Top 10 destinations for travel in April 2022

April is a transformative month. Most of Europe wakes up after its winter slumber, with mountain meadows filling with wildflowers and migratory birds, and cities and towns unfurling under warmer weather and celebrating spring festivals. Cooler temps make the Caribbean and Middle East explorable, so you can travel without breaking too much of a sweat. And in many places, it’s your last chance to cash in on the last month of low season, when you can cruise Croatia or hike the Amalfi Coast in peace.

Keep reading to discover our best destinations to travel to in April.

1. Chase the cherry blossom in Japan

April is one of the best times to take on the Nakasendo Trail, which connects Tokyo to Kyoto. Just like the merchants, samurai and travellers who have trod this trail since the 17th century, you can rest up in traditional ryokan guest houses in the villages along the way. The weather is mild in April – plus, you’ll get a chance to stroll under arching cherry blossom trees.

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2. Get active in Andalucia

Andalucia in southern Spain is pleasantly warm in April, rolling out longer days filled with plenty of sunshine – ideal for activity holidays. Go rafting, kayaking, canyoning and swimming in mountain lakes and rivers, before stargazing under cool but clear night skies. April is also when the almond trees blossom white and pink in rural Andalucia, covering hillsides for miles.

Our top selling trip: Altiplano de Granada activity holiday in Spain
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3. Hike the Amalfi Coast

April is your last chance to go to the Amalfi Coast before the crowds arrive. Wisteria hangs over the streets and villas in Positano and Ravello, and it’s warm enough to dine out under jasmine trellises and picnic in orange groves where trees are just starting to blossom. Cooler temperatures are great for hiking too.

Our top selling trip: Amalfi Coast walking holiday
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4. Immerse yourself in Cuban culture

April is the best month to travel to Cuba. Daily temperatures hover at around 25°C, so you can comfortably explore the ins and outs of Cuban culture. Tour Havana in a classic car while learning about the realities of the trade embargo from a local guide, take salsa lessons in Trinidad, and learn all about tobacco farming in the Vinales Valley.

Our top selling trip: Cuba cultural holiday
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5. Jet off to Jordan

Made up of swathes of searing desert, timing is everything in Jordan. April is an excellent time to go on a tour in cooler weather, taking in the Roman temples of Jerash, mosaic-laden Madaba, Mount Nebo and the rose-red city of Petra. Most tours end beside the water at the coral reefs of Aqaba or the salty Dead Sea.

Our top selling trip: A week in Jordan
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6. See Borneo’s wildlife on a shoestring

You’ll encounter more rain while travelling to Borneo in April – but you’ll also encounter cheaper accommodation and flight prices. One of our top budget Borneo holidays gives you a taster of everything, from Kinabatangan River cruises to scuba diving on Gaya Island. Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre is a highlight, where you can see rescued orangutans being readied for release into the wild.

Our top selling trip: Borneo tailor made tour on a shoestring
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7. Watch out for whales in the Azores

April marks the moment when whales begin moseying through the Azores’ Atlantic waters in search of food. Blue whales are some of the first to appear; the volcanic islands double as a spectacular backdrop for spotting the biggest animal on our planet. Temperatures warm to the low 20°Cs in April, plus direct flights and ferries are more frequent than the winter months.

Our top selling trip: Whale watching in the Azores
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8. Cruise in comfort in Croatia

The weather in Croatia is a mixed bag in April – showers, sunshine, snow on the mountains – but that’s no bad thing. You’ll escape the notorious cruise crowds in Dubrovnik and Split, while being treated to peaceful city walls and sleepy islands. Cruise captains can tweak your itinerary so that sunny days are beach days. Look out for elaborately painted egg decorations (pisanica) around Easter.

Our top selling trip: Southern Croatia cruise in comfort
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9. Walk & talk in the Picos de Europa

In April the peaks are still capped with snow and wildflowers are sprouting in the Picos de Europa. The conditions are changeable in these mountains in the north of Spain, so go with a guide – or, even better, a guide and teacher who’ll teach you Spanish along the way. This is also a top time for birdwatching and landscape photography.

Our top selling trip: Spanish course walking holiday in the Picos de Europa
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10. Be charmed by spring in Scotland

While snow still sprinkles the mountain peaks in the Highlands, spring has certainly sprung at lower altitudes in April in Scotland. Bluebells carpet ancient woods, puffins return to the islands, and it’s the season for baby Highland cows. Popular spots like Edinburgh, the Glenfinnan Viaduct and Isle of Skye are much quieter before the beginning of the tourist season too.

Our top selling trip: Scotland by rail holiday
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Photo credits: [Page banner: Jorge Franganillo] [1. Chase the cherry blossom in Japan: Jonathan Kim] [4. Immerse yourself in Cuban culture: tiago claro] [7. Watch out for whales in the Azores: Mayte Garcia Llorente] [10. Be charmed by spring in Scotland: Kate Bielinski]