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Here's why April is a great time to go on holiday

Longer days, warmer weather, shorter queues and low prices – what’s not to like?

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That first hint of warmth from the sun, the days are getting longer - April whispers of summer, but the reality in Blighty is it's still a bit...well, drizzly.

This year, ditch the damp and head for sunnier shores! And if you don't like sunshine, that's OK, too, as it's still a great month to get away as destinations say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.

Here's why we think April is a fantastic time to head off on your next holiday.

Spring sunshine

While the UK might still be waking up, many European destinations are already basking in glorious sunshine.

The Mediterranean comes alive in April, with places like Greece, Spain and Italy offering warm days perfect for sightseeing or relaxing on the beach.

Temperatures in Rhodes jump by 3C between March and April – with daytime highs reaching the low 20s. You can also expect half as much rain and two extra hours of sunshine every day by travelling in April.

Fancy something a bit more exotic and fancy? The Caribbean and Southeast Asia are also fantastic options, with long sunny days and crystal-clear waters.

You can expect daily temperatures of 30-35°C in Thailand during April.

Shoulder season savings

April falls between the peak winter and summer seasons in many popular destinations.

This translates to smaller crowds and, more importantly, better deals on flights and accommodation. More bang for your buck.

April is when airlines start increasing the number of flights to Med destinations, so there’s more capacity than in March, but not quite the demand of May.

We've found flights in April to Majorca that are roughly 25% cheaper than going in May.

Blooming Europe

Europe boasts stunning flower displays that rival anything we have here.

The Netherlands explodes with colour in April, with tulip fields stretching as far as the eye can see, or witness the vibrant cherry blossoms painting Japan pink (OK, Japan isn't in Europe, but we liked the headline so get over yourself).

Shorter queues

Popular tourist attractions can get unbearably crowded in peak season.

April offers a sweet spot – the weather is pleasant, but the crowds haven't arrived yet.

Explore ancient ruins in Greece without battling for photos, or wander the iconic landmarks of Rome at a leisurely pace.

City breaks

April is a great time for a city break -- the longer days and warmer weather make it the ideal time of year to wander around a European city. You can be on your feet for hours as long as you have some sunshine, pastries and wine to power you along.

Plus, you can score great prices on flights.

We had a look on Skyscanner and you can travel to cities in Norway, Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Romania, Albania, Croatia, France, Czechia, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Luxembourg for less than £30, return, in April 😲

Stay in the UK

All this talk about going abroad, when, in fact, April is a glorious time to explore the UK.

The days are longer, there's (hopefully) less rain and the countryside is beautiful and green.

April tends to be cheaper than May without a huge difference in the weather.

For example, you can book a 4-night stay in a luxury lodge in Yorkshire from £449 at the end of April - just two weeks later in May, it's £595! Quite a chunky a difference for only 14 days difference.

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