Coolest short break destinations from Gatwick this Easter

Spring has finally sprung and with it comes the promise of a long weekend (and even longer holidays for the students, teachers and many parents out there!). Easter offers the perfect opportunity for the first city break or short getaway of the year.

So, where are the coolest destinations to travel to from Gatwick this Easter?

Trip Advisor has released its top 10 list of destinations on the rise for 2018, so we’ve delved into the list to see which work best from a short break from Gatwick this Easter, and rounded up a few of our hotspots.

We’ve done the hard work - so all you need to do it book your Easter city break and enjoy!

1. Riga, Latvia

The Latvian capital is an up-and-coming destination for city breakers looking for a cheap and cheerful weekend away.

Both its old and new towns offer tourists a host of attractions, including plenty of museums, galleries and cake shops bursting with tasty pastries (try the apple turnovers!). Everything in this gorgeous city is within walking distance, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to walk off those sweet treats while taking in beautiful architecture and more.

Don’t miss the central market, where you can pick up all sorts of goodies, from bread, honey, gifts and delicious chocolate. The drinkers among must try the two different beers Riga is famous for - will you prefer the lager-like gaiss or the stout-like tumss? Either way, it’s acceptable to get stuck into a pint from mid-morning onwards, so bottoms up!

You can fly direct from Gatwick to Riga with AirBaltic and British Airways.

2. Nerja, Spain

This humble Spanish fishing village is now a hotspot for families, couples and friends alike to enjoy a short break in the sun. And with 10 miles of beaches and a whole lot more, it’s no wonder it’s made the list!

Set in the east of the Costa del Sol, around 30 miles from Malaga, Nerja offers Gatwick holidaymakers a great combination of sunshine, culture and fun, with plenty of nightlife on offer to those who like to bar-hop, as well as more laid back pursuits for anyone looking for a quieter break. Not only that, but sporty types can take advantage of a host of waterspouts on offer on the destination’s plentiful beaches.

Check out stalagmites, stalactites and thousands of Paleolithic cave paintings in the Caves of Nerja, tour ancient churches and castles before cooling down with a drink in the buzzy Plaza Tutti Frutti or tucking into some tasty tapas after a busy day’s sightseeing.

Fly direct to Malaga from Gatwick with easyJet.

3. Catania, Italy

This ancient city nestled at the foot of active volcano Mount Etna on Sicily’s east coast is one of Italy’s hidden gems.

Seafood fans will love the many restaurants close to La Pescheria, Catania’s bustling weekday fish market - try the Mediterranean swordfish, or if you’re more of a carnivore, there’s actually a restaurant in the city famous for its donkey steaks (!).

There’s an abundance of culture to soak up in Catania too, as the city is steeped in history having fallen under Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman and Spaniard rule over the centuries. Many of the city’s impressive architecture actually incorporates lava taken from Etna’s eruptions, and if you’re keen to explore the volcano further, you can take a cable car up the mountain with a guide to educate you fully on its explosive history.

Dubbed by Conde Nast Traveller as Italy’s “most underrated city”, Catania is definitely worth adding to your bucket list.

Catania Airport is Sicily’s busiest, and you can fly direct from Gatwick with easyJet.

4. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia has become one of Europe’s most up-and-coming tourist destinations in recent years, and its capital offers plenty to visitors.

Its geographical location makes for a cool mixture of German, Mediterranean and Slovenian influences, which is shown in the old town’s eclectic architecture. Check out the medieval castle, delve into the museums to immerse yourself in the country’s fascinating history and stroll through a plethora of green spaces including the famous Tivoli Park’s gorgeous gardens. It’s one of the many things the city is famous for, earning the accolade of the Green Capital of Europe 2016.

The city’s student population give it a young, hip ambience and tourists love to sit at a pavement cafe in the chilled out pedestrianised centre and watch the world go by.

You can fly directly to Ljubljana from Gatwick with easyJet.

5. Valletta, Malta

The capital of Malta, Valletta was built back in 1565 by the Knights of St John as a refuge for soldiers coming back from the Crusades.

Now, it’s home to incredible Baroque architecture, bags of culture (the entire city has been described as “an open air museum”) and lots of sun - in fact, it was revealed to be the sunniest city in Europe.

Fly direct from Gatwick to Luqa with easyJet and Valletta is just four miles away.

Book your Easter holiday airport parking

Now we’ve found you a host of amazing destinations to visit this Easter, we’re here to offer you an easy solution to the next problem - how to get to Gatwick Airport.

Meet and greet parking is the easy option, as you simply drive up to the terminal and hand your keys over to one of Help Me Park’s friendly, professional and fully insured drivers.

Wherever you travel to this Easter, we hope you have a cracking time (sorry!) and rest assured, your car will be in very safe hands with us.