Top 5 Easter Destinations & Marco Polo Spring Giveaway

The Easter holidays are upon us but it’s not too late to plan a quick last minute getaway! Here are Marco Polo’s top 5 Easter destinations. Read on for inspiration and find out how you can win 5 Marco Polo Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera!

Paris Marco Polo Guide

Paris

April in Paris, is there anything better? We love the city of lights in any season, but spring definitely adds to its charm. Visit the beautiful parks and gardens to witness the blossoming trees and stroll through the streets along the Seine. The famed patisseries with their chocolate marvels will make your Easter egg pale in comparison. Find a spot on one of the many terraces and enjoy the Parisian café culture with a café au lait or a pre-dinner apéro. You will not be disappointed.

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Malta Marco Polo Guide

Malta

Malta during Easter is definitely worth a visit! You can enjoy the Easter processions around the island but don’t worry, restaurants and shops will be open for business. There are also many special Easter treats to sample, such as the Kwarezimal – Lenten biscuits – and Figolli – sweet almond cakes covered in icing or chocolate.

Of course, Malta remains close to our hearts because of its beautiful landscapes and fascinating history. The good weather doesn’t hurt either, and April is perfect for exploring the sights as the temperature will be around a comfortable 20 degrees.

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Amsterdam Marco Polo Guide

Amsterdam

The Netherlands is world-famous for their tulips, and April is the best time to see them in bloom. The Dutch tulip garden Keukenhof boasts a total of 800 varieties of tulips and the garden is easily accessible by public transport. In Amsterdam, when the weather is good, the locals will take to the terraces for a glass of wine and there are plenty of spots along the canals. Watch as the locals cycle by and enjoy the beautiful spring sunshine. Later on in April the city will become the centre of the orange-mania during the annual King’s Day celebrated on 27th April.

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Tenerife Marco Polo Guide

The Canary Islands

If you are in the mood for some sunshine and warm weather, the Canary Islands are your best bet. Lounge by the pool and work on your tan, or alternatively, experience a different Easter with the locals. Religious processions are a tradition here, and a lot of effort goes into re-enacting the sometimes gruesome events of the past.

Instead of an Easter egg hunt, you can have a more adventurous hike through the beautiful landscapes and breathe in the sea air.

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Bird’s eye view of Rome from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

Rome

 Rome is the ultimate Easter destination. The Vatican is a must for those who wish to attend the Catholic Easter celebrations but there are more ways to enjoy the holiday. You should note that most of the city will be closed on Easter Sunday and Monday, including shops and museums. However, many restaurants will be open and you can sample the traditional Italian Easter menus. Chocolate eggs are also available in abundance. On Easter Monday do as the Romans do and head to a park for a picnic lunch.

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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Spring, Marco Polo is organising an Easter giveaway! We are giving away a set of 5 Marco Polo Guides of your choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera to one lucky winner, chosen at random.

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!

How to enter?

Simply share the story of your most memorable Easter / Spring travel moment in the comments below. You can earn more chances to win by liking our Facebook page and by following our Twitter and Instagram accounts and by letting us know in your comment that you have done so.

The competition is open from Monday 3 April 2017 until Friday 7 April 2017 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!

Good luck!

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  5. The Prizes: 1 x prize winner will receive 5 Marco Polo guides of their choice and a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera (RRP £64.99).
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Top 10 Things To Do On Gran Canaria

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Gran Canaria! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Gran Canaria’s most important sights.

Gran Canaria Marco Polo Guide

1. MUSEO CANARIO
The most important museum in the Canary Island archipelago is to be found in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It sheds light on the life and culture of the island people in ancient times whose most famous artefact is the Idol of Tara.

2. DUNAS DE MASPALOMAS
A hint of the Sahara sweeps across this stupendous dune landscape between Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. Some of the dunes are 10m (33ft) wide and up to 20m (66ft) high.

3. ROQUE NUBLO
A popular hiking trail leads up to these bizarre rock pinnacles from where the reward for the strenuous climb is a breathtaking view.

4. CENOBIO DE VALERÓN
This cave system, used by the island’s first inhabitants, comprises some 300 chambers carved out of tuff; it is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites in the Canary Island archipelago.

5. CALDERA DE BANDAMA
The virtually round cauldron is the product of a massive eruption. Pico de Bandama nearby, offers a wonderful view of the volcanic scenery and the sea of houses that make up the island’s capital.

6. JARDÍN CANARIO
The botanic garden showcases the exceptional variety of plants on the Canary Islands, including several impressive dragon trees.

7. TEROR
Many of the old houses in the historical district of this little country town – considered the most ‘typically Canarian’ of all towns on the island – boast artistically crafted balconies and idyllic patios.

8. PUERTO DE MOGÁN
Gran Canaria even has its own ‘Little Venice’ – part of this beautiful coastal resort around the marina is built out into the water.

9. PALMITOS PARQUE
More than 200 different species of birds, as well as other animals, live in this park that extends over more than 49 acres. Its stars are those that perform in special shows.

10. ARTENARA
From here, the highest village on the island, and the Mirador de Unamuno, you have a spectacular view of the mountain scenery.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do On Tenerife

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Tenerife! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Tenerife’s most important sights.

Tenerife Marco Polo Guide

1. PARQUE NACIONAL DEL TEIDE
Towering over the volcanic landscape of the national park is the Pico del Teide, the highest mountain in Spain (3,718m/12,200ft). The cable car takes you up to 3,550m (11,650ft) and, if you wish, you can then climb up to the summit.

2. LA LAGUNA
As you stroll through the historic centre of this World Heritage Site, the cathedral, churches and cloisters are a clear reminder of Tenerife’s colonial past.

3. ICOD DE LOS VINOS
An enormous dragon tree is this small wine town’s main attraction. Just to the north, in the parish church, you can admire an imposing silver cross.

4. MASCA
The gorge that opens up by this picturesque mountain village in the Teno Mountains promises fit outdoor enthusiasts a spectacular experience.

5. PUERTO DE LA CRUZ
This popular holiday destination ranks highly for its attractive old town centre, and also for the Lago Martiánez swimming complex, designed by César Manrique, in which water activities and art flow harmoniously together.

6. LA OROTAVA
Even the famous German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt could not resist the charm of the historic district’s streets and alleys.

7. SAN ANDRÉS
People from Santa Cruz love the fish restaurants here. What is more, Tenerife’s most beautiful palm-fringed beach can be found on the Playa de las Teresitas.

8. MONTAÑAS DE ANAGA
Tenerife’s hiking paradise offers a captivating mix of unspoilt laurel forests, panoramic views and remote mountain villages.

9. VALLE GRAN REY
A wonderful valley on La Gomera with beautifully laid terraces, palm groves and a touch of flower power.

10. PLAZA DE ESPAÑA & PLAZA DE LA CANDELARIA
These interlocking squares were given a makeover by London’s Tate Modern architects Herzog & de Meuron; their saltwater lake is particularly impressive.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do On Fuerteventura

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Fuerteventura! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Fuerteventura’s most important sights.

Fuerteventura Marco Polo Guide

1. PLAYAS DE JANDÍA
Fuerteventura’s beach paradise is the main reason that millions of tourists flock to this island in the sun every year.

2. BETANCURIA
Located inland, away from the sea, the old capital retains its colonial flair and is one of the most popular day-trip destinations on the island.

3. ANTIGUA
A windmill forms the hub of a museum complex that also includes a botanical garden and a crafts centre.

4. ISLA DE LOBOS
It is possible to explore the uninhabited island just off the north coast by booking a boat trip combined with a short walking tour. The highlight is climbing the Montaña Caldera volcano.

5. CORRALEJO
A popular holiday destination on the north of the island is Corralejo; stretching along the coast to the south is a magnificent dune and beach landscape. At sunrise, the dunes look absolutely amazing.

6. LA OLIVA
In the north, the fortified Casa del los Coroneles provides an excellent view of the island’s turbulent past.

7. ECOMUSEO DE LA ALCOGIDA
In the intricately and lovingly designed open-air museum, five beautifully restored farmhouses demonstrate how the rural population used to live.

8. OASIS PARK
The large zoo, embedded in what for Fuerteventura could almost be classed as lush subtropical vegetation, is a favourite with children for its sea lion and reptile shows.

9. PARQUE NACIONAL TIMANFAYA
A day trip to the neighbouring island of Lanzarote introduces you to the wonderful volcanic legacy of the Canary Islands.

10. AMEOS DEL AGUA
The highlights of the fantasy grotto created by César Manrique inside this lava tube are a Caribbean-style pool and a cave-based auditorium famous for its fantastic acoustics.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do On Lanzarote

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Lanzarote! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of the island’s most important sights. 

Lanzarote Marco Polo Guide

1. PARQUE NACIONAL DE TIMANFAYA
Head to the “Fire Mountains” and you’ll feel as if you’ve landed on the moon – the region was shaped by a volcanic eruption in the 1700s.

2. TEGUISE
A jewel from the Colonial Era. The island’s former capital with its well-preserved centre is a wonderful place for a stroll.

3. JAMEOS DEL AGUA
This “eighth wonder of the world”, a complex created by César Manrique in a collapsed volcanic tunnel, is one of the best-visited attractions on the island.

4. LA GERIA
Created by an eruption in the 18th-century, the black lava fields of Lanzarote’s most significant wine-growing region are littered with walls to protect vines from the wind.

5. FUNDACIÓN CÉSAR MANRIQUE
You can see work by César Manrique and his artist friends displayed in his former home. The house itself, now the headquarters of the César Manrique Foundation, is an architectural masterpiece in its own right.

6. PLAYAS DE PAPAGAYO
Named after a parrot, these beaches in the south are the most beautiful on Lanzarote. They boast several swimming bays, light-brown sand and crystal-clear water.

7. ARRECIFE
Head to the island’s capital to experience a taste of urban living. Visit the small museums, enjoy some drinks, go shopping and take a walk through the streets and alleyways.

8. CUEVA DE LOS VERDES
This network of lava tunnels was created by volcanic activity many thousands of years ago – it’s a fantastic subterranean world.

9. PUERTO CALERO
Welcome to this watery wonderland! You can spend time admiring yachts in the marina, take a day trip aboard a catamaran, or dive right down to the bottom of the sea in a submarine.

10. BETANCURIA
The most beautiful town on neighbouring Fuerteventura. Once the island’s capital, it’s home to some handsomely restored colonial houses that hark back to a bygone golden age.

 

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