The UK university academic year runs from September to June with a few weeks of break for Christmas and Easter. This year, Easter falls on 21 April, and UK university students enjoy a break of up to four weeks in the name of this Christian holiday.
What better way to spend this time than to jet off for some unique travel experiences?
If you’ve got a little cash to spare, here are our top picks for return flights (from who else, but RyanAir) that cost £40 or less:
In this Mediterranean city, April is the perfect month to explore the mountains inland or head for long walks along the sun-kissed beach. In this popular paradise, you can check out the best-known route from the Torrent de Pareis Gorge from Escorca to the sea, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, head to a national park located on the small, uninhabited Cabrera Islands. For beaches, you can’t go wrong with Playa de Formentor and Es Trenc.
Faro is the gateway to Portugal’s alluring south coast. The capital of the Algarve is a vibrant city that offers something for everyone. Whether your mates are into Roman ruins or the region’s shellfish gastronomy and unspoiled beaches, you’ll find it here in this seriously underrated European travel destination.
In true Jack Whitehall-style, this is the city where you can ride a beer bike (and try Unicum liqueur), find magic at the House of Houdini and take a boat down the river Danube – all within one city!
Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, opens again in early April after a long winter break. Get your adrenaline fix from its massive selection of rides, bask in its sumptuous architecture and relax in its gorgeous gardens. Copenhagen is also home to the oldest university and research institution in Denmark, and the second-oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia. A visit to some of its world-class museums is also a must!
April may not be the most obvious time to go ther but with winter firmly over and summer ready to take off, it’s definitely one of the most beautiful times of year to visit the island.
Though less bars, restaurants, boats and even the roads will be open, this is peaceful downtime that could do a lot of good for your tired soul after all the hard work this semester.
Every student needs a rejuvenating rest once in a while. In Alicante, you’ll find a good dose of this with its long stretch of white, sandy beaches to while away the hours without a care in the world. If you have major cash to splash, head to the SHA Wellness Clinic for your pick of high-tech, whole-body wellness treatments. Kick back and relax, whatever your budget. You deserve it!
Poland’s intellectual centre is perfect for those looking to get their brain juices flowing. Whether you’re into history (Museum of the Warsaw Uprising or Laze in Royal Łazienki Park), urban beauty (UNESCO-listed Old Town) or culture and architecture (Palace of Culture and Science), here, you can have your cake and eat it too!
The Guinness skybars and factory tours hog the limelight, but take a trip off the beaten track to Moore Street where you’ll find street vendors vying with African food markets, Indian delis and tobacco merchants; or take a short train ride out to Howth at the north peninsula of Dublin Bay for magnificent views over Dublin.