The best places to go on holiday in April
Spring has sprung, Easter is upon us and the Mediterranean is hotting up. April is a great time to get away before the summer rush kicks in, when the northern hemisphere is in bloom and southern Europe is warm and sunny. With the Easter holidays just around the corner, April is a great time to take the kids away, when prices are much more reasonable in comparison with the summer holiday months. Perhaps a luxury African safari or a family beach retreat? Here are our top picks.
April can only mean one thing in Japan: cherry blossoms. National festivals are taking place up and down the country to mark the start of spring, and the landscape is transformed into a beautiful pinkish hue. Start in cutting-edge Tokyo, where the blossom season begins slightly earlier than the rest of the country, and continue on to explore the ancient temples of Kyoto, the beautiful scenery of Hakone and the stunning slopes of Mount Fuji.
Turkey is enjoying some of its most pleasant temperatures in April, making it a perfect time for touring. An alluring fusion of Europe and Asia, the country is full to the brim with culture and history. Start in enchanting Istanbul, and make your way south to explore the ancient city of Troy, the other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia and the bohemian arts scene in Bodrum.
Unlike many of its safari counterparts, Namibia is routinely reliable for its pleasant, fresh and dry weather in April. Explore the endless and wonderfully atmospheric Skeleton Coast, an isolated stretch of coast inhabited by sea lion colonies and experiencing over 300 days of sunshine. Experience a classic African safari in Etosha National Park, where you’ll likely spot the Big Five, or venture into the Namib Desert to witness the dramatic rouge sands of Sossusvlei, home to the world’s highest dunes.
The Med is wonderfully pleasant at this time of year, and the swathes of summer crowds are yet to arrive on popular islands such as Crete and Santorini. Ultra-luxury resorts such as the Blue Palace in Crete or the Sani in Halkidiki often have brilliant offers in spring, particularly for families, which are well worth keeping an eye out for. Athens is also wonderful in April, offering mild and long sunny days for exploring its ancient metropolis.
Although sometimes rather wet, the warm season is considered the best time for wildlife in the Galapagos. April is breeding and nesting season for sea lions, turtles, tortoises and many of the land birds. It’s also spring, so much of the land is a blanket of flowers and blossom, while beaches are certainly warm enough for catching some rays. Luxury cruises are an excellent way to explore these truly unique islands, and are perfect when paired with a land-based tour around Ecuador.
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