With spring now sprung across Europe, there is much on offer to the seasoned traveller, and here we look at where to holiday in April.April is one of the best months to visit a number of destinations in Latin America. In Bolivia, the rainy season has just finished and the weather is mainly dry, but not too hot. With water still settling in some areas, this makes it an ideal time to visit the world’s largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, for a spectacular reflective view across the plain. Meanwhile, the Patagonian landscape is striking in the autumn, with red and yellow providing a beautiful contrast between the forests and the milky blue colours of the lakes and glaciers. Over in Guatemala, travellers can take in the colourful and impressive Easter processions, where floats are carried by hundreds of men in bright purple robes, candlelight vigils are held and striking flower carpets made. Alternatively, for other colourful celebrations closer to home, pay a visit to the Netherlands and Keukenhof, the second largest flower garden in the world.
In terms of climate, Malta experiences warm weather all year round. However, one of the highlights is visiting during a religious holiday. The tiny island nation is home to 359 churches and, as the locals are devout, Easter is taken very seriously. Sombre processions through the streets are followed by the ‘seven visits’ to different churches. The mood changes come Easter Sunday, however, when bands play lively music in the streets and food can be eaten from outdoor carts. This is also when families meet to swap gifts and enjoy festive meals.
Central India is home to some of the best wildlife reserves in the country, including Bandhavgarh, Kahna, Panna, Pench and Satpura national parks. As one of the drier months, April is one of the better times for tiger sightings, as they emerge looking for water. In Bandhavgarh, grassland meadows and a high density tiger population means there is a good chance for spotting the big cats. The same is true for Kanha National Park, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Meanwhile, central India also plays host to beautiful temples in Orchha and exquisite carving in Khajuraho, and travelling in April means you can enjoy wandering around in cooler temperatures than are present throughout the rest of the year.
April is the perfect time to enjoy Hanami – the Japanese custom of enjoying the cherry blossoms. In Tokyo and Kyoto, the best time to visit for the blossoms is in early April, while any time from March to May reveals the spectacular colours of the blossom in other areas. With the blossom come celebrations; many Japanese will picnic below the trees, and lanterns are strung up so festivities can carry on into the night.