With Easter round the corner, there’s plenty on our Continental doorstep to excite. Perhaps indulge yourself with an island getaway to Madeira and its world-class vineyards, or take in Spain’s diverse beauty with stays in its parador network, consisting of everything from medieval castles to grand country houses.
Italy also impresses, with palatial stays in Venice’s floating grandeur and the competing delights of still-sunny Sicily. Here, ancient Greek temples, fine wines and idyllic beaches compete for your attention.
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After beginning with Madrid's storied grandeur, drive the beautiful Castle Route of Spain, staying in the region's finest paradors – historic hotels that range from 14th-century castle accommodation to once-ancestral aristocrat homes.
Spain's paradors are a network of historic palaces, fortresses and castles converted to luxury hotels. Take a look at our favourite parador itineraries or get in contact to tailor-make your own, with plenty of superb-value offers available.
Among its rolling hills and sweeping plains, central Spain hides some of Europe’s finest cultural treasures, from medieval fortresses to Roman aqueducts. You’ll take it all in with scenic country drives and stays in historic hotels.
Famous for its friendly people, natural beauty and mild climate, Madeira is a perfect year-round destination. The island features more than 600 miles of walking trails, and while there aren't any beaches per se, there are plenty of lidos and bathing platforms offering direct sea access.
This 15th century private palazzo is a favourite among discerning travellers and Condé Nast’s judges alike.
Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £130 pp
Book by: 31 March 2019
The Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto, with its Mediterranean fine dining and indulgent spa, looks out across the bay of Punta Ala to the island of Elba in the distance. The hotel is just a stroll from a private sandy beach replete with pagoda-shaped cabins, sun loungers and deck chairs.