Marco Polo’s Top 5 Easter destinations for 2018 + GIVEAWAY

Easter is only two weeks away, and there is still time to book a last-minute trip to catch the first April sun in one of Marco Polo’s favourite Easter holiday destinations! Don’t forget to check out our Spring giveaway at the end of the post, for a chance to win 5 Marco Polo Pocket Guides of your choice and a FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 camera!

Photo credit: Tim Kelly


Rome is perfect for a true Easter experience. Easter can be one of the busiest times to visit the Eternal city, but in recent years many people have taken advice not to visit at Easter, so there are plenty of hotel rooms to be had at reasonable prices. To hear the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica ring on Easter Sunday is an unforgettable experience. Those not too keen on the spiritual can benefit from free access to all of Rome’s archaeological sites and museums, as the first Sunday of the month falls on Easter Sunday this year. Though do be sure to pack your umbrella, as April tends to be one of Rome’s rainier months.


Not willing to risk the rain in Rome? Then why not head over to Sri Lanka? April is one of the best times to visit Sri Lanka, as the peak tourist is winding down before the monsoon season’s arrival in May. Sunshine, warm weather and beaches – not to mention the beautiful nature and fascinating wildlife – make sure that nobody misses the chocolate eggs. Whether you decide to stay in one place, or travel around the island, Sri Lanka will not disappoint.


Vienna is a great destination for an Easter break. While many locals head for the ski slopes, the city caters to those who stay – or arrive – with a multitude of Easter markets, chocolate and rabbits everywhere. Visit the Schönbrunn Easter market for some beautiful handcrafted souvenirs or take the children to the Prater area for some fun including the famous giant ferris wheel. Don’t forget to try Osterpinze, a local bread like pastry eaten during the Easter holidays.


Another guaranteed destination for sun is Cape Verde. The archipelago off the coast of Africa is a perfect alternative to the more familiar Canaries. The weather is a lovely and warm, and April is the ideal time for whale-watching. Also, there are some lively Easter festivities to be seen, as the locals ring in the Easter Sunday with a big party.


If a six-hour flight is not your thing, Barcelona is a good choice. Sure, the museums and shops have slightly awkward holiday opening times – mainly on Easter Monday – but there are still places that cater to the tourists. Be sure to check out the main Easter parades and processions on Good Friday, and on Easter Sunday you should stay in the vicinity of the Barcelona Cathedral – not to be confused with Sagrada Familia – for a true Barcelona Easter experience.


To celebrate Spring, Marco Polo is organising a giveaway! We are giving away a set of 5 Marco Polo Pocket Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera to one lucky winner, chosen at random.

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The competition is open from Thursday 15 March 2018 until Thursday 29 March 2018 at 12:00 GMT. We will contact the winner personally via email using the email address used to leave the comment so make sure to check that it is spelled correctly!

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159 thoughts on “Marco Polo’s Top 5 Easter destinations for 2018 + GIVEAWAY

  1. Clive says:

    We were fortunate enough to be in Japan in spring at the height of the cherry blossom season. The country was a riot of pink from the ultra-modern megacity of Tokyo to the Incredible temples and gardens of Kyoto, to the monastery we stayed in the mountain town of Koyasan. A springtime we will never forget!

  2. Sarah Maher says:

    Becoming an Air Hostess after 6 intensive weeks of training and finally jetting off into the sunset to Los Angeles to see the sights and stars of Hollywood was an amazing spring memory I will cherish always.

    Followed on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook 🙂

  3. Carolyn says:

    Easter in Malaga was really special. Nothing could have prepared us for the scale of the celebrations. The streets are closed to traffic and chairs and even grandstands line the roads ready for the thousands of spectators. The Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions have yet more thousands of people particpating. The atmosphere is crackling with excitement. Music fills the air. Candles are carried by women. The floats, or Pasos, weight more than a tonne and carried on the shoulders around the streets, the feet all moving in time. The religious costumes are quite special. We didn’t understand all events – there were just too many, day and night for a week!

  4. phillippa lee says:

    My most memorable Easter was on the tiny Greek Island of Symi. Following the procession of Christ to church with the whole of the community. Keeping the watch in the ornate chapel with the smell of incense mixing with Jasmine and Rosemary. Chanting until midnight. Darkness and suspense until one candle is lit and the celebrations begin. Fireworks, dynamite and the next day dancing in the hills whilst eating lamb and robust Greek wine.

  5. Samantha R says:

    We took a trip to the Scottish Highlands and my fiance proposed on Loch an Eilein. It was amazing 🙂

  6. Marilyn Farquharson says:

    The wonderful Easter Parade in the town of Adeje in the sputh of Tenerife. Juat a 15 minute bus ride out of the main resort of Costa Adeje took us to this intruiging anarian old town where local life still enjoys centre stage. And on good friday we sat in a shady cafe along the main street enjoying Spicy local chicken, wrinkled salt potatoes, mojo sauces and plenty of chilled wi e as we watched a fabulous cplourful procession of locals in traditional dress, followed by colourful dancers, floats and confetti throwing children. And the feeling of community and good will was tremendous. Such a treat!

  7. jennifer jackson says:

    I went to Valetta, Malta last Easter and it was really nice to see the Easter street parades and services that were on over the weekend

  8. kazh1209 says:

    we joined the English Heritage and when we first visited a big castle in the spring little ladys face was a picture! She was so surprised that she was somewhere that real princesses lived it was all she talked about for a long time! Lots of sunshine, giggles and family memories..cant beat it!

  9. tina Glover says:

    My favourite has to be our family trip to New York last spring….what an amazing city. we had a picnic in central park and hired a boat on the boat lake. We visited the smorgasborg food market in Williamsbury with so many fabulous food vendors. We went to the top of the William Vale hotel which is only a few blocks from Smorgasborg and had the most amazing views of NYC across the water. Certainly a trip to remember

  10. Ms Deborah Walker says:

    We visited Cyrpus for a family wedding at Easter. It’s a wonderful time of year to visit. I’ll always remember the midnight Festival of Light service at the Orthodox church: it was magical.

    I’ve followed on twitter/FB and Instagram

  11. Tamsin Dean says:

    when my kids were younger we always went to the seaside for a week no matter the weather, they have wonderful memories of the times we went, but they are all grown now but still have their easter bunnie teddies from their first trip, makes me happy that they enjoyed these times

  12. Samantha Bolter says:

    Last year we had Easter in the Dordogne – Sarlat. I had been told that in the summer it is overcrowded and hot so we decided to chance the early Spring. We had fantastic weather, sunshine every day. we walked around houses that were built in to the rock face, we watched my husband and two sons sink an canoe! 😉 and ate and drank some terrific local foods and wines. We enjoyed it so much we are doing it again this year, its a little earlier and I think the weather will not be as good as last year but I hope we get to find a few bits that we missed last time and if it rains we will head back to the Opinel factory I have my eye on a nice new kitchen set!!!!

  13. cat jamison says:

    Randomly turning into a street in Valletta, Malta to find ourselves in the middle of an Easter parade, with marching bands, shredded paper being thrown from balconies and a great atmosphere!

  14. Andrea says:

    My most memorable spring memory was when I got my first job in an in-house legal team in the big City. I felt like a real city girl and very proud of myself. 2 years later and I’m still here but I’ve climbed the ranks and I’m training to become a solicitor. I had such a good feelings coming through those doors knowing I was coming to a good company and a good team with people who were genuinely lovely! Now whenever I come to work and the sun happens to be shining and the flowers are in bloom around the entrance of the office, I remember that first feeling with all those nerves. Good things always happen in Spring!

  15. Lorraine says:

    As a child I always went to the seaside at Easter with my mum and dad. One of my favourite memories is of walking along Hunstanton promenade and it started to snow. There was a proper snow storm but we still enjoyed it.

  16. Hannah says:

    I visited vienna last spring. We found a great little chocolate shop with every type of chocolate possible. The cafes were lovely too!

    I’ve followed on Twitter and instagram x

  17. carlysangelsblog says:

    Mine would be going to the New Forest for Easter with my family. We organised a brilliant Easter egg hunt which the kids loved! We saw baby lambs on the farm, It was a lovely 4 days being at one with nature and having some blissful springtime peace 🙂

  18. Michelle Wild says:

    We had a holiday in Spain once and happened to see ornaments being carried to the church by the villagers as all the others watched on. The smell of orange blossom in the ladies hair in front of me was fabulous. Later there were cakes with eggs in them it was really lovely to see.

  19. Michelle Wild says:

    I have entered above this is a note to say I have also followed you on twitter as wildaboutheboy, pinterst as Michelle and facebook as Gary Wild. Many thanks.

  20. Melissa Lee says:

    Four years ago I was on holiday over Easter in sunny Lanzarote and heard the news my nephew had been born at home. We bought fizz and shared it with everyone around the pool. A fantastic day.

  21. eva maganja says:

    Heyo! My favorite spring trip was in Budapest! There was a festival at the time of my vacation! I had an amazing time! luckily I had Marco polo guide to guide me. I recommend the Szechenyi Baths all the way!!

    +i follow MP on every social media! 😀

  22. Gemma Holland says:

    My most memorable Spring trip was to Disneyland Paris. The break itself was magical and full of fun and excitement for my two sons. The drama began when we tried to get back to the airport. We got on a train bound for Champagne instead of the airport and a high speed taxi ride ensued to get us back to the airport in time to catch our flight. We made it despite our flight being closed when we arrived. My memories of Mickey are always tinged with the dread I felt at being stuck on the wrong train! Following on social media channels too. Facebook Gemma Holland Instagram @gemb797 twitter @twirlyswirl79

  23. Kerry H says:

    I had a fantastic and memorable Easter last year with my baby where I travelled to a friend’s farm in Scotland and we fed the lambs while many were being born in the same barn. It was amazing to see! Followed on Twitter and Instagram.

  24. Marysia says:

    Lake Windemere .. gorgeous but it rained every one of the four days we were there over Easter .. for the 3 years we went consecutively… Never been back!

  25. Dave says:

    Our favourite Easter trip was to Italy.We arranged flights into Milan enabling us to explore the fashion, automobile and football city over three days. Palm Sunday was the night at Teatro Alla Scala Opera House after watching AC Milan FC.
    We then took the train to Rome. We arrived in plenty of time to explore all the toursists spots before sampling the local Italian foodie spots.
    On Good Friday we watched Pope Francis preside over the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession in front of Rome’s Colosseum,having listened to his Good Friday message.
    Easter Saturday was spent in the art galleries and museums. Before a relaxing evening meal with a bottle of Chianti near the Trevi Fountain.
    After sore heads our Easter Sunday was spent wandering around the second largest flea market Porta Portese.
    We then took our evening flights home and then nibbled our Easter Eggs on the sofa as soon as we got in through our front door.

  26. Gillian McClelland says:

    I travelled to New Orleans with family for my cousins wedding, the weather was good, food and alcohol were amazing. Beautiful scenery.

  27. pinkspideruk says:

    I stayed in Berlin for a few months with a Russian family and spent Easter with them, we dip dyed hard boiled eggs and went to a very long service at a catholic church which was in russian and then did a massive easter hunt for hidden eggs in a local park

  28. Jennifer Baker says:

    My partner and I took our children on an Caravan holiday staying at a lovely farm with beautiful scenery, We saw baby lambs and it was so adorable! We also have some baby ducks come to visit us too. It was so lovely, we have a huge Easter egg hunt all around the fields, Memories to remember forever!

  29. Anne Jenkins says:

    We went on a Cruise one Easter to Egypt. Sipping Tea with bedouin’s in the Desert was just MAGICAL. We also went to the Valley of the Kings. I think its one of the most Mystical places ever. Must go back again x

  30. Maria Jane Knight says:

    We travelled to Venice in 2015 Spring time and we honestly left a piece of our hearts there! It was our son’s first holiday abroad and he was almost 5 at the time. He had the most incredible time, he felt like a little adventurer and loved feeding the pigeons at St Marks Sq. We were blessed with very warm weather ( 25C ) and soaked up everything Venice had to offer. It really is such a beautiful, magical place to visit. Something for all ages, all walks for life to enjoy.

  31. Laura Avery says:

    Nothing fancy, but we had a last minute deal to a caravan park, The weather was perfect. The next day we saw the beach 3 minute walk away was full of rock pools that contained so many starfish. We rockpooled and swam all week. So simple bu so happy.

  32. Sarah Darby says:

    We celebrated the Sinhalese New Year in Sri Lanka last April by climbing up Adam’s Peak (5,500 steps and 2,243 metres high). It was an incredible and spiritual experiences as we were greeted ‘Good Morning’ by monks, children, young and old! We started the climb at 2.30am and there was a full moon glistening and thousands of fairy lights leading the way! We stopped at a few tea shacks along the way to revive us and reached the top just in time to see the most incredible sunrise and the shadows over the clouds were incredible!
    To complete the experience we went into the sacred temple at the top to observe Buddhas footprint! Such an incredible experience!

  33. Liv Lee says:

    I once got on a train that was full of people dressed as the Easter Bunny. It must have been for some charity event, but it was very odd.

  34. Lindsey Clatk says:

    I’ve only ever been away twice at Easter and the most unique and interesting was at Triberg in the Black Forest, Germany. The rail system is very good so travelling solo on public transport is no problem, but it is a long path down into the village (which felt even longer travelling up again!). The village is very picturesque and there was.a small, quirky local folk museum which was hosting a lot of local schoolchildren when I visited. I travelled up into the woods as there was a small and very worn path to the local waterfall; a bit of a trek but worth seeing — this being the reason I visited anyway. Then back into the village for sustenance before perusing the kcal shops. What I hadn’t realised was that Teiburg is one of the most famous for Cuckoo clocks as a local craftsman is one of the best Germany has to offer. There are ALOT of Cuckoo clocks – and it was a joyful experience to be in the workshop and hear and see all the clocks going off at different intervals so every visitor got to experience it! I think of Cuckoos & birds in general as a symbol of Springtime.anyway, so this made it all the more uniquely quirky to see birds, eggs, clicks and cuckoos all over this small town as many other shops have set up there too to ply their trade. It was definitely a different Easter experience!

  35. jenette ogborn says:

    We took the family away for an easter break to Mersea Island where we did a huge easter egg hunt on the beach. Were hoping to do it again next year with the whole family 🙂 am a fan on Facebook

  36. Derek Wilson says:

    My best mate and I went to Avignon in France for Easter two years ago – great city, very relaxing and very scenic. Had a great time! Have liked on Facebook and followed on Twitter and Instagram. Many thanks.

  37. Lisa says:

    Went away in our caravan wih a group of friends in April a few years ago had a lovely time on the Friday with the bbq’s out. Sat down to eat a take away on the saturday night when we looked out the window to huge flakes of snow coming down. Such a difference from one day to the next but is what makes holidaying in the UK so interesting

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