With its central position, Birmingham has always been a great base from which to see the attractions of the British Isles, but with a huge variety of destinations accessible from Birmingham Airport, it’s also easier than ever before to explore Europe and beyond. With the Easter break season upon us, here are some well-loved favourites and hidden gems that make up five great European holiday destinations to fly to this Easter from Birmingham.
The Mediterranean island of Malta is a much-loved summer destination, but it really comes to life at Easter. Holy Week is a time when many native Maltese gather in the beautiful churches across the island, but there are also large public processions that take the breath away. On Good Friday, you can see men carrying large crosses accompanied by Roman soldiers, whilst Easter Sunday itself has a triumphant mood with the island joining together as one in celebration and statues paraded down every street. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy the spectacle of a Maltese Easter.
For over a billion Catholics across the world, all thoughts turn to the Vatican on Easter Sunday, which is one reason that many will fly from Birmingham to Rome over the Easter weekend. To a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s square, His Holiness The Pope delivers a traditional Easter address to the city of Rome and to the world. Of course, Rome has a wealth of other attractions to see, from the Colosseum to the Spanish Steps, and the warm Easter climate makes this an ideal time to visit the Eternal City.
You don’t have to wait for summer to arrive to enjoy a beautiful sunshine holiday in Europe. By the beginning of April, the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain typically enjoy temperatures in the sixties, with around 13 hours of sunshine per day. This is one of the easiest travel options, as airports such as Birmingham run very regular flights to Palma airport in Majorca. Also, parking deals can sometimes come hand in hand with this. Many offers on parking at Birmingham airport, available via birminghamparking.com include park and fly option.
The famous song ‘April in Paris’ was composed in 1932, and it’s just as stunning to visit at Easter today as it was then. There’s so much to see and do here, from visiting the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe, to shopping trips along the Champs Elysees and Rue De Passy. It’s only 75 minutes from Birmingham, but it can feel like another world.
A perfect Easter break doesn’t have to involve hot weather or a bustling city, as a break to Reykjavik will demonstrate. The capital of Iceland is a city like no other and has become a favourite haunt of celebrities like Damon Albarn, Emma Watson, and Beyoncé. The climate is cold, but the people are warm and friendly, and you can always relax in one of Iceland’s many volcanic springs.
Parking at Birmingham airport, boarding a plane and flying to Iceland, Paris, Majorca, Malta or Rome will give you an Easter you’ll always remember. As these five destinations show, Europe is still a very diverse continent, and a short European break can be affordable and convenient. Whether you love arts and culture, beautiful landscapes, or sun, sand, and sea, there’s a perfect holiday waiting for you and your family this Easter.