1. Dublin to Barcelona, from €45 return*
A holiday in Barcelona can be anything you want it to be. Two weeks of tasting tapas around the Costa Brava, a week on Barceloneta’s beach with the company of a few sangrias, or a serious deep dive into Antoni Gaudi’s most illustrated city. If you spend a week there, you’ll be able to see most of the city, including Park Güell, Sant Jordi Palace, most of the shops in the Gothic Quarter, and Casa Batillo to name a few. If you want a different sort of break in Barcelona, fly into the city then head to Salvador Dali’s house on the coast in Portlligat. It’ll be an excellent time to visit the artsy, bohemian town of Cadaques too.Find cheap flights to Barcelona Hotels in Barcelona
2. Cork to Faro, from €50 return*
Whilst many make the journey from Faro airport straight to the beach, they’re always missing out on the charming city of Faro. Stop off in the city for 2 days to photograph the Old Town, drink port in the square and check out le Se (the Cathedral), then make your way down to the Algarve’s perfect coastline. There’s a beach for everyone, whether you want to surf party, or snooze. And yes, there are plenty of family-friendly beaches too.Find cheap flights to Faro Hotels in Faro
3. Knock to Tenerife, from €153 return*
Tenerife is a very popular holiday destination at any time of the year, but if you’re worried about bumping into the folks from home – don’t be. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Tenerife beyond the big resorts, starting with the secret beaches and scenic hikes you will find on the island. You’re bound to find a hidden spot in Playa Bollullo. If you’d prefer to get active, Los Cristianos is a great place to try to stand up paddle boarding, and El Médano has a bigger swell, ideal for kite surfing.Find cheap flights to Tenerife Hotels in Tenerife
4. Dublin to New York, from €199 return*
If you’re going to be spending Easter in New York, you have to visit Fine and Raw for some seriously indulgent treats. As the name suggests, they use low temperatures to ensure the quality of the cocoa isn’t affected during processing. The result is melt-in-the-mouth truffles, bars flecked with smoked sea salt and a chocolate factory worth of Willy Wonka.
However, you can’t have chocolate for every meal (unfortunately) so make sure you have a traditional New York brunch with unlimited mimosas, and take a long walk through Central Park to appreciate the spring blooms too.
Here are some top money-saving tips for things to see and do in New York. And, if you have some more time on your hands, we’ve also got some great tips on how to do the United States on a budget.Find cheap flights to New York Hotels in New York
5. Dublin to Crete, from €70 return*
Still worried about Greece’s economic situation? Don’t be. On the ground, the country is a pretty stable place, particularly in holiday islands such as Crete. It may work in your favour with drinks and restaurant meals costing as little as €10 a head. With a few weeks on this Greek island, you can play in the pale blue waters of Samaria Gorge, or bask in this pinkish sands on Elafonisi. And, if you’re with the family, meet the locals in the Aquaworld Aquarium. Right now the temperature is comfortably in the mid-twenties, ideal for dipping into the sea.
Crete is one of our best beach destinations for families on a budget. Check out the rest that made our list for 2019.Find cheap flights to Crete Hotels in Crete
6. Shannon to Fuerteventura, from €84 return*
These cheap flights to Fuerteventura make it ideal for an Easter getaway with the family or your friends. This sun-soaked Canary Island has traditional Spanish villages for exploring, as well as it’s own volcano atop Montana de Tindaya. This is a sacred place for the indigenous people of the Canary Islands, but you can still hike or bike up the mountain for the epic views across to Lanzarote. Once you descend, you’ll be in the village of Tindaya and you might be able to find the local cheese, queso Majorero.
Rioja at the ready? Check out our guide of what else to do in Fuerteventura in 2019.Find cheap flights to Fuerteventura Hotels in Fuerteventura
7. Dublin to Dubrovnik, from €131 return*
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is an amazing place to be during April, as the summer crowds haven’t arrived, but the temperature is warming up nicely. It’s great weather to check out the Game of Thrones filming locations along the city walls, and you won’t have to wait a long time for your bowl of školjke na buzaru (mussels) on the seafront. If you have the time, you could definitely drive up the coast to Split to see the Diocletian Palace, or hike through the Plitvice Lakes.
If you only have time for Dubrovnik, you can easily do these activities on a day trip – find out what else you can do on your Easter trip to Croatia.Find cheap flights to Dubrovnik Hotels in Dubrovnik
8. Dublin to Malaga, from €58 return*
If the weather and winter blues have been getting you down, Malaga might be the cure. There are blue skies, an average max temperature of 20°C and some beautiful beaches to see. However, if you visit in spring a must visit is the Parque de la Paloma for the rosy-pink blossoms. It’s also one of the best times to visit Marbella‘s Old Town, where you can get lost between the warm, tiled streets, the heavy orange trees, and nibble on churros before the summer crowds arrive.
Check out our local’s guide to Malaga to see what to do on a city break in this sun-kissed Andalusian city.Find cheap flights to Malaga Hotels in Malaga
9. Cork to Malta, from €97 return*
Malta is one of the loveliest holiday destinations in Europe. And, despite its’ compact size, you won’t have to share it with many during Easter – it’s a hidden gem as far as beach holidays are concerned. The beaches aren’t laid with traditional silky-soft white sand. Instead, there are places like Comino (The Blue Lagoon), where you can swim and snorkel in the clearest water. If the sun goes in (unlikely), check out the neolithic ruins of Mnajdra and Hagar Qim.
Malta is one of Europe’s ten smallest countries – discover the other nine!Find cheap flights to Malta Hotels in Malta
10. Dublin to Nice, from €46 return*
Imagine strolling along Promenade des Anglais on a Sunday afternoon, or perhaps lounging in one of the blue chairs on the beach before walking through Phoenix Park? Whilst it might be a little nippy for swimming in the Baie des Anges, it’s perfect weather for museum-hopping and shopping in Nice. Easter is a great time for a cultural city break on the south coast of France, coffee in hand, hanging out on a balcony facing the seafront (check out the hotels in Nice here!).
If you can’t make it out to Nice this Easter, the city counts among the best weekend breaks to book in May 2019.Find cheap flights to Nice Hotels in Nice
*Updated March 2019. Flight prices are for return journeys from Ireland departing between between 01.04.2019 and 30.04.2019. Prices indicative and subject to availability.
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