[:en]Are you ready for the best places to visit in April?
Being one of the most refreshing months of the year, April evokes the idea of travelling the world. Indeed, there are various beautiful locations across the world to see during this period when spring advances in the North, and great weather persists in tropical areas.
The seasonal shift that occurs in April comes with irresistible warmth, making people take their passport and packing their suitcase for an unforgettable holiday. Here in our guide, we are sharing location tips and the best places to visit in April.
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1. Mexico City, Mexico
Temperature: around 19°C
April is a great month to visit Mexico City since it is warm and dry before the summer rainy season begins when days are warm and evenings are mild. Even though it is a large and densely populated city, it is a touristically underrated and budget-friendly destination.
This oldest city in the Americas is a cultural and financial hub that is characterized by the combination of tradition and modernity. The Latin American art, the popularizing culinary scene and the architecture that includes both pre-Columbian ruins and a modernist style make Mexico City worth exploring.
2. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Temperature: around 13°C
Amsterdam is always fun. But especially in April, this fabulous city is even more attractive. The biggest event of the month is King’s Day. On the 27th of April, King Willem-Alexander celebrates his birthday across the country with events such as public concerts, canal tours, and citywide flea markets. The heart of the celebrations is Amsterdam, where everything gets orange. A concert at the Museumplein is the cherry on top!
But not everything gets orange in the Netherlands in April, as it is the season when colourful tulips can be seen around the country for free. Tulip Festival takes place this month in various public spaces. To see the tulips in Amsterdam, you can visit the city’s most famous park named Vondelpark.
3. Kyoto, Japan
Temperature: around 15°C
April comes with its beauty in Japan, as it is the sakura season. Fascination should be the word to describe the beauty of the country during this month. Kyoto is one of the most beautiful cities to visit this month. Despite the cold evenings, the weather tends to be warm in general. The cherries usually reach their peak during the first week of April.
In Kyoto, you should not miss Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) that typically takes place every year from early to mid-April. You can see the cherries in various locations such as Maruyama-Koen Park, the north end of the Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace Park), the banks of the Kamogawa River, Kyoto Botanical Gardens (Kyoto Shokubutsu-en), and Gion’s Shimbashi district in the evening.
4. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Temperature: around 27°C
Located on the island’s Atlantic coast, the capital and largest city of Puerto Rico has stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a multitude of cultural and outdoor activities. The best time to visit the island is from mid-April to June. In San Juan, there is something for everybody to explore.
After the devastating Hurricane Maria in 2018, the city is ready for the tourists again. You can spend the day relaxing at one of the sandy beaches, walk around the streets of Old San Juan to see the candy-coloured buildings. Piña colada, a tropical cocktail made of rum, is pretty popular in the region and is highly recommended.
5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Temperature: around 28°C
When it comes to history and heritage, Kuala Lumpur is a great mix with its richness of ethnicities and architectural influences, from colonial architecture to grand mosques. Even though April is part of the rainy season, it is among the most affordable months to get there. Kuala Lumpur is a nice destination, especially if you like rain.
The famous Petronas Twin Towers is admittedly the most visited attraction of the city. Street market variety is quite impressive in Kuala Lumpur. The most popular street market is Petaling Street’s night market. Eating from the local markets is a must-do to try delicious dishes such as curry noodles, chicken rice, and popiah (Chinese fresh spring rolls). The Kampung Baru night market is a great spot for Malay goods like sarongs and songkok.
6. Crete, Greece
Temperature: around 20°C
With its long coastline full of stunning beaches backed by high mountains, this largest of the Greek islands is one of the bests in the Mediterranean. April marks the beginning of the tourist season, so it is a good period to visit before it gets overcrowded.
Apart from its golden sand beaches, Crete hosts important Minoan archaeological sites, gorges, impressive towns with Venetian harbours and fortresses. On the north coast are the centuries-old harbour towns and cities of Chania, Rethymnon, and Heraklion, the most attractive destinations on the island. Ancient monuments, amazing Mediterranean food, ouzo, refreshing seas, and sunny beaches… Crete is where all of those get together.
Let’s move on to the next one of the places to visit in April!
Temperature: around 20°C
April is a suitable time to visit this lovely African country as the weather is mild, and the landscapes are green. It is still the low season in terms of tourists so you can enjoy a calm, budget holiday in Namibia. Especially if you have never been to Africa, Namibia is an excellent place to start.
Etosha National Park is one of the top attractions. This white, flat, saline desert attracts large congregations of animals such as lions and rhinos. It is one of the best places on the planet for witnessing wildlife. If you are into adventure sports, Namibia is a perfect destination for you. You can try black rhino tracking and walk through the wild bushland.
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
Temperature: around 23°C
The lovely capital of Vietnam gets pleasantly mild in the spring. If you take a sturdy umbrella -as it is the start of the rainy season- April is one of the best times of year to explore this historically rich city which is more than 1000 years old.
Along with its ancient citadels and unique theatre, Hanoi has a vibrant cultural environment and a great culinary scene. You should try the street food in the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake. As coffee drinking is a common habit among Vietnamese, having a coffee at a local place is highly recommended.
9. Boston, the US
Temperature: around 14°C
Being a fusion of the classic and the contemporary, Boston is one of the coolest cities in the US. For a heartwarming spring holiday, you should add this city to your trip itinerary. Boston offers something for everybody with its cosmopolitan character.
Boston holds an important place in US cultural history as it hosts America’s first large free municipal public library, the first subway system, the first public school, and the first public park. It has top attractions such as Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. You should see all these and walk around Boston’s cobblestone streets.
10. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Temperature: around 21°C
Our last destination among places to visit in April is Samarkand. Located on the ancient Silk Road, Samarkand is well-known for its mosques and mausoleums. April is the beginning of the tourist season, and it is an excellent time to visit before it gets too hot in summer.
With its historical attractions like the Registan, Gur-e-Amir and Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand is a stunning place that enables you to explore the Silk Road heritage. You need a couple of days to discover the city’s unique character. Do not forget to have amazing samples of Uzbek cuisine.
What is your favourite place to visit in April?
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