City Breaks – Where to travel in April
April is a great time for a city break, as the weather’s starting to warm up, but it’s not uncomfortably hot. When planning your trip, bear in mind that Easter falls on the first weekend of the month this year.
Here’s some inspiration for April city breaks.
(Average April temperature: 22°C)
Seville’s Feria de Abril (April Fair) began as a cattle fair in the 1840s. Today it’s a vibrant week-long festival of flamenco, parades, bullfighting and partying which draws huge numbers of visitors to the Andalucian capital. In 2018 it runs from April 15th to 22nd. Beyond the Feria, Seville has a rich cultural heritage and is a fascinating place to explore.
(Average April temperature: 20°C)
The Mediterranean port city of Valletta is the capital of Malta and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tiny city is packed with historical attractions. Valletta is the European Capital of Culture for 2018, and is celebrating its rich culture with more than 400 events, including Altofest performing arts festival in April. Valletta also makes a good base for exploring the island of Malta, one of Europe’s smallest countries.
(Average April temperature: 28°C)
April is one of the driest months in central Florida, and so it’s an excellent time to visit Orlando. The city has a wide variety of theme parks, from the behemoths of Walt Disney World and Universal to smaller attractions such as Aquatica water park and Gatorland (which is devoted to alligators). Orlando also has a vibrant arts scene and, with three designer shopping outlets, is a leading retail destination.
(Average April temperature: 19°C)
The Japanese capital showcases futuristic architecture and technology alongside wooden buildings and ancient shrines. Around early April the cherry blossoms are in flower. This is a famously beautiful spectacle, and families and friends hold picnics under the cherry trees around the city. At the end of the month it’s Golden Week (a national holiday) and Tokyo is vibrant with festivals, parades and art shows. Golden Week (which runs from April 28th – May 6th this year) is a busy period for travel in Japan, but many Tokyo residents go on holiday at that time, which means that attractions and restaurants may be less crowded than usual.
(Average April temperature: 6°C)
If you’d like to go to somewhere cool (literally), how about a trip to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland? Rovaniemi is close to the Arctic Circle and in early April it’s still generally snowy there. Rovaniemi makes an excellent base for outdoor activities such as dog-sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. As the month progresses the snow gradually disappears and the ice on rivers and lakes starts to melt. From this point, visitors can start to enjoy spring activities such as hiking and cycling.