Make the most of the Easter holidays in Europe

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Make the most of the Easter holidays in Europe

Treat the kids (and yourself) this Easter, follow our handy tips for making the most of your Easter break.

Although the UK is a brilliant place to spend the Easter holidays, with the rest of Europe only a 35-minute journey away with LeShuttle, 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 getaway in Europe, we have put together a list of some of the best places to visit, and things to do during your Easter break.

Explore the local beach with your kids and four-legged friends

Visit the South of France in Springtime

As the spring sunshine begins to warm up Southern France, a trip to the beach is a great way to celebrate your Easter break. With blossom trees in full bloom, and a pleasant warmth to the breeze, a trip to these places in the South of France makes for the perfect Easter activity.

Le Petit Paradis

Le Petit Paradis is a leisure park for children, naturally very shaded, located in Vendargues at the gates of Montpellier. Since 1998, the park has strived to make children happy and has become a mythical and unmissable place: ‘a real family memory factory’.

Le Col Vert campsite

Just one of the fabulous campsites in the South of France, Col Vert is less of a campsite and more of a holiday village. With scenic pitches, a lake, pine forest, and ocean views, you are spoiled for views here. Plus, the kids club is excellent, so the little ones will be kept busy while the adults enjoy the relaxing spa.

Portiragnes Beach

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.

Going Underground walk in Dordogne

Dordogne is a beautiful place to explore, even underground! Go on an adventure through a series of underground trails and caverns, dating back as far as Neanderthal times. There are two guided walks available that are in combination with others offered by Walking Dordogne. Choose either ‘Ode to the Neanderthal’ or ‘In the footsteps of the Mammoth’ for a unique experience that’s suitable for all ages and abilities.

panoramic view of a city set on a river with colourful buildings and a large clock tower

City Break in Zurich

Often overlooked, the Swiss city of Zurich is a brilliant place to take the whole family during the Easter holidays. Not only are there plenty of fascinating museums to explore, there's also lots of beautiful scenery and captivating architecture to admire.

Technorama Science Centre

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.

Kaeng Krachan

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 study tigers, get up close with reptiles, and be sure to look up to see exotic birds flying through the trees.

World Football Museum

Lovers of the beautiful game will not be disappointed here. The newest exhibition is the interactive eFootball pitch, but everything football is here, from referee notes from the 60s to the kits and balls from historical matches. There’s over 1,000 exhibits here, so make plenty of time to explore.

Zürcher Spielzeugmuseum

Don’t be fooled by the size of this compact museum, as this collection of European toys from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. From trains, dolls, and their costumes, to antique games, wooden toys, and children's books, you’ll be enchanted.

rows and rows of different chocolates in various shapes and sizes with little signs for price and flavour

Easter fun 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.

Easter Egg Hunts

Belgium takes Easter seriously. That’s why you’ll find numerous egg hunts dotted around the cities, parks, and towns. Some of the more famous are those at Chlorophylle Park or Walibi Parc and the rather extravagant helicopter egg-drop in Thumaide. Prizes are given for finding special eggs, but it’s mostly all for the fun of the chocolate you can eat afterwards.

Pierre Marcolini

For somewhere a little more upmarket, head to Pierre Marcolini's in Brussels. This famous chocolatier brings something new every year, previously using pop-art influences, unusual ingredients, and shaped moulds to create fun (and sweet) adorned Easter bunnies and eggs that your kids will love.

Chocolate Nation

In Antwerp lies the world’s largest Belgian chocolate museum. Take a 60-minute tour through 14 themed rooms to experience the journey chocolate takes from the cocoa plantations to your tongue! History, tradition, and of course, tasting are all included here.

Street in Brussels lined with shops and restaurants

Stay safe during your holiday

We know that safety is key during your holidays, so why not see our fantastic social distancing holiday ideas? From first-time travellers to frequent drivers, we have all the information on how we can help you have the safest break yet, with all the fun.

Book your Easter holiday with LeShuttle

Plan ahead and book with us for your next European Easter ‘eggstravaganza’. From Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes, you’ll be on your way in no time.

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