Where to go in
April

Cherry blossom, safaris, Caribbean beaches. These are the wonders that await you on your holidays in April. Then there’s African islands and European city breaks. It’s not an easy decision. The choice is yours…

Highlights

Where’s hot

There is plenty of sunshine available around the world in April, with the Greek Islands hotting up, perfect temperatures in the Caribbean and Turkey providing an ideal climate for lounging and soaking up some rays…

TOWN, Country Temperatures Min° Max° Wet DaysNew Delhi,
New Delhi, India 21 37 1
Phnom Penh, Cambodia 25 36 6
Manila, Philippines 23 34 4
Male, Maldives 28 32 3
Danang, Vietnam 24 31 4
Praia, Cape Verde 22 27 0
Marrakech, Morocco 12 27 6
Mexico City, Mexico 12 26 14
Los Angeles, USA 12 26 7
Windhoek, Nambia 17 26 4

Where to go

So you’ve decided you want to spend April somewhere special. But how do you decide where to go? Below you’ll find the best places to visit, from stunning safari locations to alpine villages. Whether you want to go long-haul of just nip somewhere for a long weekend, we’ve got you covered…

  • Nambia
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Phillipines
  • Sorrento
  • Turkey
  • Corsica
  • Cuba
  • Mendoza
  • Colombia

Africa

Nambia

Etosha National Park in Namibia is spectacular in the shoulder season. April sees the end of the rainy season so the landscape will be verdantly lush and beautiful, whilst the start of the peak game-viewing season looms. You will find many opportunities to spot game, whilst the area is at its quietest so you can avoid the crowds. With moderate heat and low rainfall, this is the perfect month to go on safari, particularly as Nambia is one of the safest countries to visit in Africa. Expect temperatures of 24°C and higher, as well as brilliant sunshine all day long.

Further Reading – Anita Hendrieka

Madagascar

The island of Madagascar is located off Africa’s southwest coast and is home to thousands of endemic animal species. Including the Bamboo Lemur, the Panther Chameleon, Tomato Frogs, the Comet Moth, and the Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko. April marks the start of the country’s winter dry period, making it the perfect time to travel. Go early in the season and you will benefit from quieter resorts whilst also enjoying days that are 24°C or more, and nights that rarely fall below 15°C. There’s an average of 5 hours of sunshine every day, and you can make a saving during the shoulder months.

Further Reading – Along Dusty Roads

The Maldives

The Maldives is a destination that promises hot days and plenty of sun pretty much all year round, but one of our favourite times to visit is just outside of the peak travel season (December to March). Not only can you get some great travel bargains in April, but the beaches will have fewer tourists. Go late in the month for the best hotel and flight deals and pack plenty of summer clothing – because the weather is hot with the warmest sea temperatures for diving and snorkelling.

Further Reading – Getaway

Asia

Iran

The best time to visit Iran is during the spring or autumn time, and April is a wonderful time to go due to the pleasant temperatures. Expect somewhere between 20-22°C in central cities, whilst destinations further north (such as Ramsar, Rasht and Lahijan) will be closer to 17-20°C. No matter where you are, the weather will be just right, making it ideal for those who do not cope well in the extremities. Be sure to see the famous Naqsh-e Jahan Square if you stay in Isfahan, and don’t miss Tehran’s strikingly beautiful Golestan Palace.

Further Reading – Aussie on the Roads

Japan

Spring in Japan is truly wonderful. One of the key highlights to mention is the Cherry Blossom Festival, with events occurring all the way from January to May (depending on location). In cities such as Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, the main blooming period is in April, making this a fabulous time to travel to this exotic nation. The climate is nice and warm at this time of year, and there are so many great things to do in every corner of the country including temple tours, forest and mountain hikes, staying in a traditional ryokan, fantastic shopping, amazing street food, and discovering some of the best restaurants and nightlife venues on the planet.

Further Reading – Seth Lui

The Phillipines

Jet off to the Philippines in April, the last month of the dry season. Which is one of the most popular times to travel. During this period, the country is fully accessible for tourism, including the remote areas and islands that can’t be accessed during high rainfall. And as it’s the end of the peak season, tourist crowds start to fall so getting around will be so much easier. The country itself is made up of 7,000 islands and its capital city, Manila, is one of the must-visit places for first-timers. Don’t miss the stunning waterfall promenade or the daily street food market.

Further Reading – On Time Travel

Europe

Sorrento, Italy

There are fewer places more romantic or glamorous as the Amalfi Coast in Italy. As the main town in this region with its busy marina and sweeping views atop a hill, Sorrento makes the perfect little base for exploring the coastline. Beat the heavy tourist footfall during the hot summer months and travel here in April instead. This is when the weather starts to warm up and sunshine hours increase, with highs of around 21°C or above and lows rarely going below 14°C. From Sorrento, you can visit the pretty village of Positano, venture out to Salerno, or take a boat tour to the affluent island of Capri (home to the rich and famous).

Further Reading – Independent

Turkey

This intriguing destination in the Middle East is wonderful around this time of year. Spring brings cooler weather, making it ideal for family travel. Particularly if you’re looking for a sunny destination to take the kids to during the Easter holidays. Expect daytime temps to reach 21°C or higher and don’t forget to pack a few layers for the evening when the temperature drops to around 10°C. Some of the best beach resorts / areas include Patara (Turkey’s longest beach), The Bodrum Peninsula, and the bohemian resort town of Kalkan.

Further Reading – Hand Luggage Only

Corsica, France

A charming French region and a mountainous island in the Med, with a distinct Italian culture. This place is utterly unique. Corsica is a great place for families, groups or couples because there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. Including lively coastal towns and quaint fishing villages, incredible hiking trails (including GR 20, the toughest long distance trail in Europe), beautiful beaches, and ancient ruins. Expect the climate to be nice and mild, ranging from 12°C to highs of 17°C during the daytime.

Further Reading – LOREM IPSUM

Americas

Cuba

From Cuban coffee, Cuban cigars and the classic Cuban sandwich (a must-try!) to the amazing salsa music and the iconic colourful buildings of Havana, there are so many things that this country is famous for. So whatever you do, make sure you plan enough time to see and do it all! Another reason to visit this Caribbean nation is for its gorgeous sugar-white beaches and in April, you can expect the weather to be nice and hot without being uncomfortably humid. Expect averages of around 25°C, and don’t forget to add the beaches such as Playa Paraiso, Varadero Beach, Playa Los Flamencos, Playa Pilar, Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Santa Maria or Cayo Largo to your bucket list.

Further Reading – LOREM IPSUM

Mendoza, Argentina

The heart of Argentina’s wine country, known around the world for producing some of the best Malbecs and other delicious reds. Mendoza is the perfect travel destination for wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs who enjoy tastings, tours and foodie pairings. Other than the wineries around Mendoza and the Uco Valley, the city itself is a wonderful location with tree-lined promenades and modern art deco architecture. Be sure to check out General San Martín Park with the great weather in April (ranging from 10-23°C) and don’t miss the Municipal Museum Of Modern Art.

Further Reading – LOREM IPSUM

Colombia

Whilst prices can be high during the Easter period and the week before, the month of April is generally a very good month to travel due to it being in Colombia’s shoulder season. Bear in mind that whilst the rainy season is over by now, some areas (such as Bogota and Medellin) suffer a secondary rainy period. However, the rain doesn’t stick around for long and you will have hours and hours of sunshine. Some of the places to explore include San Andres and the Rosario Islands which are great for snorkelling.

Further Reading – LOREM IPSUM

Holiday types

There is a perfect destination for any holiday in April regardless of who you are and what you’re looking for. Caribbean honeymoons, beach holidays with the family or sunny city breaks. Find your ideal spot below…

Family Holidays

Enjoy family fun in the sun at Costa de la Luz, set along the Andalusian coast in Spain facing out to the Atlantic. This section of the coastline is ideal for parents travelling with young children, with some of the best resort towns being Tarifa, Cadiz and Bolonia.
Book a villa in the Algarve for a relaxing family holiday. April is a great time to travel for those who prefer modest warmth and is ideal if you don’t want your little ones to overheat. Stay near Lagos, Albufeira, Portimao or Faro.
Visit Efteling Theme Park in the village of Kaatsheuvel in Holland and enjoy a weekend break at the park’s hotel. There’s so much to see and do, including rollercoasters and rides, shows and entertainment, shopping and restaurants.

Activity

The iconic resort of Zermatt is located in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton and is a superb destination for skiing, climbing and hiking. It’s also home to the world’s most photogenic peak, the Matterhorn, so bring your camera!
Hiking in the Alentejo region in Portugal is fantastic in the spring. With a warm and balmy climate, April is the perfect time to plan an outdoor adventure here. There are short circular routes ideal for beginners.
Take a luxury Gulet cruise and explore authentic Turkey in style. The traditional ‘Gulet’ wooden boats are small enough to nip in and out of small coves, so you can explore the country’s most secluded beaches.

Honeymoon

With temperature highs of 29°C and a low chance of rain, Tobago is a fantastic honeymoon destination in the month of April. From luxury all-inclusive resorts to white sand beaches, this island is filled with romance.
If you want an active honeymoon with new places and amazing sea views, plan an island-hopping adventure in the Greek Islands. Some of the most romantic islands to visit are Santorini, Mykonos, Milos, Kos, Naxos and Paros.
Enjoy a tour of Spain’s Andalucia region, home to the dazzling city of Seville and the gorgeous coastal gem of Malaga. Córdoba in the south is also not to be missed for its ruin and architecture, and Granada boasts a huge fortress complex.

City Breaks

For sightseeing, designer shopping, incredible art and culture, there really is no place quite like Paris, France’s spectacular capital. It’s known as the city of love and also has important links with fashion.
If you want a city break designed for foodies, add Lisbon to your list of places to visit. Their famous food market is the best place to taste Michelin level cooking at affordable prices, and the nightlife is second to none.
For a jam-packed weekend in South East Asia, Beijing is a must. Visit the Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, explore the royal grounds of Summer Palace, go shopping at Nan Luo Gu Xiang, and taste the best street food around.

Nature Breaks

Patagonia is the perfect place to go for a puma tracking safari. This region covers the southernmost tip of South America and is shared by both Argentina and Chile, and the Torres del Paine is great for seeing pumas in the wild.
Visit Malaysia and go to the Sandakan Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, the Elephant Orphanage in Kuala Lumpur, or the Semenggoh Orangutan Centre in Kuching.
Go rhino spotting in Nepal, where the endangered rhino population has seen a recent upsurge. The One Horned Rhino is one of the most endangered species in the world, and it can be seen at Chitwan National Park.

Events and festivals

If it’s a festival you’re after then April has plenty. Head to New Orleans to get your groove on or to Amsterdam for some flower power. For something a little more risque, Japan is the place to be…

Kanamara Matsuri

Kawasaki, Japan

1 April

Held each spring at the Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki, the Kanamara Matsuri event is one which celebrates fertility in the city. Phallic shapes and displays is the main theme, with male genitalia reflected in decorations and huge street processions.

Scoppio del Carro

Florence, Italy

Easter

A fun celebration of Easter famed for its incredible firework displays! The name means ‘explosion of the cart’ and the event is nothing short of explosive and thousands take to the streets to watch the sky light up in flames.

Thingyan Festival

Myanmar

13 April

The Burmese New Year is celebrated at the Thingyan Festival every year, marking the start of the new Burmese calendar and with 4 to 5 days of family-friendly festivities.

New Orleans Jazz Festival

New Orleans, USA

27 April

An exciting music festival taking place during New Orleans’ busiest season for tourists. Guaranteed to be lively and filled with great performances for jazz fans. You can also expect amazing food as well as fantastic arts and crafts on sale.

Navrus Spring Equinox Festival

North/Central Asia

April

This is an ancient festival that is still celebrated in a number of locations, including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. With traditional dancing, music and tasty street eats all in honour of welcoming in the new season.

Tulip Festival

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

April

“A tulip for every citizen” is the motto of this annual springtime celebration. Watch as the city comes to life with its signature flower, one of the most enduring symbols of the Netherlands. There are over 80 locations to visit during the festival event featuring beautiful floral displays.

Places to avoid

So we’ve given you the good news, what about the stinkers? Here are the places you shouldn’t visit in April. Bad weather, overcrowding, or just not much going on; there are lots of reasons to avoid certain destinations in April.

Here are the ones wed suggest waiting until another time of year to visit…

  • There are places in South America that are enjoyable at this time of year, but it isn’t the perfect period to visit and you do take a risk with the rainy season in many locations. Don’t count it out, but be sure to do some careful research into the specific places you want to go before cementing your choice.
  • It’s rainy season in Tunisia, so if you’re looking for somewhere to go to Africa, go a bit further south.

Here’s what we would do

Cuba

For us, April is all about Cuba. Turkey is a close runner up, if you want to stay in Europe, but we think Cuba’s worth the journey.

Where to start? Havana probably. What hasn’t been said about this iconic city? Crumbling buildings, daiquiris, classic cars, cigars. It’s got it all and more.

And you don’t have to travel far to be on Cuba’s paradise beaches or in luxury resorts if you need some R&R. From there head to colourful Trinidad and walk the cobbled streets and into the lush green surroundings.

There’s no doubt this place is changing, get there before it’s too late…