Top 9 places to travel to in April

We welcome spring and there’s no better way to do it than by taking a trip. There are a lot of good places to travel in April. In the northern hemisphere, animal life and flora begin to expand after the winter, while the incandescent summer gives way to more pleasant temperatures in the southern hemisphere.

In addition, this year’s Easter holidays fall right in the middle of the month, so where to travel in April should become one of your main travel targets.

Among the destinations I know, I think these are ideal for traveling in April (I’ll leave you a bit of everything):

1. Seville

The Andalusian capital becomes one of the best destinations in Spain to travel to in April, but for reasons other than the usual at this time. This year the Seville April Fair will be held between 4 and 11 May.

In Seville, however, few pretexts are needed to decorate the city and fill it with life. In the absence of a fair, you have Easter. Seville is, along with Valladolid, Malaga and Cuenca, one of the four Holy Week celebrations declared of International Tourist Interest.

Hundreds of thousands of Sevillians take to the streets to follow with passion the many processions that take the city. In addition, the temperature is pleasant and the sun usually illuminates places as emblematic as the Plaza de España, the Giralda, the Torre del Oro or the waters of the Guadalquivir.

2. Lanzarote

The Hervideros

The lunar landscape of the island of Lanzarote is one of the quietest and most different places to travel to in April in Spain.

I’ve been three times during those dates and it’s an island that recharges me with energy. I don’t know if it will be because of its volcanic nature or the scarce presence of human beings, but renting a car and travelling around Lanzarote from top to bottom is something that makes me feel very free. That’s why it’s one of the places in the world I’d like to live for a while.

Don’t miss places like the islet of La Graciosa, the beach of Famara, the work of César Manrique in Jameos del Agua or the volcanoes of the Timanfaya National Park.

3. Alicante

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My home town is one of the favourite destinations for national and European tourists when looking for a place to travel to in April.

At this time of year, the heat in Alicante is still not as hot as in the incandescent summer, and the beaches are still not overflowing with people, so you don’t have to get up early to plant your umbrella. In addition, far from the beach, the city has a clean spring light, and the mountains and hiking trails offer their best green tone for a stroll through nature with spectacular views of the Mediterranean.

4. Cornwall

Last October I had one of the best travelling surprises of 2018. I had never heard of the goodness of Cornwall, that region in the south-west of England, which sounded to me only as an accompaniment to one of the noble titles of the British royal family.

However, after spending almost a week touring this beautiful piece of English land, I just think I can come back to see how much I have left.

Although the weather is unpredictable in Cornwall, April may be a good time to visit. The South West England Trail awaits you there, full of green cliffs, unspoilt coves, incredible viewpoints and small villages awakening from their winter lethargy.

Art, history, nature… All in one.

5. Malta

The three islands that make up Malta (Malta, Gozo and Comino) enjoy a more than decent reputation on the international tourist scene.

A few years ago, I took a week-long break from work in April. At this time of year, the only tourists you usually find are British and Italian students, whose schools send them here for a season. However, the rest of the island is practically at your mercy, and you can enjoy it with temperatures that do not usually drop below 20-23 degrees.

Beaches, history – with the magnificent capital of Valletta as the main standard, but seconded by other important archaeological sites and the bunkers of the Second World War -, ethnic mix… A paradise nestled between Europe and Africa ideal for travelling in April.

6. Antwerp

Amberes Bélgica

Antwerp in the sun

Belgium is one of those countries that makes good the saying that “the best essences are kept in small bottles”. To the most typical destinations – Bruges, Ghent and Brussels – I add, after having visited it twice, the city of Antwerp.

Antwerp is a modern and cosmopolitan city, where people of more than 140 different nationalities live. In addition, she lives devoted to culture and good living. Its historic centre is full of museums, restaurants, bars, shops (with its famous diamonds, whoever is interested in this elitist product)… There is no weekend without a plan in Antwerp.

Choose Antwerp to travel in April and enjoy the Rubens house-museum, the STAM museum, and have a drink by the waters of its old harbour. However, what you can’t miss for me is the city’s magnificent urban art trail. More than 100 murals decorate buildings and walls of old Antwerp factories. Rent a bicycle and spend a whole day discovering them. You won’t regret it.

7. Laos

A village near Luang Nam Tha, Laos (Photo © David Escribano)

Leaving Europe aside, I recommend some more distant destinations to travel to in April.

If you can combine the days of Easter with some extras, you won’t have problems to enjoy a destination as exotic as Laos. Embedded in an area swept away by party and beach tourism (mainly Thailand and Vietnam), Laos is a more serene and natural choice.

The beautiful temples of Luang Prabang, trekking through the northern jungle, the Mekong delta… It is a country to know it without haste and talking to its people.

8. Colombia

Being on the Colombian beaches of Tayrona, it’s hard for you to feel the danger.

I personally dismantled the myth that Colombia is a dangerous country that we should not visit a few years ago. On two different occasions, I’ve spent a little over a month in Colombia and I only have good words to define the experience.

Colombia is a country of hospitable people, breathtaking landscapes, pristine Caribbean beaches, ancient colonial cities and other modern and full of life. In Colombia you dance, laugh, drink and eat well… You live life to the fullest. Cartagena de Indias, Bogota, Medellin, Caño Cristales and Tayrona National Park are just some of the places not to be missed.

9. South Africa

Elefante en el Kruger

Elephant on the Kruger

The South African summer ends and the thermometer drops to temperatures that force you to put long-sleeved clothes in your backpack or suitcase.

South Africa is a good country to land for the first time in South Africa. Cape Town has been, to date, the city that has transmitted me the best energy in this world. And I’m not one to believe in these things. However, the truth is that I spent some unforgettable days there and felt like I was levitating. Table Mountain, the story of Apartheid… Johannesburg is another story. Also interesting, but with a sense of danger that did not finish filling me.

The Drakensberg Mountains, the Kruger National Park, the vineyards, the incredible South African coastline… It’s a country that will take several weeks, or months, to get to know, but you can start with a magnificent tasting.

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