Geneva motor show 2019 preview: our A-Z of the biggest launches at this year's GIMS

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The Geneva Motor Show is one of our favourite events of the year, not to mention the largest of its kind in Europe. It’s a place for the world’s car manufacturers to meet on neutral ground and show off their latest models, both production and concept, to the assembled public and press. It’s not the only motor show in the world, but it’s arguably the most influential, and on the ‘media preview day’ next Tuesday, March 5th, there’s bound to be big news.

Here’s what we can reasonably anticipate at the show in terms of new and prototype models.

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo’s return to Formula 1 will take centre stage on its Geneva stand this year, though fans of the Italian brand’s road cars will not be disappointed. A revamped Giulietta hatchback will make its debut in Veloce and Executive trim, the former being powered (rather oddly, all things considered) by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It looks great, but the Giulietta is pretty average in comparison to more mainstream players in the C-segment space.

Giulietta

The Giulietta is a handsome hatch, but it's based on ancient technology now. Will this update win over European buyers?

The Stelvio will be in Geneva in ‘Turizmo Internazionale’ specification, too. The Ti badge has been fastened to a 276bhp version of the brand’s first SUV, which will be capable of 143mph and which will reach 62mph in just 5.7 seconds. It’s nowhere near as quick as the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, a sub-4.0 super-SUV, but does offer something a little bit dynamic for buyers who find the vanilla Stelvio just a little bit sluggish.

Aston Martin

The Lagonda brand will be resuscitated in 2021. There are no prizes for guessing what form its first model will take – hybrid SUVs are flavour du jour, and even Aston Martin is keen to cash in on the crossover craze – but expect some excitement when the design is revealed on Tuesday. This won’t be a mass-market production model like the DBX, and only 500 will be built, so the ‘Project 003’ will likely sit alongside the Valkyrie in terms of scarcity.

Audi

We’re as bored as you are with electric SUVs, so we’ll forgive you if you skip this one. Audi’s Q4 E-Tron is a fully electric soft-roader with a fully-ridiculous radiator grille. It’ll have a motor on each axle, and while we don’t have performance figures yet, we expect it’ll be pretty quick off the mark. All we’ve seen are stylised sketches, so the Q4 should draw some attention in the metal next week, but whether it proves as popular when it goes on sale in 2021 remains to be seen.

Audi TT

Remember when the TT was a bubbly, Bauhaus coupé?

At the other end of the interestingness spectrum is the TT RS, which goes on sale in April. Its characterful five-cylinder 2.5-litre engine produces just shy of 400bhp and drives all four wheels, a setup capable of launching the coupé – once derided as a bit fashionable, the TT has spent the past two decades evolving into a very serious car.

“The new TT RS is in absolute peak form,” says Michael-Julius Renz, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. “Like a well-trained athlete, it showcases even more prominently how much power lies beneath its muscular outer skin.”

Right. Well, aside from that, Audi will also be bringing the new A6 Allroad, a sophisticated estate car with off-road pretentions. Rural readers, especially those with dogs, take note. 

Bentley

Bentley turns 100 years old this year, and to celebrate the occasion will bring a special edition, Blower-inspired Continental GT to Geneva. We don’t know much about it beyond what the teaser images show us, but we’re hoping to see a big white number on the radiator grille like a 1920s racer.

Bentley Centenary 

This is the biggest clue we have so far

We might be treated to a preview of the new Flying Spur, which won’t be ready for another few months but which will probably go on sale before the end of the year.

BMW

‘M’ versions of the X3 and the X4 SUVs will probably be the fourth and fifth most talked-about models on the BMW stand this year, as the world continues to drool over souped-up crossovers. These two are very similar cars, sharing the same straight-six and basically identical mechanical underpinnings. Obviously the SUV format means massive dynamic compromises, but anyone who desperately wants an M3 or M5 Touring might still be tempted.

However, the main event will be the facelifted 7 Series and its new brother, the X7. The 7 Series saloon has been Beemer’s range-topper for decades, but times are changing, and it now needs a similarly opulent SUV in order to continue dominating this space. We’re not convinced by the styling of these models (consensus on the motoring desk ranges from “overwrought” to “disgusting”) nor by the X7’s ability to compete in what is becoming an extremely crowded market, but traditional good taste has never really affected this sort of car.

Citroen

The Ami One is already our favourite car from the show, and we’re still a few days away. This minimalist two-seat city car sits somewhere between a dockless scooter and a Smart car in terms of practicality, with Citroen (naturally) claiming it as the future of urban mobility. Its fully electric drive system has a range of about 100 miles between charges, which can be achieved in a couple of hours using a wall box, making this a two-seat Twizy with more than a soupcon of 2CV.

Ami 

The Ami is an urban mobility solution that might actually work 

The pictures we’ve seen show a basic, chunky, rugged-looking cabin, resembling that of a public transport vehicle rather than a car. What’s more, it’s a “light quadricycle” under French regulations. While this is less useful in the UK, it means that young teenagers in France might be able to drive this instead of riding a moped. We’re excited about this, and about what it could mean for the future of driving.

Cupra

It’s hard to think of a worse name than ‘Formentor’, redolent as it is of both ‘Dementor’ and ‘fermented’. The fermented Dementor is the first proper in-house car from Cupra (which Seat has been trying to position as a standalone brand for over a year) and doesn’t look too bad on paper. A plug-in hybrid powertrain producing 424bhp makes it relatively punchy, and a claimed 31-mile zero-emission battery-only range makes it pretty usable in town, but will this upstart badge be able to compete with the extremely established old guard in this overcrowded family SUV segment? What’s more, whose idea was it to call this four-door SUV a “coupé”?

Ginetta

Remember Ginetta? This relatively tiny British manufacturer has been building sports cars and racers for over half a century, without ever properly breaking into the mainstream. And while their new product, a 600bhp hypercar, is unlikely to sell in significant numbers, it’s one of the most exciting (and viable) performance cars being unveiled at Geneva by a UK manufacturer.

Powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine, the exceptionally lairy-looking Le Mans-style machine is clearly quite a serious machine. But the claimed downforce of 376kg at 100mph begs the question – how will it handle at, say, 20mph? Road-going race cars are all well and good, but not if they bin themselves on roundabouts.

Honda

Will Honda’s little electric hatchback become the Jimny of 2019? Its cute, chunky, retro styling could go some way to mitigate its pretty underwhelming specs, with a range of just over 100 miles and only four seats. Honda reckons this is all you need for urban mobility, but with similarly sized EVs like the 208 offering significantly more versatility, we suspect that the Honda E Prototype is something you’ll buy with your heart rather than your head.

Kia

The photos we’ve seen of Kia’s all-new electric car concept are inconclusive, but it could become one of the lowkey stars of Geneva if it’s as handsome as they keep saying. Modeled loosely on a muscle car, the concept shows that not every EV has to be a crossover or urban hatch. 

Mazda

The Mazda 3 is one of the few conventionally attractive machines on display at Geneva this year. While other manufacturers reject notions of beauty in favour of aggressive masculinity, Mazda has built a hatchback which is understated, pretty, and compact

Mazda will also be bringing (yet another) SUV, this one called the CX-4. It will sit, rather unsurprisingly, between the CX-3 and the CX-5, which are both extremely competent cars.

McLaren

McLaren is one of only a small number of British marques attending Geneva 2019; Land Rover and Jaguar, which represent a sizeable chunk of the UK’s automotive industry, haven’t been able to justify a presence there. The 720S Spider, which we’ve already sampled, will be on the stand, as will a customer-ready version of the Senna GT R hypercar. We hope they’ll have brought the Speedtail with them, too.

Mercedes-Benz 

The CLA Shooting Brake will ‘brake’ cover next week. This might be the compact premium estate that the market needs to remind it that SUVs are measurably worse than their long-roof counterparts, though we expect the facelifted GLC to garner more attention at the show this year.

Mitsubishi

The ASX has always been a runner-up in Britain’s great SUV race, so the introduction of a new one could go one of two ways for Mitsubishi. It’ll either be a comprehensively overhauled model suitable to compete with class leaders such as Nissan’s Qashqai, or it’ll be a continuation of the same left-field thinking that has made the Japanese brand so successful in some areas – and so unsuccessful in others.

A lot will depend on the price. The new ASX will be available with two- or four-wheel-drive, the latter being something Mitsubishi traditionally does quite well. Whether it represents a large enough chunk of the market to support this model remains to be seen, however.

Morgan

A new Morgan is a once-in-a-generation event, and 2019 sees the introduction of just such a machine. With a new chassis and a powerful inline six, the latest Mog will probably be the company’s sportiest yet. Stay tuned for more on Tuesday. 

Peugeot

The Peugeot 208 is rapidly rising to become one of the most important small cars in Europe. This is partly because it’ll come with either a petrol or electric powertrain, which is still unusual; most models are designed pretty much either-or. We like the way it looks, and if our experience with larger Peugeots is anything to go by, the interior should be of reasonable quality too.

Polestar

We haven’t even driven Polestar 1 yet, but next week we’ll get our first glimpses of Polestar 2, which is a smart-looking electric hatchback crossover. With a claimed range of 300 miles and a price of around £35,000 for the entry-level model, this Volvo spinoff is designed to occupy the space not yet filled by Tesla’s Model 3.

Porsche

Porsche has taken an angle grinder to its latest 911. The Cabriolet is mechanically similar to the hard top, and will be available in Carrera S or Carrera 4S (rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive respectively) just like the Coupe. There are some dynamic differences though, with the soft-top cars accelerating differently and topping out at an imperceptibly less manic vmax.

Renault

The archetypal French supermini returns, stylish and affordable as ever. This is one of the most popular cars in Europe, especially in its native France, where young buyers flock to it like Brits do to the Corsa. The new model is slightly prettier and much better equipped, offering one of the most infotainment-led cabins in the segment. 

Seat

Seat will bring its all-new electric hatchback to the Geneva Motor Show next week. With a range of 300 miles or so, and seemingly Golf-like proportions, the new model could be in the right place at the right time (with the right price) when it launches in 2020.

More exciting, but less practical, is the Minimo, a Twizy-alike with two seats and a diminutive footprint. It’ll have over 60 miles of theoretical range (like the Renault) but at this point it’s designed for battery swaps rather than charging. This is welcome news for buyers who don’t have anywhere to charge an EV overnight.

Skoda

Skoda Kamiq

The Kamiq isn't the most exciting machine on four wheels, but Skoda's practical design ethos should be enough to drive sales in Britain 

It’s another Volkswagen Group crossover. The Skoda Kamiq will draw alongside the Nissan Juke in the medium-sized SUV market, hopefully bringing a bit of Czech practicality with it. It’ll be available with a choice of petrol engines or one diesel option, though there’s no sign of an electric version yet. It’ll be large enough, too, and a focus on rear passengers means that there’s more legroom on the back bench than you get in the Octavia.

SsangYong

We’re always fairly excited when a new SsangYong comes along. Quirky and left-field, a bit like Subaru below, this South Korean manufacturer has been quietly producing reasonably proficient SUVs for longer than pretty much anybody else. The new Korando is unlikely to be front page news, but in a sea of SUVs it at least stands out.

SsangYong Korando

The SsangYong Korando isn't awful to look at, and will represent good value for money when it goes on sale 

It’ll be available with two smallish engines, one petrol and one diesel, with real off-road ability. This model competes very indirectly with 4x4s such as Toyota’s Land Cruiser, but for many British buyers it’s a brand new alternative to a second hand Discovery. SsangYong says that the Korando will receive an electric powertrain in the next few years.

Subaru

Subaru makes a belated entry into the e-hyphen market with the e-Boxer hybrid system, which incorporates a modest electric motor built into the transmission. It won’t be capable of zero-emission driving, but it will give a slight torque boost where necessary, reducing emissions and making Subaru’s CVT powertrain just that little bit weirder. We’ll probably see this new technology in a Forester at Geneva.

Toyota

The launch of the Supra has dragged on to the point where most of us are bored with it already. We’ve already driven its sister car, the BMW Z7, and found it underwhelming, but we’re hoping that the Japanese interpretation of the recipe delivers a rather more exciting road experience.

Volkswagen

I.D. has become ID. Still presumably pronounced I.D., this long-running series of EV concepts has been a mainstay of European motor shows for years, and this year we’re getting a sort of beach buggy in addition to the usual driverless pods and urban mobility ‘solutions’. It’ll probably never reach production, but it’s a fun reminder of how the MEB platform reflects the Beetle’s chassis in terms of versatility and the variety of vehicles it can underpin.

There’s a new Passat, too, which is hard to get hugely excited about, as well as a new Caravelle. Hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of the Grand California, a larger version of the iconic camper van that even comes with a shower and loo.

There are already dozens of gauche, expensive and dynamically compromised ‘hot SUVs’ at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, but don’t worry – there could be one more. Volkswagen has decided to enter the fray with the T-Roc R, which will be a bit like a Golf R Estate, but without the practicality.

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As Sally Challen's murder conviction is quashed, we ask: How can you tell whether you are a victim of coercive control?

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Over the past three years, there has been a slow build in awareness around the signs of coercive control. 

A prominent storyline in the Archers, as well as the the case of mother-of-two Sally Challen, have both brought the issue of this subtle, persistent form of emotional and psychological abuse to the forefront. 

Today, Sally Challen – who killed her husband with a hammer in 2010 – has seen her murder conviction quashed. 

The Court of Appeal heard this week that the appeal may even have been partly inspired by the Archers plotline. A psychiatric assessment of Challen while she was in custody, read out by her barrister Clare Wade QC, said: "I wonder if she has been listening to this programme…

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8 Times Angelina Jolie Has Hit The Red Carpet With Her Kids

Angelina Jolie has been sure to prioritize her children alongside her prosperous career. She has taken them to her premieres and other red carpet events!

Maleficent actress Angelina Jolie, 43, surely has a lot on her plate! The actress, who has had a decades-long career, has also spent much of her time involved with humanitarian work, and giving back to the world. However, even during her busiest career moments, Angelina has made time for her six children. Angelina has taken kids Maddox Chivan, 17, Pax Thien, 15, Zahara Marley, 14, Shiloh Nouvel, 12, Knox Léon, 10, and Vivienne Marcheline, 10, along with her to premieres for her movies, as well as to premieres of others’ films, as well. We’re sure her kids appreciate having the exposure to the entertainment industry, as well as the opportunity to support their mom publicly on her career endeavors!

On Feb 21., Angie took her kids along to see Serendipity, a documentary about a breast cancer diagnosis, in New York City. We’re sure it meant a lot to Angelina to have her kids with her to see this movie, which was extra personal to the actress who discovered she had the BRCA1 gene and underwent a preventive double mastectomy.

A year prior, in Jan. 2018, Angie, Shiloh, and Zahara were all visions in black outfits at the National Board of Review Awards Gala. Angie wore a dress with a sheer top, Shiloh rocked a suit with a sling due to an accident, and Zahara matched Shiloh in a suit as well! Angie smiled with her kids as they walked the carpet, glowing together as a family. It must mean the most to Angelina to have her children with her to support her biggest career moments, and surely, they love spending the time with their mother!

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We’re so thrilled that even though Angie is a busy woman, she still prioritizes the important people in her life – her beautiful six children! Be sure to check out the gallery above for more pics of Angelina with Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne on red carpets together! We can’t get enough of Angie and her beautiful children!

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A new study has revealed that nursery is now as expensive as going to university – to which I say: I could have told you that! 14 years ago I gave birth to twins and swiftly invoked the rule of two: double the cost, for everything, all at once. Clothes, nappies, car seats (for which you need three each by the time they’re old enough to sit in a car unaided). But childcare costs took things to another level. I still wince at the amount I spent on nursery fees.

Granted, it was a cosy private nursery, only a stroll up the road, with organic, freshly cooked food in a nice neighbourhood. But that’s what you pay for. The peace of mind. And nursery proprietors know this all too well, hiking the prices…

Climber Whose Mother Conquered Everest Solo Disappears on Pakistan’s ‘Killer Mountain’

A British climber whose mother was the first woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest in a solo climb has disappeared with his Italian counterpart while climbing Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, the ninth-highest mountain in the world.

The last time the Briton, Tom Ballard, and the Italian, Daniele Nardi, were heard from was on Sunday morning, when they had reached about 6,300 meters, or more than 20,600 feet, Mr. Nardi’s team wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

“Every hypothesis and possibility is not overlooked,” the post said.

An aerial search-and-rescue operation for the two men was delayed after tensions between Pakistan and India flared into a military confrontation and Pakistani airspace was closed. But the Pakistani Army eventually sent a helicopter to the men’s last-known location on a reconnaissance flight on Thursday. Rescuers found no trace of either climber, Mr. Nardi’s team said.

A helicopter was expected to undertake a second reconnaissance flight later on Thursday.

Mr. Ballard and Mr. Nardi are both experienced mountaineers. Mr. Ballard was dubbed “King of the Alps” by the British news media after he became the first person to climb the notoriously perilous six great north faces of Europe’s highest mountain range solo in a single season.

The pair began climbing Nanga Parbat’s western side in January.

Standing higher than 26,600 feet, Nanga Parbat is one of the highest mountains in the world — and one of the deadliest to climb. Many climbers have died on its slopes, earning it the nickname “Killer Mountain.” The route that Mr. Ballard and Mr. Nardi chose to scale has never been successfully completed.

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Nanga Parbat, Pakistan’s second-highest mountain, stands higher than 26,600 feet.CreditGohar Abbas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“They will be hoping to climb the infamous Mummery Spur — named after Albert F. Mummery, who in 1895 led the first attempt to climb the mountain,” Montane, a British outdoor clothing brand that sponsored Mr. Ballard, wrote in a media release in December.

After reaching around 20,013 feet in 1895, Mr. Mummery died while exploring the northeast face of the mountain. “His intended line remains unclimbed to this day,” according to Montane.

In a Facebook post in January, Mr. Ballard described his latest climb with Mr. Nardi as “no picnic.”

“Well, what did you expect,” Mr. Ballard wrote in a caption of a photo of a man climbing an all-white, rocky slope, almost indiscernible against the mist. “It is winter on the ninth highest peak in the world.”

Mr. Ballard was born in the Peak District in central England in 1988. His mother was Alison Hargreaves, a pioneering climber who died in 1995 while descending the world’s second-highest peak — K2 in Pakistan. Just three months earlier she had become the first woman, and second person, to reach the peak of Mount Everest alone and without bottled oxygen. She was 33.

Mr. Ballard, who was 6 at the time, said that the only thing he ever wanted to do was climb.

“Since I was 10, all I wanted to do was to climb,” Mr. Ballard said, according to Montane’s statement. “Even before I was born I climbed the North Face of the Eiger,” he added, referring to July 1988, when his mother scaled the north face of Eiger while six months pregnant with him.

Mr. Nardi, who recorded their experience in blog posts on his website — writing about retrieving their tent from under “a ton of snow,” having a hard time swallowing and sleeping at 18 degrees Celsius below zero, among other things — had been to Nanga Parbat four times before his expedition with Mr. Ballard.

The Ordinary Is Launching Cleansers Now

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The Ordinary has become so big in the beauty industry, it is almost a household name. Like skincare for dummies, when the brand launched its range of efficacious formulas at affordable prices, it ditched the confusing lingo and ridiculous claims and just sold staple products that do what they say on the tin.

What started off as a small line of products, pretty much exploded and now The Ordinary offers an extensive list of savvy skin solutions. One item the brand is yet to stock, though? Cleansers. Sure, you can smother on as many serums as you want, but I think we can all agree that a good cleaner is essential. Which is why we’re very pleased to report that the remaining piece of the skincare puzzle is en route.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, £5.50 (affordable as ever) will be its first cleanser offering and has been designed to gently but efficiently remove makeup, dirt and impurities. The hybrid formula transforms from a balm into an oil, is soap free and contains moisturising ingredient squalane, which deep cleans without stripping the skin.

You’ll be able to cop the new cleanser in March online, so thankfully there’s not too long a wait. We predict a sell-out, so get ’em before they’re gone.

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For me, and the majority of parents in this country, childhood immunisations are a rite of passage. Sure, we do our research before booking them in, but rapidly realise that any side effects pale into insignificance compared with the alternative – living in a country where children catch…

Meet the first-time publican who turned a wreck into Britain's Pub of the Year

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That was four years ago, and at that point the idea of the Wonston Arms being named the best pub in the country was as realistic as the village football team winning the Premier League. The pub had been getting shabbier and emptier by the year, and was destined for redevelopment into housing when Todd, then working for Nokia in sales and marketing, had an idea. He would quit his job, he decided, and spend his…

Mallorca is now cracking down on beer gardens to stamp out ‘drunken tourism’

MALLORCA'S beer gardens are now the latest targets of the clamp down on "drunken tourism" by local officials.

It's all part of the campaign by tourism leaders on the Spanish island to stamp out on drunken behaviour and balconing.

 Mallorca is cracking down on drunken behaviour by tourists

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Mallorca is cracking down on drunken behaviour by tourists

The local council in the busy capital of Palma says clients of the "biergartens" must be hemmed in or the owners will face a huge fine. A new directive has been agreed, which toughens up the rules on so-called civic tourism ahead of this summer's season which, politicians fear, could be as noisy and unruly as before despite efforts to clean up the resort's image. Palma council says the beer gardens in certain zones must be fenced off to stop customers straying out on to the pavements and streets. Under no circumstances will they be allowed to take alcohol or food outside these areas. The order comes info force in April and will be effective until the end of September.

 Police are drafted in to check the new rules are enforced

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Police are drafted in to check the new rules are enforced

Police will be given special powers to check the beer gardens within new areas being classified as Zones of Special Tourist Interest Zones. It's not just Brits who will feel the impact of the new rules as a number of streets in Palma known as the Dutch area will be included. Palma councillors have also toughened the regulations concerning advertising of booze by banning it across the city.

This will include the seafront promenade where it will be an offence to promote any drinking promotions such as "two for one" offers or happy hours.

 It's not just Brits who will feel the impact of the new rules as a number of streets in Palma known as the Dutch area will be included

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It's not just Brits who will feel the impact of the new rules as a number of streets in Palma known as the Dutch area will be included

Such advertising will also be prohibited on the entire beach of Palma. Failure to comply will be considered very serious and could lead to a fine of between 2,200 and 3,000 euros. Palma's council for citizen security, Angélica Pastor said the measures were designed to "promote the responsible consumption of alcohol, increase citizen security and guarantee the right to rest of residents."

You can STILL get cheap deals for Easter with a week in Corfu from just £108pp

AN Easter holiday doesn't have to be expensive, despite it being peak season for families travelling abroad.

In fact, unusual for this time of the year, you can still find and book bargain Easter breaks.

 A holiday to Corfu is affordable even during the Easter holidays

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A holiday to Corfu is affordable even during the Easter holidays

Spain, Malta and Greece have all dropped in price while Turkey and Egypt have failed to become more affordable according to TravelSupermarket.

Prices of holidays to Corfu in general has dropped by 17 per cent compared to last year, while the cost of a trip to Costa Brava has dropped by 24 per cent. Right now, you can head to Corfu for a week for just £108pp when travelling as a family of four.

The extremely good deal to the Greek island is for travelling during the Easter holidays – you need to be able to travel on April 9 from Southend Airport with Ryanair, returning on April 16.

 The seven night holiday is spent at Paradiso Apartments

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The seven night holiday is spent at Paradiso Apartments

The accommodation is at Paradiso Apartments in Barbati, a three-star apartment resort with a private pool.

Extras such as private airport transfers, approximately 45 minutes, hand luggage and car hire can be added on for an additional cost.

It is also just yards from Barbati Beach, a white pebble stretch with jet ski and boat hire facilities, plus a stunning view of the mountainous region around it.

A range of Greek restaurants are tucked away in the hills, but the main Old Town in Corfu is just a short bus ride away.

 Corfu is one of the more popular Greek islands

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Corfu is one of the more popular Greek islands

Temperatures of up to 20 degrees are common in April, making it a welcome break from the normally cool UK.

Alternatively, you can also find seven night breaks to Costa Brava from just £129pp.

Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator from TravelSupermarket said:  "If you searched really carefully for Easter holidays last year, there were some deals from under £200pp but they were few and far between.

"For this Easter, it is not hard to currently find well-reviewed holiday bargains to family-friendly resorts on the Spanish Mainland and in Ibiza and Majorca, Portugal, Malta and Corfu for under £500 in total for a family of four."