Where to Travel in April

We’ve rounded up the best destinations to visit this April, from a sleepy fishing port in Wales to a rooftop cocktail spot in Havana.

The clocks have sprung forward, winter coats have been tucked back into their hiding places and pastel colours are out in full force: spring has finally arrived. But, truth be told, dashing to the nearby park on our one-hour lunch break isn't quite hitting the spot. If, like us, you're yearning for an undisturbed week of sun-sure lounging, or in need of some tips on where to spend an active bank holiday weekend, read on for our favourite destinations for an April getaway, all of them designed to put a spring in your step.

Lush locations: the dreamiest destinations to visit this April

A house in the Faroe Islands, Denmark

Faroe Islands

Denmark

This Danish archipelago might just be the ultimate destination in which to unplug. When you arrive, put your phone in the bottom of your suitcase and immerse yourself in nature instead, spending days hiking, cycling and diving. After nourishing your soul, do the same for your belly. Where to start? Dinner at KOKS - the Faroe Islands' first restaurant to have been awarded a Michelin star.

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Amsterdam

Netherlands

Forget everything you think you know about Amsterdam; there is so much more to this destination than canals and cannabis. Spend days pedalling your bicycle over twinkling bridges and ogling Rembrandts through the windows of handsome mansions. With snack food having been elevated to an art form in itself in this part of the world, we recommend packing something with an elasticated waistband and grazing your way across the city.

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Berkshires

Massachusetts, US

April is as much a time for a spring cleaning of the soul as it is the home. If you're looking to squeeze a relaxing holiday into your schedule before wedding season begins, you couldn't do much better than the Berkshires. Spend a blissful few days mingling with ex-New Yorkers in intimate art galleries and acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants.

A church in Cordoba, Argentina

Córdoba

Argentina

For an Argentine escape that's slightly more off the beaten track than Latin American heartthrob Buenos Aires, Córdoba is an equally stunning city inland that blends grandiose Spanish colonial style with a trendy local arts scene.

Vis in Croatia, the perfect destination for an April holiday

Vis

Croatia

Just off the Dalmatian Coast, this tiny island has all the components for some top-quality R&R. Despite being only 56km in length, what Vis lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty, with the Adriatic Sea lapping along its various pebble and sand beaches. Head to Komiža for the best of the bunch, or wander along the coast to find a secluded cove to stake a claim to for the duration of your stay. Spend a day trekking past orange and lemon trees, vineyards and wild rosemary bushes, or climb up Mount Hum for panoramic views across the surrounding islands.

South Tyrol, Italy - a great destination for a trip in April

South Tyrol

Italy

If you're an outdoorsy type who's not afraid to get muddy in the mountains and won't think twice about diving headfirst into a bracing (read "icy cold") freshwater lake, South Tyrol is for you. We suggest touring the region's peaks and troughs on foot or by bike: the villages of Merano, Vipiteno and Kastelruth, in particular, will charm your (hiking) socks off. The region's boutique hotel offering has also piqued our interest.

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Malmö

Sweden

Just across the Oresund Bridge from Copenhagen is Sweden's most charming town, Malmö. Located at the southernmost tip of the country, it's a wonderland for Scandi design-lovers on the hunt for the latest Crayola-hued Foreo toothbrush. Spend an April weekend here for endless bike rides down characterful lanes and tranquil garden strolls.

New Orleans

Louisiana, US

The Big Easy should be on any creative's radar. Back in 1718, French colonists found this marshland on the mouth of the Mississippi, and it wasn't until 1800 that Napoleon sold Louisiana to the US. Today, New Orlean's complex history is evident at every turn in its thriving communities and diverse ethnic mix. Don't leave without having visited one of its funky dives for a night of traditional or contemporary jazz. We're calling Preservation Hall, located in the French Quarter, as the most happening.

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Havana

Cuba

There's something about Havana. Camila Cabello's catchy chart-topper aside, we've long had a soft spot for this destination's colourful, carefree attitude, and couldn't be happier about the Caribbean city's recent resurgence on the Instagram feeds of travel tastemakers. There's much to love here, where, against a backdrop of crumbling colonial architecture, live instrumental bands fill the air with music and hip hotels and trendy restaurants abound. For a proper taste of Cuba, make a dinner reservation at La Guarida, whose rooftop terrace offers the best bird's-eye views of Havana. If it's good enough for Queen B and Jay-Z, it's good enough for us.

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Lagos

Portugal

While the Algarve is often associated with package-holiday crowds and golf resorts, lesser-trodden Lagos is a cut above. With its palm tree-lined avenues, dramatic rock formations and beaches beautiful enough to put the Indian Ocean's to shame, this is not a difficult city to fall in love with. We can't get enough of its citrus-scented gardens, family-run farmhouses and coastal restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts should pick up the final section of the famous Fisherman's Trail. Start at Praia da Luz, from where it's a scenic 13km hike back to base.

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Tenby

Pembrokeshire, Wales

Bordered by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and the Irish Sea, Pembrokeshire is situated on the south-west coast of Wales. Historically known for its thriving mining and fishing communities, this charming county has more recently welcomed a slew of spirited chefs, bakers and creatives, while its lesser-trodden towns have become popular among those in the know looking for an understated rural retreat. We're making the tiny harbour town of Tenby our base. Framed by a medieval stone wall, its pastel-coloured houses practically topple over each other in a bid to reach the sparkling sea.

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Durban

South Africa

Situated on South Africa's east coast, Durban (formerly Port Natal) ranks as the country's third most populous city, after Johannesburg and Cape Town. Making up a hefty chunk of the KwaZulu-Natal province, it's known by locals as "Durbs", but widely hailed as "the Garden City", for its rich flora and fauna - a result of its subtropical climate. While it's no secret that Durban's Golden Mile beach looks good enough to be a fridge magnet, those who prefer their sun-worshipping to take place somewhat serene should head 10km south of the city to the sparkling waters of Ansteys Beach.

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Kilkenny

Ireland

Sitting pretty on the River Nore, Kilkenny is located in Ireland's Leinster province. Nicknamed "the Marble City", thanks to its history of black marble exportation during the 1800s, modern Kilkenny is more often referred to as 'the craft capital of Ireland'. With that in mind, we suggest detouring the tourist trails around the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle and instead exploring the buzzy art scene. You'll find a treasure trove of independent craft stores and pioneering galleries scattered throughout Kilkenny's narrow cobblestoned streets.

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Abidjan

Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire (widely known as Ivory Coast) sits on West Africa's edge. Blending urban pockets and sweeping greenery, the country's southern corners are flanked by lush plantations, dense forests and national parks, while its western edges are studded by dramatic mountain peaks, the tallest and most treasured being the 1,750m-tall Mount Nimba. It is Abidjan, however, that has caught our attention. The country's largest city and a hotbed of economic activity, its skyscrapers and cutting-edge architecture feel somewhat futersitisc and ahead of the curve.

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Mellieha

Malta

The sea-sprayed island of Malta is situated in the heart of the Mediterranean. Evidence of foreign influence can still be seen at every turn, woven into Maltese architecture, but it's the unique and passionate spirit of the islanders that really caught our attention. And nowhere more so than in Mellieha. Situated in Malta's north-west, this enchanting town was first permanently inhabited some 5,000 years ago, meaning there's a whole bevy of caves, tombs and temples to discover. History aside, it makes the perfect holiday destination for those who prefer their getaways to be long, lazy and to look like lounging on Malta's most picturesque beach, Ghadira Bay.

What's happening in the world in April?

2 April - 1 May: Ramadan

13-15 April: Songkran, Thailand

14 April: Bisket Jatra, Nepal

15-23 April: Passover

15-24 April: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California

17 April: Easter Sunday

22 April: Earth Day

27 April: King's Day, Amsterdam

29 April - 8 May: New Orleans Jazz Festival, Louisiana

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