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Where is hot in April

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 By Mark Hodson, The Sunday Times Travel Writer and Editor of 101 Holidays


Q.  Where is hot in April?


A.  April is the start of the tourist season in the Mediterranean and a wonderful time to visit. It’s also a great month for a holiday in the Arabian Gulf or the Middle East before the summer heat becomes oppressive. After Easter, you’ll find good value in the Caribbean.


April is a perfect time to get away for some early season sun, and it’s a cheap time of year to travel. The arrival of spring in the Mediterranean brings warm temperatures and bright sunshine. Further afield, the weather in the Caribbean is perfect, with temperatures around 30°C and 8 or 9 hours of average daily sunshine.

In 2019, Easter Sunday falls late on 21 April, so if you travel around this time, during the school holidays, you can expect to pay a premium. Note: all the travel companies featured are personally recommended by our editors.

Hottest destinations in April

Country Destination Average highs Average hours of sun
Cyprus Limassol 24°C 9 hours
Malta Valletta 22°C 8 hours
Italy Sardinia 21°C 7 hours
Spain Seville 25°C 8 hours
Morocco Marrakech 25°C 9 hours
UAE Dubai 33°C 10 hours
The Gambia Banjul 33°C 10 hours
Barbados Bridgetown 33°C 9 hours
Maldives Male 32°C 8 hours
Thailand Ko Samui 32°C 8 hours
Sri Lanka Colombo 32°C 8 hours

 

    • Cyprus

    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. Also consider Turkish-speaking North Cyprus which is cheaper because it’s outside the Eurozone, using the recently devalued Turkish lira. It has some lovely places to stay including the port town of Kyrenia. In addition to beach holidays, you could try a walking holiday (perfect in April, hard going in August) or cookery and culture tour.

    Also consider: the Greek island of Crete which is also very southerly and is warm in April.

      • 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.

        • 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.

        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.

          • 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) and it’s a fantastic place to visit. 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.

          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: Egypt for a luxury Nile cruise.

              • 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 luxury hotel. Dubai is the best known destination which you can combine with the beautiful Sultanate of Oman where you’ll get a taste of old Arabia.

              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, great beaches, wildlife and interesting excursions. Weather is superb: 10 hours of daily sun and temperatures of 33ºC. And it’s cheap: food, drink, travel are all inexpensive.

                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. If you want all-inclusive luxury, try Sandals. See m ore details on Caribbean weather in April.

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

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