Make the most of springtime with these long weekend destinations

Spring is such a wonderful time of year if you’re a fan of a long weekend. Thanks to Easter and two bank holidays in the short space of time it presents the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a little getaway.

There is no need to rely on the UK to deliver decent whether when the sunny shores of Spain and the Mediterranean are just two hours away. Short breaks are all the rage nowadays as more and more holidaymakers jet off to see somewhere they have never visited before. This year is no different and there are so many places to explore.

Here are our picks of the best short break destinations for your spring holiday.

Barcelona

Whenever you float the idea of a city break there is one destination that instantly comes to mind – Barcelona. The Catalan capital is one of the world’s most revered cities, home to incredible architecture, iconic landmarks, delicious local cuisine, fine wine, some of the best sport on the planet, oh, and it’s got a beach.

Wander the streets and admire the influence of Antoni Gaudi in the colourful Casa Batllo and the imposing, and famously never-completed, Sagrada Familia cathedral. Stroll down La Rambla and sample the unique atmosphere of one of Europe’s most famous streets while head to the Gothic Quarter to find your new favourite tapas restaurant.

And when you want to take a moment away from the sightseeing, there is always the beach.

Palma de Mallorca

Majorca is often as the go-to beach holiday destination for everyone looking for a week or two of getting a tan on the beach. However, the capital Palma is becoming the hottest property on the city break scene and breaks down any perception you may have had of Majorca.

First of all, Palma is just a beautiful place to visit. Characterised by its Gothic architecture, it is a treasure trove of galleries, museums, restaurants and bars. You can tour these historic streets on foot and get a real sense of day-to-day Majorcan life. Stop by the charming neighbourhood of Santa Catalina for a traditional breakfast or take a tour Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art to see the works of Picasso and Miro.

Palma dispels the myth that Majorca is merely just for beach holidays during half term.

Las Palmas

Nowhere throws a party quite like Las Palmas. The capital of Gran Canaria is another city break destination that is ready to change your opinion of the region it represents. While the Canary Islands are renowned for stunning landscape, beaches and purpose-built resorts, Las Palmas has a cosmopolitan edge worth exploring.

Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Vegueta, fascinating neighbourhoods and a bustling harbour, you can quickly fill up your itinerary. If you’re going to visit Las Palmas then there is no better time than during carnival season. Held every February and on certain days in June, it is a party like no other with a huge parade known as Cabalgata, the crowning of a queen, live music and, most bizarrely, the burying of an enormous papier-mâché sardine. Each year has a different theme and is held all over the island and is something not to be missed. 

Funchal

Simply arriving in Madeira is an experience in itself. Glide over the greenery of the mountains and descend into the valley and begin to see a much different side to Portugal. This tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is one of stunning natural beauty while the capital of Funchal provides a cosmopolitan vibe.

It has the air of somewhere that would appear in an Ian Fleming spy novel thanks to the mountainous backdrop and bustling marina with luxury yachts floating into shore. Visit the Madeira Botanical Garden and enjoy breathtaking ocean views in one of the most perfectly preserved gardens which dates back to 1881. Funchal’s Old Town is utterly charming with a 15th century chapel and the quaint hat factory which has been producing goods for over 60 years.

As night falls, you can enjoy the unique nightlife of the island and enjoy a relaxing drink with a view over the tranquil surroundings.

Paphos

Paphos is a city of romance. The Greek goddess of love Aphrodite was so enamoured with the area she decided to make it her sanctuary as she rose from the sea and the historical importance of the city has charmed many visitors over the years. Venture to western Cyprus and see why for yourself.

It is steeped in history and mythology with the famous Aphrodite’s rock a beautiful location for a summer swim. See the area which gave ‘birth’ to the goddess for which its bears her name and float around these inviting waters. Bask on one of the world’s best beaches at Fig Tree Bay or prepare to be astounded by the underground monument of the Temple of the Kings.

Paphos is also home to some truly delicious food so spend your evenings indulging in the very best Mediterranean cuisine.

Now is the perfect time to enjoy a cheeky short break. From All Inclusive resorts to 5-star luxury, we have a package that will suit you in one of Europe’s best cities. Visit www.sunmaster.co.uk/deal-finder to create your next adventure today.