Although the UK is a brilliant place to spend the Easter half term, with the rest of Europe only a 35-minute journey away with
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
, why not take advantage of the bank holiday weekend and discover somewhere new. From camping out with our family in the springtime sunshine, to exploring the culture of Europe's amazing cities, a trip across the Channel always promises to be a lot of fun. To get you inspired for your Easter in Europe, I've put together a list of some of the best places to visit, and things to do during your half term break.
Make the most of the spring sun
As the spring sunshine begins to warm up Southern France, a trip to the beach is a great way to celebrate your Easter half term. With blossom trees in full bloom, and a pleasant warmth to the breeze, a trip to the beach makes the perfect Easter activity.
For a remote, stunning and dog-friendly retreat, be sure to head over to the sandy dunes of Portiragnes beach, which is located close to the town of Béziers, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. Surrounded by plenty of wild plants, and fronted by gorgeous, clear water, a splash around with your kids and four-legged friend is the best way to kick-start your Easter holiday.
Explore the local beach with your kids and four-legged friends
Treat your family to a city break
Often overlooked, the Swiss city of Zurich is a brilliant place to take the whole family during Easter half term. Not only are there plenty of fascinating museums to explore, there's also lots of beautiful scenery and captivating architecture to admire.
If you and your kids love science, a great place to visit is the Technorama Science Centre, which is jam-packed with captivating interactive exhibits. Learn all about light in the museum's laser demonstration, or get up close to a lightning bolt, which is a part of the Magneticity collection. .
Alternatively, take advantage of the spring weather and head over to the city's zoo. Visit the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park, named after the national park in Thailand, and watch these majestic creatures feed and interact. As well as the elephants, you can also watch and study tigers, reptiles, and exotic birds as they fly through the trees.
Watch and admire the beautiful elephants
If you love to be in the great outdoors, a trip to Lake Annecy is a great location for admirers of natural beauty. With the warmer weather, the azure lake makes for the perfect water sports location, so be sure to book yourself and your kids in for lessons in paddle boarding, sailing and wakeboarding.
If you prefer to be on dry land, why not rent a bike and cycle around the edges of the lake, exploring the local markets, and taking in the breathtaking scenery. After pedalling around the lake, be sure to find a place to set up camp with your family. There are plenty of picturesque camping sites situated close to the lake, so just take your pick.
Get involved with water sports at Lake Annecy
Hunt down Easter eggs in Belgium
Often celebrated as one of the best chocolate making countries in Europe, Belgium is the number one place to visit when on the hunt for yummy Easter eggs. Neuhaus, one of the oldest and most widespread chocolatiers in Belgium, produces a number of handcrafted luxury eggs during the Easter season. From milk chocolate eggs filled with delectable truffles, to shiny, hand-sculpted dark chocolate bunnies, there's a treat for everyone.
For somewhere a little more upmarket, head to Pierre Marcolini's in Brussels. This year, the famous chocolatier is using pop-art influences to create fun, and sweet adorned Easter bunnies and eggs that your kids will love.
Pierre Marcolini easter eggs
Feeling inspired for your Easter break?
If you're ready to tour Europe and make the most of your Easter half term this year, make the journey with
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
. It only takes 35-minutes to cross the Channel, so you'll be well on your way in no time at all.
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Pierre Marcolini Factory Tour © Lee McCoy
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