice on which plan is the best for you.