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While Egypt’s most famous symbol of beauty is as old as the country’s ubiquitous landmarks, recent political reforms have liberated the country’s society, nurturing a generation of innovators motivated to install a creative landscape. Visit Cairo for newly designed museums and art spaces before you hit the country’s beaches to work on a pre-summer tan.
If you’re in for a fusion of old and new, Seoul is where you’ll be confronted with contemporary K-culture at one end of town and centuries-old Buddhist temples at the other. A huge metropolis that can be tricky to navigate, the city boasts a number of eclectic neighbourhoods that are full of surprises – just let yourself go and you’ll be sure to stumble upon some surprising and stylish spaces and fantastic food.
If you’ve been to Marrakech and are keen to gain another perspective on Morocco, Casablanca is a city where old meets new; a place of young entrepreneurs surrounded by a mishmash of architecture. Think skyscrapers next to mosques and groups of business-savvy creatives rubbing shoulders with traditionally dressed elderly citizens.
Although this former Soviet Union nation has begun to open up to tourism over the past decade, you’re guaranteed to have the country’s beauty almost to yourself. With mosaic, geometric and floral majolica tiles in all shades of blue, the intricate designs of the mosques, monuments and mausoleums will give you Instagram material for weeks.
The heady “Spice Island” is the place to go for a combination of local culture – Stone Town is a hotchpotch of coral-made merchant houses and crumbling manors – and beaches. Experience life at a slower place with ultimate peace engulfing Mchamvi beach, a tiny enclave on the island’s southeastern coastline.
This sprawling Illinois metropolis is a largely unsung hero of the American foodie world, though word is getting out and that’s rapidly changing. Steer clear of the bitterly cold and windy wintery months so that you can enjoy the lakefront trails (you’ll need to get some exercise). A cutting-edge music and art scene make this a good option for creative culture vultures.
The ultimate destination in which to unplug. When you reach this Danish archipelago, put your phone in the bottom of your suitcase and immerse yourself in nature by hiking, cycling and diving. Get stuck into the remoteness of it all and nourish your soul. Be sure to experience the emerging culinary scene with dinner at KOKS, the first restaurant here to be awarded a Michelin star.
Nicknamed the “Big Easy”, New Orleans is renowned for its live music, round-the-clock nightlife and spicy cuisine – a result of the city being a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Fill yourself up on po’boys and bourbon and throw yourself wholeheartedly into this intoxicating city.
Dance, drink, repeat. Havana has a rhythm and warmth which everyone must experience once in their lifetime. It’s where you can spend days watching the pulsating streets, where both colours and cultures clash on a daily basis. If you have time, take a day trip out of the city to Viñales, a charming town full of wooden houses where you can horseback ride through endless tobacco plantations.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Unlike most other wildlife destinations, Galápagos is pleasant year round, so there’s no need to compete for sky-high prices between December and January or June to August. Travelling around the islands by boat will give you a closeness to nature that is unparalleled – and multiple chances to spot giant tortoises.
Rebalance and refocus by heading to one of Arizona’s renowned retreats. Set in the Sonoran Desert among the striking Santa Catalina mountains, they are the ideal place to put things into perspective and regain a spring in your step via yoga, mindfulness and healthy eating.
When we first fell in love with this magical city, it was for its balance of beauty, history and unpredictability, which make a refreshing change from the daily grind. As the days get sunnier, Amsterdam’s pedestrian lifestyle makes for a great weekend break, dipping in and out of coffee shops until your heart’s content and visiting the capital’s roster of good restaurants.
This city is a breath of fresh air. Native San Franciscans are notoriously relaxed, no doubt to thanks to the high quality of life in this chilled-out waterfront metropolos. Mix things up and get off the tourist trail with a night out in the creative (and wonderfully gritty) Mission District.
Unforgettable beauty, peace, grandeur and sheer wilderness are just some of the many characteristics attributed to this nine-island nation. Whether it’s a road trip through the vast landscapes of South Island or bar-hopping in Auckland, New Zealand offers plenty to entertain, so you may just spend the whole month.
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 geeks on the hunt for the latest Crayola-hued Foreo toothbrush. Spend an April weekend here for endless bike rides down cobblestone lanes and tranquil garden strolls.
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.
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, The Berkshires are one of the best places to spend a few days mingling with granola ex-New Yorkers in art galleries and farm-to-table restaurants.
Just off the Dalmatian Coast, this tiny island has all the components for the perfect secluded holiday. Despite being only 35 square miles, what Vis lacks in size it makes up for in beautiful beaches and historical ruins. The Adriatic Sea laps along the various pebble and sand beaches on the island’s shores. Head to Komiža for the best of the bunch, but if you wander along the coast you’re bound to find a secluded cove or two. Spend a day trekking through orange and lemon trees, vineyards and wild rosemary bushes, or climb up Mount Hum for panoramic views across the Adriatic and surrounding islands.
While Portugal’s Algarve region evokes memories of family packages and school holidays, Lagos offers a different experience. Famous for its old town, ancient brick walls dating back to the 16th century overhang historic buildings and shady cobbled streets, each brimming with historic tales and bustling with local activity. An important port town in Portugal’s Age of Discovery, head to the Castelo dos Governadores, a medieval castle built by the Moors complete with watchtowers, bastions and baroque facade. Once you’ve satisfied your maritime curiosity, descend Lagos’ steep wooden steps to discover the cove of Praia do Camilo, sunbathe on the golden sands of Meia Praia, or explore the sandstone cliffs of Ponta de Piedade for sweeping views across the bay.
With a history as deep as the turquoise waves lapping its coast, Antalya is the Eastern Gateway to the Turkish Riviera and all its spoils. Sandwiched between the towering Taurus Mountains and sandy beaches along Meditteranean, the city has much to be explored. Learn about Antalya’s ancient history, explore Greco-Roman ruins, laze on beaches, visit remote villages along the Dim River and hunt for bargains in the markets of Kaleiçi.
What’s happening in the world in April?
13-15 April: Songkran, Thailand
19-27 April: Passover
12-21 April: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California
26 April-5 May: New Orleans Jazz Festival, Louisiana
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