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Destinations to visit in your Motorhome a Easter

Easter is an important religious festival which is celebrated throughout most countries in the world and is also a time which heralds the beginning of spring and new life in the northern hemisphere. Easter signals an end to the bleak, cold months of winter and the start of warmer days ahead. Flowers begin to appear in gardens and the new lambs and fluffy yellow chicks delight the children. In Christian countries there are religious celebrations to remember the risen Christ and children everywhere enjoy the thought of lots of chocolate in the form of eggs and bunny rabbits. Families come together to decorate their homes with colourful branches decorated with ribbons and coloured blown eggs, Easter meals are enjoyed as families spend time together. For those wanting to take a short break and experience how others celebrate the Easter holidays we have a small selection of wonderful places to visit at Easter and included are campsite and motorhome stopovers near to the destination.

Rome – The Eternal City

At Easter thousands of people from all over the world, flock to Rome to spend Holy Week at the heart of this most important Christian celebration as is celebrated all through Italy. From the Palm Sunday Mass in St Peters Square when the Pope himself officiates and blesses the palms, through till the Via Crucis ceremony on Good Friday at the Colosseum and Holy Mass of Easter Sunday morning, again at St Peters Square, Rome feels alive and jubilant.  There is also so much to see and do in the Eternal City which will keep anyone busy from morning till night. Make sure to sample some of the delicious Easter specialities that Rome has to offer, tempting aromas of roast lamb will fill the air but there is also a lot of chocolate to enjoy and don’t forget to buy one of the dove shaped cakes – Colomba di Pasqua – which come in a great variety of delicious flavours and fill the shelves of all the shops.

A good campsite to stay at, with great travel connections around the city is Camping Roma on the Via Aurelia. http://www.camping.it/english/lazo/romacamping/

Vienna

Springtime in the beautiful city of Vienna is enhanced even further with the celebrations surrounding Easter. There is a large program of events all across Vienna with Easter Markets in front of the romantic Schönbrunn Palace, on Freyung in the Old City with the largest tower of eggs in Europe, and Am Hof Square offering lovely Easter handicrafts, decorated eggs and decorations, workshops for children’s activities where they can make marzipan bunnies or Easter floral arrangements. Easter specialities in Austria can be enjoyed from the Osterpinze Easter bread to roast lamb and of course a great selection of chocolates. Join in with the party at the Prater on Easter Sunday with live music and children’s entertainment there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For a choice of campsites near the city –Check here http://www.wiencamping.at/en/

Paris

Paris, capital city of France, in the Spring has long been a favourite for lovers of all ages and Easter is a great chance to make the best of this wonderful city. Religious celebrations are held at Notre-Dame de Paris, the Sacré-Cœur and in more than 100 of the other churches in Paris. This capital French city is also the place for sampling gastronomic delights and wonderful chocolate creations by master chocolatiers. Take a romantic trip along the Seine or wander through the parks hand in hand now bursting into bloom with spring flowers. For children there are a great number of Easter hunts in splendid surroundings to enjoy.

For Campsites near to the Capital check out http://www.paris-camping.fr/ just 10 km away

http://www.campingleparc.fr/campsite-france-paris.html 25 km away

Prague

Prague holds a great variety of Easter events around the city with the most famous being the annual Easter Markets held in Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and Square of the Republic. In this beautiful Czech Republic city you will find hand decorated Easter eggs, wooden toys, arts and crafts, candles and a selection of Easter decorations. There are also cultural entertainments with music and dance and workshops for the children where they will be able to try out some the craft making for themselves.

For Campsites near the city check out –  http://www.rivercampingprague.com/

Or for a motorhome stop –  http://www.campercontact.com/en/czech-republic/tsjechie-totaal/praha/6862/motorhome-parking-hajek-autocamp.aspx

Amsterdam

Amsterdam comes alive as springtime is announced in the Netherlands by the vibrant colours and scents of tulips a wonderful display that will take your breath away and no matter what the weather you will know that Spring is finally here. Take a trip to the Tulip fields in the countryside to see all the spring flowers in their glory. Enjoy brunch in one of Amsterdam’s fine hotels or take the children for an Easter egg hunt at the zoo which also feature activities such as egg decorating or watch chicks hatching. At the outdoor markets pick up Easter treats like Passtol sweet bread, coloured eggs and lamb. Take a trip on the Pannenkoeknboot (Pancake Boat) with all-you-can-eat pancakes plus other treats. Churches around Amsterdam hold Easter celebrations and special masses. A vibrant city and great place to visit even if just for a short Easter break.

For Campsites near the city check out – http://www.campingzeeburg.nl/

Or http://www.amsterdamcitycamp.nl/  Or https://www.amsterdam.nl/vliegenbos/

Or for a motorhome stop – http://www.campercontact.com/en/netherlands/noord-holland/amsterdam/18325/motorhome-parking-amsterdam-city-camp.aspx

Madrid

Spain holds many important processions during ‘Semana Santa’ or Holy Week the most famous being in Seville, Cádiz and Málaga, but in the Spanish capital of Madrid it is no exception and celebrations start with processions on Palm Sunday which is a favourite with children. The beginning of the week is quite quiet but on Maundy Thursday people start to come out onto the streets to watch the spectacular events taking place and to enjoy the nightlife of Madrid. On Maundy Thursday large statues are taken from the churches and borne through the streets by the Madrileños past the waiting crowds. On Good Friday the religious procession of Jesus of Nazareth leaves the Basílica del Cristo de Medinaceli and passes through the main streets. Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, Domingo Santo, are filled with events, look out for the drums of all shapes and sizes in the Plaza Mayor known as ‘Tamborada del Domingo de Resurección ’ which represent the earth tremors which occurred when Christ died on the cross. Enjoy a selection of tapas and wine or traditional torrijas, similar to French toast, these sweet Easter treats are made with bread, milk, sugar, lemon, cinnamon and eggs, as you soak up the wonderful atmosphere within the city which seems so heightened at this special time of year.

For campsites near Madrid check out – http://www.campingaranjuez.co.uk/

Or for Motorhome stops – http://www.campercontact.com/en/spain/castilla-la-mancha-02-13-16-19-45-madrid-28/madrid/6633/motorhome-parking-parking.aspx

London

Springtime in the British capital is heralded by spring blossoms and colourful early flowers in the city’s many sprawling parks and gardens which attract visitors to London in their thousands. At Easter there is a host of attractions and special events for visitors, locals and their families to enjoy. On Good Friday there is a full scale re-enactment of the passion and crucifixion of Christ in Trafalgar Square which can also be watched on large screens. A cast of more than 100 as well as horses, doves and donkeys help to create an authentic scene in the famous square. At the London attractions there are special Easter activities, there are Easter egg hunts for the children, religious services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and Easter concerts. Visit one of the city farms, petting zoos or the zoo and see the new baby animals.

Campsites near London check here – http://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms/where-to-stay-and-short-breaks/dobbs-weir-caravan-park/  Or http://www.debdenhouse.com/campsite-epping-forest.html

Celebrating Easter

Easter eggsEaster is the most important festival in the Christian church and celebrates the Resurrection of Christ. The last week of Lent is called “Holy Week” which starts with Palm Sunday and includes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Holy week is a time for prayer and reflection before the happy days of the Easter weekend when celebrations are held. Easter is also linked to the Jewish Passover because of its position on the calendar. Attending early morning services is very much a part of Easter Sunday, as are the decorated eggs which are a symbol of the rock rolling away from the tomb to reveal that Christ had risen and was no longer in the tomb.

Baking is a large part of the celebrations surrounding Easter, find some traditional Easter recipes from around the World. In the lead up to Easter keep the children busy making their own decorations on our Easter Crafts for Children page. If you plan to spend your Easter abroad or are just looking for new ideas, then find out how other countries around the globe celebrate Easter on our Easter Customs and Traditions page.

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