14 Best Countries to Visit in April

Looking for the best places to visit in April? Whether you’re after beaches, the desert, or the green countryside, we have you covered with some amazing destinations. There are plenty of beautiful countries to visit in April.

This time of the year can be an excellent time to travel. It’s still low season in many places, but winter is finally nearing its end, and spring is usually full force. Because it’s not prime season in most places of the world you can generally find a deal on things like accommodation and tours. You’ll also find the crowds are much lower than during the busy summer season.


The Best Countries to Visit in April


Iceland

ICELAND

I bet you didn’t think I would start out with Iceland – did you? Yes, Iceland can be one of the best places to visit in April. Days grow longer this month, and the Icelanders can almost smell the sweet summer air. Although the sun and warm weather are almost there, it still has a month to go until proper summer.

However, despite a few rain days, April is the best time to visit Iceland for whale watching as it is the beginning of the whale season. There are plenty of whale-watching tours departing from Reykjavik.

You stand a great chance to see the minke whale up close!  I should also mention April brings puffin season too. Since it is still off-season in Iceland during this time, you may be able to score some reasonable low season rates on hotels, rental cars, and campervans!


Greece

Things to do in Paros

April sees a definite increase in temperatures in Greece, with a sunny start to the month and only a few rainy days scattered here and there.

It’s an excellent time of year to go to Greece. You beat the summer crowds, but you also miss winter’s colder, wetter weather. The average temperature in Athens is 20°C, but after dark, it still drops quite a bit to 10°C.

The sea is around 16°C, so it may be too cold to swim for a long time. However, you can still get some relaxing sunbathing in.

The sunset is around 8 pm, so you get long, beautiful days. If you want more heat, head south, like to the island of Crete! The only downside of traveling the Greek islands in April is that the summer high season has yet to kick in, meaning many tourist-focused businesses may not be open. The upside? You’ll have the islands to yourself!


Cyprus

Things to do in Cyprus

April in Cyprus is similar to the rest of the Meditteranean. The average temperature suddenly jumps to around 17°C, but it can easily reach the low 20s on the really nice days.

There are long hours of sunshine every day, and it’s not too hot yet, making this a beautifully balanced time of year to visit Cyprus. Sure, April brings a little bit of isolated rain across the country, but it’s generally pretty nice, and the beaches will be dead quiet.

Except for around easter when many visitors turn up in places like Ayia Napa from across Europe thanks to the Easter Vacation period for schools, but it’s nothing compared to Cyprus beaches in the summer.


South Africa

Places to visit in April

Fall is just around the corner in South Africa in April, but it’s not here yet, and it’s a great time to be in South Africa.

The whole country is starting to cool down, after an otherwise hot summer. But fall here won’t be like it is where you may be from. The average temperature in South Africa is 18°C, so it’s not freezing and is pleasant enough to enjoy any romantic activity in Cape Town.

Some evenings, however, the average temperature drops to 12°C. Bring layers for this time. When you get into the desert areas out on safari, you will want a warm down jacket for nighttime.

The seas are still reasonably warm, which means surfing is a fun option and one of the best things to do on the South African coast. If you love surfing, the temperature (19°C) won’t be anywhere near stopping you.

It’s a great time of year for sightseeing and birdwatching; KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, in particular, this time of year is stunning.


Maldives

Maafushivaru Beach Packing List Cover Up

The Maldives are always a dream destination, and they are one of the best countries to visit in April.

During April, temperatures in the Maldives are an average of 29°C, and nighttime temperatures are about 26°C; you still won’t need anything to keep you warm in the evening. If you like snorkeling and diving, you are also in luck in the Maldives in April – the sea climbs up to the hottest it gets all year – 30°C. That’s hotter than the air temperature! Crazy.

It’s all about chilling on the beaches, watersports, and enjoying the great weather. The Maldives are one of the most beautiful best places to travel in April!


Japan

Japan is always considered one of the best countries to visit in April!

Early April is the “main” start for hanami in Japan – cherry blossom viewing season. From Hiroshima to Tokyo, people will start spreading their blue tarpaulins under the pink, blooming trees, arranging themselves with friends and plenty of snacks (and drinks) to celebrate the warmer weather.

There’s even an actual forecast for cherry blossom on the TV weather in Japan. The general rule of thumb is that the further south you are, the earlier it starts.

One thing to note: places like Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Tokyo get very busy and crowded with tourists. People come to see the famous sights layered with the quintessential light pink of cherry blossom. All in all, April is a great time to visit Japan for the cherry blossoms.

April also signals an end to the drier weather of winter. The skies get more cloudy, it starts raining more, but then again, hiking to some beautiful Japanese waterfalls this time of year is much more pleasurable than in the cold. Wet weather gear like a packable rain jacket is advisable. Or do as Japanese people do and have your umbrella handy!

On the other hand, it gets warm enough for the beaches to open down in Okinawa. If you’re a fan of uncrowded beaches, this might be an excellent time to visit Okinawa – especially in late April.


Jordan

What to wear in Jordan

April is when spring properly begins in Jordan – even the desert offers up a view of myriad wildflowers. This is an excellent time of year to visit Jordan; temperatures aren’t too warm, and even the nights aren’t that cold anymore.

Being such a “perfect” time of year to visit weather-wise, this also means that it’s popular with tourists, and sights begin to get busy.

However, if you don’t mind crowds, Jordan is a great place to visit in April. Amman is a comfortable 22°C, as is Petra; the Dead Sea and Aqaba are reaching temperatures of 30°C by now.

There’s truly nothing better than walking in Wadi Rum during the middle of the day and not sweating your buns off too!


Portugal

Praia do Zavial 2 - Best Beaches in Algarve

Portugal is another one of the best countries to visit in April.

April is a beautiful spring month in Portugal; this is the month when you’ll get to enjoy some good Easter celebrations, too. Weather-wise, it’s getting good in April. Lisbon hits highs of 20°C, but be warned; it can still get quite cold in the evenings. It’s a great time of year to visit Portugal, especially the countryside or the Algarve.

Spring flowers will bloom, and the land will be bursting into life, preparing for summer. Days are starting to get longer as well: at the start of April, the sun sets at 8 pm, but by the end of the month, it’s more like 8:40 pm, meaning lots of time for adventure!


Peru

Places to visit in April

If you are looking for somewhere in South America to head in April, consider Peru!

April is another dry and sunny month for Peru’s coastal regions – as well as the deserts. Lima sees highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. It’s shoulder season in the country, and things should be a little cheaper and less busy.

Up in the Andes in places like Lake Titicaca and Cusco, the rainy season starts to ease off. There’s a high of about 19°C, there’s still quite a lot of cloud cover, but the natural scenery is beautiful here. The Amazon Rainforest is still hot and humid, with highs of 31°C; rain occurs in the afternoon either in downpours or all-out storms.

All in all, it’s a great time to visit Peruvian sights like Machu Picchu!


Turkey

Places to visit in April

April is a great time to visit Turkey. The country sees the start of spring begin to happen, and the temperatures start to reflect that. The average high across the country is 15°C (nights being about 8°C).

Days continue to get longer, with the sunset inching towards 8 pm as April comes to a close and we get nearer to summer. Since it’s a few months from complete summer, crowds are low, helpful in popular places like Istanbul and Cappadocia.

For warmer weather at this time of year, coastal regions – particularly the south – are where it’s at. Marmaris and Antalya see averages of 21°C in April, and the sea is a bearable 18°C if you want to take a swim. There’s still rain, and the weather can generally be pretty changeable, especially in more inland and mountainous areas. Silver lining – it’s tulip season in Turkey!


Sri Lanka

Things to do in Sri Lanka

One of the best places to visit in April in Sri Lanka. It’s the last month of “prime” tourist season however, April is when Sri Lanka’s monsoon season starts, but it’s still a great time to visit, especially towards the beginning of the month.

Settling in towards the end of the month, rain increases and is pretty much a daily feature till June. The first areas of Sri Lanka to see an increase in the rain are the southern and western coasts. Kandy gets temperatures around the mid-twenties and is prime for trekking: try out trails in the Knuckles Mountain Range.

That being said, if you get there before the 15th of the month, most of April is generally pretty warm and sunny, with temperatures in the early 30s and plenty of sunshine to get out there and enjoy!


Egypt

Egypt

What is one of the best countries to visit in April? Egypt! April is a month of change weather-wise making it an enjoyable time to visit. Alexandria and other northern areas lack humidity and now see warm, sunny days with only a bit of patchy rain here and there.

Cairo is warm, with some rain, average temperatures of 24°C (though it can drop to 14°C at night) and exceptionally high humidity – 60 to 70%. Interested in a Nile River Cruise or want to visit Bedouin villages? Then April would be an excellent time to book your Egypt vacation and explore all the best things to do in Egypt!


Hong Kong

Places to visit in April

Hong Kong is a place like no other, and there are so many things to do there you’ll never get bored. You could spend a layover here or enjoy the month in Hong Kong and find delicious food on every corner, incredible hikes, and fun nightlife.

April is spring in Hong Kong, meaning it is beautiful to visit. Spring is also shoulder season, so it will be less crowded, but still expect to find crowds – it’s Hong Kong after all.

With each new street brings something new and exciting. The food, the sights, the buildings, and the textures, make Hong Kong a must-visit destination in April!


Utah, United States

Utah is one of the best places to visit in April, especially if you want to hike in the desert. Last time we traveled to Utah, we were so happy that we were there in early April. The sun was plentiful, and the temperatures were perfect for getting outside.

From hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park to seeing Delicate Arch in Arches National Park around Moab, and jetting off on all the best hikes in Bryce, there were only two things we could think about…

How amazing the landscapes were and how brutally hot it must be in July and August. Seriously if you have wanted to get to the American Southwest, we highly recommend venturing there in April before the weather gets too warm. Not only is April fantastic in the desert, but if you head north, you can still get some fantastic skiing in at all the impressive Salt Lake City ski resorts!


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About Natasha

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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