Fancy partying for a week in the spring Spanish sunshine? Seville’s annual Feria de Abril (April Fair) on 24-29 April celebrates the end of Lent in style. Join the locals in a heady whirl of drinking, dancing, food and fairground rides so don your best polka-dot dress and flamenco on down ‘til dawn. If you’d rather see the sun-kissed capital of Andalucia in quieter times, spring is a fine time to stroll its winding streets, admiring its Moorish architecture, with the scent of citrus blossom on the air.
Food, glorious food. If you could happily spend a weekend or a few days bumbling from lunch to dinner, from one bottle of wine to the next, Lyon, known as the gastronomic capital of France, is the place for you. Be sure to eat at a couple of the city’s ‘bouchons’ – budget brasseries – and drink cheap wine poured from the tap. The committed foodie should intersperse meals with visits to the open-air market at Quai Saint-Antoine and Les Halles de Lyon – a massive indoor food market where you can fill your picnic hamper, and your hand luggage as well, with everything from cheese to shellfish.
Sardinia is one of Europe’s favourite holiday playgrounds of the rich, famous, and footballing. Spurs and possible future England manager, Harry Redknapp, recently revealed that he and his family love a summer getaway on the Italian island. But with a choice of cheap flights, you don’t have to be a celeb to soak up the sun in Sardinia. Fly to Olbia for easy, affordable access to Harry’s hotspot, the glamorous Costa Smerelda. Explore the idyllic Isla Mortoria, an island that can only be reached by boat with heavenly beaches with barely a celeb to be seen.
Seafood lovers will be flocking to the Irish capital later this month for the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival on 27-29 April. This celebration of shellfish is held in a special ‘food village’ featuring tasting sessions from some of Ireland’s top restaurants, but the main attraction is sure to be the prawn shelling competition. Packed with cool, modern restaurants and traditional pubs where you’re sure to find lively music sessions and the legendary Irish craik, Dublin is always a reliable choice for a short break, whether or not you like seafood.
Ryanair’s services to Araxos in Greece have started for the summer season. But where is Araxos? Why would you want to fly there? Military history enthusiasts may be interested that nuclear weapons were stored at Araxos until 2001, otherwise it’s useful for visiting the city of Patras – the regional capital of West Greece. Patras boasts an impressive Roman amphitheatre, neoclassical architecture and an archaeological museum. From Patras you can get the ferry to the island of Kefalonia, with its fantastic resorts and beaches.
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