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Where's Hot In April?

As spring arrives and Europe warms up, the number of sunny short-haul destinations begins to grow, meaning there are even more bargain Easter holidays waiting to be snapped up! Even if you’re dreaming of somewhere further afield, you won’t have to look hard, with spring sunshine heating up the Caribbean and beyond.

From Morocco to Mauritius, we round up five fabulous destinations that are hot in April.

Costa Almeria, Spain

Average temperature: 17°C

Flight time: 3 hours

A seaside resort in Cabo de Gata, Almeria

Lesser-known than its holiday-hub neighbour, the Costa del Sol, the Costa Almeria is the perfect peaceful spot to experience traditional Spain and soak up some spring sun!

The area is dotted with pretty fishing towns such as Carboneras and Roquetas de Mar, where you’ll find historic buildings and fresh seafood aplenty. Spend your mornings browsing for jewellery and handicrafts at local markets, while away the afternoon on one of the miles-long golden beaches, then finish off your day with a feast of freshly caught fish and a glass of sangria!

Crete, Greece

Average temperature: 18°C

Flight time: 4 hours

Loutro town on Crete island, Greece

April is a great month for a holiday to Crete – the temperatures are warm but not sweltering and the peak season crowds are still a few months away.

Cheap car hire and good public transport make it easy to explore the whole island and you’ll find plenty of activities to get stuck into! Sun worshippers can bask to their heart’s content on beautiful beaches (don’t miss Elafonisi’s pink sand), while culture vultures will love exploring the historic towns of Heraklion and Chania. And if you want to get active, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails – they run all over the island!

Evenings are best spent relaxing in a quiet taverna, watching the sunset with a glass of Greek retsina wine in hand.

Morocco

Average temperature: 20°C

Flight time: 4 hours

A cityscape view of Marrakech, Morocco

Looking to spice up your spring getaway? With an irresistibly vibrant culture and temperatures hitting the twenties, Morocco is a top pick for an Easter holiday with a difference!

Haggling for textiles, jewellery and spices in the local souks of Marrakech and Fez is a must, as is a safari tour into the Sahara desert. When you need to recharge, Agadir’s sprawling beaches will hit the spot.

As for where to stay, the best hotels here are often the riads – traditional Moroccan buildings set around a courtyard or small garden.

St Lucia

Average temperature: 27°C

Flight time: 9 hours

Paradise beach at Soufriere Bay, St Lucia

With white-sand beaches and sparkling blue seas, St Lucia is a typical Caribbean island paradise. Bursting with glamorous resorts and dreamy spas, it's no surprise it's a firm favourite with luxury holiday seekers and honeymooners.

Unmissable spots include Sulphur Springs – a ‘drive-in’ volcano crater with hot springs and mud baths – and the Piton Mountains, the island’s most photographed landmark. Feeling more adventurous? Check out Adrena-line for a zip-lining canopy tour!

April is the last dependably dry month in St Lucia before the rainy season sweeps in, so you can expect balmy temperatures offset by refreshing sea breezes.

Mauritius

Average temperature: 25°C

Flight time: 12 hours

A tropical beach in Mauritius

With seven hours of sunshine a day and temperatures sitting in the mid-twenties during April, Mauritius is the kind of place where you can spend a whole week sipping rum cocktails under a palm tree on the beach.

If you do decide to leave your sun-lounger, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Keep it chill with a massage at one of the top-class spas or shop for spices, printed fabrics and accessories at Port Louis’ famous markets.

Further afield, marvel at reefs and shipwrecks on a scuba diving trip or check out the island’s tropical forest interior at the Black River Gorges National Park.


Do you have a favourite April hotspot? Tweet us @icelollyholiday and let us know!


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