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April is a great month for visiting your ideal destination as it lies within the shoulder season. The Northern Hemisphere says goodbye to winter and the Southern Hemisphere beautifully rids itself of scorching summer temperatures. During April you can score lower travel deals descending on your destination. We’ve highlighted some of the most alluring countries to travel to over this month, so have a look at our guide on the best places to visit in April.
You’re never too far away from the coast in Croatia. April is a beautiful time to visit Croatia, there are less tourists and the flowers are in full bloom. This time of the year is perfect for outdoor activities, including hiking, visiting flower shows and white-water rafting.
Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park
Take in the views of Dubrovnik by cable car
Walk along Split's waterfront
Go on a wine tour in Zagreb
Iceland in April offers the chance for cheaper accommodation. April is also great for viewing the Northern Lights (particularly in the first half of the month). Watch Iceland come alive as daylight temperatures increase by up to 16 hours.
Walk the coastal pathways of Reykjavik
See the world-famous puffins along the fjords
See the epic greenery of Þingvellir National Park
Go on a glacier tour
April marks spring time in Russia and it offers the chance to see this country rich with history, with fewer crowds. You can access the rivers and canals by boats and experience Easter with the locals.
Visit the parks in Pavlosk near St. Petersburg
Go on a river cruise along the Moscow River.
Visit the Moscow Kremlin
Taste local pelmeni, shashlyk and caviar butterbrot.
Netherlands – Koningsdag
Koningsdag or King’s Day is a national holiday celebrated on 27 April. It marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. The Dutch hold a massive open-air market with locals and tourists dressed in orange from head to toe. Cities across the country are filled with street parties, music and fun fairs.
A cool 12°C
Spain – Seville April Fair
Kicking off with amazing fireworks two weeks after the Easter Holy Week, the April Fair is one of the Andalusian region’s biggest festivals. There are plenty of celebrations with locals dressed in their finest clothes. The streets are buzzing with endless parties.
Temperatures average between 11°C - 24°C
Second week of April
Budapest – Budapest Spring Festival
Celebrate the authentic way of life in Budapest and experience classical music, opera, jazz, theatre and photographic exhibitions. There is an array of fun activities to partake in and great things to see! The festival is held at some of Budapest’s most prestigious concert venues, including the Palace of Arts, the Academy of Music and Erkel Theatre.
Around 15°C maximum
Two weeks after Easter
There are no European destinations that have perfect beach weather temperatures in April. Check the other continents or scroll to Popular Budget Friendly Destinations to check for European countries that are affordable in April.
There are so many cool things to see and do in April, such as relaxing on the beaches of Praia, Sao Filipe and Tarrafel. During April, you can venture to Maio Island – untouched by tourists. With hiking, sightseeing, cultural festivities and so much more to do, you are sure to always be intrigued by what Cape Verde has to offer.
Bird watching and fishing in Figueria da Horta
See loggerhead turtles nest on Boa Vista’s shores
Go quad biking on the sand dunes
Sample wine and coffee grown on Fogo’s volcano
April provides the ideal weather conditions for visiting Ghana. It forms part of the dry season, therefore navigating through the country’s terrain is much easier. Visit Accra, where you will find an abundance of things to do, including chocolate tastings, visiting the National Museum and trying local dishes like jollof rice and banku.
Visit the Cape Coast Castle
Explore Kejetia Market
Relax on the Ghana’s caramel beaches
Take a scenic walk through Kakum National Park
Mauritius beckons to be traversed and enjoyed at your own pace. Summer in Mauritius is the best time to sip cocktails on the beaches of Flic en Flac and Grand Baie. Try the delicacies of the local culture like refreshing coconut water, Victoria pineapples and gajak.
Visit the capital city, Port Louis
Enjoy Grand Baie’s nightlife
Try scuba diving in Blue Bay Marine Park
Daily average temperatures of 21°C
Head to Botswana for a wildlife spectacle and landscapes blessed with majestic scenery! April is a great time to visit this African destination. Game viewing begins to increase from April, so make sure you book accommodation in advance.
Go on a Botswanian safari
View lush landscapes at Kgalagadi and
Central Kalahari parks
Marvel at the views on a hot air balloon ride
Sunny temperatures average 25°C
Agriculturally-rich valleys and mountain tops make up the landscape of Swaziland. The locals will welcome you with a warm smile to their country. Swaziland is easy to access from South Africa and with endless things to see and do, Swaziland is a must-visit.
See southern white rhinos
Taste traditional stews
Photograph the stunning scenery
Pleasant average temperatures of 23°C
Visit the landlocked country of Zambia, and treat your eyes to nature’s prized jewels! April is when you’ll see Victoria Falls in all its glory flowing effortlessly. Visit the craft markets in Lusaka and its epic wildlife parks.
Peruse the African craft markets
Visit the remote Mwaleshi Camp
Visit Livingstone for incredible sightseeing and activities
Experience a warm 26°C
South Africa – AfrikaBurn
AfrikaBurn is the continent’s biggest alternative festival. Every year, volunteers gather for a week of creative expression. A temporary city of art, including theme camps, music and performances brings life to the Tankwa Karoo.
Average daylight temperatures of 24°C
Last week of April
Namibia – Windhoek Karneval (WIKA)
The Windhoek Karneval is a German-style carnival which takes place during the first two weeks in April. There are loads of fun music performances, a masked ball and a parade down Independence Avenue attracting thousands of enthusiastic spectators.
Expect average highs of 26°C
Cape Verde – The Flag Feast
Held on the island of Fogo, the flag feast begins with the ritual of women peeling and pounding maize to the beat of a drum, while the men compete in horse races to honour the running of next year’s event. There is a ceremonial mass and epic street party that takes place!
Average highs of 25°C
Kenya is known for having some of the best beaches in the world. There is something for everyone to enjoy on Kenya’s beaches and they are divided into four regions, each region offering its own unique attributes. With white-sand beaches, palm trees and sparkling turquoise waters, you are in for a relaxing holiday. Diani Beach is lined with palm trees and is considered a tropical paradise. For a more secluded beach escape, go to Watamu Beach which is also a breeding ground for many marine wildlife. Malindi Beach offers adventure, including snorkelling, deep-sea fishing and water-skiing.
Blessed with year-round sunshine and average temperatures of 30°C, Tanzania and its islands along the coast is a prime beach destination. You are treated to buttermilk sand and turquoise blue waters. Mafia Island is a great spot for diving and snorkelling, while the palm-fringed beach is perfect for sunbathing. Ushongo Beach is ideal for romantic walks while the beautiful calm water is great for swimming and kayaking. Another beautiful hidden gem is Kilwa Masoko, with the water being so low it is indeed possible to walk from one sand bar to the next - incredible.
Mauritius’ coastline is nearly 330km long with many beaches home to hotels and beach resorts. Trou aux Biches is located to the north west of Mauritius and its warm, clear water makes it a perfect snorkelling spot. Sunbathe and watch an epic sunset on the beach. For crystal clear waters, visit Blue Bay where you can enjoy a rejuvenating swim. Flic en Flac is one of the longest beaches of Mauritius. Here, you’ll be able to swim, snorkel or simply enjoy a day on the beach. Popular diving sites include Coral Garden, Lost Anchor and Turtle Rock.
Japan is an amazing and beautiful country, with its ancient history contrasting skyscrapers and technological advances. There is so much to see, from the fast-paced Tokyo, to the laid-back Okinawa you are in for a cultural treat!
Feed and play with monkeys at Arashiya Monkey Park
Ride a bullet train
Visit Osaka's cool districts
10°C - 18°C daytime temperatures
Jordan is a beautiful country with a profound history that will dazzle any traveller interested in its origins. There are many interesting sights to see for anybody visiting Jordan, including the Dead Sea and the Blue Mosque of Amman
Visit the high cliffs and incredible buildings in Petra
See the Roman ruins in Jerash
Go canyoning in Wadi Mujahib
Lovely daytime temperatures of 22°C
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands, with one-of-a-kind rainforests, volcanoes, rice terraces and beaches. The Banaue Rice Terraces, city of Vigan, and Tubbataha Reef are just some of the UNESCO sites to explore!
Spend your days island hopping and scuba diving
Attend the Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival
Visit historical sites in Manila
Daytime temperatures peak at 34°C
A trip to India will reward you with interesting people, culture, breathtaking landscapes, and a diverse array of food dishes. Wherever you’re travelling in the country you are bound to be taken aback with all that this humble destination possesses.
See the epic Dudhsagar Falls
Visit the markets in Delhi
Relax on Goa's beaches
Expect a toasty 36°C
Israel is home to natural wonders, archaeological treasures and preserved culture. It is a truly beautiful country that will take you on a journey of self-discovery. Visit the Holy Land for an adventure like no other. The capital city, Jerusalem is alive with so many beautiful attractions.
Trek the Israel National Trail
Walk along the Tel Aviv Promenade
Visit the museums and religious monuments
Bring a jersey for a cool 21°C
Vietnam is abundant with natural beauty that leaves you in pure amazement. This diverse country is marked with bustling cities and tranquil villages. With so many mountains, temples and delicious cuisine to explore, you are in for an epic holiday!
Do a bike tour in Hanoi
Take a food tour or cooking class
Go sailing down the Mekong Delta in Ho Chi Minh City
A humid 28°C calls for light clothes
Thailand – Songkran Festival
Release your inner child at Songkran which celebrates the Buddhist New Year in Thailand. For three days the locals and visitors take to the streets geared with water pistols, buckets of water and super soakers ready for a drenching ensued with laughter and fun! The symbolism behind the Songkran Festival is a cleansing ritual to wash away the sins of the previous year and usher in the New Year. The water is a welcoming treat in the midst of the country’s heat.
A sweltering 35°C
Byron Bay, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
Taking place over the Easter long weekend, at Tygarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay Bluesfest celebrates Australia’s best contemporary blues and roots music. The festival showcases over 200 performances over 5 days, with loads of food and market stalls, and children’s entertainment. Bluesfest has played host to acts such as Bob Dylan, Alabama Shakes and BB King, to name a few. This award-winning festival is worth checking out if you’re in Byron Bay in April!
A beautiful 24°C
New South Wales
Japan – Hanami (Cherry Blossom Festival)
Japan is renowned for its cherry blossom trees and April is the best time to see the beautiful flowers in full bloom. The Japanese flock to the parks for family time, picnics and drinking sessions. Take along food and drinks to the park for a special gathering in the heart of spring. Once the cherry blossoms appear it signals the start of festivities in Japan. Hanami shows the beauty of age-old tradition amongst the Japanese people sharing food and drinks with one another.
10°C – 18°C daytime temperatures
When the cherry blossoms
are in full bloom
There are over a thousand beaches in Fiji, some are world-renowned while others are hidden gems with hardly any visitors. Water temperatures are pretty consistent throughout the entire year. Swim with manta rays in Manta Ray Island’s waters or simply enjoy the sun and beach scenery while lazing on the pristine soft sand on Malolo Island, Tokoriki Island and Natadola Bay. Sea temperatures are around 20°C, great for a dip to cool off. You’ll find exquisite beach bars and resorts to complete your island getaway.
The month of April sees an influx of sunbathers to the shores of Indonesia as the dry season kicks in. With beautiful temperatures reaching highs of 30°C you can venture to beaches like Derawan Beach, Gili Meno Island and Nusa Penida Beach. Go snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming in the Indian Ocean’s balmy sea temperatures. Check out epic Bali surf spots such as Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Kuta.
April is the transitional period between monsoons which means you can expect lighter winds and less frequent showers. The rain brings a relief from the intense humidity. Located in the equatorial region, it is abundant with the best beaches! Mabul Island Beach is considered one of the best diving destinations in the world while Perhentian Island is great for those looking for an island getaway. Sea temperatures are a balmy 30°C which is perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.
Barbados is an ideal destination for a spring break! Consider spending your Easter holidays surrounded by natural beauty, crystal-clear waters and of course the mesmerising beaches. Explore the island country’s exotic marine life and cuisine.
Visit Harrison’s Cave
Relax on the beaches
Do a rum tasting tour at Mount Gay
A warm 28°C
Those who love the sun will love a holiday in Costa Rica in April with its wild jungles and tropical charm. You’ll need to book accommodation and tours well in advance as this is a busy time of year. Days spent on beaches are infinite in towns like Tamarindo .
Explore authentic Costa Rican markets
Go white-water rafting
Visit the National Museum of Costa Rica
Scorching temperatures between 30°C - 37°C
With a Caribbean coast in the east and North Pacific coast in the west, you can expect different weather across Mexico. Rich with history, culture, and culinary experiences, you are in for a truly wonderful encounter with the country’s charm.
Visit La Casa Azul
Try authentic Mexican barbacoa
See the pyramids in Teotihuacan
Lovely 25°C daytime temperatures
Visiting Canada in spring offers travellers great discounts before the peak summer season crowd arrives. Ontario is where you’ll see the winter snow melt and the beautiful flowers begin to bloom. Breathe in the fresh air of winter passing and summer arriving.
Walk the cobblestoned streets of Québec City
Check out Montreal's art scene
Enjoy outdoor adventures in Vancouver
A crisp 11°C calls for jackets and scarves
In April, the island nation is best described as hot and occasionally rainy. Jamaica has average daytime temperatures of 26°C and April is a great time to visit if you wish to avoid the island’s sweltering heat. Explore the underwater kingdoms during some fun snorkelling.
Visit Dolphin Cove
Taste authentic Jamaican coffee
View the tropical landscapes
Temperatures average between 24°C and 31°C
The Bahamas is a playground like no other and invites visitors for a chance to unwind and enjoy this destination’s stunning beaches, architecture and culture. Nassau is a tropical paradise abundant with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.
Visit Ardastra Gardens
Try local dishes such as “fish fry”
Interact with stingrays
The beaches welcome a lovely 27°C
Trinidad and Tobago – Tobago Jazz Festival
Enjoy jazz on the beach, in bars, lounges, parks and everywhere else possible. The Tobago Jazz Festival is usually held towards the end of April and attracts international musicians such as Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Sting and George Benson. The Tobago Jazz Festival is the country’s biggest musical event which celebrates jazz, and the indigenous music of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as new music from around the world. This is one festival you need to experience as it encapsulates everything that the country is known for.
Average temperatures of 29°C
Last week of April
Trinidad and Tobago
California, USA - Coachella Festival
Coachella is an annual music and arts festival that gathers the world’s celebrities and anyone looking for a weekend of glamour and enviable line-ups. Your outfit of choice is central to the festival as you might get snapped by a magazine. Past line-ups include Beyoncé, Guns N’ Roses and Eminem. Aside from the great music, this world-renowned festival also has a Ferris wheel and some of the USA’s most famed restaurants, amongst other cool things.
24°C daytime temperatures
2nd and 3rd weekend in April
Jamaica - Jamaica Carnival
During Easter, the island nation celebrates the Jamaica Carnival in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Feel the electrifying energy of the Jamaican people pulsate through the streets. Hear the sounds of legendary Bob Marley and calypso bands which go hand in hand with Soca acts and steel bands. It’s one big street party with high-energy and fun-filled events and colourful street parades.
A beautiful 31°C
Last week of April
Retreat to the blissful beaches in the Virgin Islands, where you’ll discover sparkling water, palm trees and white-sand beaches. The average sea temperature in St. Thomas is 26°C, home to the popular Magens Bay Beach. Take sailing lessons, go kayaking or diving in St. Croix’s blissful waters. The Virgin Islands offers visitors the perfect environment for relaxation and the ideal island getaway.
Honduras is a small coastal destination brimming with an array of beaches. Facing both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Honduras is home to West Bay Beach, West End Beach and Playa Negra. The average sea temperature in Roatán in April is 27°C which means you can swim for days on end while vacationing on one of Honduras’ islands. The ocean water is perfect for snorkelling and seeing whale sharks and other marine life.
St. Kitts and Nevis
Stroll along St. Kitts and Nevis’ sugar-sand beaches which will bring you a sense of calm. The inviting reggae music is a beautiful reminder of how simple life can be. Explore the vibrant beach bars along some of the world’s best beaches. Popular beaches include Nellie Huang, Majors Bay and the renowned Cockleshell Bay. The average sea temperature is an inviting 26°C!
This seaside destination is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in its incredible wildlife on Galápagos Island and in the vast Amazon Forest. Explore the colonial architecture in Quito and venture to the beautiful port city of Guayaquil.
Explore the beautiful Plaza Grande Square
Ride the TelefériQo Cableway
Cruise the Galápagos Islands
Average temperatures of 20°C
Peru is a country marked with extraordinary beauty and energy exuding from its people. Machu Picchu is synonymous with the country but it has so much more to offer. See the archaeological gems in Arequipa and explore Cusco’s profound history.
Taste the bold flavours of Peruvian cuisine
Visit the ruins of the Andean civilisations
Explore the markets in Lima
Sunny and warm temperatures reach 26°C
Brazil is an enchanting country with so much vibrancy, from vivacious street carnivals to entertaining football matches. The natural landscapes keep you enthralled along with the melting-pot of cultures that make Brazil a must-visit destination.
See the famed Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
Visit the capital city, Brasília
Explore Lake Guaíba in Porto Alegre
A charming 26°C
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina - Chocolate Festival
San Carlos de Bariloche is well known for its quality chocolate. Celebrate your Easter at the Chocolate Festival and taste the best handcrafted chocolates in the country. Held over several days, at the Civic Centre, which is a national historical monument, a traditional egg measuring over eight metres in height with a five metre diameter beckons to be eaten. The Chocolate Festival is the closest you’ll get to a Willy Wonka experience.
A crisp 16°C
Colombia - The Vallenato Legend Festival
The Vallenato Legend Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Colombia. It takes place in the city of Valledupar over a period of four days. The festival is dedicated to celebrating the traditional accordion music known as ‘vallenato’. Throughout the festival, there are free concerts and competitive performances throughout the day and even major concerts at various stadiums throughout Valledupar.
Cool temperatures between 20°C and 26°C
Chile – Vendimia (Harvest Festivals)
Take a guided tour of Chile’s excellent wine farms by attending the exceptional wine festivals. The best time to visit wineries in Chile is during the vendimia, simply known as the harvest festival. These locally-held events are hosted by the Chilean municipalities with the aim of bringing together wines from several nearby valleys to help visitors get a taste of the region. At the vendimias, you can do tastings and enjoy traditional foods, including empanadas.
Moderate highs of 20°C
Early to mid-April
Colombia has over 300 beaches along its coasts. The floury sands make for a beautiful and picturesque sight. The beaches are endless with backpacker hotspots, hidden gems and are abundant with dolphins swimming close to the shores. In Cartagena, you’ll find Playa Blanca with sugary white sand, while along the Caribbean coast you can explore Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona’s beautiful beach.
In Chile, you’ll find idyllic beaches great for swimming and sunbathing. Delight in the sunshine, sea and sand made for fun and relaxation. Throughout the country’s coast, the sea temperature varies between 15°C and 20°C. Choose between coastal and lakeside beaches to laze on. Coastal beaches like La Virgen and Bahía Inglesa boast warm seas and gentle swells.
A visit to the beach in April should definitely be on your Argentina itinerary. The liveliest beach, Mar del Plata, attracts flocks of people. For some peace and quiet, venture further north to Pinamar where you’ll find Rada Beach and great beach resorts. For an unspoiled beach location, visit Las Grutas which is relatively unknown. Sea temperatures are usually around 19°C in April.
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