April showers getting you down? The cold and wet British winter may seem to last an eternity with spring taking its time to arrive. If, like us, you’re ready to runaway from it all and book your first warm-weather break, you’re in luck: we’ve chosen 7 sizzling destinations so you can scout out where’s hot in April.
Weather: Max: 22 degrees (approx.) | Min: 13 degrees (approx.)
What to do: Turkey’s Mediterranean climate provides a sunny and pleasantly warm April that’s perfect for tourists. Home to two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, ample beautiful beaches, hiking trails and indulgent cuisine, you can expect a trip full of cultural enrichment.
Where to stay: Our ever-growing collection of luxury villas in Turkey is designed to suit family holidays and couples retreats alike. With many of them situated close to the beach, you can swim and sunbathe to your heart’s content. Be warned, though – the sea won’t be quite as warm at this time of year!
Further reading: Best Beaches in Turkey; Things to do in Kalkan
Weather: Max: 20 degrees (approx.) | Min: 13 degrees (approx.)
What to do: April marks the start of the warm season in Kos and rainfall dramatically decreases. From sandy beach paradise to fascinating ancient ruins, this harbour town is not one to be missed. The rolling vineyards are a key attraction for wine aficionados, while the rugged wilderness is carved with walking trails. Kids in particular will love the wandering peacocks and getting involved in numerous water-sports activities, making this the ultimate Easter holiday destination!
Where to stay: We’ve handpicked our delightful Kos villas so you can enjoy a luxurious and stress-free holiday. Minimalist and stylish, these villas with feel like a home away from home.
Further reading: The Best Greek Islands for Families; Top 10 Villas in Greece
Weather: Max: 20 degrees (approx.) | Min: 16 degrees (approx.)
What to do: You could get away with visiting Paphos at any time of year if you’re into your history – this ancient port city is steeped in Greek mythology, serving as the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite. However, visit in April and you’ll be able to enjoy its palm-fringed seafront and bustling restaurant scene as well, spending as much time touring monuments as you will wandering beaches.
Cypriot cuisine is a key draw here: aromatic and flavoursome, it draws influences from the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece. To get the authentic dining experience, we’d suggest sharing various mezze plates before enjoying classic dishes such as souvlakia (grilled meat kebabs) and kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb).
Where to stay: Paphos Travel Guide; Top 10 Things to do in Paphos
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Weather: Max: 22 degrees (approx.) | Min: 14 degrees (approx.)
What to do: If you’re on the hunt for sun, sea and sand, Lanzarote has you covered. April is the ideal time to visit Lanzarote as the summer rush hasn’t yet begun but the weather is comfortably warm (unlike the scorching temperatures of July!).
If lounging on the gorgeous beaches isn’t enough to wet your getaway appetite, why not hop on a surfboard, climb a volcano or enjoy the island’s lively nightlife? After all of that, it’s time to try the local cuisine, encompassing fresh seafood and indulgent desserts aplenty. For something different, try the colourful local parrot fish – an opportunity not to be missed!
Where to stay: Our elegantly stylish villas in Lanzarote are perfect for afternoons spent splashing around the pool and quiet evenings dining alfresco. With their sun terraces, barbeques and sea views, you’ll forget all about the unpredictable weather back home.
Further reading: Lanzarote travel guide
Weather: Max: 30 degrees (approx.) | Min: 23 degrees (approx.)
What to do: While the Caribbean is warm all year round, the Easter break is one of its key holiday seasons as families flock here for a bit of spring sunshine. For that reason, you should make sure to book well in advance and expect some crowds. Our favourite things to do include unwinding on one of the sugar-white beaches with a rum cocktail in hand – it would be rude not to enjoy the region’s greatest export! – before dancing to live reggae music come nightfall. Prefer an early night to catch the worms come morning? There are a variety of mountain hikes to enjoy, rewarding you with the most stunning sunrises if timed right.
Where to stay: Choose your island wisely, with spots like Cancun, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Jamaica being popular among the younger crowds. If you just want to escape all of that and truly live the laid-back island lifestyle, head to jungle-clad St Lucia and beach-fringed Barbados.
Further reading: 10 of the best Caribbean islands for the food, drink and music scene; Where to stay in the Caribbean
Costa Del Sol
Weather: Max: 25 degrees (approx.) | Min: 11 degrees (approx.)
What to do: If you’re looking for a warm retreat that’s not too far from home, Costa Del Sol will not disappoint. As the weather begins to get sunnier in April, you can expect to participate in exciting local fiestas while enjoying relatively low rainfall. The Pablo Picasso museum is a must-see, but if you prefer to sip your cultural experiences, indulgent wine tastings are also available.
Where to stay: Our majestic villas in Costa Del Sol will treat you to a taste of Spanish opulence. Think infinity pools and modern interiors that will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed.
Further reading: Best Things to do in Costa Del Sol
Weather: Max: 20 degrees (approx.) | Min: 11 degrees (approx.)
What to do: One of the sunniest regions in Europe, Albufeira begins warming up in April. Amble down charming cobbled streets, laze around golden sandy beaches or hop on a boat trip to enjoy dolphin-watching.
Although it’s full of brilliant restaurants and upmarket bars, Albufeira is also home to a busy nightlife strip so party-goers can really let their hair down!
Where to stay: Our luxury villas in Albufeira are the perfect base for a large group or family trip. Private swimming pools and alfresco dining spots will make it feel like the height of summer.
Further reading: Algarve Travel Guide; Best Foodie Experiences in the Algarve
Feeling warmer already? If these destinations have sparked your April holiday inspiration but you’re not sure which one to choose, feel free to contact our friendly concierge team who can help you with your 2022 villa holiday booking.
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