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10 Short Breaks Over Easter Holidays, Flights & Hotels From €298pp

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From city breaks to seaside resorts, I’ve hand-picked some great short breaks over Easter holidays with flights and highly rated accommodation included.

Walk along the medieval walls in Dubrovnik, take a road trip through Tuscany, or laze on the beach in Sardinia – these are just a sample of my favourite short breaks over Easter holidays. All deals are priced with flights and highly rated hotels or apartments.
 
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1. Croatia: Flights & 5-Star Hotel, 3 Nights, Half Board – €428pp

easter weekend in Croatia

The medieval city of Dubrovnik should be on everyone’s wish list. It is so well preserved and looks like something straight out of a fairytale. There are many great hotel choices here, but I found a superb deal in the 5-star Hotel Croatia, which is located in the pretty resort of Cavtat, an hour’s water taxi ride away from the city. 

Read my top tips on discovering Dubrovnik

 

 

 
As well as the benefit of staying in a luxury 5-star hotel, there is a Wellness Centre with heated indoor pool. This deal also includes breakfast and evening meal each day! 

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2. Tuscany: Flights & 4 Nights in San Gimignano – €349pp

short breaks to Tuscany from Ireland

Pisa is not one of my favourite city break destinations, but it is superbly located to explore Tuscany. Pisa is served from Dublin and Cork airports with Ryanair, and it is one of my top 20 City break destinations for 2022. I recommend hiring a car, as there are many towns and villages to discover in Tuscany.
 

 

 
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located close to the airport so it is best seen when you arrive, or before you leave to fly home – depending on your flight times.

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany
 

 

 
Return flights are available from Dublin for €123 on the 12th of April for four nights. I have chosen the highly rated three-star Hotel Colline just outside the walled city of San Gimignano, this is one of Tuscany’s prettiest and most famous towns. You could also choose to stay in Florence, which is located about 90 minutes drive from Pisa.
 

 

 
Search flights 12th – 16th April €123pp

View hotel here €226pp

 

 

 

 

3. Menorca: Flights & Apartment, Family of 4 – €1168, Family of 6 – €1388

menorca

Still relatively unspoilt, Menorca retains all the charm and character you would expect from a Spanish island, without the high rise blocks. Although very popular with families, Menorca would also suit a romantic getaway. With beautiful landscapes and gorgeous cove beaches, there is lots to explore, and plenty of pretty towns and villages to enjoy a nice meal.
 

 

 

For families, the 4-star White Sands Beach Club by Diamond Resorts offers great value. Located beside a secluded cove in Arenal d’en Castell, it boasts an infinity pool, children’s pool and Spa. This two bedroom apartment will sleep up to six. 
 

 

 
I have priced these short breaks over Easter weekend from the 13th to 17th of April, but many more dates and durations are available – simply edit the search dates via the links below.

 

Search flights 13th – 17th April €110pp

View Apt here €728
 

 

 

4. Sardinia: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights – €458pp

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With a direct three-hour flight from Dublin Airport and a ten-minute airport transfer, you can be enjoying nice Italian food in the old town of Alghero, with one of Italy’s best beaches beside you.

Sardinia is perfect for a short break over Easter weekend. With cobbled stone streets, trendy boutiques and a great food scene, Alghero is a pleasure to stroll around. And if you are lucky with the weather, there is a gorgeous sandy beach on your doorstep!
 

 

 
I have chosen the 4-star Alma di Alghero Hotel which is only €280 per person including breakfast, based on a three-night stay from the 14th of April. Many more dates and durations are available – check out this post for more information:

Read: Sardinia holidays from Ireland, weekend breaks and summer holiday deals

Search flights 14th – 17th April €178

View hotel here €280pp  
 

 

 

5. PortAventura: 3-Night Family Break Including Passes, 2ad & 2ch – €954

Easter holidays in Portaventura

Take the kids to PortAventura during Easter holidays and they will thank you for it! Not only is it one of Europe’s largest theme parks, but it’s also one of the best. I visited twice, and loved it and was amazed at how many rides and experiences are available for children of all ages.
 

 

 
I have a choice of accommodation  to choose from. Stay in a two-bedroom apartment at the popular Pierre & Vacances Salou, or stay at the PortAventura Hotel, where you can walk in and out of the park as many times as you like. You can also enjoy a complimentary family pass to Ferrari Land, which is located nearby.

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6. Majorca: Flights & 5-Star Hotel 3 Nights ex Dublin – €298pp; 7 Night ex Shannon – €435pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Palma ticks all boxes if you are looking for short breaks from Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Ireland West. Don’t miss a trip to Palma’s cathedral, and a stroll along the marina is a must in the evenings. Palma is also a great choice for a shopping break, and is an ideal launchpad to explore the rest of the island.
 

 

 
There are many different resorts to choose from, but I found a superb deal in the 5-star CM Mallorca Palace. This luxury beachfront hotel is located about an hour from Palma, however the reviews are so good, you may not want to leave!

Price for a three-night break from Dublin is €298 per person, or a seven-night break from Shannon is €435 per person.

Search flights 14th – 17th April ex Dublin €169pp, 15th – 22nd April ex Shannon €150pp

View hotel here €129pp  3-Nights

 

View hotel here €285pp  7-Nights
 

 

 

7. Algarve: Flights & 4-Star Adults-Only hotel, 4 Nights, B&B – €392pp

4-star beach hotels in the Algarve

The Algarve is always a popular choice, and I was surprised to find good value flights still available with Aer Lingus during Easter holidays. I have chosen a four-night break but simply change the dates on the links below if you wish to extend your stay.
 

 

 
The adult-only Falesia Hotel receives excellent reviews and offers direct access to the beautiful 8km beach of Praia da Falesia. Located in the pretty town Olhos de Agua,  yet close enough to the lively resort Albufeira, it offers the bets of both worlds. There is a choice dining options and bars if you prefer to stay on site, as well as an indoor pool and Spa.

Read: The best beach hotels on the Algarve

View flights here €112pp

 
View hotel here €280pp  
 

 

 

8. Toulouse: Flights & 4-Star Aparthotel, 3 Nights – €338pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Otherwise known as ‘The Pink City’, Toulouse is a colourful, vibrant city that is a pleasure to ramble around. Although one of France’s largest cities, it doesn’t feel like it when you are lost in the Old Town or relaxing by the Garonne River.
 

 

 
Constantly voted as one of the top places where French people want to live, this University town offers a lively atmosphere as well as some outstanding museums, including the Space and Aviation museums. I enjoyed a weekend in Toulouse a few years ago and loved it – Toulouse is also ideal for solo travellers.

Read my Toulouse travel blog – why you should visit and what to do when you get there.

 

 
I have chosen the Privilège Appart Hôtel Saint Exupéry for its central location and superb views.  Priced at only €158 per person based on a three-night stay from the 16th of April, it offers excellent value for a short break during Easter holidays. Many more dates and durations are available.

View flights here 14th – 17th April €158pp

View hotel here €180pp  
 

 

 

9. Biarritz: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 7 Nights – €538pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Biarritz is one of those cities that is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be! We stayed here a few years ago while visiting northern Spain and loved it. Its got a fantastic beach, gorgeous restaurants and great shopping. There is everything from designer boutiques to surf shops, and a daily food market that you won’t want to miss.
 

 

 
Speaking of food – Biarritz is only 45 minutes drive from San Sebastian, so if you fancy hiring a car for the day, it might be a good opportunity to visit one of Europe’s best food destinations. 

I priced this trip on a three-night stay in the highly rated Best Western Plus Hôtel Littéraire Jules Verne Hotel. Located in the heart of the town, it offers superb value for a short break during Easter holidays.

Search flights 14th – 21st April €108pp

View hotel here €430pp 
 

 

 

10. Gothenburg: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights – €334pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sweden is a country that is on my own wish list, and this super deal to Sweden’s second city is a great introduction. With return airfares from €163, this must be one of the best value short breaks over Easter weekend.
 

 

 
Despite its seaside location, Gothenburg is known as the Green City. It has an abundance of green spaces, and its work on sustainability has made it one of Europe’s leading cities in this field. Gothenburg is an inviting city renowned for its friendly seaside charm, as well as its great food and craft beer scene. Thrill seekers might also like to try the many rides and rollercoasters at Scandinavia’s largest theme park – Liseberg.
 

 

 
The Radisson Blu Riverside overlooks Gothenburg’s harbour and the Göta River. It also boasts a wellness centre and a rooftop terrace with a hot tub.

Search flights 16th – 19th April €163pp

View hotel here €171pp  
 

 

 
All of these short breaks over Easter weekend are correct at time of issue, but are subject to change. Please note that these links are affiliate links where we receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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Family Break to Salou for Easter – Flights, Sanguli Resort & PortAventura, 2ad & 2ch, 4 Nights, €1134!

portaventura

I found this amazing family break to Salou for Easter, staying in the 4-star Sanguli Resort Salou, with tickets to PortAventura included. You need to check this one out!

 

With holidays from school lasting two weeks, a family break to Salou for Easter is a great idea. I found a great deal staying in the superb Sanguli resort. This is one of Spain’s most popular campsites and is always booked out during the Summer months. Situated beside the beach, in the heart of Salou, and only minutes from Port Aventura Theme Park, the location just couldn’t be better. Sanguli is equipped with pool slides, an entertainment program and beautiful gardens, so it’s not surprising that it is one of the most sought after family properties in the area.

 

 

 
I included a two day pass to PortAventura in this deal too. I went there last year with my kids and they loved it. Read my review of PortAventura for all the highlights, tips and tricks. You can also take a day trip to Barcelona, the Roman city of Tarragona, or the harbour town of Cambrils – a food lovers paradise! Suffice to say you will be spoilt for things to do.  

family break to salou for easter
 

 

 
A two bedroom Rossini mobile home at Sanguli Resort is only £226 (approx €260), for four nights – this is incredible value for such a busy time of year. If you have three or four children, a three bedroom mobile home is only £274 (approx €310). The flight cost for additional adults or children is only €168.
 

 

 
All mobiles come complete with decking, an outdoor table, parasol,  chairs, sun Loungers, & reclining chairs. You will need to pay extra for bed linen and towels. Don’t worry, a family pack that consists of 1 double linen pack, 2 single linen packs, 2 beach/bath towel packs and 2 bath mats is only £55! If travelling with a baby, you will receive a travel cot, high chair baby bath, socket covers and baby gate on the terrace all free of charge, just pre book it before you go.

family break to Salou for Easter
 

 

 
Flights depart from Dublin to Reus every day at that time of year, but I selected a four-night stay, departing Easter Sunday, the 12th of April, returning Thursday the 16th of April. I have chosen Barcelona Reus airport as it is only 6 miles from Salou. Barcelona main airport is actually cheaper to fly to, but the transfer costs are much higher, and journey time from the airport is much longer.

 

View flights here €168pp

View accommodation here 2 bedroom home €260; 3 bedroom home €310

View PortAventura Tickets here 2 Day PortAventura & Ferrari Land Ticket, Adult €54pp, Child €47pp  

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Please note that some of the links in this family break to Salou post are affiliate links, where I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  

 

Sarah

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