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Snorkel with dolphins and indulge in whale watching on an action-packed, seven-night trip with Activities Abroad, admiring the archipelago’s spectacular volcanic landscape. Based on the largest island, Sao Miguel, one can kayak on one of the twin lakes of the Sete Cidades and bathe in the thermal pool of Furnas, where one can have lunch at codizo, a stew of meat and geothermal steamed vegetables. Stay at the four-star Sao Miguel Park hotel in Ponta Delgada with indoor and outdoor pools and spa.
Details Seven nights full board from £1,125 pp including transfers and activities (activitiesabroad.com). Fly to Ponta Delgada

The best of both worlds is offered in Moorish style Iberostar Club Palmeraie. Located in the palm oasis of the Palmeraie, it is only 15 minutes by free bus from the lively and fragrant souks of Marrakech. Families and guests without kids can enjoy not being in each other’s company — there’s an adults-only pool, steam room, and spa, while kids’ clubs for ages 4-17 offer everything from video games to science experiments and cooking classes. Choose from two restaurants or grab a freshly made waffle from the food truck.
Details Seven nights all-inclusive from £899 pp including flights and private transfers (tropicalsky.co.uk)

3. Stay in a gite in rural Brittany

Set in bucolic countryside, this stone family home is just 400m from Romillé, a village with everything you need: shops, bar, restaurant and weekly market. The open-plan living room has a cantou fireplace and the house is so well equipped that there is no need to bring baby accessories – a cot, high chair, stair gate and baby bath are all included. all provided. The enclosed garden is dotted with fruit trees and has a terrace and sun loungers (the English owners of the gite live next door). Go swimming, kayaking or renting a pedal boat at the Domaine de Trémelin tree climbing park, 15 minutes away by car.
Details Seven nights’ charter for four people from £716 including return ferry from Portsmouth to Caen (brittany-ferries.co.uk)

4. Island life in Tenerife

Location is the main selling point of the adults-only Moorish-style Iberostar Grand El Mirador, which has direct access to the promenade behind Playa del Duque, one of the island’s best beaches . It’s also just a 20-minute walk to La Caleta’s beachfront restaurants. There’s a beautiful pool with columned arches and Moorish towers, and a sprawling spa. All 124 suites are decorated in pale pastels with four-poster beds, marble bathrooms, and at least a glimpse of the sea. The buffet breakfast is served on the beachfront terrace and there are two restaurants à la carte serving Canarian cuisine and seafood.
Details Five nights’ B&B from £1,599 pp including flights and transfers (prestigeholidays.co.uk)

The village of Llafranc in Catalonia is one of the highlights of the Costa Brava

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5. Cycling in Catalonia

Pass through medieval villages, past olive groves and vineyards to reach the unspoilt pine-lined coves of the Costa Brava on this six-night self-guided itinerary with Inntravel. There’s an average of 24km to cycle each day along mostly quiet back roads (the faint-hearted can opt for an e-bike), with plenty of opportunities to visit sites along the way, including the museum de Pubol, a castle that Salvador Dalí bought. for his wife Gala. Accommodation is in small boutique hotels, the highlight being the seaside Hotel Terramar in the pretty town of Llafranc, where it’s worth taking a few extra days to stroll the beach.
Details Six nights’ B&B from £758 pp, including four dinners (inntravel.co.uk). Fly to Girona

6. Costa Rican wildlife thrills

Trek through the Arenal Rainforest and down the Celeste River on this adrenaline-filled trip that celebrates the country’s ‘Rich Coast’ name. Travelers will have the chance to spot everything from keeled toucans, squirrel cuckoos and Arenal howler monkeys to three-toed sloths and sea turtles on a sunrise boat tour through the park’s canals national of Tortuguero. Other highlights include a hike to the base of Arenal Volcano and a swim in the hot springs, as well as a rafting trip down the Sarapiqui River.
Details Eight nights’ B&B from £3,399 pp, including flights, transfers and some other meals. Suitable for over nines, departs Friday (familiesworldwide.co.uk)

7. Stay with the stars in Palermo

King Edward VII, Errol Flynn and Sophia Loren have all stayed at the turreted Villa Igiea in Palermo, recently elegantly renovated by hotelier Olga Polizzi. The Art Nouveau palatial interior features high ceilings, classical columns and chandeliers. Most of the 113 rooms and suites overlook the sea or the terraced gardens and there is a swimming pool, spa, restaurant and bar. A shuttle will take you to the city of Palermo, with its Baroque palaces and churches with magnificent Byzantine mosaics.
Details Three nights’ B&B from £1,098 pp including flights and transfers (kirkerholidays.com)

Villa Igiea in Palermo overlooks the sea

Villa Igiea in Palermo overlooks the sea

8. Brecon Beacons without the crowds

Avoid the Easter crowds heading to the 886m (2,907ft) summit of Pen y Fan and choose the quieter riverside promenade near Craig Cerrig Gleisiad, a natural amphitheater with dramatic cliffs just a stone’s throw away. side of the A470. Or take a leisurely stroll along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, watching the boats negotiate the locks. The bookshops and shops of Hay-on-Wye are 30 minutes away by car. Stay in one of eight rooms at Felin Fach Griffin, a gastro pub just outside Brecon with four-poster beds and cozy Welsh blankets.
Details B&B doubles from £153 (eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk)

9. Bluebell walks in the lakes

Look for the carpet of bluebells on the way to the summit of Rannerdale Knotts on this walking break in the unspoilt west of the Lake District. Your base is Hassness Country House, on the shores of Buttermere, from which you can choose between gentle walks down the valley or by the lake, past Crummock Water and nearby Loweswater, or more challenging hikes to the peaks of the Western Fells. After all that, sit down with afternoon tea in front of the bay window overlooking Buttermere. Comfortable rooms – a mix of single, twin and double rooms – overlook the lake, the garden or the hills.
Details Three-night half-board from £490 pp (ramblerholidays.co.uk)

10. Family fun in Ashdown Forest

Guests at the sprawling Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in East Sussex don’t really need to leave the grounds. It’s set on 186 acres, with deer and llamas roaming the grounds, and there’s plenty of room to walk around, plus a miniature putting green, walking paths, ping-pong table, and a indoor pool. Children can enjoy an afternoon tea every day, while on Easter weekend guests can book a special afternoon tea with chocolate treats. Rooms vary from traditional (floral curtains and matching bedspreads) to contemporary.
Details B&B doubles from £354 for a family of four sharing an executive room (ashdownpark.com)

11. Glamping in Dorset

Let the brood run wild at Deerland Safari with a safari tent stay at an organic farm near the Jurassic Coast. The tent manages to achieve country-house chic, with bunk beds for the kids and a kitchenette. Although there is no private bathroom, an eco-toilet and hot shower are in an adjacent cabin. Even on chilly evenings, guests can gather around the charcoal brazier on the deck, from where they might be lucky enough to spot fallow deer and roe deer in the nearby woods. Go fossil hunting in Lyme Regis and explore local beaches such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
Details Three nights rental for four people from £564 (qualityunearthed.co.uk)

12. Electric bike on the Lizard Peninsula

Hire an e-bike to explore the dizzying roads of the Lizard Peninsula, stopping at Kynance Cove, famous for its rocks and white sand, and the fishing village of Cadgwith. Or take the South West Coast Path through Mullion Cove, with its pocket harbour, towards Church Cove.
Details B&B doubles at Mullion Cove Hotel & Spa, including a seaweed scrub and facial each, plus dinner and afternoon tea for two, from £699 for two nights (mullion-cove.co. uk)
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