Best holiday ideas for April 2018

Spring has officially arrived and here's where's best to enjoy the season

Where to go on holiday in April

In the Northern Hemisphere spring has officially arrived, making it the ideal time to witness the beautiful arrival of cherry blossoms in Japan or to go trekking through the Himalayas as the climate begins to warm up. You'll also find cherry blossoms in parts of China and South Korea at this time of year. The Middle East is ideal at this time of year - the heat has yet to reach its peak and so sightseeing around the ancient sites is far more pleasurable. It also means the Red Sea resorts are great for a beach break. The weather is still good across Central America with calm winds and only small showers before the climatic chaos of the approaching wet season.

If you're looking for a wildlife adventure, cruising the Amazon is a great option with high water levels making many more canals navigable by boat. The wet season in southern Africa means Victoria Falls is at its most impressive and it's whale watching season off the west coast of Sri Lanka. To help you plan a holiday for April 2018 we've put together some of the top destinations and experiences at this time of year as well as our guide to where's hot for a beach break and where to go for a wildlife adventure.

Top Destinations and Experiences in April



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Losing yourself in Marrakech

Despite its location in the north of Africa, Morocco does still experience seasonal weather and April is a fantastic month for sightseeing in its exotic cities. It's warm with plenty of sunshine and as well as Marrakech, there's the coastal town of Essaouira and the captivating city of Fes further north to explore. If you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there's always trekking in the Atlas mountains or the Sahara beckons with overnight desert camping.

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Pleasant temperatures

Visiting Petra

April is one of the most popular times to visit Jordan - the temperatures are warm without being too hot and after the light winter rains there are flowers in bloom in the valleys and sprinkling parts of the desert. It's a great time to do a spot of trekking in Jordan and spend a night in Wadi Rum, and of course, no visit to Jordan would be complete without visiting the incredible ancient city of Petra.

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Sunny Portugal before the crowds

Sampling wine in Porto

The charming city of Porto in the north of Portugal rivals the popular capital of Lisbon with its atmospheric wine bars, trendy rooftop bars and brilliant cuisine. Weather-wise it's warming up in April but still early enough in the year to avoid the summer crowds. And you're not confined to Porto, with the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley within easy reach. Here you can visit wine estates and enjoy a leisurely cruise on the scenic Douro River. In fact, April is a lovely month to visit all of Portugal.

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Ancient ruins and beaches

Exploring Turkey's Coast

Temperatures are rising nicely across the Mediterranean with wildflowers carpeting the mountains and valleys, making it a particularly pleasant and scenic time to visit Turkey. Along the Mediterranean coast popular resorts such as Fethiye and Marmaris are preparing for the busy summer season so you can avoid the crowds and still enjoy decent weather.

Best Festivals and Events in April

April is a month of renewal for many cultures as the new lunar year begins and the season of spring breathes life into people and landscapes. It's a month of frivolity and reflection though in other parts of the world it's a time to remember the tragic events of the past. Here are some of the best festivals and events happening in April each year.

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Cherry Blossom

Where? Countrywide, Japan
When? Throughout April

In the April most of Japan is decorated with delicate pink cherry blossoms and a sense of fun and optimism prevails. This is Japan at its most picturesque with parks in bloom and ancient castles framed by pretty flowers. The Japanese will often picnic under trees sharing food and drinks with friends and family. It's an extremely popular time to visit Japan so book early.

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Songkran

Where? Thailand
When? 13th-15th April 2018

April heralds the lunar New Year in many Buddhist countries but Thailand's version of Songkran is the best-known. Over the course of a weekend it's celebrated with parades of temple statues, traditional dance performances and playful water throwing. Similar water-based festivities are held in neighbouring Laos and Cambodia too.

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Sindoor Jatra

Where? Thimi, Nepal
When? 15th April 2018

Holi has become the best-known Hindu festival in the world but in Nepal, little-known Sindoor Jatra is an equally riotous display of colour and merriment. A procession of over 30 palanquins are carried by male representatives of the local villages as crowds of people hurl vermillion powder at the parade. The highlight of the event is the arrival of Ganesha's effigy.

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ANZAC Day

Where? Gallipoli, Turkey
When? 25th April 2018

Every year on the 25th April visitors from around the world flock to Gallipoli to commemorate the deaths of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives during the fateful ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) campaign during WWI. From the dawn service to the parades held at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, it's an evocative time to visit Turkey.

Best Beach Destinations in April

As temperatures continue to rise in the northern hemisphere and the southern half of the world sees temperatures start to drop, the best beach destinations are slowly moving north. April is a very transitional month with unpredictable weather in the majority of places - the odd shower is common whether you go, however, there's still a good offering of places that are great at this time of the year and here's our selection.

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Egypt

The Red Sea resort of Hurghada is brilliant at this time of year - temperatures are high but still on the comfortable side, the days are sunny and there's hardly any rainfall. The Red Sea can be combined with a little culture with the incredible sights of ancient Egypt from Cairo and the Pyramids to Luxor and its royal tombs.

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The Maldives

The dry season is drawing to a close in the Maldives so you can still find long days of sun in April. As the wet season approaches the heat and humidity rises but with an air-conditioned, beachside resort you'll be just fine. If you're looking to add a little culture to your beach holiday, consider tacking on a visit to Sri Lanka.

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Costa Rica

The Caribbean coast is a great choice of beach destination in April - it's the last month of the dry season and the weather is still ideal and where better to enjoy that then Costa Rica? April is also peak season for leatherback turtles so you can relax on the beach while catching a glimpse of these majestic creatures.

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Vietnam

If you're looking for a beach destination without the crowds, visiting southern Vietnam can be a great option in April. It's just after the high season with hot and humid temperatures but prices are better than in previous months and the crowds will be thinner. This is also a good time to visit the rest of the country.

Best Wildlife Destinations in April

April is a month of climatic transition as the rains of the wet season start to disperse, ushering in the dry season. In terms of weather this can be a great time to visit Africa as temperatures are moderate and there's not as much rainfall as in previous months. The landscapes are still lush from the rains so it's not necessarily the best time to be on safari but some destinations still offer a good wildlife experience.

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Namibia

It's the tail end of the wet season with rainfall starting to decrease with just a short shower in the afternoon. The scenery is lush and there's plenty of newborn animals around as well as migratory bird species so it's the perfect time for birdwatching. As it's not yet the peak dry season, prices are more affordable.

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Madagascar

After the rains the wildlife-rich island of Madagascar is thick with luxuriant forest growth, making it incredibly attractive at this time of year. It's also the time of year when lemurs begin their courtship with males waving their tails at females and becoming extremely vocal in their attempt to secure a mate.

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Uganda

This may fly in the face of common convention but for keen photographers, or for anyone who wants a good collection of images to remember their once in a lifetime trip, April is a good time to trek for mountain gorillas. The overcast conditions of the rainy season create ideal lighting conditions for photography.

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The Galapagos

April is a perfect time for keen snorkellers to visit the Galapagos Islands with great visibility in the water. It's also a good time of year to be on terra firma with albatrosses arriving at Espanola Island to begin their courtship and the eggs of green turtles and iguanas hatching.

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