We love going on holiday in April. The days are growing longer, the countryside is abundant with greenery and spring flowers, and the birds provide a beautiful spring soundtrack. Winter is well and truly behind us and it’s warming up for summer.
For a spot of early sunshine, you can’t beat the Mediterranean for family holidays, in cities you can take advantage of pavement cafés before it’s too hot and dusty, and the rolling scenery of our green and pleasant land is at its finest for a countryside break.
With miles of unspoilt beaches and vast skies stretching into the distance, Norfolk was tailor-made for family holidays. If you’re seeking bucket-and-spade seaside holidays with pony rides, piers and ice creams, head to the traditional resorts of Hunstanton, Wells-Next-the-Sea, Cromer or Great Yarmouth, and if you love wild expanses of rugged beaches fringed with sand dunes, the beaches of Holkham and Brancaster will be just the ticket.
Away from Norfolk’s beautiful beaches, this is a superb destination to get kids interested in wildlife, with nature reserves dotted around the county and wild otters in the rivers. The adventure theme park at BeWILDerwood offers a magical adventure that will delight adults almost as much as the kids. Personally, we can’t get enough of the fabulous gastropubs along the coast!
If you’re seeking short-haul April sunshine, head to Cyprus. Nestled in the southernmost reaches of the Mediterranean, Cyprus has a mild climate that warms up nicely during March and April. It’s perfect bucket-and-spade weather at the seaside – warm enough to swim yet not too hot – while inland it’s the greenest month of the year and the rugged landscape is abundant with spring flowers and fragrant herbs.
We love Paphos in the south of Cyprus, and in 2017 it’s celebrating European Capital of Culture so they’ll be plenty to keep the little ones entertained if you fancy a break from all that beach action!
April is a fantastic time to visit Andalucía. Spain’s largest region, Andalucía offers everything for a great family holiday, from beach time to outdoor adventure, and history and culture.
The Costa del Sol boasts over 300 days of sunshine annually and is filled with luxury beach resorts with kid’s clubs and pampering spas. The slow pace of life gives you time to slow down and relax on the white sandy beaches, while the local tapas dishes are the perfect way to introduce the little ones to some different tastes.
Inland, the city of Seville hosts the annual April Fair with plenty to entertain and amuse children and adults alike.
4. Peak District
Derbyshire and the Peak District is a paradise for active families of all ages. There are walking trails aplenty around the area, included many smooth, level trails along disused railway lines and cycle tracks – perfect for buggies and prams. April is a great time to visit with the Peak District Walking Festival offering walks for all ages and fitness levels.
The area is rich in heritage, with Chatsworth House the jewel in the crown, while Poole’s Cavern in Buxton is a spectacular natural cave with unique crystal formations that’ll have children staring in awe. If the kids get bored of all the stunning scenery, they’ll love visiting a local farm to see the cute baby animals.
With its fantastic year-round climate, we adore the Algarve for family holidays. Blessed with seemingly constant sunshine, miles of sandy beaches and plenty of luxury resorts, April is one of the best months for young families to enjoy this friendly part of the world before the clamour of the school holidays and the heat of mid-summer.
Aside from the stunning beaches, there are pretty fishing villages to explore, nature reserves, and oceanographic and water theme parks for a fun family day out.
The Martinhal resort near Sagres is heaven for young families with a funky kid’s club and crèche, and on-site babysitters if you fancy a romantic date night.
Bonnie Scotland! We adore this ruggedly beautiful part of the world for family trips. Even removing delicious whisky and stunning scenery from the equation (because, kids have a very short attention span for staring into the distance!), there’s still plenty of entertainment to be found north of the border.
The beautiful city of Edinburgh is alive with cherry blossom and stunning flowerbeds, while spring sunshine dazzles Scotland’s lochs and mountains in the Highlands. Invernesshire is home to beautiful, unspoilt sandy beaches, while the rock pools on the beaches at St Andrews are a magnet for curious toddlers. If you’re caught in a spring downpour, there are plenty of child-friendly activities to wile away time in the interactive museums and castles of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The winter-sun state in the good ole U S of A is every young child’s mecca. The long sunny days but not-so-hot weather is ideal for the little ones to enjoy the beautiful beaches and indulge in some sensational theme park adventures.
The Walt Disney World Resort is a must for young families, with four major theme parks and two waterparks to explore, while Universal Orlando Florida offers two theme parks and is home to the wizarding world of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley – fun for children and adults alike! Our villa at Davenport near Orlando is baby-friendly and perfectly placed for adventure-filled theme park days!
Ah, Paris in the springtime! April is one of the most magical times to visit the City of Light. Although Paris has a reputation as being a city for lovers, it’s a wonderful place to take the children. Kids will be enchanted by a trip up the Eiffel Tower or a boat ride along the Seine, and there are plenty of child-friendly parks to enjoy in the spring sunshine.
For child-friendly adventures, head to the Jardin D’Acclimation, a theme park in the west of the city opened by Napoleon in 1860, or take the kids to Disneyland Paris for a day to remember.
Somerset is often overlooked in favour of Devon and Cornwall, but we think it has just as much to offer young families. There are miles of sandy beaches, zoos, farms, and parks, plus indoor soft play areas, museums and leisure centres in case the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Small train enthusiasts (and adults!) love the vintage steam train on the West Somerset Railway, while the cave complex at Wookey Hole offers geological adventures plus a few magical tales in the form of the legendary Witch of Wookey Hole. The site also offers an enchanted fairy garden, pirate ship adventure and the valley of the dinosaurs – enough excitement to ensure the little ones get a good night’s sleep while you put your feet up with a glass or two of wine!
10. Canary Islands
A Spanish location with a twist! The Canary Islands are an archipelago of seven islands off the coast of Africa, and they promise year-round sunny weather. April is one of the best times for young families, as the heat won’t be unbearable and beaches won’t be overcrowded with school kids or retirees on a long winter break.
All the islands offer glorious beaches with a full range of services and luxury resorts, and there’s a huge range of activities for all the family, including theme and water parks, marine parks, zoos, and museums. Or you could simply chill in your child-friendly villa with a good book!
The Italians are famously welcoming to babies and toddlers, and the intriguing island of Sicily just off the ‘toe’ of Italy offers a fascinating April break for all the family. Long hours of sunshine and a relaxed island atmosphere make this a great spot to relax.
Sicily is a wonderful island for touring and showing your little explorers Greek and Roman temples, spotting monsters in the Baroque architecture, and enjoying the island’s famous puppet theatre.
The capital of Palermo is an exciting spot to base yourselves or head to the hilltop resort of Taormina for fantastic sunsets and a magnificent view over Mount Etna.
The largest of the Greek islands and the most southerly, Crete is stunningly scenic and historically rich. The north of the island boasts a number of family-friendly resorts with long sandy beaches and shallow waters to dip little toes in. It’s also home to waterparks, an aquarium, and the archaeological site of Knossos, the cradle of the Minoan civilisation and believed to be the setting for the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.
If your little ones love being on the water, a trip to the nearby island of Spinalonga makes for a fun adventure.
For a new, exciting experience to capture your child’s imagination, where better than a trip to magical Morocco? A short skip from Spain, this former French colony with its friendly bustling nature offers a tantalising mix of first-world luxury and developing-world charm.
Sitting at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is a great base for families and the vibrant, colourful local souks are a delight. While you may want to avoid the main square Jemma el-Fnaa at night, kids will be enthralled during the day by snake charmers, performing monkeys and traditional street dances.
Visit the wild rugged landscape of Northumberland to blow away the winter cobwebs! With a wealth of attractions dating back to Roman times and the magnificent engineering feat of Hadrian’s Wall, the real beauty of this county is in its awesome nature.
The Northumberland coast is fringed with untamed beaches and dotted with castles, including Alnwick Castle where some of the Harry Potter films were made. For nature-mad kids, head out to the Farne Islands to see birds and seals, while active youngsters will enjoy Kielder Water, home to the UK’s largest red squirrel population and some great multi-user trails, suitable for walking, cycling and pushchairs.
15. Malta & Gozo
Spring sunshine abounds in the sunny islands of Malta, though not so hot you need to worry about the little ones burning after 10 minutes on the beach! Speaking of beaches, Malta offers both long, sandy beaches and rocky coves, perfect for rock pooling with your inquisitive toddlers.
The walled capital of Valletta has some fine alleyways to explore and impressive spa hotels for when you need a little pampering. For a change of scenery and different pace of life, catch the ferry to neighbouring Gozo, a green, more rural island that’s carpeted in spring flowers in April.
16. Hampshire & The New Forest
Perfect for nature-loving families, the New Forest is a wild corner of Hampshire where wild ponies and deer roam freely. There are family-friendly trails to follow, accessible for pushchairs and small bikes with stabilisers, or hop in a funky electric Twizy to zip round the woodland and heathland.
If the little ones tire of the countryside, there are plenty of child-friendly activities to keep them entertained including Peppa Pig World at Paulton’s Park and Longdown Activity Farm where you can cuddle baby rabbits, feed the ducks and bottle-feed tiny goats and calves. There are also indoor play areas, pony rides and tractor rides to keep the kids amused.
Ibiza may have a reputation as the party island, but away from the rave crowds, it’s a brilliant family destination too. With sheltered bays and calm waters, Ibiza is easy to travel around and has a wealth of family facilities and luxury resorts to enjoy.
Hire a car to find your own private beach and potter around colourful villages, take the kids to play safely on the many play parks and water parks, or head to the aquarium to be fascinated by the strange creatures that live under the sea. Many resorts offer babysitting facilities in case mum and dad fancy a night on the tiles, or simply a romantic sundowner while watching the sunset.
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