Hot, why not? Winter is an exhausting season, besides skiing and Boxing Day, there ain't much to look forward to. Except for spring. Jp, after months of grey weather, fog and smog, and no sunshine to speak of, we are soooo glad the days are getting longer and warmer again. And April is definitely the month we just need to pack our bags and take our first vacation in a long, long time. We have earned it!
In this blog, we will go over the following places to visit in April.
- Portugal – Road trip from Faro to Lisbon
- Spain – Road trip from Malaga to Barcelona
- Orlando, Florida – Orlando is one big theme park
- California (LA) – Is Venice Beach, and Rodeo Drive, Hollywood and celebrity spotting
- Cyprus (Paphos) – When Greek and Turkish culture mix you get Cyprus
- Sicily (Catania) - Is history in a pocket
- Crete (Heraklion) – Feast for the senses
- Mallorca – Paradise for snorkelers
Top 8 places to visit in April
So, where should we go this April? The list is huge, but here are our top destinations to make a list more manageable:
1. Portugal – Road trip from Faro to Lisbon
Winter was flushed away by that mighty ray of sunshine. The birds are singing again, the weather is clear, and it's time for a getaway. The best advice we can give you is to take a road trip along the coast of Portugal in April. And why? Because the coast of Portugal is fantastic, the sunsets are breathtaking and the cuisine is super delicious. Explore the Algarve region. The beaches of the Algarve are pure magic. You can read all about the Faro to Lisbon road trip here.
2. Spain – Road trip from Malaga to Barcelona
Hire a car in Malaga and drive along the coast. April is the ideal month for a road trip, there are no crowds, it's warm and Spain is one of the most charming countries in the world. Stops in Valencia and Granada are a must. Valencia's pride and joy are definitely the futuristic buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava, the museums and the old quarters. Granada, the city of graffiti, offers monumental churches, old school tapas bars and views of the peaks of Sierra Nevada. If you're up for a road trip from Barcelona to Madrid, you can read all the details here.
3. Orlando, Florida – Orlando is one big theme park
Whether you're travelling with kids or are a big kid trapped in an adult's body, Orlando is fun, fun, fun. There is an incredible mix of fun things to do here. You can visit theme parks: Disney's Magic Kingdom, Universal Island of Adventure, Disney's Hollywood Studio, Legoland, or Discovery Cove. It's a place known for its hospitality, which extends to its world-famous restaurants, hotels, and spas. And then there's the shopping. Orlando is a shopper's paradise. Visit Orlando Premium Outlets at International Drive for a few outlets. For more high-end shopping, visit the Mall at Millenia. In Orlando, there are no limits.
3. California (LA) – Is Venice Beach, and Rodeo Drive, Hollywood and celebrity spotting
The City of Angels is a truly seductive city. It can be progressive or trendy, laid-back or retro, the neighbourhoods here are so diverse that you're sure to find one that suits your taste. The streets are full of friendly and outgoing people, and the LA bars&restaurants are everything you could wish and hope for. if you like it hot&trendy you can't miss the Elephante in Santa Monica if you want a friendly restaurant for a vegan dinner, visit Cafe Gratitude. Here you can read more about an American road trip.
4. Cyprus (Paphos) – When Greek and Turkish culture mix you get Cyprus
You're considering Cyprus because of its beaches, possible scuba diving or surfing (which is best in April because of the wind). But it is the differences and similarities between the two cultures (Greek&Turkish) that make this island unique. Cyprus's archaeological collection is breathtaking: In Nicosia, you have Cyprus Museum, 11 miles from Limassol you will find ancient Kourion (Curium), or to taste some great wines you can drive to the hills of Limassol district.
6. Sicily (Catania) - Is history in a pocket
Now that you're ready to embrace all that glorious sunshine and leave the grey skies behind, here comes Sicily with its beaches, agriturismo and blue skies. But it's not just scenic attractions and the mafia that make Sicily famous. It is also history&culture. Visit the temples in Agrigento or the Norman Basilica in Monreale. Don't forget to take your rental car and head for the hills - must-see towns include Modica, Ragusa and Ortega. But the best of the best is still Sicilian cuisine: rent a car and head to Menfi, a seaside restaurant specializing in pasta and seafood.
7. Crete (Heraklion) – Feast for the senses
The beauty of Crete lies in its small villages and beaches. If you plan to see most of the island, renting a car in Heraklion is the best option. It is easier and faster than public transport. If you rent a car in Heraklion, it will only take you 5 minutes to get to Knossos, probably the oldest European city. Those of you travelling with children will have no problem keeping your little ones occupied since Crete is designed for children. If you get hungry, stop by the Paralia Seaside Restaurant and order moussaka.
8. Mallorca – Paradise for snorkelers
The best time to visit Mallorca is in spring when it is less crowded and temperatures are perfect for children and outdoor activities. Mallorca is famous for its sandy beaches with crystal clear waters (thanks to an alga that oxygenates the water), but there is much more to Mallorca than beach hopping. If you rent a car, Cala de Sa Calobra & Cala Tuent, a spectacular serpentine road, is a must. Another must-see is the majestic Catedral de Mallorca, but it's not just the façade, it's the interior of the cathedral that is sure to fascinate you, as it was designed by none other than the master Gaudi. Hungry? We recommend you visit the fishermen at Kingfisher Restaurant. They serve the best Fish Burgers in the world.