If you are planning your next adventure/annual break, April is a great month to consider travelling, particularly in Europe. The dry season starts to arrive and the air becomes fresher, bringing with it the promise of warm sunny days. Yet, planning your next getaway may prove difficult, especially if you have a budget to consider. For that reason, we have compiled the best springtime European places to travel in April on a budget.
As warm afternoons and cool evenings settle in, Istanbul begins to bustle with life in April. Outdoor cafes and terrace bars open, markets and food stalls draw in customers and the streets host various festivals and events. Visitors begin to arrive and flock to Sultanahmet Square to explore the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and other famous attractions.
However, the official peak season in Istanbul occurs late in May through September, which means if you visit in spring, you can enjoy a leisurely holiday without the noisy tourist crowd. Furthermore, accommodation rates and tour packages are relatively cheaper during this lean month.
The Lake District, England
The Lake District in Cumbria features some of the most scenic landscapes in England. It is not surprising then that visitors flock to this piece of paradise all year round. Although spring’s unpredictable weather may not be suitable for hiking the region’s mountains, you can still traverse the district’s less challenging trails.
For those on a tight budget, the Lake District has several cosy yet modern independent cottages that provide comfort and relaxation after a long day of exploration. Stroll through fragrant woodlands, picturesque villages, and historic castles while witnessing a breathtaking view of snowcapped peaks and fields blossoming with the growth of wildflowers.
Seville is a traveller’s paradise, yet it is not cheap. No need to fuss, though. The city is full of wonders you can explore without breaking your bank. While many attractions offer free admission on certain days, it is best to explore other available sights. You can walk among orange blossoms lining winding streets in the city’s medieval Jewish quarters. You can also wander along the Guadalquivir River to admire its elaborate bridges and the Torre del Oro.
The Seville Swing Festival, which features several days of music and fascinating dances as well as exhibits, happens in April. To top it all, you can learn about the unique Spanish gastronomy at the Sabores que Cruzaron los Océanos or Flavors that Crossed the Oceans, an exhibit showing the history of Spain’s cuisine.
During peak season, tourists flock to Dubrovnik. Therefore, crowding restaurants and beaches and causing hotel prices as well as tour packages and island cruises to skyrocket. Visiting the city in April can be a truly unforgettable experience.
With its balmy weather, calm waters, and long sunny days, spring is the perfect time for a Croatia family holiday on a small ship cruise. Resorts, restaurants, and attractions are not only peaceful without the enormous crowds, but also considerably affordable during the low season.
Greek Islands, Greece
April is a fabulous month for budget travellers to visit the Greek islands. The days are pleasantly sunny for sunbathing, and the weather has sufficiently warmed for a quick dip in the sea. Although many bars and nightclubs have reopened, the multitude of tourists hasn’t arrived yet. Therefore, hotels often offer discounts, exclusive packages and excellent bargains.
You can take advantage of the sunny weather and affordable prices by going on sight-seeing tours across the mainland and the majority of islands. While on the islands, explore museums, visit charming villages, or hike picturesque trails that lead to gloriously stunning landscapes.
We hope this list gives you some inspiration when it comes to booking your next adventure, especially if you plan to travel in April on a budget.