Where to Go In April
One of our favourite months for a short break to a European city, April may be famous for showers in Britain, but in much of Europe it brings the beginnings of warmer weather, which is perfect for sightseeing without the heat of the summer.
The Mediterranean islands bask in early summer sunshine during April, and this is an excellent month to visit Malta, Sardinia, Cyprus and Sicily in particular. The largest of the Mediterranean’s many islands, Sicily is also its most diverse and fascinating, with a culture which fuses elements of Roman, Greek, Arab and Norman influence. For those seeking fascinating history and culture, combined with warm spring sunshine, there are few better destinations. For first-time visitors with a few days to spare we recommend a short break to the historic Norman capital Palermo, or the beautiful coastal resort of Taormina, with the backdrop of Mount Etna. If you have longer to spend, then we would be delighted to create a longer itinerary which includes the Phoenecian city of Syracuse, the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, or the Baroque towns of the south-east. Our popular escorted Cultural Tour (Sicily - An Enigmatic Island) is the perfect way to discover the island in the company of an expert and a small group of like-minded travellers.
Easter often falls in April, and provides an excellent opportunity to escape for a long weekend. The festivities of Holy Week – or Semana Santa – are marked in earnest in Andalucia, where street processions and public celebrations bring normal life to a standstill for at least four days. Seville is at the epicentre of events, and can be a wonderful place to experience the fervour and colour of a traditional Catholic festival, but it is essential to book well in advance as hotels will be in high demand. The end of the month is Seville’s annual ‘Feria’ celebration, which is a major event in the annual calendar of every Sevillano – however, if you travel outside of these festivities, Seville, as well as the surrounding countryside, can offer great value for money and some of the best spring weather in Europe.
Rome too, is inextricably linked with the Easter festival, and the Pope gives an Easter Sunday Mass to crowds of the faithful in St Peter’s Square, followed by the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing conferred upon the city of Rome. It is possible to attend a Papal audience or Easter Mass, although some events do require advance tickets – the Kirker Concierge can give advice depending on the day you wish to attend.
Aside from the Easter bank holiday, one of the many benefits of travelling in April, is that hotels often characterise the month as ‘shoulder’ or even low season, after the quiet month of March, but before the busier month of May. This means that city hotels can be excellent value for money at this time of year – and Kirker clients will often be able to take advantage of special offers including complimentary nights and room upgrades. Speak to Kirker expert for details of the latest offers.