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Skyscanner reveals most popular Easter 2009 holiday destinations

Skyscanner reveals most popular Easter 2009 holiday destinations

Where are you going this easter? Skyscanner reveals the most popular Easter destinations with Skyscanner users.

easter.egg.JPG1. London (UK)
2. Malaga (Spain)
3. Alicante (Spain)
4. Barcelona (Spain)
5. Amsterdam (Netherlands)
6. Rome (Italy)
7. Paris (France)
8. Dublin (Ireland)
9. Palma (Spain)
10. Faro (Portugal)

Top 10 most searched for destinations from UK airports by Skyscanner users for travel during Easter period (8th-15th of April 2009).

London is the most popular Easter destination for Skyscanner users, highlighting that domestic air travel remains strong and the fact that London is a great short break destination. However, the ever popular Spain dominated the rankings with four Spanish destinations in the top ten. Amsterdam ranked 5th, Rome 6th, Paris 7th, Dublin 8th and Portugal’s Faro was 10th.

The top ten popular destinations were split between city breaks and sun spots, showing that some Britons are seeking beach breaks for their Easter holidays, whilst others prefer the lure of shopping and sight-seeing in the city.

Apart from London, all ten destinations were euro countries, suggesting that travellers have not been scared off from travelling to the eurozone, despite the recent press hysteria over avoiding countries using the euro.

Rob Innes, head of marketing for Skyscanner commented:

“Easter is always a popular time to travel; the beaches and cities of Europe are warming up nicely, but the summer crowds have not yet arrived. Visitors searching for Easter flights on Skyscanner are up 67% on last year’s figures and our data shows that the eurozone is still the number one choice for British travellers when it comes to foreign travel”.

Easter Travel Ideas

London (UK) – there are loads of Easter egg hunts all around the city including one at the unlikely location of the Imperial War Museum where children can explore the museum whilst sniffing out the Easter treats. Find cheap flights to London

Malaga (Spain) – Easter is big in Spain and especially in Malaga; Semana Santa (holy week) sees huge processions and parades that stream through the streets as the Trono – a huge ornate throne, is carried by more than 100 people. It’s a religious festival, but visitors can expect plenty of tapas and merriment and it’s a spectacle well worth watching. Find cheap flights to Malaga

Alicante (Spain) – during Easter the streets come alive with a combination of saeta singing, manolas (women wearing a back comb and mantilla) and brass bands, which enhance the visual impact of the embellished floats which sway impressively thanks to the skill of the costaleros (bearers). Find cheap flights to Alicante

Barcelona (Spain) – Easter is a very popular time to visit Barcelona, so you’ll need to book early to find reasonably priced accommodation. With over 4km of beaches within the city limits, plus animated nightlife, great food and fun people, Barcelona is a top Easter break destination. Find cheap flights to Barcelona

Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are official holidays in Amsterdam, and market stalls offer traditional foods, crafts and of course plenty of their famous flowers! Join the egg hunt at Vondelpark, the city’s biggest and best park. Find cheap flights to Amsterdam

Rome (Italy) – Easter is one of the most popular times to visit Rome as tens of thousands of pilgrims descend on the city to be part of the most important event in the Catholic calendar. If you want a glimpse of the Pope, you’ll need to reserve tickets for the church services in advance, however standing room is normally available on the day. Find cheap flights to Rome

Paris (France) – Easter Monday is an official holiday in France (whilst Good Friday is not). Most businesses, museums and other tourist attractions keep their regular hours during Easter, but many shops and restaurants do close. Take a stroll along the narrow streets and enjoy the windows of Parisian chocolatiers – which are like works of art at Easter – great for chocoholics! Find cheap flights to Paris

Dublin (Ireland) – Good Friday is ‘Dry Day’ in the Republic of Ireland, which means that no alcohol can be sold anywhere and as a result many pubs and restaurants are closed. However, the booze does start flowing again on Saturday, so you won’t have to abstain for long. Find cheap flights to Dublin

Palma (Spain) – celebrations start on Palm Sunday, where locals carry olive and palm branches in a procession. On Holy Thursday all Mallorcan villages come alive with traditional floats accompanied by crowds of people who line the streets to watch it all. Find cheap flights to Palma

Faro (Portugal) – temperatures are in the late teens by Easter in Faro, meaning it’s a good time to visit before the summer crowds arrive. Enjoy the sun bleached, white-washed town with its colonial and Moorish-influenced buildings, or hit the beaches of the Algarve. Find cheap flights to Faro