Our guide to the best holiday destinations in April – from UK getaways and European breaks through to tropical climates and quirky festivals!
Thinking about April holidays? After some inspiration on where to go? Below we share some recommendations for the best places to travel in April, including city breaks, staycation ideas and travel tips on where you’ll find some special events this month.
The best places to visit in April in Europe
Lovers of the outdoors will get a blast from Guernsey’s rugged coast, but if you prefer your spring breaks more peaceful, then why not visit an ancient castle or explore a hidden bunker?
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the island’s liberation from German occupying forces, Guernsey is expanding its annual heritage festival this year, and is running Heritage75 between April and October, with an island-wide programme of events.
Visitors to the Bailiwick and its sister islands of Herm, Sark and Alderney will be able to join islanders on everything from themed tours and guided walks through to exhibitions and family focused events. The rolling programme of activity will enable visitors to discover and experience what life was like before, during and after the occupation. Sounds well worth checking out!
Madrid is a feast for the eyes, brain and belly – there truly is something for everyone whether you’re a foodie, football fan or culture fiend. Similarly to New York, the weather’s at its best for exploring Madrid in spring as you avoid potential winter snow and the stifling heat of summer.
If you have a bit of bad luck and have to deal with a spring shower or two worry not – the city’s also got a great selection of museums you can visit to shelter from the rain!
Sicily’s wildflower season reaches is peak during April when its free-to-roam hillsides are a blaze of colour. Walk among red poppies, purple ranunculus, yellow/orange calendula, white daises, blue borage and delicate orchids from pale shades of white and pink to deep purple and brown.
“Stay in the baroque south east of the island and, as well as hiking the hills, include a visit to the gardens of Marquis of San Giuliano’s estate,” advises Christina Baechle from Sicily4U, which offers over 60 villas across the island, many within reach of the wildflower hillsides. “Midway between Catania and Syracuse, the estate’s 60-hectare grounds feature an Arabian garden with ponds and water lilies, a tropical garden with palms and cacti, a Mediterranean garden with roses and grapefruit trees and a scented garden with fragrant helichrysum, liquorice plant, myrtle and citrus.”
The Lake District
The Lake District really wakes up and gets going in Spring, with lambing season underway and the fells bouncing with life.
“Late March into April is when you’ll see Wordsworth’s ‘host of golden daffodils’ by Ullswater and the rest of the Lakes, and as it’s the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth this month, what better time to visit,” says Sally Fielding, founder of Sally’s Cottages, which has almost 500 properties across the region.
“There are plenty of festivals going on most weeks in the Lakes, plus walkers will love the combination of clear air and better weather that April brings,” she adds.
The Lake District up your street? Then you might want to look into some of the other Spring UK holiday destinations we recommend.
The best places to visit in April in the wider world
In Amman, the capital of Jordan, you’ll find modern buildings rubbing shoulders with traditional coffee shops and old souks. Its placement also means that you’re no more than a four hour drive from anywhere in the country!
Due to the country’s high temperatures most of the year, spring’s average daily temperature of 26 degrees makes it the perfect time to visit. Exploring the sites in this climate is not only more pleasant, but it’s also perfect temperature for hiking in the nature reserves.
Places not to miss include the city’s famous Rainbow Street, one of the oldest in the city and today is filled with bustling art galleries, coffee shops and diversity of artisan shops embodying the unique blend of the old and new that this city manifest. Also an old part of the city, the downtown area is more traditional, with smaller businesses producing and selling everything from intricate gold and silver, to everyday household items.
As well as the downtown souks you mustn’t miss the restored Roman Theatre, an ancient arena at the heart of the capital. Dating back to the 2nd century AD, it’s built into three sides of the hillside, seats around 6000 people and is still used for performances today.
Then, of course there’s the Citadel, which provides stunning views of downtown Amman. Things not to miss here include the Temple of Hercules, the Byzantine Church, the National Archaeological Museum and the Umayyad Palace – a restored eight-century governor’s residence that dominates Amman’s hilltop citadel.
California has something to offer all year round but April is something special. Why you ask? Coachella. This is one of the world’s most renowned music festivals, up there with Glastonbury and Lollapalooza and takes place over two weekends in April in Cali’s Coachella Valley.
Beloved by the famous, it’s a place to be seen as much as to see things, so you may find yourself moshing next to stars such as Katy Perry, Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio (well, not really, unless you’ve got yourself into the VIP area…).
Greater Fort Lauderdale, USA
Greater Fort Lauderdale in Florida is hosting the first ever Pride of the Americas this April, making a great time to visit. Taking place from April 21st to the 26th, festival goers can enjoy events across the city, which include parades, art shows, beach parties, drag brunches and fashion shows.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is known as the ‘Venice of America’, with its extensive canal network and waterways, and has over 20 miles of promenade-lined beach-fronts, world-class restaurants, a cosmopolitan art scene and acts as a gateway to The Everglades. You can hop on a water taxi to explore the waterways, take an air boat ride for up-close viewing of plant and wildlife, from alligators to Florida panthers in The Everglades or enjoy a downtown tour of the colourful art murals.
Japan has to be at the top of our ‘best April vacations for couples’ list, because what can be more romantic than cherry blossom (sakura) season?! In Japan this is a beloved national event – so much so that the news reports when and where the blooms are coming alive! The flowers first appear in the south of the country in late March, moving up to the north throughout April and into the start of May.
Some of the best places to see cherry blossom in full bloom in April include Kanazawa, Matsumoto, Nagoya and Takayama. Japan Guide is a great website to follow the cherry blossom forecast, with info on where the trees have bloomed and the best places to see them. Join the locals for a hanami – a blossom party, which is essentially a picnic under the trees where people gather in the day and evening for a drink with friends.
Takayama is a doubly great April destination as this month it hosts one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals, the Takayama Matsuri. During this event, which happens every Spring and Autumn, decorative floats and shrines are paraded through the old streets.
There’s nothing more iconic than Maple Syrup Season in Ontario, with maple leaf being synonymous with Canada. Throughout March and April, there are countless local festivals and celebrations dedicated to the sugary and uniquely Canadian product. One of April’s highlights is the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, which takes place on the 2nd April this year. This event, recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival, invites guests to make their own toffee and take a scenic tour to the back of a sugar bush by tractor.
Ontario is one of our favourite spring holiday destinations – if you don’t make it in April check it out in May, as that’s when it hosts its spectacular tulip festival!
April is one of the better months to visit Sri Lanka as it misses the worst of the rainy season (well seasons, as Sri Lanka has two separate monsoon seasons), plus you’ll get the chance to celebrate Sinhalese and Tamil New Year with the locals!
Sri Lanka’s a great destination for history, nature and wildlife and my list of the top five things to do in Sri Lanka includes a visit to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a trip to the rock fortress of Sigiriya and a safari in one of the country’s national parks.
If you’re looking at where to stay in Sri Lanka I highly recommend the Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana – especially if you’re a wildlife lover! This place is home to its very own troop of monkeys (friendly, I might add) as well as a butterfly farm and you’ll see a myriad of local wildlife wandering around the vast grounds. Read my review to find out more…
Being in Thailand for Songkran has been on my travel hit list for many years. Songkran is the lunar new year in Thailand and is celebrated with a country-wide water fight – what’s not to love?!
Over three days don’t expect to hit the streets without getting wet as people launch water balloons on unsuspecting folk and you can’t walk far without seeing a super soaker water gun. Lonely Planet recommends Chang Mail as one of the best places to celebrate the festival where it’s pretty full on – pumps are installed along the city’s moats for people to get easily refill their soakers. Epic!
Thailand take your fancy? Perhaps you’d like to learn more about the country’s hidden gems…
The Best Holiday Destinations in April
So there you have it, the Best Holiday Destinations in April. I hope this guide has inspired some of you to book April holidays! We’d love to hear from you too – why not tell us about the best holidays in April you’ve had, or share your own personal recommendations for the best places to travel in April. Simply pop down to the comments section below and share your thoughts, we’d love to hear where you recommend for Spring trips…