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Great Global Getaways for Easter Weekend

Even though the specific dates are a moving target, Easter is a reliable marker for the kickoff of the spring travel season each year. In many parts of the world, Easter is celebrated for a week or more, making it a high season for tourists with special events, festivals, and religious ceremonies. If you're longing for a spring getaway to a far-flung locale, traveling over Easter will only heighten the experience in these destinations.


01 Seville, Spain

Plaza Mayor of Seville at sunset Ruhey/ Getty Images

Throughout Seville, Easter is celebrated with elaborate processions in which the robed and hooded faithful carry giant floats of religious icons throughout the city. The processions begin on Palm Sunday and last through Holy Week or Semana Santa. Though the processions can be quite somber, the whole city bursts into a more cheerful mood on Easter Sunday. The following week is typically a holiday for residents and visitors.


02 Athens, Greece

Erechtheion temple, Athens. MarioGuti/ Getty Images

April is an ideal time to visit Athens, with sunny days and temperatures just topping out at 70 degrees on average. In Greece, Easter is celebrated with several traditions, including the Epitafios procession on Good Friday, in which an ornate representation of Christ's tomb is carried through the streets. Just remember that Orthodox Easter is one week later than Western Easter when you book.


03 Mexico City, Mexico

The Mexican flag flies over the Zocalo, the main square in Mexico City. The Metropolitan Cathedral faces the square, also referred to as Constitution Square. John Coletti/ Getty Images

Mexico City is famous for its Easter celebrations, which are a unique blend of indigenous and Catholic traditions. Among the most popular are passion plays, which are full-scale reenactments of Christ's crucifixion. In some areas, the day before Easter features a festival in which Judas is burned in effigy. Mariachi bands and fireworks displays round out the festivities.


04 Florence, Italy

Beautiful sunset cityscape view of the Santa maria nouvelle Duomo and the town of Florence, in the Italian Tuscany. Suttipong Sutiratanachai/ Getty Images

Balmy temperatures, fantastic food, and glorious artistic treasure make Florence a must-see destination in the spring. Come at Easter, and you can join in Scoppio del Carro, where a cart filled with fireworks is set off in the city's main square, Piazza del Duomo. This is a centuries-old tradition accompanied by church bells to officially ring in Easter.


05 Prague, Czech Republic

Vltava River and Charle bridge with red foliage DaLiu/ Getty Images

The city puts on its spring finery as many households decorate with flowers and dyed Easter eggs. Head to Prague's Old Town Square for one of the city's best Easter markets, where you'll find delicious foods, crafts, concerts, and folk dances. Don't be surprised if you also see willow branches for sale: Easter Monday is the pomlázka, a tradition in which boys whip girls (lightly!) with the branches to ensure fertility.


06 Jerusalem, Israel

View to Jerusalem old city. Israel silverjohn/ Getty Images

People have made religious pilgrimages to Jerusalem for centuries. On Palm Sunday, many people climb the Mount of Olives, while on Good Friday, Jerusalem's Old City hosts the "Way of the Cross" procession that retraces the steps Jesus walked to his crucifixion. There are also several religious ceremonies, including sunrise services.


07 Trapani, Italy

Sicilian port of Castellammare del Golfo, amazing coastal village of Sicily island, province of Trapani, Italy Balate Dorin/ Getty Images

The island of Sicily comes back into bloom in April, making it a wonderful time to visit. At Easter, Trapani is home to the Processione dei Misteri, which features life-size statues depicting scenes from Jesus' life. There are also street performances where actors bring scenes from the Easter story to life. Of course, you'll also be able to enjoy incredible seafood and local wine.


08 Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Royal castle and old town at sunset MikeMareen/ Getty Images

Warsaw warms up for Easter as spring arrives, and the fun begins on Palm Sunday, with long, joyful processions and contests to see who can make the tallest decorative palm (a stick adorned with flowers). Explore the special Easter markets for colorful springtime crafts, including intricately painted easter eggs and special seasonal breads.


09 Paris, France

eiffel tour and Paris cityscape neirfy/ Getty Images

April in Paris is (to paraphrase Audrey Hepburn) always a good idea, thanks to the gorgeous blooming trees around the Tuileries. Gentle breezes off the Seine and the best cuisine in the world are yours to enjoy, and you can gaze over 1,000 breathtaking stained-glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle during Easter services.


10 Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy - April 04: Traffic on the Via dei Fori Imperiali street in front of Colosseum in the evening, Rome, Italy, Xantana/ Getty Images

Spring is lovely in Rome, and it's wise to get there before the summer makes things unbearably hot. Get advanced tickets to tour the Vatican or Saint Peter's Basilica, as these will be crowded during Easter weekend—though if you don't mind crowds, you can witness the Pope's Easter blessing from Saint Peter's Square for free.


11 Quito, Ecuador

Colonial Style and Green Mountains alessandro_pinto/ Getty Images

Quito is a unique vacation destination in South America. You can hike the rugged Andes, ride up the mountainside on a cable car, or take a short plane ride to the Galapagos to experience the incredible wildlife there. For a quiet Easter after your adventures, don't miss Quito's Good Friday "Procession of Silence," in which the faithful carry a statue of Jesus through the streets.


12 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Beautiful sunrise over Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with flowers and bicycles on the bridge in spring dennisvdw/ Getty Images

One word says it all: tulips. These popular Easter flowers are raised in large fields across the country, and bloom season begins in April, right around Easter. Amsterdam makes the ideal jumping-off point for bike rides through the colorful fields of the countryside or time your trip for the city's annual tulip festival.


13 Dublin, Ireland

View of Mellows Bridge in Dublin - Ireland Leonid Andronov/ Getty Images

The Emerald Isle is greening up in the spring, a sight for sore eyes for anyone living in colder climes. Dublin's families are enjoying a two-week school vacation around the Easter holidays, so the city hosts plenty of special events geared for families to make your trip more memorable. In addition to standard tourist sites, explore local farms, stables, and castles for Easter activities.


14 Bridgetown, Barbados

Beautiful water at the marina in Bridgetown, Barbados in the Caribbean. L. Toshio Kishiyama/ Getty Images

All of the Caribbean is a delight around Easter, with temperatures ideal for water sports of every variety, including diving, snorkeling, and stand-up paddleboarding. Easter on the beach is even more unique, as tradition calls for people to bring kites (homemade or otherwise) to the beach to launch into the sky. The soaring kites symbolize the resurrection, but this is one Easter celebration that doesn't require a religious ceremony or trip to a church to enjoy—just blue skies and salt air.


15 Melbourne, Australia

Warm morning light on high-rise towers in Melbourne CBD above Princes bridge across Yarra river. zetter/ Getty Images

If spring isn't your thing, spend a genuinely unique Easter holiday in Australia, where you can go leaf-peeping for gorgeous "fall" colors. The Royal Botanical Gardens is the city's crown jewel, but lovers of Victorian frills will also enjoy Fitzroy Gardens. All that red, orange, and gold color will form an unusual backdrop to Easter photos, but don't worry—there are still plenty of egg-centric activities to enjoy to celebrate the season.


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