8 Of The Best Places To Visit In April 2018

From affordable beach holidays to fun-filled minibreaks, here’s where to holiday in April…

1. Panama

Best April holiday for: Beach hopping and rainforest adventures

After its long hot dry season, Panama springs to life in April. Yes, this month brings some rain, but usually only for a couple of hours in the afternoon – so there’s plenty of time to sunbathe on its white sand beaches, snorkel on colourful reefs, and explore the spectacular rainforests.

Don’t miss the coffee plantations and orchid gardens of Panama’s highland towns, too. Temperatures are cooler up here in the mountains, so you’ll have plenty of energy to try horse riding, hiking and wild swimming.

2. Japan cherry blossom

Best April holiday for: Seeing the world-famous cherry blossom

Spring blossom isn’t just a pretty sight in Japan – it’s a national obsession. Every April, the entire country ventures outside to see the pink and white blooms – a symbol of new life – with picnics, parties, and festivals.

Cherry blossom in Japan (Alamy)

Want to see Japan’s cherry blossom for yourself? Join our Ultimate Tour of Japanese Cherry Blossom – a spectacular 9-day holiday which transports you to all the best blossom spots, plus a night in a traditional Ryokan, traditional tea ceremony, a trip on the Bullet Train – and much more… See the details

3. Crete, Greece

Best April holiday for: Early spring sunshine

Migrate south to Crete this month for your best chance of finding sunshine in Europe. Rain is rare this month, and temperatures can reach low twenties – which is definitely warm enough for a day at the beach.

Crete is a favourite for family beach holidays (Alamy)

There’s always a bargain to be had this early in the year, but beware the Easter holiday price hikes (in the first two weeks of April) if you’re not travelling with kids.

4. Algarve, Portugal

Best April holiday for: An incredible spa and wellness break

Want to come back from holiday feeling – and looking – 10 years younger? Then we have the perfect wellness holiday for you – a five-star summer escape to the beautiful Epic Sana resort in Portugal’s Algarve.

This five-day wellness holiday offers so much more than your standard spa break – it’s personalised for you, with weight-loss advice, fitness classes and indulgent treatments, offering the perfect escape for mind, body and soul. Perched high on the cliffs above the golden sands of Falesia Beach and just half an hour from Faro Airport, Epic Sana has five outdoor pools, a heated indoor pool, fabulous sports complex and the relaxing Sayanna Wellness Spa. See the details

5. Paris, France

Best April holiday for: A romantic getaway

Yes, it’s a cliche, but Paris in springtime really is rather romantic. It’s cool enough to snuggle up with chocolat chaud in cosy cafes; the city’s parks are blooming with flowers; and the summer crowds are yet to arrive – so the queue for the Louvre won’t be too daunting.

View from the top of Basilique du Sacre Coeur in Montmartre (Alamy)

The views over the city from Basilica du Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre will take your breath away – if climbing up the 300 steps to the church hasn’t already. Reward yourself with crepes and vin rouge aplenty.

6. Egypt

Best April holiday for: Family fun in the sun

Where to holiday in April for guaranteed spring sunshine? You can’t go wrong with Egypt: the days are long and sunny (25C, with no chance of rain), and there are some real bargains to be had.

The Makadi Spa Hotel in Hurghada (Alamy)

Reputable tour operators such as Thomas Cook and Tui offer plenty of all-inclusive options that won’t break the bank. We’ve spotted a week all-inclusive in a top-rated family resort in Hurghada from just £426 per person – including flights from Gatwick.

7. South Africa

Best April holiday for: An adventurous break

In April, South Africa is ripe for exploring: the weather is sunny but not too hot, and it’s a great time of year for safaris and road trips. That’s why we’ve planned an exclusive Woman & Home tour of South Africa for April 2018, taking in the country’s highlights over 11 action-packed days.

Giraffes in Kruger National Park (Alamy)

You’ll look out over Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain; tour the vineyards of the famous Stellenbosch and Franschhoek winelands; explore the Cape of Good Hope; meet the penguins of Boulders Bay and the fur seals of Dyer Island – and lots more! See the details

8. Rome, Italy

Best April holiday for: Easter celebrations

Nowhere celebrates Easter Weekend quite like Rome. The city’s parades, ceremonies and festivities are always spectacular, even if you’re not religious – and the atmosphere is always buzzing.

‘Gladiators’ outside Rome’s Colosseum (Alamy)

Of course, one of Rome’s greatest Easter experiences is its incredible traditional food. This is the time to feast on roast lamb, marzipan pastries and – of course – chocolate eggs by the dozen. Follow the locals’ example and pack a picnic, then head out to watch the processions.

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