Polish off your Easter chocolate and start packing – April is a cheap month to travel and we recommend Seville, Prague, Perth and Madagascar
Best for families – Seville, Spain
April in Seville means one thing – fun time. The vivacious Feria de Abril festival (aka April Festival or Seville Fair) draws in visitors from every corner of the world and for good reason. It’s a celebration of everything Seville holds dear. Flamenco? Check. Bullfighting? Check. Horse-drawn carriages? Check. Partying and dancing? Check. Enough churros and chorizo to right all wrongs? Checkmate.
Best for a city break – Prague, Czech Republic
Somewhere between the setting of a Disney fairy tale and a history textbook lies the handsome city of Prague. Step onto cobblestone alleyways that weave from elaborate churches to colourful buildings, some of which date back to the 12th-century. On 30 April, join the locals in lighting bonfires piled with effigies for Witches’ Night, an ancient tradition that celebrates the end of winter and wards off evil. The biggest fire burns on Petrin Hill.
Best for a beach break – Perth, Australia
Perth may be the most relaxing of Australia’s capital cities and with sea temperatures hovering around 21C, April is prime time to visit. Less than 20km (12 miles) off the coast of Perth sits Rottnest Island, a beautiful slice of heaven with 63 beaches and 20 bays. The island swarms with surfers and stand-up paddle boarders. For readers in the UK, lucky you, Qantas is launching a direct service connecting London and Perth. The flight lasts 17 hours. Before you go, check out the Perth travel guide.
Best for an adventure break – Madagascar
This tropical Indian Ocean outpost sees the start of the dry season in April, though tourist numbers remain low this month. Take advantage of cheap travels – hike in a protected rainforest, explore undisturbed canyons, float down the tranquil Tsiribihina River, rock climb and even scuba dive. Madagascar is ripe with adventure, and our Things to see and do in Madagascar guide is packed with recommendations. The only question is, how much time do you have?