Even though temperatures in the UK in April are getting slightly warmer, it’s always nice to take a break from reality and jet off on holiday. The UK is lucky because we are so close to incredible destinations that are under a four-hour flight away.
Enjoy one of these countries in Europe which are hot in April. All are short haul trips from the UK: A simple flight, and you’re in a completely different country, taking in the sights, relaxing on the beach, or exploring cities with your little ones in tow. And relax!
We’ve put together some of the warmest places in Europe in April, so you can enjoy a week or two in the sun and recharge your batteries before heading back home.
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Where Is Hot In April?
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I recently put together a list of countries that are warm in February, and as April is closer to summer, all of those destinations are even warmer making them ideal candidates for your April short-haul getaway. I don’t want to repeat myself too much, so you should definitely check out Where is Hot in February? Half-Term Short-Haul Trips From The UK, but here is a brief overview:
- Cyprus: Four-hour flight from the UK with highs of 23 degrees in April.
- Crete, Greece: Four-hour flight from the UK with highs of 21 degrees in April.
- Sardinia, Italy: Three-hour flight from the UK with highs of 20 degrees in April.
- Malta: Three-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK with highs of 21 degrees in April.
- Marrakesh, Morocco: Three-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK with highs of 27 degrees in April.
- Algarve, Portugal: Three-hour flight from the UK with highs of 21 degrees in April.
- Madeira, Portugal: Four-hour flight from the UK with highs of 20 degrees in April.
- Canary Islands, Spain: Four-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK with highs of 23 degrees in April.
For April, even more countries are available to sample that much needed heat and sunshine! Discover these below:
Gibraltar has highs of 20 degrees throughout April, and with just a three-hour flight time, it is a great option for a family holiday. If you didn’t already know, Gibraltar is a British Territory on Spain’s south coast, and as the ocean surrounds it to the east, south, and west, there are some great beaches for you to explore, as well as incredible landmarks like the Rock of Gibraltar.
Best Areas to Stay In Gibraltar
Gibraltar is an extremely small territory, meaning you can drive from the airport at the very north to its Gibraltar’s very southern point in just 20 minutes. Due to its tiny size, no matter where you stay, you can easily access everything Gibraltar has to offer, but if you want to be in walking distance to the hustle and bustle, then Gibraltar’s west side is your best bet.
Best Beaches In Gibraltar For Families
There are some seriously great beaches in Gibraltar, from the characteristic beach of Catalan Bay and the longest beach in Gibraltar, Playa de Levante, to Playa de Santa Bárbara, which has impeccable views of the Rock of Gibraltar, and the connecting beaches of Little Bay Beach and Camp Bay.
No matter which beach you visit, you’re guaranteed to have an enjoyable day out on the sand.
Best Hotels In Gibraltar
Although Gibraltar is small, there are a few great family-friendly hotels, many of which have pools for the little ones to enjoy.
Best Things To Do In Gibraltar
You may want to spend most of your time relaxing on the beach, but if you are in need of other activities, then Gibraltar doesn’t disappoint.
While visiting the territory, you can head down to Gibraltar’s most southerly point to see the 19th–century Trinity Lighthouse, you can make your way to Upper Rock Nature Reserve to see Gibraltars Barbary macaques, or you could ride the Gibraltar Cable Car to see the area from a different perspective.
Alternatively, if your family is particularly active, you can hike up the Rock of Gibraltar, or you could take the little one’s dolphin watching or to see St. Michael’s Cave.
I love France for short-haul getaways as the flight is only 2 hours making it perfect for young children or for those who have never been on a plane before. And what’s even better is if flying with kids scares you, you can always get the Eurostar into northern France.
Paris and areas in northern France can see highs of 17 degrees in the latter week of April, and although that isn’t particularly warmer than the UK, it is nice to explore somewhere different if you are not restricted to Easter holiday school timings.
For more guaranteed sunshine and warmth, head to the south of France for those Easter school holidays. The warmest regions of France in April tend to be Provence, Dordogne, Carcassonne and the French Riviera.
Best Areas to Stay In France
There are several areas I would recommend in France with kids, the first being the iconic capital city, Paris, camping in Berny Riviere at a place like La Croix du Vieux Pont which is also close to Disneyland Paris. However, the weather can be very changeable in north France, so southern France is your best bet for some heat.
Nice, in the south of France may only have of 15 degrees in early April but as the month progresses, temperatures do begin to go up.
Best Beaches In France
Paris is a landlocked city, so you won’t be hitting any beaches there, but in Nice, you really will be spoilt for choice. Opera Beach, Ruhl Beach, and Villefranche–sur–Mer are some of the best in the area, but you may need to take a few layers in April, just in case.
Best Hotels In Paris
I’ve already put together a few different articles of the best hotels in Paris with kids in tow, so be sure to check them out. The first is Perfect Paris Hotels for Families, and if your little ones are obsessed with swimming, then you’ll enjoy these Family Paris Hotels with Indoor Pools.
Best Things To Do In Paris
When visiting Paris, your schedule is likely to be jam-packed with all the incredible things that there are to do. Of course, you have Disneyland, which is an absolute must in my opinion, but you also have the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame, and so many other historical sites that you can’t miss off of your list.
Check out the Best Places to Visit in Paris with Kids for more ideas!
Best Hotels in Nice
If you’re planning to head down south to Nice, then here are some great family-friendly hotel options:
- Hotel Le Negresco 5* luxury hotel
- The Deck Hotel 4* hotel with family rooms and a laid back beach vibe.
- Hotel Le Grimaldi 4* hotel 500 yards from the beach and the Promenade des Anglais with family rooms
- Hotel Aria
- Residence Lamartine
Best Things To Do In Nice
Although the ocean may not be warm enough for a swim in Nice during April, you can spend your time strolling the streets of the Old Town, walking along the Promenade des Anglais, hiking to the top of Chateau Hill, or taking in the beauty of the botanical gardens at Parc Pheonix.
There are so many Greek islands that are under a four-hour flight from the UK, and its average 20-degree temperatures in April make it one of the warmest short-haul destinations from the UK.
Best Areas to Stay In Greece
Some of the best islands in Greece for families are Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kefalonia, and Naxos. No matter which island you choose, you’ll be greeted with beautiful beaches, warm, clear water, and amazing Greek food, what more could you want?
Best Beaches In Greece
I could go on and on about the best beaches in Greece because there really are so many, but here are the top beaches in Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kefalonia, and Naxos for you to check out for yourself.
In Crete you have, Agioi Aposoloi, Elafonissi Beach, Melia, and Vai Beach. Corfu’s best beaches include Barbati Beach, Paleokastritsa Beach, and Glyfada Beach.
Rhodes has the beautiful Anthony Quinn Bay, Tsambika Beach, and Glystra Beach. In Kefalonia, Emplisi Beach, Myrtos Beach, and Xi Beach take the top spots. And in Naxos, kids will love Agios Prokopios, Agios Georgios, and Plaka Beach.
Best Things To Do In Greece
Aside from eating your way through all of the amazing Greek food and soaking up the sun on the country’s impeccable beaches, Greece has so many attractions depending on which island you choose to visit.
Check out these articles for ideas in Kefalonia, Crete, and Corfu:
- Best Things to do in Kefalonia with Kids
- Best Things to do in Crete with Kids
- Best Things to do in Corfu with Kids
Italy is another destination just a two-and-a-half-hour flight away from the UK, and in areas like Amalfi Coast and Rome, you can see temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees depending on the time of the month you visit.
Best Areas to Stay In Italy
Rome and the Amalfi Coast are two of the best areas to visit in Italy in April, one because they have warm temperatures and two because there are loads of things to see and do.
Best Beaches In Amalfi Coast
Similar to Paris, Rome is landlocked, so if you were after a beach getaway, you’ll want to head down to the Amalfi Coast. Once you reach Amalfi, you’ll begin to see all the stretches of sand made famous by Instagram, including Marina Grande, Arienzo Beach, and Maiori Beach, as well as Erchie Beach and Marina di Praia.
Best Hotels In Rome
Rome is a beautiful city, and thanks to its popularity, there are hundreds of great family-friendly hotels for you to pick from. Here are some of the best:
Best Things To Do In Rome and Amalfi Coast
You’re going to have very different experiences in Rome and Amalfi Coast, as in Rome, you’ll likely be checking out the history of the city, including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain, whereas, in Amalfi, you’ll be hiking the Path of the Gods, basking in the sun, or exploring the Amalfi Town.
There are so many great places to explore, both on the mainland or on the nearby islands like Ibizia and Palma. Flights to Spain take around two and a half hours, and with 22 degrees waiting for you, don’t forget to pack your suncream.
Best Areas to Stay In Spain
Some of the best areas to stay in Spain during April are Ibizia, Alicante, and Malaga, along with the Canary Islands, which I spoke about in my where is hot in February? Article. Both Malaga, in Costa Del Sol and Alicante, which is slightly further east, sit along the southern coast of Spain, whereas Ibiza is its own island just off the coast.
Santa Eularia, Cala Tarida and Cala Vadella are three of the best family resorts in Ibizia, and in Alicante, you’ll want to head to Cape Huertas or San Juan Beach. Families staying in Malaga will enjoy La Malagueta or Ciudad Jardin.
Best Beaches In Spain
All three destinations in Spain, Ibiza, Alicante, and Malaga, have great beaches that your entire family will love.
From Talamanca, Benirràs, and Cala Bassa in Ibizia, to Playa de Levante Beach, Playa San Juan Beach, and Playa del Portet Beach in Alicante, and Calahonda Beach, Cabopino Beach, and La Malagueta Beach, there are so many options to fill up your days while on your holiday in Spain.
Best Things To Do In Spain
Yes, Ibiza, Alicante and Malaga all have great beaches, but they also have some fun attractions that’ll keep you entertained when you need a break from the sand.
In Ibizia, you can go to Aquamar Water Park, visit the Cap Blanc Aquarium, or explore the Can Marca Caves. For families in Alicante, you can enjoy the theme park Terra Mitica, the water park Aqualandia Benidorm and gaze at the animals in Terra Natura Benidorm.
And finally, in Malaga, families with little ones will particularly love the two water parks Aquamijas and Aqualand, the Selwo Marina, which is home to marine animals, and the amusement park Tivoli World.
Temperatures in Turkey vary depending on whereabouts you’re staying, but for the most part, you can expect between 17 to 20-degree weather. Turkey is around a four-hour flight from the UK, but with beautiful beaches and plenty of things to do, it is definitely worth the travel.
Best Areas to Stay In Turkey
The best areas for families in Turkey are Antalya and Fethiye, which are both along Turkey’s southwest coast.
Best Beaches In Türkiye
As Antalya and Fethiye are along the coast, there are various beaches, including a few Blue Flag status beaches, that you won’t want to miss.
If you’re choosing to head to Antalya, then you’ll want to visit Lara Beach, Kaputas Beach, Olympos Beach, and Cleopatra Beach, as they’re all sandy beaches with nearby amenities making them ideal for a family day out.
For families staying in Fethiye, then Ölüdeniz Beach, Kumbrunu Beach, and Belcekız Beach are some of the best the area has to offer.
Best Hotels In Türkiye
Turkey has some fantastic hotels for families, here are some of the best in both Antalya and Fethiye:
- Limak Lara Deluxe Hotel and Resort
- Titanic Mardan Palace
- Delphin Imperial Hotel
- Lara Barut Collection
Best Things To Do In Türkiye
Once you’ve finished relaxing on the beach or swimming in the hotel’s pool, Antalya and Fethiye have some interesting activities to fill up the rest of your day. In Antalya, you can explore the Ruins of Termessos, stroll through Hadrian’s Gate, and even visit some of Antalya’s springs and waterfalls.
Holidaymakers in Fethiye can hike through Saklikent Gorge, gaze at the Ruins of Xanthos, and climb to the Tomb Of Amyntas.
Where Is Hot In April? FAQs
There are many countries in Europe that are hot during the month of April. Some of the hottest countries include:
In April, the Canary Islands have highs of 22 degrees, often with blue skies and very little rain.
Italy is one of the hottest places in Europe in April, as the country has temperatures that range between 18 to 20 degrees, especially toward the end of the month.
Temperatures in Tenerife average at 23 degrees in April, making it a fantastic destination if you’re in need of an Easter break.
Depending on where you go in Turkey, temperatures are between 17 to 20 degrees throughout the month of April.
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