You wouldn’t think you’d need to search for winter sun destinations in spring, but April is notorious in the UK for living up to its reputation for showers. So if you need to know where’s hot in April, we’ve got destinations perfect for skipping the last dregs of winter.
|Country||City||Average temperature in April|
|Mexico||Cancun||26°C / 79°F|
|USA||Orlando||22°C / 72°F|
|Egypt||Cairo||21°C / 70°F|
|Morocco||Marrakech||18°C / 64°F|
|USA||Las Vegas||22°C / 66°F|
|Spain||Lanzarote||20°C / 68°F|
|Turkey||Bodrum||17°C / 63°F|
|Greece||Kos||15°C / 59°F|
|Spain||Barcelona||13°C / 55°F|
|Portugal||Algarve||16°C / 60°F|
Where else is hot in April?
April is a great catch-all month for holidays – there are a ton of short-haul destinations in Europe that are a lot warmer this time of the year than the UK. And because April is still counted as a shoulder season, typically flights are more affordable.
It’s an ideal month to travel if you’re looking for the hottest holiday destinations to shake off the winter, or if you just need a city break with some gentle sunshine. We chose our picks for an April getaway to cover both wish-lists.
1. New Orleans, USA
New Orleans is one of those cities that entirely lives up to expectation. As soon as you enter the French Quarter you can smell chicory-laced coffee in the air, hear the notes of jazz bands playing on open-air terraces, and hear the city buzz with cars and horses alike. April may not be the cheapest month to visit New Orleans, but it is one of the best times to visit.
Why? Well, the weather is at its most pleasant, and days hover between 17-25°C, which for New Orleans is downright cool. Considering how humid this city is, temperatures like this are a serious blessing, especially if you fancy touring the notorious plantation homes, the spooky and beautiful French Quarter, and the atmospheric bayous. And whilst Mardi Gras is over by April, the French Quarter and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals are in full swing.
2. Mahé, Seychelles
If hot, dry weather on a beautiful beach is all you’re looking for, then you need to be looking at a holiday in the Seychelles. April is known for being warm and dry in the Seychelles and is an excellent time of year to visit these tropical isles. The scenery is absurdly scenic, with technicolour palms, seas, and skies.
The beaches are undeniably incredible here, and if you spent the entire duration of your stay basking on one you definitely wouldn’t be wasting your time. However, we recommend that you pop on some goggles and dive below the water at Sainte Anne Marine National Park – one of the best diving spots in the world, filled with coral gardens and underwater wildlife like manta rays, bottlenose dolphins and green sea turtles. Jump on a boat, and head to Praslin, where you can explore the prehistoric forests of Vallée de Mai National Park and the electric vibe of Anse Volbert, home to a host of restaurants and a glorious stretch of coast. Or lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails of Morne Seychellois National Park – where you’ll wind your way through tea plantations and local villages.
3. Rome, Italy
Of all the European cities to visit in spring, Paris gets a lot of airtime, but we think you should set your sights for Rome. Not only are the average daily highs sitting at a gorgeous 19°C (summer can get as hot as 40°C), but the crowds that usually descend for the Easter celebrations have really thinned. Turns out all those recommendations to avoid the city at this time actually worked.
This year, we recommend visiting in late April – you’ll avoid the restaurant and shop closures that take place on Easter weekend (which falls between the 15-18th in 2022), and still feel like you’re getting an insider look at a city that is normally overrun with tourists. With that said, the biggest favour you can do for yourself when visiting this celebrated city are to avoid the expensive restaurants set along the famous piazzas. Even turning down one laneway will give you access to local (and affordable) trattorias. Also, rock up to a few bars around dusk, as most of them offer free food when you order drinks. Oh, and last thing: pre-book all the major attractions – it will save you *a lot* of time waiting in line.
Can’t wait until April?
Sure, we’ve just been talking about where’s hot in April, but if you need the sunshine now, the hottest holiday destinations year-round are found around the equator. You can skip a good deal of our winter with city breaks to Singapore, or beach breaks in Fuerteventura and Colombia. Just make sure you check out our latest deals and double-check all entry conditions with our live Covid-19 travel map before booking.
The Algarve – Portugal’s southern coast – enjoys mild and sunny weather in April. You can expect daytime highs of up to 23°C, which is perfect for lounging by the swimming pool or taking a warm stroll along one of the region’s 107 beaches. If you’re happy to go long haul, head for Cancun. This Mexican resort town is famous for its spring break parties. The hot temperatures, which can soar to 32°C, aren’t for the faint hearted, but you can always cool off with a dip in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea or with a frozen margarita.
Beautiful Barcelona combines beach with city. With temperatures of 22°C you’ll definitely want to make time to hit Barcelonetta, the city’s sandy bay. Take a stroll through the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter, enjoy iconic views of the city from Park Guell (pictured) and while away the evening eating tapas and drinking sangria. Or for a big cultural hitter, head south to Marrakech. Explore the medina (walled city) and haggle for handicrafts in the lively souks.
Greece is an appealing pick this time of year, the islands are yet to hit their peak season, but the days are dry and sunny and the hotels and flights are extremely affordable. If you want the weather to be warm enough to spend the days by the sea, head as south as possible: Kos, Santorini and Rhodes are all good choices.