If you haven’t been on holiday with your mum since you were at school, this could be the year to buck the trend. And what better time could there be to do it than Mother’s Day?
With the big day falling this year on March 30th you even stand a chance of some decent weather depending on how far you are willing to travel. We have a few ideas for you, whether you want sightseeing, beach, action or pampering.
Málaga makes a good destination for a long weekend. Many holidaymakers never see beyond the airport, but the city has much to recommend it and if the sun shines (as it should in late March) there is the added advantage of the beach being only a 10-minute walk from the centre.
For culture vultures there is the Carmen Thyssen Museum offering works from the 19th century with a focus on Andalucian art. The Picasso Museum and Casa Natal (birth house) of the artist are both a must for lovers of 20th century art.
Málaga has flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester.
The end of March is a great time for a long weekend in Majorca. There are hundreds of different flowers growing wild on the island including 60 species of wild orchids, making for a colourful spring display. If you and your Mum enjoy walking in beautiful scenery then Puerto de Soller is a good base. The 10 km walk to the village of Deia (home for many years to the writer Robert Graves) takes around three hours and is particularly rewarding. For an easier walk with great views you can climb to the Cap Gros lighthouse in under an hour from Puerto de Soller. For more serious walkers the Tramuntana mountains provide a greater challenge.
Puerto de Soller has two beaches if sitting in the sun seems more appealing, and there is a good variety of bars and restaurants in the town. Majorca’s airport at Palma is served by flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester.
If culture and walking sound too much like hard work, then why not whisk your mum off for a long weekend to Essaouira, a seaside town in Morocco with a distinctive French atmosphere and bohemian vibe? The temperature at this time of year should be around 20 degrees with 8 hours of sunshine so you can make the most of the wide sandy beach.
When you tire of sitting in the sun you can enjoy having a walk round the medina and town’s ramparts, watching the daily catch being brought in to the port or indulging in a relaxing massage or other treatment at the hammam.
If you really can’t manage even a day off work then a weekend in Edinburgh could be a good idea. Catching the first flight up on Saturday morning and the last back on Sun evening means you will have ample time to enjoy the highlights of the Scottish capital.
There are museums and art galleries galore, a fantastic zoo, which has hit the headlines recently with its pandas, the imposing Edinburgh Castle, Hollyrood Palace, the fascinating Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith, and great shopping and restaurants.
March may not be Edinburgh Festival time, but why not get tickets for the theatre or a concert while you are in Edinburgh? If foreign films are more to your taste there is a good art-house cinema a short walk from Princes Street.
Edinburgh airport has flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester.
If time and budget allow, why not splash out and visit the Egyptian city of Luxor? The Foreign Office relaxed its advice for travellers at the end of 2013, but the tourists have not yet returned in significant numbers making this an excellent time to visit.
Luxor is often described as the world’s largest open-air museum since the temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak lie within the modern city. On the opposite bank of the Nile are the awesome Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The weather in late March will be hot so intersperse your sight-seeing with lazy times by the hotel pool.
You can fly direct to Luxor airport from London Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester.
If you would rather use your hard earned cash to spoil your mum instead of paying over the odds for car parking at the airport, make sure you compare parking prices on Airport Parking Shop. Happy travels!