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Now that spring has officially arrived, a number of cities around the world are coming alive in the sun. April is one of the best months to take a holiday and here are 11 cheap and unexplored spots that are at their very best at this time of year.
Havana is the perfect place to visit if you want to enjoy the ideal mix of culture and fun. Head to the beach when you wake up and explore the old city in the early evening once the temperature has dropped slightly. There is music everywhere you go and you’ll be dancing in the streets with your piña colada in hand almost as soon as you arrive.
This charming city in the Languedoc region of Southern France is packed with tourists in August for its annual Feria de Béziers bullfighting event, but April will be relatively quiet and the city will be perfect for a spring reset. Explore Béziers’s iconic 13th-century cathedral, stroll the cobbled streets of the old market square and don’t miss trying the cassoulet, which is the iconic dish of the region.
Marfa, Texas, is an art lover’s paradise. If you are at all into contemporary art, this is where you need to be visiting in April. Make sure you bring your best camera to snap a pic in front of the famous Prada Marfa (2005) art installation. Enjoy a stay at one of the local hotels and check out the Chinati Foundation while enjoying Texas’s excellent Mexican food at every meal.
This seaside Moroccan city boasts truly pleasant weather in the month of April, with sunny skies and temperatures resting comfortably around 22°C. Take a day trip to the stunning Legzira Beach nearby, known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Despite the collapse of one of its two iconic arches in 2016, the larger arch remains and the spot is still dreamy as ever.
One of the most important cultural sites in the country, Sibiu lies on the Cibin River and boasts incredible Germanic architecture, including a 13th-century clock tower and the Gothic Sibiu Lutheran Cathedral whose walls are the resting place of gravestones. Romania is one of the few European countries that remains pleasantly affordable and the weather in April will help to deliver you that much-needed spring feeling.
As the largest city in Alaska, Anchorage is home to a multitude of cool activities, especially if you’re a nature lover. A number of Alaska wildlife tours depart from here daily, taking you to spend a day experiencing a drive up Seward Highway (a US-designated ‘All-American Road’) followed by meeting the incredible animals in rehabilitation at the the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Centre. April is a great time to visit this majestic state.
For an Italian April getaway, Lecce in the southern region of Puglia offers mild temperatures and affordable pricing in the boot of Italy. Whether you choose to visit the ancient Roman amphitheatre and 12th-century Castle of Charles V, or prefer to spend time eating orecchiette in the town square followed by a leisurely walk up its famous white building-lined hills, this will be a holiday to remember.
For another budget US option, check out Moab, Utah, which is home to two national parks –Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. There are many areas right in town that actually offer free camping, with views over the mountains or canyon. Cabin stays are also available and affordable. Spend the sunny days rock climbing, kayaking, river rafting, off-roading or even skydiving when you’re not exploring the national parks.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Noto in Sicily is a baroque masterpiece in and of itself. There is not much to do in this small town, but there are beaches within an easy drive and you’ll be staying in one of the most beautiful spots in the country. Stroll the streets at night after a shot of local limoncello or grappa, and don’t miss the magical lights of the cathedral after dark.
Camp in a yurt under the night sky outside the city or stay in a hotel for under £100 a night and enjoy the scenery, culture and incredible food Uzbekistan has on offer. The many museums in the capital provide insight into the city’s Soviet past and you will experience a real amalgamation of culture that can be felt in few other places in the world.
For a dreamy Greek island without the Mykonos budget, try Karpathos. The second largest of the Dodecanese islands, Karpathos is the perfect escape for those who want to combine lounging in the sand with some ancient history. As it’s not on the path of most tourists, your Instagrams won’t look like everyone else’s Grecian vacay, so prepare to cause a bit of jealousy in the office upon your return.