Where is hot in April? 13 warm, sunny spring holiday destinations

april sun destinations
Get booking now… (Picture: Getty)

A hot holiday abroad can be just what you need around April time.

You’ve made it through a cold, frosty and grey winter, so it’s only natural to seek out a sprinkling of sunshine.

Sadly, springtime isn’t a good weather guarantee in the UK. Sometimes, it’s all glistening sun and blooming flower meadows, but often you’ll find the forecast is filled with heavy rainfall and chilly winds.

Of course, many families will also be keen to get away in April as schools break up for their Easter holidays.

So, we’ve established April can be a pretty good month to jet off in search of sunnier climes – but where exactly can you find blue skies, balmy temperatures and warm seas?

Here’s where to go for hot weather in April.

Where is hot in April?

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico beach
Tulum, Mexico is usually sunny in April (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 26°C (up to 29°C)
Sunshine hours: Eight hours
Flight time: 10 hours, 35 minutes

You could visit just about anywhere in Mexico at this time of year. Cancun’s an obvious one, and for city and culture, you can’t go wrong with Oaxaca or Mexico City.

But for beaches, relaxation, and a chance to explore a few historic Maya sites, Tulum is a brilliant bet at this time of year, as the dry, sunny season draws to a close.

Not only is the weather perfect for sunbathing, the temperature of the water’s perfect for swimming and water sports at around 27°C.


Cairo, Egypt
Explore the Pyramids and Cairo in Egypt (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 21°C (up to 27°C) for Cairo – with possible highs of 32°C elsewhere in the country
Sunshine hours: 11 hours
Flight time: Four hours, 45 minutes

Egypt not only offers soaring temps in the high 20s and early 30s in April, but also very little rain.

According to TUI, the average amount of rainfall Egypt has in April is zero millimetres, and there’s a delightfully high 84% chance of having a cloud-free day. Woo!

It sounds rather blissful, as does ticking off the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza from your bucket list (via a pre-arranged tour), seeing the upcoming Grand Egyptian Museum (when it eventually opens, expected sometime in 2023), or taking a cruise of the River Nile.

If your destination is the capital, Cairo, explore the city’s many bazaars and discover Egyptian history in the Egyptian Museum.

Costa del Sol, Spain

Costa del Sol, Spain
Fancy a classic beach getaway on the Costa del Sol? (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 16°C (up to 21°C)
Sunshine hours: Nine hours
Flight time: Two hours, 45 minutes

Alright, so 16°C is hardly scorching, but high 10s and early 20s is pretty hot for Europe in April.

This pleasant strip of coast in the region of Andalusia is lovely at this time of year, offering a glimmer of sunshine and a chance to enjoy the beach. You will want to bring a jacket for cooler evenings, though.

The most famous destinations here in the UK are Malaga (which is a lovely city to explore, and easily accessible if you’re on a budget, as well as a famous party hotspot), Marbella, and the traditional town of Casares.

If you have the time (and a car), drive inland to discover more of Andalusia – home to the Alhambra in Granada, Córdoba’s famous Mosque-Cathedral, and the cities Seville and Cadiz.

Florida Keys, USA

Palm Trees on the Beach
Key West in the glow of the morning sunrise

Temperature: 25°C (up to 28°C)
Sunshine hours: 10 hours
Flight time: 12 hours, 50 minutes

Florida is often known as The Sunshine State – because it’s amazingly hot, humid, and gloriously sunny year-round, thanks to its proximity to the Equator.

April’s a particularly nice time to visit this sun-drenched state, as temperatures soar towards 30°C (or 86°F as they’d tell you in the States). Hot, but definitely still bearable.

Family-friendly favourite destinations in Florida include Universal in Orlando and Disney World, plus there are beautiful beaches and boardwalks in Miami, as well as a taste of city life in Tampa or Jacksonville.

For something a bit different, though, head off the Floridian coast to the tropical Florida Keys – a stunning archipelago known for the chance to snorkel alongside dolphins, wildlife, kayaking and boat tours.

You can also take a tour of nearby Everglades National Park.

Fes, Morocco

Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco
Have you see Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco? (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 15°C (up to 21°C)
Sunshine hours: Eight hours
Flight time: Three hours, 20 minutes

Morocco is generally pleasant in April: it’s sunny, temperatures start to soar and there’s little rain.

Marrakech seems the obvious place to visit, and is well worth exploring – but don’t sleep on the northern city of Fes, which should also be on your travel wishlist.

Explore the UNESCO-listed Medina (the walled part of the city), admire the architecture of the local mosques – and see the historic Chouara Tannery for yourself.

High temperatures here aren’t out of the question, by the way. In April 2021, the highest recorded temperature in the city was a summer-esque 26°C.

Antalya, Turkey

Seaside Road, Turkey
See the Mediterranean in Antalya, Turkey (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 16°C (up to 21°C)
Sunshine hours: Nine hours
Flight time: Four hours, 15 minutes

Despite being one of Turkey’s most populous cities, you don’t often hear much about Antalya.

A shame, really, because this piece of the Turquoise Coast is quite gorgeous: bright blue seas, blissful beaches, beautiful harbour – the list goes on.

There’s more to the area than sand and sunbathing, namely, quite a lot of history dating back to the Roman Empire. Many moons ago, Antalya was once a bustling Roman port.

Look out for a well-preserved, second-century arched gate named for Emperor Hadrian (of Hadrian’s Wall fame), as well as the circular Hidirlik Tower from the same time period.

Kos, Greece

Village house on the island of Kos, Greece
The Greek island of Kos is more than beaches (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 15°C (up to 18°C) – though the Met Office says it can get up to a warmer 21.4°C
Sunshine hours: Seven hours
Flight time: Around four hours

An island getaway in spring isn’t impossible: just head to the Greek island of Kos.

Part of the Dodecanese island group, Kos has a bit of a party reputation, but it has everything you’d want for a sunny getaway over Easter (including a good chance to 20°C weather).

Pretty beaches, a picturesque Old Town to explore, and plenty of fascinating ruins, including the Ancient Agora of Kos, await.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also visit Kos’ larger neighbour, Rhodes, which can also reach 20°C in April.


The island of Lanzarote
The Canary Islands, including Lanzarote, make great hot April holidays (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 20°C (up to 24°C)
Sunshine hours: Nine hours
Flight time: Four hours, 10 minutes

Though officially part of Spain, Lanzarote can reach pleasant temperatures all year-round due to its ideal geographical position off the coast of Africa (not too far from Morocco).

This Canary Island has plenty of resort areas you can stay in to soak up all that warmth, including Playa del Carmen, Costa Teguise, and Playa Blanca – all offering comfortable hotels and beautiful beaches.

Beyond the typical resorts, Lanzarote is beloved for its otherworldly volcanic landscapes – mostly famously, Timanfaya National Park, and the lava tube Cueva de Los Verdes.

If you like a bit of relaxation and a hint of adventure on holiday, you can get the best of both worlds here.

It’s also a top choice for those who’ve done – and enjoyed – stays in Tenerife or Gran Canaria.


Anse Source D'Argent on the Rocks
The typical Seychellois rocks and the crystal sea in La Digue are features of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Source d’Argent.

Temperature: 28°C (up to 32°C)
Sunshine hours: Five to six hours
Flight time: Around 14 hours

Located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, the stunning Seychelles comprises 115 islands.

The biggest island, Mahé, is home to the country’s capital, Victoria, where visitors can take in its museums and Victoria Botanic Gardens. Mahé is also home to hiking haven Morne Seychellois National Park.

Of the other islands, you could hop to La Digue, Praslin, Silhouette and Denis – all have breathtaking beaches.

Curieuse, meanwhile, is perhaps better known for its unique coco de mer palm trees.

April is start of dry season in the Seychelles, and has an average temperature of 28°C – so it’s an ideal time, weather-wise, to make the lengthy trip.

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands welcome sign
The Cayman Islands offers pristine beaches and warm weather (Picture: Getty Images)

Temperature: 26°C (up to 30°C)
Sunshine hours: 10 hours
Flight time: Around 13 hours

In April, the Cayman Islands – a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea – enjoys average highs of up to 30°C.

Grand Cayman, the largest island, is known for pristine, white-sand beaches such as the famous Seven Mile Beach and Starfish Point (where you’ll, naturally, find a lot of starfish).

So, planting yourself at the beach is a possibility – though you won’t want to miss out on all there is to do on the island.

You could take a tour inside the Cayman Crystal Caves, hike the tree-covered Mastic Trail, try scuba-diving, and meet the local wildlife at Cayman Turtle Centre or Blue Iguana Conservation.

It’s a long journey from the UK, so you’ll also want to explore the two smaller islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, particularly if you love nature.

Las Vegas, USA

Welcome to Las Vegas sign
Welcome to Vegas! (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 19°C (up to 26°C)
Sunshine hours: 12 hours
Flight time: 10 hours, 50 minutes

If you’re feeling lucky, then fabulous Las Vegas is the place to be.

And if you’re after an American adventure with grand hotels, flashy activities, and beaming sun – but aren’t fussed about lazing at the beach – Nevada’s most famous place will tick your boxes.

Enjoy musical performances, magic shows, and major spectacles, as well as a spot of gambling at the casino.

Tapped out? Shun the strip for a nature walk through Red Rock Canyon, the wider Mojave Desert, or head towards the shared border with Arizona to see the Hoover Dam.

The Algarve, Portugal

Ferragudo in Faro, The Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve is lovely in April, and not too far away by plane (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 16°C (up to 23°C)
Sunshine hours: Nine hours
Flight time: Two hours, 50 minutes

Many say spring (March to May) is the perfect season for Portugal, despite the heat of summer.

Head to the Algarve in April to see if you agree. The southerly coastal region offers golden beaches and sunny skies – as well as great food and even greater wine.

Consider a break in beachy Albufeira, a visit to the cities of Faro and Lagos (home to the picture-perfect Praia do Camilo beach, down a flight of some 200 wooden steps) – or head out along the coast to discover traditional towns such as Tavira.

Don’t miss Sagres, a village at the southwestern tip of the Algarve, which is sometimes called ‘the end of the world’.

Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, Italy

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
The drive along the Amalfi Coast is considered one of the world’s best (Picture: Getty)

Temperature: 13°C (up to 18°C)
Sunshine hours: Seven hours
Flight time: Two hours, 35 minutes

Stunning Sorrento (near Naples and Pompeii) and the Amalfi Coast go hand in hand. They’re only an hour or so apart by car.

And what a drive it is. A true ‘bucket list’ route with unforgettable views of the Mediterranean.

Perhaps the best-known stop along the way is the town of Positano – loved by photographers the world over for spectacular views of colourful houses, speckled across the cliffs.

Temperatures in April climb up to the high 10s (with a touch of luck), so it’s not the hottest destination in April by any stretch – though hopefully warmer than the UK, which averages at around 11°C at this time of year.

It’s an ideal temperature for enjoying the drive, and it’s the kind of beach you can enjoy whatever the weather.

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