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Where is hot in April? 13 warm and sunny spring holiday destinations
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A hot holiday abroad can be just what you need around April time.
You’ve made it through a cold, frosty and grey winter, so it’s only natural to seek out a sprinkling of sunshine.
Sadly, springtime isn’t a good weather guarantee in the UK. Sometimes, it’s all glistening sun and blooming flower meadows, but often you’ll find the forecast is filled with heavy rainfall and chilly winds.
Of course, many families will also be keen to get away in April as schools break up for their Easter holidays.
So, we’ve established April can be a pretty good month to jet off in search of sunnier climes – but where exactly can you find blue skies, balmy temperatures and warm seas?
Here’s where to go for hot weather in April.
Where is hot in April?
Tulum, Mexico is usually sunny in April (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 26°C (up to 29°C)
Sunshine hours: Eight hours
Flight time: 10 hours, 35 minutes
You could visit just about anywhere in Mexico at this time of year. Cancun’s an obvious one, and for city and culture, you can’t go wrong with Oaxaca or Mexico City.
But for beaches, relaxation, and a chance to explore a few historic Maya sites, Tulum is a brilliant bet at this time of year, as the dry, sunny season draws to a close.
Not only is the weather perfect for sunbathing, the temperature of the water’s perfect for swimming and water sports at around 27°C.
Explore the Pyramids and Cairo in Egypt (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 21°C (up to 27°C) for Cairo – with possible highs of 32°C elsewhere in the country
Sunshine hours: 11 hours
Flight time: Four hours, 45 minutes
Egypt not only offers soaring temps in the high 20s and early 30s in April, but also very little rain.
According to TUI, the average amount of rainfall Egypt has in April is zero millimetres, and there’s a delightfully high 84% chance of having a cloud-free day. Woo!
It sounds rather blissful, as does ticking off the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza from your bucket list (via a pre-arranged tour), seeing the upcoming Grand Egyptian Museum (when it eventually opens, expected sometime in 2023), or taking a cruise of the River Nile.
If your destination is the capital, Cairo, explore the city’s many bazaars and discover Egyptian history in the Egyptian Museum.
Costa del Sol, Spain
Fancy a classic beach getaway on the Costa del Sol? (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 16°C (up to 21°C)
Sunshine hours: Nine hours
Flight time: Two hours, 45 minutes
Alright, so 16°C is hardly scorching, but high 10s and early 20s is pretty hot for Europe in April.
This pleasant strip of coast in the region of Andalusia is lovely at this time of year, offering a glimmer of sunshine and a chance to enjoy the beach. You will want to bring a jacket for cooler evenings, though.
The most famous destinations here in the UK are Malaga (which is a lovely city to explore, and easily accessible if you’re on a budget, as well as a famous party hotspot), Marbella, and the traditional town of Casares.
If you have the time (and a car), drive inland to discover more of Andalusia – home to the Alhambra in Granada, Córdoba’s famous Mosque-Cathedral, and the cities Seville and Cadiz.
Florida Keys, USA
Key West in the glow of the morning sunrise
Temperature: 25°C (up to 28°C)
Sunshine hours: 10 hours
Flight time: 12 hours, 50 minutes
Florida is often known as The Sunshine State – because it’s amazingly hot, humid, and gloriously sunny year-round, thanks to its proximity to the Equator.
April’s a particularly nice time to visit this sun-drenched state, as temperatures soar towards 30°C (or 86°F as they’d tell you in the States). Hot, but definitely still bearable.
Family-friendly favourite destinations in Florida include Universal in Orlando and Disney World, plus there are beautiful beaches and boardwalks in Miami, as well as a taste of city life in Tampa or Jacksonville.
For something a bit different, though, head off the Floridian coast to the tropical Florida Keys – a stunning archipelago known for the chance to snorkel alongside dolphins, wildlife, kayaking and boat tours.
You can also take a tour of nearby Everglades National Park.
Have you see Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco? (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 15°C (up to 21°C)
Sunshine hours: Eight hours
Flight time: Three hours, 20 minutes
Morocco is generally pleasant in April: it’s sunny, temperatures start to soar and there’s little rain.
Marrakech seems the obvious place to visit, and is well worth exploring – but don’t sleep on the northern city of Fes, which should also be on your travel wishlist.
Explore the UNESCO-listed Medina (the walled part of the city), admire the architecture of the local mosques – and see the historic Chouara Tannery for yourself.
High temperatures here aren’t out of the question, by the way. In April 2021, the highest recorded temperature in the city was a summer-esque 26°C.
See the Mediterranean in Antalya, Turkey (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 16°C (up to 21°C)
Sunshine hours: Nine hours
Flight time: Four hours, 15 minutes
Despite being one of Turkey’s most populous cities, you don’t often hear much about Antalya.
A shame, really, because this piece of the Turquoise Coast is quite gorgeous: bright blue seas, blissful beaches, beautiful harbour – the list goes on.
There’s more to the area than sand and sunbathing, namely, quite a lot of history dating back to the Roman Empire. Many moons ago, Antalya was once a bustling Roman port.
Look out for a well-preserved, second-century arched gate named for Emperor Hadrian (of Hadrian’s Wall fame), as well as the circular Hidirlik Tower from the same time period.
The Greek island of Kos is more than beaches (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 15°C (up to 18°C) – though the Met Office says it can get up to a warmer 21.4°C
Sunshine hours: Seven hours
Flight time: Around four hours
An island getaway in spring isn’t impossible: just head to the Greek island of Kos.
Part of the Dodecanese island group, Kos has a bit of a party reputation, but it has everything you’d want for a sunny getaway over Easter (including a good chance to 20°C weather).
Pretty beaches, a picturesque Old Town to explore, and plenty of fascinating ruins, including the Ancient Agora of Kos, await.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also visit Kos’ larger neighbour, Rhodes, which can also reach 20°C in April.
The Canary Islands, including Lanzarote, make great hot April holidays (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 20°C (up to 24°C)
Sunshine hours: Nine hours
Flight time: Four hours, 10 minutes
Though officially part of Spain, Lanzarote can reach pleasant temperatures all year-round due to its ideal geographical position off the coast of Africa (not too far from Morocco).
This Canary Island has plenty of resort areas you can stay in to soak up all that warmth, including Playa del Carmen, Costa Teguise, and Playa Blanca – all offering comfortable hotels and beautiful beaches.
Beyond the typical resorts, Lanzarote is beloved for its otherworldly volcanic landscapes – mostly famously, Timanfaya National Park, and the lava tube Cueva de Los Verdes.
If you like a bit of relaxation and a hint of adventure on holiday, you can get the best of both worlds here.
It’s also a top choice for those who’ve done – and enjoyed – stays in Tenerife or Gran Canaria.
The typical Seychellois rocks and the crystal sea in La Digue are features of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Source d’Argent.
Temperature: 28°C (up to 32°C)
Sunshine hours: Five to six hours
Flight time: Around 14 hours
Located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, the stunning Seychelles comprises 115 islands.
The biggest island, Mahé, is home to the country’s capital, Victoria, where visitors can take in its museums and Victoria Botanic Gardens. Mahé is also home to hiking haven Morne Seychellois National Park.
Of the other islands, you could hop to La Digue, Praslin, Silhouette and Denis – all have breathtaking beaches.
Curieuse, meanwhile, is perhaps better known for its unique coco de mer palm trees.
April is start of dry season in the Seychelles, and has an average temperature of 28°C – so it’s an ideal time, weather-wise, to make the lengthy trip.
The Cayman Islands offers pristine beaches and warm weather (Picture: Getty Images)
Temperature: 26°C (up to 30°C)
Sunshine hours: 10 hours
Flight time: Around 13 hours
In April, the Cayman Islands – a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea – enjoys average highs of up to 30°C.
Grand Cayman, the largest island, is known for pristine, white-sand beaches such as the famous Seven Mile Beach and Starfish Point (where you’ll, naturally, find a lot of starfish).
So, planting yourself at the beach is a possibility – though you won’t want to miss out on all there is to do on the island.
You could take a tour inside the Cayman Crystal Caves, hike the tree-covered Mastic Trail, try scuba-diving, and meet the local wildlife at Cayman Turtle Centre or Blue Iguana Conservation.
It’s a long journey from the UK, so you’ll also want to explore the two smaller islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, particularly if you love nature.
Las Vegas, USA
Welcome to Vegas! (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 19°C (up to 26°C)
Sunshine hours: 12 hours
Flight time: 10 hours, 50 minutes
If you’re feeling lucky, then fabulous Las Vegas is the place to be.
And if you’re after an American adventure with grand hotels, flashy activities, and beaming sun – but aren’t fussed about lazing at the beach – Nevada’s most famous place will tick your boxes.
Enjoy musical performances, magic shows, and major spectacles, as well as a spot of gambling at the casino.
Tapped out? Shun the strip for a nature walk through Red Rock Canyon, the wider Mojave Desert, or head towards the shared border with Arizona to see the Hoover Dam.
The Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve is lovely in April, and not too far away by plane (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 16°C (up to 23°C)
Sunshine hours: Nine hours
Flight time: Two hours, 50 minutes
Many say spring (March to May) is the perfect season for Portugal, despite the heat of summer.
Head to the Algarve in April to see if you agree. The southerly coastal region offers golden beaches and sunny skies – as well as great food and even greater wine.
Consider a break in beachy Albufeira, a visit to the cities of Faro and Lagos (home to the picture-perfect Praia do Camilo beach, down a flight of some 200 wooden steps) – or head out along the coast to discover traditional towns such as Tavira.
Don’t miss Sagres, a village at the southwestern tip of the Algarve, which is sometimes called ‘the end of the world’.
Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, Italy
The drive along the Amalfi Coast is considered one of the world’s best (Picture: Getty)
Temperature: 13°C (up to 18°C)
Sunshine hours: Seven hours
Flight time: Two hours, 35 minutes
Stunning Sorrento (near Naples and Pompeii) and the Amalfi Coast go hand in hand. They’re only an hour or so apart by car.
And what a drive it is. A true ‘bucket list’ route with unforgettable views of the Mediterranean.
Perhaps the best-known stop along the way is the town of Positano – loved by photographers the world over for spectacular views of colourful houses, speckled across the cliffs.
Temperatures in April climb up to the high 10s (with a touch of luck), so it’s not the hottest destination in April by any stretch – though hopefully warmer than the UK, which averages at around 11°C at this time of year.
It’s an ideal temperature for enjoying the drive, and it’s the kind of beach you can enjoy whatever the weather.
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Treasures of Tenerife: what pirate treasures tourists are looking for on the island
Today the Canary Islands is a real Mecca for tourists from all over the world. A few centuries ago, pirates ruled here. One of the most famous is Amaro Pargo, a native of Tenerife. His spiritual mentor was the nun Maria de Jesus, who is revered as a saint. About the friendship and mystical connection of these people during life and after death – the story of the “Profile”.
The golden age of the Jolly Roger
After the discovery of the New World, the Canary Islands became important for transatlantic ships. Galleons loaded with gold came here for repairs, replenishment of fresh water and provisions, and rest for crews exhausted by a difficult transition. nine0003
The islands also attracted pirates, who targeted not only the Spanish galleons, but also the local towns and villages. At the same time, British, French and Dutch sea robbers often enjoyed the patronage of the authorities of their countries, that is, they were actually in the service. Barbary pirates from North Africa also raided the Canaries, who were interested in live goods – captured local residents were sold into slavery. For example, in 1618, having landed on the island of Lanzarote, they captured more than 900 prisoners.
The largest of the islands, Tenerife, served as a base for Spanish pirates. The most successful sea robber was called Amaro Pargo (1678-1747). His real name was Amaro Rodríguez Felipe y Tejera Machado, and he was born in Tenerife in the city of San Cristobal de la Laguna (La Laguna), which at that time was the capital of the Canary archipelago.
Amaro’s large family was distinguished by its religiosity – three of his sisters and a niece became nuns in the convent of Santa Catalina. In this monastery, Amaro Pargo met Sister Maria de Jesus, who became his spiritual mentor for many years. nine0003
Amaro Pargo Wikimedia Commons
Sailor, merchant, corsair
Amaro Rodriguez Felipe chose the profession of a sailor in his youth, becoming an apprentice on a ship. In 1701, he was already the second assistant to the captain of the Ave Maria, which sailed between the ports of the Caribbean and Spain.
Once, on the way to Havana, pirates attacked a sailboat. Amaro led the crew and repulsed the attack. As a token of gratitude, the captain presented the assistant with a ship.
Later, Amaro Pargo became the owner of several ships and engaged in trade. He delivered wine, grape vodka, vinegar to American ports, tobacco and cocoa to Genoa, Italian and English fabrics to the Canary Islands and his native Tenerife. In addition, the enterprising tinerfeno (as the inhabitants of the island of Tenerife are called) did not shun the slave trade, supplying slaves to the planters of America and the Canary Islands.
In 1713-1724, Pargo lived in the Spanish colonies in Latin America, where he founded several trading companies. A successful merchant amassed a significant part of his fortune by robbing the open spaces of the sea. At the same time, he was in the service of the Spanish king. nine0003
It should be understood that the fundamental difference between corsairs and pirates is that the former are formally in the service of some state, while the latter act at their own peril and risk. Amaro Pargo received a letter of marque (La patente de corso) from King Philip V of Spain. The document allowed him to rob merchant and warships of an enemy power and obliged him to pay a tax – a share of the production – to the royal treasury. In 1701-1748, Spain was at war with England, Holland and Portugal. Amaro Pargo has repeatedly captured British and Dutch ships. And among the opponents of the Spaniard was the English pirate captain Edward Teach, nicknamed Blackbeard. nine0003
In gratitude for his service to the Spanish crown, Philip V granted Amaro Pargo a title of nobility in 1725 and a family coat of arms in 1727.
Maria de Jesus Wikimedia Commons
Friendship with the nun Maria de Jesus played an important role in the life of the Tenerife corsair. They were brought together by chance: the future spiritual mentor lived in the same cell with her sister Amaro Pargo. Many events and facts of his salvation from seemingly inevitable death were attributed by the corsair to her intercession and revered as a saint. And he is not alone: contemporaries called the nun the Servant of God (Siervita de Dios). nine0003
Maria de León y Delgado was born on March 23, 1643 in the town of El Sauzal in the north of Tenerife. From childhood, her inclinations towards religion and mysticism manifested themselves. In February 1668, she went to the monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena of the Dominican Order in La Laguna.
Mary subjected herself to severe trials: self-flagellation, fasting, wearing a heavy wooden cross.
It is believed that she had paranormal abilities, for example, bilocation – she could be in two places at the same time. In Cuba, Amaro Pargo was attacked by a killer, but a nun saved him by covering him with a blanket, although she did not leave the monastery. Then she showed the corsair, who returned to Tenerife, this blanket, pierced in many places with a knife. Sister Maria also had the gift of clairvoyance – she predicted floods, volcanic eruptions; levitation – could hover above the ground; psychokinesis – moved objects with the power of thought. nine0003
The nun died on February 17, 1731 at the age of 87, 63 of which did not leave the walls of the monastery. The death of his spiritual mentor was a blow to Amaro Pargo. He paid for the funeral, and three years later received permission to exhume the body in order to transfer the ashes to a more worthy tomb. When the coffin was opened, it turned out that the body of the saint had not undergone decay.
By order of Amaro Pargo made a new sarcophagus of expensive wood, gold and glass, in which the nun was transferred. Since then, every year on February 15, the monastery of Santa Catalina de la Laguna has provided an opportunity for those who wish to bow to the Servant of God. At four o’clock in the morning, three nuns use their keys to open the sarcophagus, which is fenced with bars. On average, about 40,000 people come to venerate the incorruptible body of a saint every day. nine0003
Secret of the will of a pirate
Amaro Pargo died on October 14, 1747 at the age of 69. He was buried in the church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán in La Laguna in the family vault. The lid of the sarcophagus depicts the coat of arms of the nobility and a skull-head with crossbones. It is noteworthy that this “Jolly Roger” is actually cheerful – he winks slyly with his right eye.
According to the will left by Amaro Pargo, the corsair was a very rich man. He owned 385 hectares of land with vineyards and distilleries, 42 houses, ships and other property. In his will, he wrote about a chest filled with precious stones, gold, silver, pearls. A detailed inventory of all the jewels is supposedly in a book wrapped in parchment and marked with the letter “D”. nine0003
Treasure seekers to this day unsuccessfully search for the treasure of the Tenerife corsair. All the buildings of his former estate in El Machado were dismantled literally brick by brick.
Unsuccessful searches are also continuing in the coastal grottoes in the area of Cape Punta del Hidalgo. Pirate ships once anchored in this bay, and pirates kept their loot in the cave of San Mateo. Among the treasure hunters there are also tourists. There are suspicions that some only come to Terenif for this purpose. nine0003
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Tour of Adeje – cultural heritage | What to visit in Adeje
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The resort of Adeje is famous for its huge number of natural attractions. Guests of the city should definitely take a boat trip on a yacht, during which you can admire the picturesque coastline and see dolphins. A significant part of the city is occupied by luxurious hotel complexes, many of which were built only 10-15 years ago. Some hotels amaze with their beauty – these are luxurious mansions surrounded by a vast park area. nine0003
Fans of outdoor activities will find a lot of interesting ways to spend their time. There are many sports and entertainment complexes on the territory of Adeje. The beaches are beautiful … Open
The main city attraction is the famous Siam Park – the largest water park in Europe. The area of the park is about 185 thousand square meters. m. In addition to numerous attractions, on its territory there are beautiful botanical gardens, artificial waterfalls and beaches, as well as enclosures in which fur seals live. Art lovers will be interested in visiting Carmen Mota’s ballet. Every year, the ballet presents several new enchanting shows, which will delight connoisseurs of this art form. nine0003
You can continue your acquaintance with the natural attractions of Adeje during a tour of the Barranco Del Infierno gorge. Climbing one of the hills, you can see amazing waterfalls surrounded by thickets of exotic plants. The hill offers an unforgettable view of the city beaches. Most of the hiking trails follow the Ifonche trail, which is 7 kilometers long. The ascent here is quite gentle, so no special preparation is required, anyone can participate in the excursion. During the trip to the beautiful waterfalls, the guides will tell you a lot of interesting facts about the peculiarities of the local flora and fauna. No less interesting place for hiking is Mount Roque del Conde. The length of the local trails is slightly less than in the gorge, and the nature is just as unique and colorful. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. Going on a trip, you should definitely take warm clothes with you. They will come in handy for those who expect to make an excursion to the top of the Teide volcano or take a lot of walks along the picturesque mountainous … Open
To satisfy cultural needs, it is worth visiting Kulturpark Mariposa, where you can look at works of modern art, among the exhibits there are many interesting works. La Musa de Adeje is also a great place to enjoy beautiful works of art. This is a gallery where you can look at works of fine, sculptural art, as well as design. In addition, the building also houses a workshop where you can learn art from the best masters. nine0003
The historical monument Casa Fuerte De Adeje is attractive to all tourists for its beauty and approach to history. This is a fortification built by order of the colonial governor Pedro Ponte in order to protect the region from pirate raids. And the building served this purpose for three centuries. The most important “value” in Adeje at that time was a sugar factory – it is symbolic that it was a “tidbit” for pirates. A house was built next to the fortress, which was the residence of the governor. Also, a castle, a temple, warehouses, a granary, a bakery, residential visits were built here – that is, everything that is needed for the fortress to be considered a full-fledged estate in which many people can live and work. nine0003
There are also beautiful religious monuments in Adeje. One of these is the Camino Virgen De La Encarnacion, a shrine built in honor of Our Lady of the Incarnation, that is, the Virgen De La Encarnacion. The history of the construction is connected with the same Pedro Ponte – the circular “temple” and the gate were built by his order. This is one of the points of pilgrimage for locals, and since in Tenerife, as in all of Spain, a special place is given to religion, it is not surprising that the place is held in high esteem. nine0003
Among other sacred monuments, it is worth highlighting the small chapel Ermita la Concepción, next to which one feels extraordinary peace. There are no crowds of people here, and therefore the place is loved by those who want solitude and tranquility. The unremarkable Iglesia De Los Menores at first glance also makes for a great sightseeing destination. Worth a visit is the Tierras De Aponte winery, where you can get acquainted with the local traditions of winemaking. nine0003
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El Castillo Del Duque, a castle built between 1931 and 1936 by order of the Duke of Abrant, is today another highlight of the city. The idea was that the monarch of Spain could stay here when visiting Adeje. However, this did not happen, and then the castle was acquired by Entrecanales y Larrarte. Today, this private property, having lost its romantic appearance, has acquired a modern and fashionable look – and for this reason has become somewhat attractive to many tourists. Nearby is Playa del Duque, which is even more popular with locals and travelers – after a cultural pastime, you can safely go swimming in crystal clear water or sunbathing. nine0003
Below you can choose one of the excursions in Adeje and the surrounding area from private guides – local connoisseurs of the region. Our offer is not limited to the three excursions presented. Click on the ‘View All’ button and choose any of our 5 excursions in the Adeje region.
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