The Canary Islands, Florida, Barcelona and Rome are all family favourite destinations for the Easter holidays. Although they’re all fab in their own right, you might want to take the family slightly off the beaten track this year and go down the route of something a little less-known.

If you’re up for a spontaneous family getaway this spring, here are a few ideas that might tempt you even more. Here are a few ideas to make your Easter holiday that little bit more exciting…

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Coastal Cottages

Let’s start off somewhere close to home. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a gorgeous national gem where you can explore the beautiful beaches, walk part of the 186 miles of the coast path with breath-taking views and enjoy the local food and events of the county. There’s water sports on Newgale beach, wildlife spotting around the coastline and loads of places to go hiking. Hire a cute stone cottage on the Cleddau estuary for all the family with amazing water views and a personal hot tub.

Book your Pembrokeshire Cottage here

Dorset

Cobb Harbour Lyme Regis Dorset

Head down to Dorset this Easter and stay in the cute, boutique Alexandra Hotel. They’ve recently launched monthly Film & Supper Nights this spring. It includes cocktails, a two-course dinner from the hotel’s seasonal menu and a film screening in its private Georgian chapel. Perfect for teenagers and adults, this cosy retreat might be just what you need.

Book your room at the Alexandra Hotel here

Switzerland

Switzerland's Lake Lucerne and the Alps.
Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne and the Alps
Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism By-Line: swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

Take 8 days out to discover the glorious scenery of the Lake Lucerne region of Switzerland. It’s the country’s fourth largest lake and is home to a whole load of natural beauty and mountains to hike. Accompanied by a guide, you’ll enjoy boat trips, alpine excursions and mountain rail travel, visiting Mount Rigi, the Pilatus Summit and Kriens, with a journey along the famous Gotthard route to Göschenen.

Plan your trip to Lake Lucerne here

Normandy

Normandy cliffs

The picturesque Pay de Bray countryside in Normandy hosts this year’s Easter Fair in the village of Buchy. There will be a funfair on all weekend with a donkey and chicken fair on the Sunday and a market boasting 200 stalls on the Monday morning. There’s something for all ages; older children will enjoy the rides where little ones can make friends with the animals and adults can enjoy all the artisanal produce on offer.

For more information visit the website here

Malawi

Mvuu Lodge Malawi

For somewhere further afield, visit the Liwonde National Park in Malawi near the Mozambique border. Well-known for their lion conservation, you’ll be able to take a 10-day trip, combining Liwonde’s eagerly-anticipated new Kuthengo Camp, and two other lodges –  one in Majete Game Reserve and the other on the lakeshore. Enjoy one of Malawi’s most popular safari experiences with elephants, hippos and crocodiles.

Plan your trip to Malawi here

Mexico

Riviera Nayarit Mexico

For a cultural and traditional experience, visit Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit. It offers more than 250 miles of golden coastline where you can go whale and dolphin watching against a mountain backdrop. This will be a true family adventure as well as a rich, cultural experience. Puerto Vallarta is home to more than thirty galleries showcase work by local, national and international artists too.

Plan your trip to Puerto Vallarta here 

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