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Where is hot in April

Corsica is hot in April

 By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

Q.  Where is hot in April?

A.  April is the start of the tourist season in the Mediterranean (22-24ºC) and a wonderful time to visit. It’s also a great month for a holiday in the Arabian Gulf (33ºC) before the summer heat becomes oppressive. After Easter, you’ll find good value in the Caribbean (30ºC).

April is a cheap time of year to travel to get away for some spring sun, and is likely to be popular in 2021 after the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Conditions in the Mediterranean are wonderful, with warm temperatures and bright sunshine. Further afield, the weather in the Caribbean enjoys temperatures around 30°C and 8 or 9 hours of average daily sunshine.

In 2021, Easter Sunday falls on 4 April, so if you travel around this time, during the school holidays, you can expect to pay a premium. See my tips for the best holidays at Easter.

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Average temperature in April: 24ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 9
Flying time from UK: 4 hours 30 minutes

You can find warm weather in April across the Mediterranean although nights tend to be a little chilly, and the sea will be cool for swimming. For the hottest weather, your best bet is to head to the more southerly Mediterranean destinations such as Cyprus which has great hotels and plenty of flights from across the UK. See the latest offers from Sunvil. Also consider Turkish-speaking North Cyprus which is cheaper because it’s outside the Eurozone, using the recently devalued Turkish lira.

Also consider: the Greek island of Crete which is also very southerly and is warm in April. See the latest offers on boutique accommodation from i-escape.

    • Malta and Gozo

    Average temperature in April: 22ºC
    Hours of daily sunshine: 8
    Flying time from UK: 3 hours

    If you want somewhere sunny, warm and packed with historical sites, try Malta. It has a great climate in April along with its sister island, Gozo. To reach Gozo you need to catch a ferry from Malta – there’s no airport and that’s part of the island’s charm as it’s much quieter and slower-paced. See the latest special offers.

    Also consider: the Greek island of Paxos. It also doesn’t have an airport – most visitors fly into neighbouring Corfu and transfer by ferry. It is great for villas.

      • Sardinia

      Average temperature in April: 21ºC
      Hours of daily sunshine: 7
      Flying time from UK: 2 hours 40 minutes

      For a quiet sunny destination in April, head to the (surprisingly large) Italian island of Sardinia. As the Italians all take their holidays at the same time in August, it’s almost deserted at this time of year, but the weather is gorgeous. Rent a car because this is a great island to explore. See the latest deals.

      Also consider: Sani Resort in the often-overlooked region of Halkidiki in mainland Greece, and the fabulous white sand beaches of the Costa de la Luz, the warmest part of mainland Spain. See more about hottest islands in Greece.

        • Seville

        Average temperature in April: 25ºC
        Hours of daily sunshine: 8
        Flying time from UK: 2 hours 45 minutes

        Close to the Costa de la Luz, Seville is Spain’s hottest city (it’s pretty much unbearable in August but wonderful in April) and it’s a fantastic place for a quick getaway. The home of tapas and flamenco, it’s packed with historical sites, authentic bars and restaurants and charming squares lined with orange trees. If you go in Semana Santa, the week leading up to Easter you’ll witness dramatic street celebrations. See these offers.

        Also consider: Dubrovnik in Croatia, Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast of Italy and Palma, the stylish capital of Mallorca. The Easter celebrations in Florence are particularly atmospheric.

          • Marrakech

          Average temperature in April: 25ºC
          Hours of daily sunshine: 9
          Flying time from UK: 3 hours

          Flying time to Morocco is less than four hours from the UK, with lots of flights to Marrakech where you can laze in the sun, explore the narrow winding streets of the souk, drink fresh orange juice on rooftop bars and dine in fabulous French and Moroccan restaurants. Try to stay in one of the stunning converted riads in the medina.

          Also consider: the Algarve where it’s 20ºC with 8 hours of sun. Perfect weather for a fly-drive. You can explore the beautiful coast and countryside away from the resorts and stay in some of these historic pousadas.

          • Sri Lanka

        • Average temperature in April: 32ºC
          Hours of daily sunshine: 8
          Flying time from UK: 10 hours 30 minutesSri Lanka is great to explore at this time of year. It’s an amazing, friendly country with pristine beaches, so it makes sense to spend a week or so exploring – get a private car and driver, which is not expensive – and then kick back on the beach. These unique holiday experiences include spotting Blue Whales and staying at remote eco resorts.Also consider: a private tour of India where it’s a good time of year to visit both the Golden Triangle and Kerala.

            • Dubai

            Average temperature in April: 33ºC
            Hours of daily sunshine: 10
            Flying time from UK: 7 hours

            If you want somewhere a bit warmer, the Arabian Gulf will be around 33°C in April with 10 hours of sunshine – a little too warm for vigorous sightseeing but perfect if you’re staying in a luxurious hotel. Dubai is the best known destination but you can combine it with the beautiful Sultanate of Oman for a taste of old Arabia. See the latest offers.

            Also consider: neighbouring Abu Dhabi which is rapidly becoming a serious rival to Dubai.

              • The Gambia

              Average temperature in April: 33ºC
              Hours of daily sunshine: 10
              Flying time from UK: 6 hours

              It’s six hours flying time to The Gambia on the West Coast of Africa where you’ll find friendly English-speaking people, a coastline of sandy beaches, wildlife and interesting excursions. Weather is superb: 10 hours of daily sun and temperatures of 33ºC. The resorts are cheap: food, drink, travel are all inexpensive. See deals in April.

              Also consider: the Cape Verde islands which lie midway between Africa and Brazil – both geographically and culturally. Also a six-hour direct flight from the UK.

                • Barbados

                Average temperature in April: 33ºC
                Hours of daily sunshine: 9
                Flying time from UK: 9 hours

                The Caribbean is perfect for April holidays: great weather is pretty much guaranteed. Easter is popular with families – and prices reflect that – but if you avoid the school holidays you are in low season, and you should find some great deals. Barbados has a superb choice of hotels and lots of direct flights. See more details on Caribbean weather in April.

                Also consider: the Cayman Islands which have great hotels and superb snorkeling and diving.

                  • Maldives

                  Average temperature in April: 32ºC
                  Hours of daily sunshine: 8
                  Flying time from UK: 10 hours

                  The paradise islands of the Maldives are at their best in April with temperatures of 32°C and lots of guaranteed sunshine. Each beachfront hotel is on its own private island, so you’ll instantly feel pampered and secluded.

                  Also consider: the Seychelles for a purely desert island experience. Mauritius usually gets a little rain in April but temperatures still hold around 28°C. It’s a popular choice for a honeymoon.

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