Hot countries in April: The best holiday destinations

April finally sees the return of good weather in Europe! Nature dazzles us with colours and scents, and in the south of Europe springtime sunshine gets us a tan. I show you the best hot countries in April around the Mediterranean. If Europe isn’t warm enough for you, I’ve also picked out hot countries in April in the Caribbean, South-East Asia and the Indian Ocean.

Why should you go on holiday in April?

Advantages of a holiday in April

  • No high season, fewer tourists
  • Easter holidays – more days off with fewer holidays
  • Children have Easter holidays
  • Nature awakens, everything blooms

Disadvantages of a holiday in April

  • Easter holidays is peak season, hotels and flights are more expensive
  • The Mediterranean Sea is still cool
  • Season has not started yet, some attractions are not open yet

Where is it hot in Europe in April?

Greece

Kos Kalymnos

 

The Greek islands are almost an insider tip in April. The sea is certainly still a little too fresh for a bathing holiday, but everything is greening and blossoming as it seldom does. Pleasant temperatures are perfect for hiking in Crete or for visiting cultural highlights like Knossos. It’s also definitely the best time to find a deserted beach and the cheapest month with decent weather. Find out more about each of the Greek islands:

Rhodes

Crete

Corfu

Kos

Zakynthos

Halkidiki Peninsula

 

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Cyprus

Golden Beach schönste Strände Zypern The famous Golden Beach in Cyprus – Adobe Stock, ©Dmitry Pichugin

 

Cyprus is the hottest destination in Europe in April due to its location in the eastern Mediterranean. On the south coast around Paphos, Ayia Napa, Larnaka and Limassol you can also expect temperatures of up to 25 degrees. Enjoy 9 hours of sunshine per day. In the mountains, quaint villages like Omodos await and the beaches in Cyprus are shared with only a few other sun-seekers in spring.

Flight time from UK to Cyprus: approx. 4.5 to 5 hours

Average temperature in April in the south of Cyprus:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 25 degrees Celsius
  • Night temperature: 13 degrees
  • Water temperature: 19 degrees
  • Number of rainy days: 3

 

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How hot is Turkey in April?

dalaman beach iztuzu Turkish Aegean: view of Iztuzu beach near Dalyan

 

The hottest parts of the Turkish coast are around Antalya and Side. But also the Aegean coast around Marmaris and Sarigerme with its beautiful bays is a great holiday destination in April. It’s not one of the hot countries in April but it’s pleasantly warm. The first hotels open after the winter break and with average temperatures above 20 degrees during the day, you can make yourself comfortable on the beach lounger.

This month you can still find real bargains and treat yourself to a chic 4- or 5-star hotel with spa, all-inclusive and everything else for a good price. The lira exchange rate has settled at a very favourable level for Europeans. Think about how many handbags and tons of Turkish sweets you want to bring back from your holiday 😉

More info: The best all-inclusive hotels around Side.

 

Flight duration from UK to Antalya: approx. 4 h

Average temperature in April in Side: 

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 21 degrees Celsius
  • Night temperature: 10 degrees
  • Water temperature: 18 degrees
  • Number of rainy days: 6

 

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Hot countries in April: Egypt

Beach at the TUI BLUE Makadi The beach at the TUI BLUE Makadi south of Hurghada

 

No matter which month we take: Egypt is always among the best destinations for a beach holiday. After the winter months with somewhat cooler water temperatures and quite strong winds, springtime on the Red Sea is just how we like it: summery 28 degrees on average and 23 degrees warm water. Let’s go snorkelling, diving and sunbathing!

In the summer months it gets unbearably hot, so take advantage of the warm month of April. If you want to visit Egypt’s cultural highlights like the Pyramids of Giza or the Valley of the Kings, the spring month is perfect for a Nile cruise followed by a beach holiday on the Red Sea in Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh or Marsa Alam.

Apart from the Easter holidays, you can still find great deals with a very good price-performance ratio in April.

Can’t decide between Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh? We have compared the two destinations for you.

Flight time from UK to Hurghada: approx. 5.5 h

Average temperature in April in Hurghada/Egypt:

  • Maximum temperature during the day: 28 degrees Celsius
  • Night temperature: 17 degrees
  • Water temperature: 23 degrees
  • Number of rainy days: 0

 

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Canary Islands: hottest place in Spain in April

tenerife playa de las teresitas The most beautiful beach on Tenerife: Playa de las Teresitas

 

Just as evergreen as Egypt are the Canary Islands – an ideal destination for a beach holiday no matter when. April is the low season and you can find really cheap flight offers to the islands in the Atlantic. Which Canary Island should it be? The green, mountainous islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria or La Gomera for hikers or a sun and beach island like Fuerteventura or Lanzarote? The mild temperatures in April range between 22 and 24 degrees during the day, depending on the island. There is hardly any rain. Pack your sunscreen and off you go to the Canary Islands!

Learn more about the most beautiful beaches on Fuerteventura.

Flight time from UK to Tenerife: approx. 4 to 5 h

Average temperature in April in Tenerife South: 

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 23° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 16 °C
  • Water temperature: 18 °C
  • Number of rainy days: 2

 

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Easter holidays in the Balearic Islands: Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza

tui blue beach holiday bay cala gran mallorca The beautiful Cala Gran on the east coast of Mallorca

 

Mallorca feels like it’s only a stone’s throw away, and frequent and often cheap flights to Palma de Mallorca make the Balearic island a popular destination during the Easter holidays. Like everywhere else in the Mediterranean, the sea here is still cool in spring. But Mallorca has so much more to offer than just beach holidays. It’s the ideal month for an active holiday: hikes, weekly markets that allow an authentic insight into everyday Mallorcan life, cycling, jeep tours, island tours … The smaller neighbouring islands of Menorca and Ibiza are also waking up from their winter break and are still a real insider tip at this time of year.

Flight time from UK to Mallorca: approx. 2.5 h

Average temperature in April on Mallorca:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 20° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 10 °C
  • Water temperature: 15 °C
  • Number of rainy days: 5

 

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Croatia

cvitacka beach makarska riviera Cvitacka beach on the Makarska Riviera, with the Biokovo mountains in the background

 

Definitely still too cool for swimming, but the Dalmatian coast in spring is still one of the worthwhile destinations although I wouldn’t count it as one of the hot countries in April. In summer, the beautiful alleys of Split or Dubrovnik are overcrowded and sightseeing in the sweltering heat is definitely less fun than in comfortable temperatures. Advantages of a Croatia holiday at this time of year: it’s cheap, it’s quiet and the weather is just right for hiking, cycling, canoeing and other activities.

Also interesting: The most beautiful beaches of the Makarska Riviera.

 

Flight time from UK to Split: approx. 2.5 h

Average temperature in April on the Makarska Riviera: 

  • Maximum temperature during the day: 18° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 11 °C
  • Water temperature: 15 °C
  • Number of rainy days: 8

 

 

Portugal: Algarve and Madeira in April

view rock Algarve Views like this are available on many of the Algarve’s walking trails

 

Temperatures in Portugal are also reaching over 20 degrees, that’s why it made it on the list of hot countries in April. The best thing to do at this time of year (the Atlantic Ocean only tempts hardy swimmers into the water) is to go hiking in the Algarve. The Algarve is the southern coast of Portugal and is divided into the Barlavento and the Sottovento. There is definitely a lot to see! Lonely, hidden bays and otherwise bustling towns like Lagos, Albufeira or Faro are just waking up from their winter sleep. Add to that a good hotel on the beach and your relaxing Easter holiday in Portugal is perfect!

 

Flight time from UK to Faro: approx. 2.5

Average temperature in April in the Algarve:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 20 degrees Celsius
  • Night temperature: 10 degrees
  • Water temperature: 16 degrees
  • Number of rainy days: 6

 

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Sight Levada Madeira Waterfall on Levada hike

 

Another recommendation for a holiday in April is the island of Madeira. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Canary Islands and is known as the island of eternal spring. It’s therefore among the warm, but not hot destinations in April. While the winter months can be below 20 degrees and quite rainy, from April onwards there is plenty of bright sunshine and temperatures above 20 degrees. After a hike through the beautiful, evergreen mountains, you can refresh yourself in the Atlantic Ocean (18 degrees!). My insider tip for an active holiday in April!

Flight time from UK to Madeira: approx. 3.5 to 4 hours

Average temperature in April on Madeira:

  • Maximum temperature during the day: 21° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 14°C
  • Water temperature: 18 degrees
  • Number of rainy days: 5

 

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Tunisia: Mainland and Djerba Island

hammamet old town beach Orient meets Mediterranean: the medina of Hammamet borders directly on the beach

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Among the hot countries in April are also the tourist destinations Hammamet, Sousse and Djerba in Tunisia. Warm temperatures between 23 and 25 degrees and almost no rain speak for Tunisia as a destination for a beach holiday, even if the water temperature is still cool. Take a detour into the desert before it gets far too hot in summer. Another advantage: it’s cheap.

Tip: The highlight in April is the jazz festival in ancient Carthage near the capital Tunis.

Flight time from UK to Djerba: approx. 3.5 hours

Average temperature in April on Djerba:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 24 degrees Celsius
  • Night temperature: 14 degrees
  • Water temperature: 17 degrees
  • Number of rainy days: 3

 

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Morocco: Marrakech and Agadir

Agadir Paradise Valley View of the natural pools in Paradise Valley near Agadir

 

While the Atlantic is still very fresh, the air is already up to 25 degrees in Agadir. The coastal town in Morocco is a popular destination for surfers. But the North African country offers so much more, and what’s more, April is the optimal time to travel around Morocco. Of the so-called royal cities, I recommend Marrakech for a city break in April. With mild temperatures, it’s a pleasure to drift through the alleys and soak up the oriental-urban flair. Since April is still the low season, you can find cheap flight offers. One of the best hot countries in April!

Flight time from UK to Agadir: approx. 3.5 h

Average temperature in April in Agadir:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 25° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 12°C
  • Water temperature: 17 degrees
  • Number of rainy days: 3

 

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Italy as a destination in April

capo vaticano beach One of the beautiful bays between Tropea and Capo Vaticano in Calabria

 

Ok, it really is still a bit too cool for swimming, unless you are used to North Sea temperatures 😉 Logically, it gets warmer in Italy the further south you go. Apart from a city trip to Rome or Florence, it is very worthwhile to visit regions like Sicily, Calabria or Sardinia in spring. Firstly, there are few tourists and secondly, you will never find the landscape as green as it is in spring. Especially the Amalfi Coast is a tip in spring, because everything blooms beautifully and the number of visitors is limited except around the Easter holidays.

Tip: As Easter is celebrated in Italy, you can watch Easter processions in many places.

Flight time from UK to Catania/Sicily: approx. 3 h

Average temperature in April in Sicily:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 21 degrees Celsius
  • Night temperature: 11 degrees
  • Water temperature: 15 degrees
  • Number of rainy days: 6

 

What countries are hottest in April?

Perfect destinations for a beach holiday in April are all destinations in the Caribbean, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean with warm temperatures around or above 30 degrees.

The most popular are:

  • Mexico
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cuba
  • Costa Rica
  • Thailand (beginning rainy season)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia (rainy season)
  • Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao
  • Jamaica
  • Zanzibar (rainy season)
  • Maldives (beginning rainy season)
  • Mauritius (rainy season)
  • United Arab Emirates: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • Sri Lanka

 

Best destinations in April for a beach holiday

Cape Verde

sal beach concelho do sal Sal Island is made for a beach holiday

 

Just like the Canary Islands, Cape Verde is the perfect destination for a beach holiday all year round. On Sal, the “bathing island” of Cape Verde, the thermometer never drops below 20 degrees, even at night. During the day, 25 degrees and lots of summer sunshine await you. With a water temperature of 22 degrees, it is definitely one of the hot countries in April. The other islands of the archipelago are more mountainous and well suited for hiking tours. Another plus point of the archipelago in the Atlantic is the relatively short flight time from Europe.

Flight time from UK to Sal: approx. 6 h

Average temperature in April on Sal/Cape Verde:

  • Maximum temperature during the day: 25° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 20°
  • Water temperature: 23°
  • Number of rainy days: 0

 

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Hot countries in April: United Arab Emirates

The month of April is still among the best times to travel to the Emirates. Later, it gets unbearably hot in Dubai & co. so that you can only stand it in the air-conditioned mall. We don’t want that, we want a beach holiday! With a water temperature of 25 degrees, it’s one of the best destinations in April if you don’t want to fly too far and want culture, shopping & swimming all in one holiday destination.

Mexico: Riviera Maya and Cancun

riviera maya mexico beach This is what your Riviera Maya beach could look like

 

 
April is still the best time to visit the Riviera Maya on the Mexican Caribbean coast, as Mexico is one of the hottest countries in April. After that, the humidity becomes oppressive and the hurricane season begins. Enjoy the Caribbean weather under palm trees, Mayan culture and natural wonders like the cenotes, where you can dive and snorkel. Note: April is often the time of Spring Break for American students. If you don’t feel like partying and getting drunk, stay away from Cancun during this time 😉
 
Flight time direct flights from UK to Cancun: approx. 10-11 h

Average temperature in April in Cancun/Mexico:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 33° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 21°
  • Water temperature: 26°
  • Number of rainy days: 2

 

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Costa Rica

One of the hot countries in April in Central America is Costa Rica. January to April are the driest months in Costa Rica (although there is always regular rain on the Caribbean coast) and it is only towards the end of the month that heavy rainfall sets in. The country has a very good infrastructure and can be explored on your own with a rental car. From dreamlike lodges in the jungle to exotic sandy beaches on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Costa Rica has a huge variety of landscapes.

Average temperature in April in Puerto Limon/Caribbean Coast:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 31° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 22°
  • Water temperature: 27°
  • Number of rainy days: 13

 

Maldives

tui blue olhuveli aerial view Paradise view of the Maldives’ South Malé Atoll

 

While February and March is the best time to visit the Maldives, April is already the beginning of the summer monsoon and towards the end of the month cloud coverage intensifies. Short heavy showers and sultry air accompany the day. If this doesn’t bother you, you will always find sunny periods with  temperatures of over 30 degrees and a water temperature of 29 degrees. It’s definitely one of the hottest countries in April. As the wind is stronger in the summer months, windsurfers and kitesurfers have fun. Divers and snorkellers, on the other hand, have less fun, because the visibility under water is clouded by the waves. Most romantic thing to do is spend an exclusive day on a private island.

Flight time from UK to Malé: approx. 11-12 h

Average temperature in April in the Maldives:

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 32°
  • Night temperature: 27°
  • Water temperature: 29°
  • Number of rainy days: 8

 

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Dominican Republic: Punta Cana

isla saona bird's eye view Isla Saona – one of the most popular destinations in the Dominican Republic.

 

Another one of the hot countries in April is the Dominican Republic. The best time to travel to the Caribbean island is between December and April. So take advantage of the last dry month before the hurricane season begins. White sandy beaches around Punta Cana or the Samaná peninsula are what make the Dominican Republic a destination of longing. For a relaxing beach holiday, the east coast near Punta Cana offers the largest selection of luxurious resorts.

Flight time from UK to Punta Cana: approx. 9 h

Average temperature in April in Punta Cana: 

  • Maximum daytime temperature: 29° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 21°
  • Water temperature: 27°
  • Number of rainy days: 7

 

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Vietnam

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Vietnam’s north-south expanse makes for many different climates. April is the best time to travel to northern and central Vietnam, while the south is uncomfortably hot and humid. With perfect weather conditions, you can make a round trip from Halong Bay to Hoi An. Add a beach holiday at the end and recover from the hustle and bustle!

Flight time from UK to Vietnam: approx. 11 to 12 h

Average temperature in April in central Vietnam:

  • Maximum temperature during the day: 30° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 23°
  • Water temperature: 25°
  • Number of rainy days: 3

 

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Thailand

boat tour khao sok national park Boat tour in Khao Sok National Park near Khao Lak

 

One of the hot countries in April is, of course, Thailand. Unfortunately, the rainy season starts in April and it becomes unpleasantly humid – especially on the east coast around Koh Samui. If you have a sensitive circulation, you should rather travel to Thailand in the winter months. In Khao Lak on the west coast, on the other hand, the weather is still ideal for a nice beach holiday at this time of year. The 29 degree water temperature is hard to beat!

Flight time from UK to Phuket: approx. 12 h

Average temperature in April in Khao Lak:

  • Maximum temperature during the day: 31° Celsius
  • Night temperature: 25°
  • Water temperature: 29°
  • Number of rainy days: 8

 

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Sri Lanka

In the east and north-east of the island of Sri Lanka, April is really nice bathing weather with little rain and lots of sun. In contrast, it is very rainy in the south and southwest of the island because the monsoon season begins. If Sri Lanka in April, then rather the previously mentioned parts of the country.

 

Conclusion: best hot countries in April for a beach holiday

If you actually want to swim and are not hardcore, Egypt is your first choice. It has the best mix of value for money, flight duration and temperature. For an active holiday in April, the Canaries, Mallorca and Cyprus are recommended. The best value for money can be found in Turkey. When it comes to travel, Vietnam has the edge: you rarely get so much varied culture, scenery and cuisine paired with hot temperatures anywhere else in April.

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