• 3 March 2021

Easter is a popular time to book a quick getaway for many people. While travel may not be on the cards in time for Easter 2021, what you can do right now is start planning your dream Europe Easter break for 2022! 

Luckily, we have just what you need for some excellent trip inspiration. These Easter getaways are affordable and cover Europe’s top travel destinations. Easter is usually a time for family and friends, and many shops and restaurants are closed during the more religious days. But that simply means more fun is to be had elsewhere, and often less spending is required! As it is Europe, Easter 2022 falls in mid-April which is springtime. This means the weather will be warming up and the landscapes will be blooming – one of the best times to visit Europe!

Travel tip: Celebrate spring in Europe with a visit to one of the many beautiful national parks across the continent!

On an Easter getaway to Europe, you can spend the holiday enjoying processions, festivals, and Easter eggs galore. There’s a magnificent Easter getaway waiting for you below. 

1. Budapest Easter break

Spending Easter in Budapest may just ruin celebrating Easter anywhere else in the future! The city offers plenty of festivals, from traditional Hungarian folk shows to bazaars and markets. 

The Buda Castle Easter Festival is a big event for the city. Here you can enjoy Easter egg painting, Easter shows, and lots of family-friendly activities. There is an entrance fee, but this also includes entry to the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. 

There’s also the usual excitement of egg decorating and sweet treats for you to enjoy, and you’re likely to find a scrumptious meal made for Easter Sunday wherever you are. 

Aerial view of Budapest Easter break
Experience the beauty of Budapest and enjoy the Easter festivities at Buda Castle!

Related: Experience the beauty of Budapest on a tour through Eastern Europe

2. Barcelona Easter getaway

Barcelona really shines during the Easter holidays. You can experience the city’s Holy Week, or Semana Santa, which brings out the true religion and culture of the Spanish people. 

Head to one of the cathedrals to watch the processions taking place, with people of all ages walking around the church and waving palms. Then there’s the excitement of Easter cakes – or Mona de Pascuas – on Easter Monday.  While many shops and restaurants will be closed, there is so much that happens in the city’s churches and streets, and most of it costs nothing to watch or take part in. 

Park Guell Barcelona Easter break
Barcelona is filled with colourful creations to discover on an Easter break!

Related: Visit for Easter break? Why not extend your trip and tour Spain while you’re here?

3. Lisbon last-minute Easter break

Portugal is divine during Easter, and Lisbon offers an affordable holiday filled with good food, lots of fun, and stunning weather. They also celebrate Holy Week here, so you can expect processions and gatherings much like in Budapest and Spain. 

The weather starts to warm up, so Lisbon’s outdoor spaces usually start to fill up too. Parks are perfect for afternoon strolls, while the beaches offer lazy days in the sun. 

You may not find an abundance of affordable chocolates to devour during this Easter trip, but you will find filling Portuguese meals. Also, keep an eye out for sweet, colourful almonds – they are a common treat over this holiday for many in Lisbon.

Rossio Square Lisbon Easter break
Admire the beautiful outdoor squares in Lisbon, Portugal.

Related: Book a tour to discover Spain and Portugal highlights for more Easter fun. 

4. Prague Easter trip

A big highlight of spending Easter in Prague is the number of markets you can find throughout the city. You can browse and shop for Easter eggs, decorations, and locally-made gifts. 

There are also shows and dance performances in the markets, and activities like Easter egg decorating competitions. And don’t forget the delicious Czech cuisine! The city comes alive with bright colours, enchanting aromas and friendly smiles all around. Big bonus: Prague is an affordable destination so you won’t have to spend much to enjoy your Easter getaway here!

Easter market and tree Old Town Square Prague Easter break
Shop at the Easter markets and see the Easter tree in Prague’s Old Town Square.

Related: Enjoy a bigger taste of Eastern Europe with a guided tour that takes you to Prague, Vienna, Munich, and more.

5. Copenhagen Easter weekend

Vibrant, bustling, and full of culture, Copenhagen offers short easter breaks to remember. The city is usually packed at this time, but if you’re travelling solo, you’ll enjoy the busy energy. Spend time cycling through the streets, admiring the landscapes and gorgeous spring colours. 

Copenhagen has a list of exciting activities to keep you entertained. From rides at Tivoli Gardens to bathing in the harbour, or perhaps skiing on the slopes. But there’s also plenty of opportunities to simply take in the sights and enjoy the mouthwatering food – enjoyable and affordable!

Women cycles through Nyavn Harbour Copenhagen Easter break
Explore the colourful sites around Nyhavn on a trip to Copenhagen.

Related: Experience a true Scandinavian escape and enjoy a captivating Copenhagen visit. 

From Easter markets and bazaars to festivals and shows, these Easter break ideas are bound to both enchant and relax you. The Easter holiday breaks may be short, but they offer a chance to escape for a bit. 

Which are your top Easter weekend breaks? Let the Expat Explore team know where you enjoy spending your Easter – with family, as a couple, or simply exploring as a solo traveller –  in the comments!

Questions & Comments

  1. Hi,
    Do you have any tours departing approximately around April 1st in Europe? Egypt? Turkey?
    I am based in Serbia and have around 10-14 days work break.
    Thanks for your assistance.

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