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The best holidays to book for April 2024, from Lake District hiking to total relaxation in Thailand

Simon Calder’s Travel

Longer days, colour coming back to the landscapes, the promise of warmer weather – they’re all part of what makes a holiday in April so appealing. The Easter school holidays carry on for another fortnight, so you should see prices fall in the second half of the month. Easter is a classic time for a late-season ski holiday in Austria, where a high-altitude resort should deliver on snow. Or head to southern Spain or northern Sardinia where they’ll already have a head start on spring weather and it’s the perfect time for hiking.

If you’re in need of proper heat and sunshine, soak up Singapore’s foodie culture before heading off to Thailand on a twin-centre holiday. If that’s too far to go, ramble around the Lake District before the summertime crowds start to appear, or hire a narrowboat for a slow cruise through northern England’s canals. Whatever type of holiday you’re looking for in April, you’ll find some inspiration here.


Sierras Subbéticas National Park in Andalusia is a great spot for springtime hiking

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Get to know rural Andalusia with Headwater’s seven-night walking holiday, which takes you deep into Sierras Subbéticas National Park. Your base is the charming whitewashed Hotel Zuhayra in the small village of Zuheros, halfway between Cordoba and Granada, from where you can hike through gorges and past waterfalls, watching spring work its magic on the landscapes. This self-guided Hidden Valleys of Cordoba walk costs from £789pp in April and includes breakfast and one evening meal. Flights are extra but can be arranged.


Lech, along with St Anton, combine to form Austria’s largest ski area

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Catch the last few weeks of the ski season in St Anton, which, along with neighbouring Lech, forms Austria’s largest ski area. Confident intermediates will love the long challenging reds, and the resort’s famed après-ski is a fabulous place to wind down the ski season. SNO is chopping an impressive 42 per cent off a week’s catered holiday departing 6 April at Chalet Albona in St Anton, where there’s a plunge pool and sauna. Prices start at £849pp, down from £1,459pp, including flights, transfers and catered accommodation including wine.


April is the end of the dry season in Khao Lak, Thailand

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