The best places to visit in April: Easter holidays and early Spring trips
Ahh April. With the UK weather usually unable to make up its mind - unless it decides to constantly rain - what better time is there to getaway from it all with a well-earned break?
If you're planning an April holiday, you've come to the right place. We'll help you plan your break with our picks for the best destinations and the hottest countries in April for those who want some sun! Or do you want to be inspired? No problem! You'll find cheap April and Easter holiday deals for every type of getaway - just as long as it's in April!
Flexibility is often key in finding the cheapest holidays. Why not see if we have cheap deals in March or May that tick all the boxes? Or check out our travel calendar where we've listed our favourite destinations for every month of the year.
Check out our latest April holiday deals for 2020:
Where's warm? Hot countries for an April holiday
Some like it hot! It might be April showers at home but there are plenty of hot destinations in April around the world. Depending on just how warm you want the weather to be you might not have to travel too far either!
For comfortable temperatures in Europe, head to Italy, Greece, Portugal or Spain. The sea might not have warmed up enough to swim in yet, but for a city break in Barcelona or aweekend trip to Rome, the weather is perfect.
If it's sun, sea and beaches you want, you'll have to head a little further away. Head to Asia, where destinations like Thailand sometimes have their hottest month in April. Alternatively, why not sail away to South America for an adventure in Mexico or an eco-friendly trip to Costa Rica?
Our top 6 destinations for a hot holiday in April
Which holiday destinations are cheap in April?
If price is more important to you than the sun then consider one of these affordable options. A weekend break in a European city makes sense as you'll beat the crowds and flights and accommodation should be cheaper. With Spring arriving many cities look stunning in April. If you get lucky and avoid rain then you could be treated to some fantastic weather too!
But April is also a great time to head to some peak-season favourites. Prices will generally be lower but could be expensive over the Easter weekend. While it won't be as warm, you could do much more exploring and activities than in the heat of summer.
Flights from Europe to Dubai are pretty cheap and it makes a great alternative long weekend break. There's great nightlife, everything is modern and public transport works well and is well-priced. Go shopping in style at the Dubai mall and eat at fantastic restaurants. Dubai has a luxury feel despite being an affordable break. Summers are too hot for most and April is a great time for a visit before summer kicks in. You can even hit the beach and swim in the ocean! Temperatures are between 22⁰C and 34⁰C while water temperature is a comfortable 25⁰C.
Sicily is perhaps Italy's most beautiful island. Many come in summer to enjoy the crystal clear water, charming villages and hidden beaches. But savvy travellers come outside of summer to explore the diverse nature of the island. The Zingaro nature trail is a 7km stretch along the coast which takes in some of Sicily's local widlife. The flight takes around 3 hours from the UK and the average temperature is 18°C. Rent a car and drive along the coast, taking in the incredible towns like Marsala and visit Mount Etna near Catania on the east side of the island.
The Algarve offers so much more than just sun and beaches. April is an ideal time to visit with the crowds not yet arrived and temperatures an average of 16°C, although it can reach the mid 20s during the day. The days are long and there's usually little rain. Walk the coastal paths, take a horseride along the beach, check out the museums like the National Maritime Museum in Faro and feast on the delicious seafood. There's endless things to do for the whole family and prices for flights and accommodation are much lower before peak season.
One of the summer's most popular destinations is also a great choice for spring! There's very little rain and the average temperature is about 18°C. Head to Palma and enjoy the Easter festival that takes place there. The island is also a dream for cyclists and hiking enthusiasts in April. There are endless walking routes but our favourite is Puig de Maria which gives incredible panoramic views. If you're going hiking then check out our essential packing list for a hiking trip to ensure you don't forget anything.
Those fancying a weekend break in a European city in Spring should definitely consider Madrid. The Spanish capital is a popular destination year round. In April, the days are usually sunny, there's little rain and the average temperature is 19°C - perfect for discovering the sites! Check out the stunning Royal Palace, visit one of the huge parks like the Casa de Campo and taste the local delicacies. The city is usually buzzing, especially in the cool neighbourhoods like Embajadores, which has loads of bars and a lively nightlife.
The top 4 destinations for April
April showers bring May flowers, but this month isn’t all about drizzly days. It’s the start of spring, and whether you are embracing the rain at the mirrored salt flats of Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia or escaping to drier areas like the plains of Zambia, April is an excellent time to travel. It’s also the start of the cherry blossom season in destinations across the world—most famously in Japan, but also in Korea, Canada, and across the U.S.. Keep it close to home with one of our domestic options, or take advantage of lower flight prices between spring break and summer to explore somewhere further afield.
With its warm-but-not-hot weather and its mix of laid-back beachside vibes and big city cool, Melbourne, Australia is the ideal place for an April vacation. Take a dip at the St. Kilda Sea Baths, check out the graffiti on Hosier Lane, and walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens, commonly referred to as “The Tan.” Those who want a break from the city can book a day tour to the vineyards of the Yarra Valley to sample a variety of wines from this cooler climate. Coffee lovers take note: if you’re looking for the best place to grab your morning cappuccino, you’ll have your work cut out for you—Melbourne has been at the forefront of the third wave coffee movement, focusing on high quality beans and exquisite presentation.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, is an impressive sight any time of the year. Thousands of miles of super-flat salt crust expand in every direction to the surrounding mountains, which gives one the feeling of looking across an unusually still lake. April is the best time to go if you’re looking to catch the neat visual trick caused by the rainfall—as the flats are covered in water, they turn into a mirror, giving the impression that you are walking on water. If you’ve already stopped over in the salt flat, head south to the Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon), a martian-looking salt lake of pinkish-reds and pure whites where groups of flamingos roam freely.
You don’t have to fly all the way to Japan to see beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. The U.S. capital comes to life between March 20th – April 13th this year, when the National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway, the delicate pale-pink flowers start coming in, and the streets are blanketed in petals like a springtime snow. The flowers aren’t the only reason to come to D.C. this time of year—April is peak travel for a reason. The days are cool and sunny, making it easy to hit hotspots like the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial or spend a few hours walking down the iconic U Street. The best part? If you catch some April showers, there is a wealth of top-tier museums to choose from during your city break.
If you’ve always dreamed of experiencing the flora and fauna of Africa up close, head to Zambia this April. Falling between the rainy season, when safari camps are generally closed, and the summer season, when prices are high and there is an influx of tourists, April has great deals, perfect weather, and allows you to see Zambia in full bloom. We recommend heading to the South Luangwa National Park, where knowledgeable guides can teach you about the more than 450 bird and animal species that populate the area. While in Zambia, be sure to take a stop at the breathtaking Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world.