Best places to visit in April

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 06.05.2024

Planning ahead and wondering about the best places to visit in April? Our run-down of exactly that will help you find your perfect spring break. Whether you’re seeking a far-flung trip of a lifetime, adventures closer-to-home, or a chilled-out break in the country, we've got you covered. For more inspiration, read our guide to the best travel destinations in 2024. And wherever you decide is the best place to visit in April, there's almost certainly a Rough Guide to help you plan.

1. Kanazawa, Japan

Best for culture and cherry blossom

Kanazawa's Kenrokuen Garden is one of the jewels of the city’s dazzling crown. One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, it’s been casting an enchanting spell for some two hundred years.

Though spectacular all year round, it’s especially magical when cherry blossom season unfurls in late March/early April. In 2024, Kanazawa’s peak bloom week is predicted to run from 31th March—6th April. 

Blossoms aside, Kanazawa boasts several incredible historic districts. These include Higashi Chaya District, where old geisha houses sit centre stage.

Nagamachi District is a must-visit for travellers interested in samurai history. Here you can visit the restored residence of one of Kanazawa’s most influential samurais. Namely, Nomura Denbei Nobusada.

Where to stay in Kanazawa:

Find more places to stay in Kanazawa, Japan.

Plan your trip with our Rough Guide to Japan, and if you're particularly interested in Japan's multifaceted cuisine, book our customisable culinary tour.

Sakura Cherry Blossom in Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa

Cherry blossom in Kanazawa, Japan — one of the best places to visit in April © Shutterstock

2. The Cotswolds, England

Best for scenic spring strolls and a feast of festivals

Rolling countryside. Bubbling brooks. Impossibly quaint villages of thatched cottages and traditional tearooms. The Cotswolds exude archetypal English charm.

And all the better to visit in spring before peak crowds descend, when the region’s woodlands and gardens are at their most blooming beautiful.  

One of the best things to do in March and April is to explore the Daffodil Way. This 10-mile circular trail traverses magnificent meadows, orchards and woods. 

Where to stay in the Cotswolds:

  • Best for couples: Old New Inn. Old-world cosiness in quaint Bourton on the Water.
  • Best for foodies: The White Hart, A 16th-century inn in Castle Combe serving daily local specials.
  • Best for families: Bridge Farm Holiday Cottages. Pretty lodges on the outskirts of Honeybourne village

.Check out more accommodation in the Cotswolds, England.

For wonderful walking routes and recommendations, you’ll want our Staycations Cotswolds guidebook. Exploring for longer? The Rough Guide to the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford has you covered.

Castle Combe village in Cotswolds, UK © Alxcrs/Shutterstock

Castle Combe, the Cotswolds — one of the best places to visit in April for scenic strolls and festivals © Alxcrs/Shutterstock

3. Bohol Island, the Philippines

Best for beautiful beaches, Chocolate Hills and unique wildlife

Blessed with paradisiacal beaches and lush forests, Bohol island is part of the Visayas — the central island group of the Philippines.

Here, the dry season runs from December to May, with April presenting the lowest chance of rainfall.

As such, Bohol is one of the best places to visit in April for a tropical break that offers beach-chilling, wildlife-watching and hiking. 

Talking of which, this is arguably the best time to walk the trails of Bohol’s iconic Chocolate Hills. At this time of year, the 1000+ mounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site take on their most chocolate-y hue.

As for that unique wildlife, visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary to see the world’s smallest primates in a protected forest.

Meanwhile, the marine life around Panglao Island offers out-of-this-world snorkelling and diving experiences.

Where to stay on Bohol Island:

  • Best for budget travellers: Adriana's Place. Glorious grounds, great food; dorms and bungalows available.
  • Best for honeymooners: Epic Suites by Bohol Social Club. Stunningly-sited, with sea views and private pools.
  • Best for home comforts: Villa 301 B&B. Cosy, quaint and quiet, with top home-cooked breakfasts.

Browse more places to stay on Bohol Island in the Philippines and explore the best eco-friendly resorts in the Philippines.

Visit Bohol as part of an immersive trip to the Visayas — this suggested itinerary can be totally customised.


Bohol's Chocolate Hills — one of the best places to visit in April © Shutterstock

4. Cordoba, Argentina

Best for art, culture and horsing around

Cordoba — Argentina's second city — is undeniably vibrant. This is partly due to its large student population, and also thanks to its old-meets-new architecture and culture.

The city's well-preserved microcentro boasts a bounty of colonial-era churches, monasteries, and municipal buildings. Meanwhile, the Centro Cultural Córdoba adds modern architectural panache.

Beyond the busy capital, the region of Cordoba is ripe for world-class horse-riding adventures. Visit Estancia Los Potreros to enjoy exactly that.

Then, for something very different, head to kitsch Villa General Belgrano. The town was founded in the 1940s by survivors of a Nazi battleship that sank off the coast of Argentina. To this day its streets are lined by Alpine-style buildings. Expect sausages, sauerkraut and strudel to loom large on menus.

As for why Cordoba is one of the best places to visit in April — this is a month of low rainfall, with temperatures averaging in the pleasant mid-20s.

Sounds just about perfect for mixing exploring the city with out-of-town adventuring.

Where to stay in Cordoba:

  • Best for couples: Caseros 248 Hotel. Modern, spacious and close to attractions.
  • Best for families: AT Suites. Self-catering apartments, with an on-site pool.
  • Best for four-star comfort: Amérian Cordoba Park Hotel. Slick service and good food in downtown Cordoba.

Find more places to stay in Cordoba, Argentina.

Don't fancy the hassle of planning? Browse our customisable Argentina itineraries.


Cordoba, Argentina © Shutterstock

5. Isle of Skye, Scotland

Best for families, food-lovers, wildlife-watchers and walkers

Mysterious moors and mountains. Craggy cliffs and castles. Windswept beaches and lochs. Scotland’s Isle of Skye is the perfect place to get back to nature in spring.

First up, April heralds the start of puffin-watching boat trips, which will delight your children if you're organising a family trip. It's also a prime time to visit the enchanting Fairy Glen. Think emerald valleys, mini mountains and babbling brooks that seem conjured from a picture book.

For more natural magic, make your way to the Fairy Pools in the south. Not only is this a breathtakingly beautiful site, but it's also one of the best places in Britain for wild swimming

Love your grub? Skye is celebrated for its shellfish, meats and locally-produced cheeses. Simply amble the island's picturesque capital, Portree, to find plenty of places to eat, drink and make merry. All the merrier if you drink a few drams of locally-crafted Talisker whiskey.

What's more, you voted Skye one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, and our writers decreed it one of the 100 best places on earth.

Where to stay on the Isle of Skye:

Find more places to stay on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Fancy exploring the lsle of Skye, plus Loch Ness and Edinburgh? Consider our customisable Highland Tour.

Colourful sunrise at Scotlands most iconic viewpoint; The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye © Daniel Kay/Shutterstock

Isle of Skye, Scotland — one of the best places to visit in April © Daniel Kay/Shutterstock

6. Madagascar — one of the best places to visit in April

Best for one-of-a-kind wildlife and landscapes

Madagascar — AKA the Great Red Island — is an undeniably majestic destination. Renowned for its astonishing biodiversity, this Indian Ocean island is a bona fide bucket list destination.

Given that this is the start of the dry, cool season that runs until October, Madagascar is one of the best places to visit in April.

To see the island at its most scenic, trek the canyon trail through Isalo National Park. More experienced hikers will want to tackle the Piscine Naturelle Circuit. There's a pretty, palm-fringed pool to cool off in along the way.

Famed for its indri lemurs, spending time in Analamazaotra National Park is essential. In addition, the wider rainforest area hosts the world’s highest concentration of frog species.

If that wasn't enough, it also boasts a significant chameleon population, giant boehmei day geckos, and over 100 species of bird.

You’ll also want to hit the island’s beautiful beaches. The sand is sublime for stretching out on after swimming and snorkelling with turtles.

To enhance your experience, we recommend you to find out how to get to Madagascar and consider booking our customisable Wild Madagascar trip.

Where to stay in Madagascar:

Discover more places to stay in Madagascar.

Looking for more options for your holiday in April? Find the perfect holiday destination with our top suggestions.

Giant gecko in Madagascar's rainforest © Artush/Shutterstock

If you want to see giant geckos, Madagascar is one of the best places to visit in April © Artush/Shutterstock

7. The Netherlands

Best for flowers and national festivities

Two pillars of quintessentially Dutch culture take place in April, and each is more than enough reason to head to the Netherlands.

Firstly, April marks the last month to enjoy the country’s famed tulip season. Flowers grow in the easily accessible northern regions, where the dull of winter transforms into a vibrant patchwork of rainbow rows.

Secondly, April 27th is King’s Day — Holland’s biggest national event. It also happens to be one of the best free best parties in the world.

Expect concerts, markets, fairs and a sea of orange-clad celebrants flooding Amsterdam’s scenic sidewalks, spilling out onto the boats bobbing on the canals. However, we advise you to note that although most travellers gravitate to Amsterdam, the Netherlands offers other fantastic activities and charming cities to visit.

Where to stay in the Netherlands:

Find more places to stay in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


King's Day in Amsterdam, Netherlands © Anton Ermachkov/Shutterstock

8. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Best for breath-taking vistas and photography

April is (generally) the end of the rainy season in Bolivia. During the rains, the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s biggest salt lake, becomes partly submerged.

Flanked by mountains and smouldering volcanoes, May sees its blistering white plains transformed into a shimmering mirror. The reflection of the peaks and sky is so perfect that the horizon disappears. This leaves the mountains looking like islands floating in the sky.

It's a truly unique experience, and one keen photographers won't want to miss.

The lake is also home to strange and tenacious ecosystems that survive around its arid and salty margins. These include colonies of cacti, rabbit-like viscachas, and flamingos that nest here during the rainy season.

For travelling in April, we also highly recommend you explore the reasons why Bolivia is worthy of your attention and a list of the most beautiful journeys in the country.

Where to stay in Uyuni:

  • Best for salt-themed style: Casa de Sal. Great service and massive rooms built from salt blocks.
  • Best for budget travellers: Le Ciel d'Uyuni. A hostel with a range of room options.
  • Best for touches of luxury: Hotel Jardines de Uyuni. Modern-meets-rustic style, plus an indoor pool.

Explore more places to stay in Uyuni, Bolivia.

Browse our customisable trips to this region — from multi-country adventures, to exploring Bolivia's natural and cultural wonders and get the Rough Guide to Bolivia.


Salar de Uyuni's springtime reflections © Vladimir Mielnik/Shutterstock

Want more spring inspiration? Read up on the best places to visit in spring around the world, the best places to visit in March and the best places to visit in May.

In the market for a UK staycation? Discover the best UK places to visit in spring. Also find more ideas for your spring holiday with our guide to the best places to visit in spring.

And remember, wherever you're thinking of heading, there's sure to be a Rough Guide to enhance every step of your journey from the moment you start planning.

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Header image: Sainte Marie island, Madagascar © Shutterstock

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 06.05.2024

Joanne is a Pembrokeshire-born writer with a passion for the nature, cultures and histories of the Caribbean region, especially Dominica. Also passionate about inspiring a love of adventure in young people, she’s the author of several books for children and young adults, hosts international writing workshops, and has written articles on the Caribbean and inspirational community initiatives for Rough Guides. Follow her @JoanneOwen on Twitter and @joanneowenwrites on Instagram.

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