Best places to go on holiday in April

April is a season of change whatever side of the equator you’re on. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring sees wildflowers emerge, including cherry blossoms in Japan, high-altitude meadows in the Alps, and bluebell woods in the UK. Wildlife wakes up in many places too, with blue whales arriving in the Azores and puffins touching down in the Scottish islands.
In many parts of the world, April is a transitional month. Spring flowers bloom from Scotland to Japan, while autumn turns leaves gold in Patagonia and Tasmania.
In many places, April is a time of unpredictable weather – which means fewer people and cheaper prices. If you’re willing to work with a few rain showers, you can visit Borneo on a shoestring, sail to Dubrovnik and the Greek Islands before the cruise crowds come in, and see Italy’s cities and coastlines in relative peace. For steady weather, head for the Caribbean, where islands like Cuba bathe under warm sunshine.

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April holiday activities


Mild temperatures and spring flowers – including the cherry blossom season – makes April the ideal time to walk footpaths like the Nakasendo Trail in Japan and the Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast. Much of Spain scorches in summer, so April is also a great time to hike regions like the Picos de Europa and Andalucia.

Multi activity holidays

April is prime time for an activity holiday in Spain. Families have time on their hands during Easter break and the weather is mild and sunny. Try combining hiking with learning Spanish in the Picos de Europa or raft and canyon your way around rural Andalucia.

Cultural tours

Whether you’re dancing the rumba in Cuba or delving into Petra with an archaeologist, you’ll be surprised by how many kilometres you get under your belt on a cultural tour. April is a good time to avoid extreme temperatures while walking around ruined temples and cities.

Cheaper holidays

If you want to travel on a budget, it’s worth noting that April is a “shoulder season” in many countries. The weather is more unpredictable, so you’ll get cheaper prices on tours, accommodation and flights. Our travel partners will manage your expectations with honest travel advice about your destination, so that you’re not caught out by rainy weather or disappointed if some museums are closed.

Festivals in April

Easter – a moveable feast calculated using the lunar calendar – is often celebrated in April. It takes the form of solemn and celebratory Semana Santa parades in Spain, fireworks in Greece and kite-flying in Trinidad. The Thai New Year festival of Songkran is celebrated in mid-April. And in the USA, New Orleans is alive with the sound of music as the Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off with blues, R&B and gospel gigs.

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Photo credits: [Page banner: Jorge Franganillo] [Intro: © Sam Knight] [Walking : Piotr Musio?] [Cultural tours: Ban Yido]