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15 Mar 2022

Where's hot in April for a last-minute holiday?

Find spring sunshine in Provence, discover Which? readers' top-rated Greek island, or bask in the tropical climes of Bali
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With travel restrictions continuing to ease, April could be the sweet spot for a hassle-free, sunny escape without the tourist throngs (and prices) of high season.

Find spring sunshine in Provence, see for yourself why Which? members rated Lefkada their favourite Greek island, or have a far-flung adventure in Bali. These are just three destination ideas we've handpicked to inspire an impromptu getaway this April. And as of 18 March all remaining UK travel restrictions have been dropped - meaning less paperwork for you to have to worry about.

Remember if you are planning a holiday, travel restrictions could still change at the last minute. Always follow the latest advice from the FCDO, and to alleviate some of the stress if your trip gets cancelled, we recommend booking a package holiday through a provider with flexible policies. Travel insurance is a must and our latest research finds that the best cover isn't always the most expensive.

Of course, a package holiday won't suit everybody's plans and you might only need flights. Before booking with an airline, check if they continue to have good flexibility now that Covid restrictions are easing.


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Where's hot and cheap for a European holiday?

By travelling to some of Europe's hotspots in April, you'll be dodging the swathes of tourists (and steeper prices) of the high season. If you can, avoid the school holidays to get cheaper rates. And if you are tempted by a last-minute deal, make sure you're not sacrificing flexible cancellation policies for a lower price.


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Fuerteventura, Spain

Can you sunbathe in Fuerteventura in April?

Average maximum temperature: 22°C

With island-wide highs of 22°C and little to no rainfall, in April you can soak up some sun in Fuerteventura with the beach all to yourself. Water parks will keep the kids busy; adults can enjoy coastal walks and bike rides, lazy days by the pool and fresh tapas on the seafront.

Spain and the Canaries are now test-free travel destinations if you're fully vaccinated. You'll just need to complete a passenger locator form and show your NHS Covid Pass before you go. Unvaccinated adults can only visit Fuerteventura for essential reasons at the moment.

Children aged 17 and under who aren't fully vaccinated can use a negative PCR test to enter Fuerteventura. See our full guide to travel restrictions in the Canary Islands for more information.


Find a Fuerteventura holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Hays, Jet 2, Kuoni, Trailfinders


Lefkada, Greece

Is Lefkada hot in April?

Average maximum temperature: 18°C

Take advantage of Greece's relaxed travel restrictions this April and see for yourself why Lefkada is the best Greek islandaccording to Which? members.

One of the lesser-known isles, Lefkada sits just above Kefalonia off Greece's west coast. Visitors can enjoy scenic walks through mountain villages, a choice of 22 beaches and traditional tavernas serving fresh local dishes. Lefkada scored the full five stars for peace and quiet and scenery in our survey. Pair that with pleasant highs of 18°C and you've got a relaxing sunny break within four hours' flight time.

Fully vaccinated adults can enter Greece without needing to take a test, quarantine or complete a passenger locator form. Just carry your NHS Covid Pass on you as you'll need it to enter public venues. All unvaccinated travellers over the age of five will need a negative PCR or rapid antigen test to enter Greece, and there are restrictions in place on the ground. Read our full guide to Greece's latest travel requirements.


Find a Lefkada holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Jet 2


Porto, Portugal

Is April a good time to visit Porto?

Average maximum temperature: 18°C

Porto in April offers mellow highs of 18°C, historic architecture and plenty of opportunities to sample port wine.

Portugal's beginnings as a nation started in Porto, where the Douro River, having journeyed through rural villages and vineyards, meets the sea. The city has grown up around its ancient castles, cathedrals and cobbled streets throughout the centuries, making it a prime destination for any history buff in search of a city break. After a day of exploring, head to the Cais da Ribeira for a spot of dinner and some of the best views of the riverfront.

Portugal is a test-free destination if you're fully vaccinated. Simply fill out a passenger locator form before you go and show your NHS Covid Pass. If you're not fully vaccinated, you'll need either a negative PCR or lateral flow test result to travel there. Read our full guide to Portugal's travel restrictions.


Find a Porto holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Kuoni, Trailfinders


Provence, France

Is April a good time to visit Provence?

Average maximum temperature: 17°C

From the fluffy white peaks of the Alps to the glamour of the French Riviera, Provence is one of France's most alluring regions. If you don't mind missing out on the lavender fields in bloom (June-August), April is a good time to visit Provence with fewer tourists and climes of 17°C.

Watch yachts bobbing among old fishing boats in Saint-Tropez or bask in the hot spring baths of Aix-en-Provence. Arles, too, is worth a visit for its Roman amphitheatre. If it's peace and quiet in the countryside you're craving, aim for Hautes Alpes for rustic chateaus and mountain trails.

Currently, only fully vaccinated adults and children accompanying them can go on holiday in France. You'll need to sign a 'sworn statement' and complete a passenger locator form before you go. Read our full guide to France's travel restrictions.


Find a Provence holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Hays, Saga, Trailfinders


Long-haul destinations for hot weather (and no quarantine) in April

While an exotic long-haul getaway won't be as affordable or quick as a hop across to Europe, if you're happy to splash out you can make the most of relaxed restrictions further afield. And the good news is that if you're fully vaccinated, these long-haul destinations are all quarantine-free.

Bali

Is April a good time to visit Bali?

Average maximum temperature: 31°C

Temples, beaches and rice terraces: Bali is a stunning destination. While the temperature dances around 30°C all year, April is the start of the dry season (April-October), which means you can dodge the tropical rainstorms and visit before tourist levels begin to surge.

Head to the bohemian town of Ubud for traditional markets, spas and rice terraces. There's also the chance to take a sunrise hike to the top of Mount Batur if you're feeling adventurous. Canggu is the place to try surfing and relax in a beachside villa, and some of the top temples to visit are Pura Batan, Lempuyang Temple (where you'll find the 'gates to heaven') and Tanah Lot (the sea temple).

Tourists in Bali no longer need to quarantine upon arrival if they're fully vaccinated. You will still need a negative PCR test result before departure and to undertake another PCR test when you arrive. You're also required to have proof of health insurance with either minimum $25,000 coverage or coverage for Covid, with a letter declaring you can cover your own health costs. You'll also need at least four nights' paid stay in accommodation. If you test positive on arrival, you'll be asked to self-isolate in your accommodation. See Gov.uk for Bali's complete list of entry requirements.


Find a Bali holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Kuoni, Trailfinders.


California, USA

Is California hot in April?

Average maximum temperature: 22°C

There's everything from lively cities to national parks filled with towering red woods across California's 12 counties. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, enjoy a tipple or two in Wine Country, or marvel at the ancient sequoia trees and granite cliffs of Yosemite.

Either settle in one place or head on a road trip to discover what the Golden State has to offer. There are lots of well-established routes you can take - including the iconic Route 66 from Santa Monica to Needles.

In April, you'll be met with averages of 22°C. But depending where you go, it could get as hot as 31°C in Death Valley in April and as cool as 7°C in Yosemite. Napa and Santa Monica sit at around 20°C and San Francisco at 19°C.

Only fully vaccinated travellers can holiday in the USA at the moment. Before departure, you'll need a negative Covid test result no more than 24 hours old and to provide details to your airline of where you'll be staying. Each state may also have its own entry requirements and Covid-19 restrictions on the ground. You can find out what they are for California and all other states on the CDCwebsite. There's more information about the USA's entry requirements for UK travellers on Gov.uk.


Find a California holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Hays, Kuoni, Trailfinders.


Gold Coast, Australia

What's the weather like in the Gold Coast in April?

Average maximum temperature: 26°C

Australia has now reopened to international tourists. April is an ideal time to experience the Gold Coast with balmy highs of 26°C and fewer crowds during shoulder season.

Some of the highlights include Surfers Paradise beach and Tamborine Mountain. For families, there are a number of theme parks, such as Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild and Sea World, not to mention an array of water sports down on the beaches.

Nature enthusiasts will find plenty to marvel at too. Hike in the hinterland or venture out on a daytrip to Springbrook National Park, while hippy, celebrity hotspot Byron Bay is an hour's drive down the coastline.

Most travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take a pre-departure test to enter Australia. Additional requirements depend on which state/territory you're going to and your vaccination status. To make things easier for you, we've unpicked Australia's latest entry requirements, including where to find state-specific restrictions. Make sure you know the rules before booking your trip.


Find a Gold Coast holiday with a Which? Recommended Provider: Kuoni, Saga, Trailfinders


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