The Easter break is the perfect time to squeeze in a holiday and blow away the winter cobwebs. We’ve put together some of the best holiday destinations in April, whether you want to splurge this year or save.
Known for its perfect scuba diving conditions, Malta is an all year round destination if you want to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. With some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, you can spend most of your day below board exploring all that the sea has to offer. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, find replenishment in one of Malta’s beautiful medieval cafes.
For real, authentic food and a beautiful setting, seek out the Medina Restaurant situated on Holy Cross Street in one of the oldest properties in Mdina, once Malta’s ancient capital. As the weather is a bit cooler in April, it’s the perfect time to visit and get in some sightseeing and exploring.
COSTA DEL SOL
If you’ve been craving the Spanish way of life and want to take the kids too then the Costa Del Sol is one of the best holiday locations in April. Getting out there in the Easter break also means you can miss the mad rush of the summer holidays, and the sun won’t be at its hottest.
Be sure to visit the Bioparc Zoo in Fuengirola. This zoo features silverback gorillas, crocodiles and lots more, so if you want to experience a little of the jungle atmosphere, this is a good option. There is also a sea life centre, with Benalmadena Marina rated as one of the best of its kind in Europe.
Majorca, the largest island in the Balearics, often makes you think of beach resorts and cocktails but there’s a lot more to it than that. If you’re visiting in April, the weather will be a little cooler which means you can explore the mountains and discover the real gems of the Balearics.
You could consider exploring the Serra de Tramuntana. This is the mountain range which covers around 30% of the island’s territory and it’s now classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Keen cyclists might want to hire a bike and conquer any of the excellent scenic routes.
There are over 1,000 hotels and apartments to choose from in Majorca so you can find luxury to suit a budget.
If it’s solid sunshine and tanning you’re looking for then Dubai is a safe bet for April. With temperatures averaging out at 26 C, it will be hot but not too scorching for getting into a good book while lying next to the pool.
Dubai is also great for luxury restaurants, futuristic skyscrapers, underwater bars and, of course, excellent retail therapy. It has a shopping scene to rival any other destination in the world.
Looking for a healing, calming and relaxing break? Then head to the Algarve. Described as a sensory haven of smells and tastes that will linger in your mind long after you leave, the Algarve is a special place all year round but arguably at its most attractive in the spring in April.
If you can tear yourself away from the beautiful sunny beaches, there is plenty to explore on foot or by boat. The Algarve is also renowned for its spectacular golf courses, of course.
It’s also worth visiting Faro Island beach, which is an exciting trip by boat that provides excellent scuba diving and snorkelling for sea adventurers. There’s plenty of incredible food too from six Michelin star restaurants to hidden gems with some of the best seafood from the Atlantic.
We simply have to include the Maldives in our best holiday destinations in April – but then again, the Maldives is an excellent destination throughout the year.
For luxury and beauty that really can’t be matched, visiting the Maldives in the Easter months won’t let you down. As you’ll be spending most of your time lounging around the hotel and beaches it’s important you choose a good hotel. Why not read more on the Maldives for inspiration?
If you’re after pure perfection then head to the beautiful beaches of Mauritius where you have sun, perfect sand, crystal clear sea, jungles, history, amazing food and plenty of wildlife – from dolphins to tortoises – enjoying themselves too.
Whether you want to crash out with a Kindle or try kite surfing there is plenty to do so you can make the most of your well deserved break.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a historian and want to visit somewhere that needs a thorough exploration then you’ll fall in love with Paphos in Cyprus. The backstreets hide historic gems such as medieval baths, catacombs and a simple fishermen’s church.
Paphos’ biggest attraction is the official Pafos Archaeological Site at Kato Pafos. You are free to clamber among some of the most remarkable and untouched ancient ruins, enter the House of Dionysus and witness some truly magnificent mosaics.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is dominated by the country’s tallest peak. Mount Teide is a dormant volcano and gives the islands its reputation for ‘The Islands of Eternal Spring’ for their beautiful weather all year round.
There is plenty to do, from lounging on beautiful beaches to dining on exquisite seafood. Tenerife has maintained its popularity as a holiday destination for the last century simply because it’s the island that just keeps on giving.
Consider Lisbon if you’re looking for a warm city break this April. The southern European capital is home to a number of sites and cultural attractions for you to explore. You could start at the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte which gives you a view from above Lisbon; it’s a beautiful spot to capture the sunset.
Lisbon is also a great location for a party. With clubs in warehouses, cosy wine bars and rooftop restaurants, you could stay up all night dancing till sunrise.