Easter often goes hand in hand with springtime and warmer weather. This time of year also rhymes with multiple long weekends spent with the family. To get out of winter moods and recharge your batteries, take your cue from our selection. Casablanca and Barcelona will satisfy your need for sun, Oslo makes for a very unusual getaway and Prague or Vienna will please culture-craving travellers.
Casablanca, for lazing about
All guides will indicate that Easter is the ideal time of year to explore the ‘white city'. The city enjoys mild and sunny weather, but it may still be a bit chilly for that bathing suit you've been dying to wear. Take a walk along the coast instead, smell the sea breeze and gaze upon the sunset. The red city is brimming with treasures: its Art Deco architecture, the old medina, the ancient citadel and the Hassan II mosque... Casablanca's a stunner!
Oslo, for a city break
You may not have thought about it, but we did! For Easter, Norwegian families gather to enjoy the return of sunny days and use the holiday as a chance to go skiing or trekking. In Oslo, museums stay open and offer family-oriented activities, like at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History or the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology. Take advantage of this city break and explore Bergen, a small coastal town west of the country that is a designated UNESCO world heritage site.
Vienna, for the museums
The Austrian capital unfolds its charms as museums, art galleries and cafés go... with some whipped cream on top! The city of the Habsburgs does not rest on its laurels. On the contrary, it is gearing for the future and spares no expense as culture goes. You may be introduced to contemporary artists, visit the Sisi Museum or others devoted to modern art, or listen to a classical concert... The choice is yours!
Barcelona, for the architecture
If Barcelona, Spain, is synonymous with the easy life, it is no doubt linked to the climate, the food and the warm welcome inhabitants will give you. During Easter weekend, Gaudí's city is still pretty much free of the summer crowds. It is the ideal time of year to discover the city, lose yourself in the narrow streets, admire the unique features of the architecture and, why not, indulge in a shopping spree.
Prague, for the bohemian spirit
From the Vltava riverbanks in Czech Republic, you'll understand why Goethe, Chateaubriand and Guillaume Apollinaire all sung the bohemian city's praises. The city of a hundred spires crosses influences as architecture shows. Sometimes Romanesque or Gothic, it can also be Baroque. While you stroll down the historical centre and its maze of paved narrow streets, make a stop at the Café du Louvre, just like Kafka did in his time. It will then be time to cross the Charles bridge and discover the alternate, more design, face of the city.