Are you planning your Easter weekend in an affordable European destination? Enjoy one of the European cities before they get flooded with crowds. In ‘Where to travel in Europe for April’ guide, you’ll find some of the best destinations this month, including accommodation and activity suggestions.

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Where to go in Europe in April

From coastal towns to metropolitan hubs, I’ll guide you through some of the most attractive locations for where to travel in Europe for April. Because they are not as busy, you’ll get an entirely different experience, even if you’ve visited some before.

One travel tip before we get into the list – because the weather can get really crazy during spring, I suggest you pack layers. With a couple of T-shirts, comfortable sneakers (waterproof!), and a lightweight jacket, you’ll be golden!

1. Paris, France

Paris is the city of love, and it blooms in the spring along with the cherries and beautiful flowers in the gardens around Paris.

The beautiful weather will make you want to go out and walk the streets, take advantage of the spring and Easter discounts and sit in one of those cute little outdoor cafes.

These are some of my favourite neighbourhoods to visit in Paris in April:

Saint Germain-des-Pres

  • housing chic bars and cafes, including the oldest cafe in Paris, Le Procope;
  • Most of the major attractions, like the Louvre and Luxembourg Gardens, are located here;
  • Ideal for luxury travellers and couples.


  • Central location;
  • More metro stops than you can count;
  • Great for families since it’s far from major tourist spots.

Latin Quarter

  • Flooded with students, providing a youthful vibe;
  • Excellent for tasting experimental dishes;
  • Pont Neuf – oldest standing bridge over the Seine.
Our Guide to One Week in Paris

Things to do in Paris

  • Visit the Eiffel Tower – Without mentioning it, I know you will visit the iconic Paris symbol and famous world landmark.
  • Explore the Louvre – It is one of the largest museums in the world that hides the secret of the renowned Mona Lisa.
  • Stroll through Montmartre – It is a lovely neighbourhood with an arty vibe.
  • Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece not to be missed.
  • Boat Ride on the Seine – If you only have one day in Paris, sail along the Seine; from here, you can see most of the attractions while enjoying the river’s waves.
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Book your 1-hr River Seine Cruise

How to get to Paris

There are two airports nearby, from which you will find budget-friendly flights at Charles de Gaulle.

If you are travelling by high-speed train, you can start from London, Belgium or the Netherlands.

Where to stay in Paris

Veeve – Tranquility by Le Jardin du Luxembourg, 6th Arrondissement

The entire apartment of 130 square metres is just for you. Accommodating up to six people, this two-bedroom apartment is spacious and fitting for groups or families. Design lovers will also fancy the place as it’s styled in true Parisian fashion.

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Have a lovely stay at Veeve - Tranquility by Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Private bedroom at Veeve - Tranquility by Le Jardin du Luxembourg

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2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you’re considering where to travel in Europe for April, especially if you love biking, the decision is already made for you! Say hello to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

In addition, what makes this Dutch city so special in April is the abundance of Tulips. And what I mean by abundance is they’re literally everywhere!

One drawback? The weather can get quite rainy during spring, so bringing a waterproof jacket and an umbrella is essential.

Finally, celebrate King’s Day on April 27th. It is the most festive event of the whole Amsterdam spring period.

Our Guide to One Week in Amsterdam

Things to do in Amsterdam

  • Keukenhof Gardens – called the Garden of Europe– is a must-see landmark.
  • Canal Cruise – seeing the city while cruising the canals is an unforgettable experience. Even a casual stroll by them is amazing!
  • RijksmuseumDutch Golden Age masterpiece.
  • Van Gogh Museum – Dedicated to this renowned artist and his artistic journey through his life.
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Visit Van Gogh Museum

How to get to Amsterdam

Schiphol is the closest airport, but you need to prepare a bigger budget if you want to land there. You can find cheaper flights to the other two airports in nearby cities: Rotterdam (70 km) or Eindhoven (125 km). From there, you can catch a train.

Don’t plan to go to the centre by car, Amsterdam is a cyclist’s city after all. Simply, bikes are the best option.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Here are my highlights for the best Amsterdam hotels:

Hotel 717, Seplein

This intimate boutique hotel with just 23 rooms features a great location, one that beer lovers will love – the Heineken experience is a stone’s throw away. Inside, the rooms are modernly appointed with big windows providing the best views of the canals.

Book Hotel 717 here

Relax and unwind at Hotel 717

Have a great time at Hotel 717

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3. Barcelona, Spain

When questioning where to travel in Europe for April, turn to Spain for a solution! For this month, I recommend the ever-sunny Barcelona. The weather is really pleasant during this time, with plenty of sunshine and warmth, so you’ll make do with just a shirt.

The lack of crowds also makes Barcelona an attractive European destination for April. It’s not uncommon to walk at a snail’s pace during peak season at La Rambla, but you can even rush in the spring if you want to!

St. Jordi’s Day also takes place in April, so make sure to catch it if you’re in town.

Our Guide to One Week In Barcelona

Things to do in Barcelona

  • Visit Gaudí’s Masterpieces – You can enter the Sagrada Familia for free on Sunday, but get in line early. See the roof of Casa Mila and visit the first buildings, Casa Vicens and Casa Batllo.
  • Stroll Down La Rambla – The famous promenade and shopping street. Be aware of your belongings – this area is known for pickpockets.
  • Discover the Gothic Quarter
  • Picasso Museum – Learn more about his early work.
  • Enjoy the Beaches – Although quite crowded in summer, the city beach Barceloneta in April will offer you peace and tranquillity.
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Enjoy the Beaches in Barcelona

How to get to Barcelona

El Prat is the main airport, and the transport to the centre is well organized. You can take the subway or the CityBus, which stops at four central stops across the city.

If you are coming by train, your starting station can be Madrid, Valencia or Seville.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Gran Hotel La Florida G.L Monumento

Although I usually recommend staying central, in this case, I encourage you to experience Barcelona from above. The Gran Hotel La Florida is located near Parc Tibidabo, with spacious rooms with big windows overlooking the entirety of this ever-buzzing city.

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Private room at Gran Hotel La Florida G.L Monumento

Have a pleasant stay at Gran Hotel La Florida G.L Monumento

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4. Rome, Italy

Even in April, Rome is still as busy as ever, so you should consider visiting the Trevi Fountain as early as possible to avoid heaps of crowds. Still, the vibe is more relaxed than usual, making the Italian capital the spot-to-be for all kinds of travellers, especially couples.

Also, if you’re in Rome on the 21st of April, you might want to visit the Parthenon exactly at noon. This date is also known as Rome’s Birthday, and the building is designed in a way that the sun fills up the hole in the roof, entirely illuminating the entrance. This is a one-time annual event, so don’t miss out!

Our Guide to One Week In Rome

Things to do in Rome

  • Visit the Colosseum – For the wonder of the world, book a tour online in advance.
  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill – Discover the beginnings of Rome.
  • Spanish Steps – Refrain from sitting here because you will receive a fine of 200 euros. Stand to the side and marvel at the side planters and beautiful marble. They don’t fine you for taking pictures, so snap away!
  • Trevi Fountain – Collect 3 coins and throw them into the fountain to come back, fall in love and get married again. Couples can also find the small fountain of love on the right and drink from it for eternal love.
  • The Rose Garden and the Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden) – Spring is ideal for blooming Rome.
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Gladiator’s Gate: Special Access Colosseum Tour with Arena Floor

How to get to Rome

Rome has two airports: Fiumicino and Ciampino – to save some bucks, land at Fiumicino. Once you arrive, take the Leonardo Express train, running from early morning to late at night, which will quickly take you to the city centre.

If you’re arriving by train, you’ll stop at Termini – the central station. From there, you can easily head toward your accommodation.

Where to stay in Rome

Monastero dei Santi, Trionfale

Seeing Rome at night from the balconies of Monastero dei Santi is something you’ll never forget! This elegant hotel will fit both design lovers and couples thanks to its romantic appeal and colourful furniture.

Book Monastero dei Santi here

Make yourself at home at Monastero dei Santi Enjoy your time at Monastero dei Santi

5. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is an attractive option when it comes to where to travel in Europe for April because of its great weather and lack of crowds. This month is known as the unofficial end of winter because the temperatures are milder, with occasional rainfall.

Amid the city’s gray streets, nature wakes up, and everything feels fresher! That said, head to the City Park and see the cherry blossoms. Couples – you’re in for a treat!

Our Guide to One week in Budapest

Things to do in Budapest

  • Explore Buda Castle – You will have the opportunity to see the most beautiful panorama of the flourishing Pest.
  • Visit the Parliament Building – If you don’t have enough time, you can see the Parliament building while cruising along the Danube, but of course, it is magnificent from close-up.
  • Cruise on the Danube – Leave this activity for the evening hours. Sit back and marvel at the two beautifully lit sides.
  • Stroll Along the Danube Promenade – Sit on the bench and listen to the street musicians.
  • Explore City Park – for reflection or a family picnic!
  • Easter Markets – Head to Vorosmarty Square to enjoy chimney cake, strudel and their traditional wine-based drink.
Book Budapest Guided Tour here

Visit the third-largest parliament building in the world in Budapest

How to get to Budapest

One of the leading low-budget companies, Wizz Air, has its headquarters in Budapest, so that may be why you have cheap flights here. Even Budapest is a frequent layover for many travellers.

If you land here, even for one day, a 30-minute drive with the 100e bus gets you to the centre.

Where to stay in Budapest

InterContinental Budapest, an IHG Hotel, Lipotvaros

Located on the Danube promenade, the InterContinetnal has excellent views of Budapest’s Art Noveau architecture and its mysterious waters. Part of its luxurious amenities are the relaxing spa facilities, but for the true Budapest experience, visit the nearby Gellert Baths.

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Experience comfort at InterContinental Budapest, an IHG Hotel

Have a wonderful stay at InterContinental Budapest, an IHG Hotel

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6. Lisbon, Portugal

The best time to visit Lisbon is spring because the prices are much higher in the summer. The city is spread over 7 hills, some of which are very steep, so if you are not physically ready, get a daily ticket for transportation. To experience Lisbon uniquely, hop on the iconic trams running through the city’s most popular spots.

Our Guide to One Week in Lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon

  • Alfama District – The oldest neighbourhood, with a vibrant energy and the centre of events for many festivals. The main cathedral is located here. The name of this place comes from the word “hamam”, which means Turkish bath. Find out why.
  • Belém – A beautiful watchtower from the 16th century that was the city’s main gate. Enter the Pasteis de Belem near the tower and try the town’s traditional sweet.
  • Tram 28 – The most striking detail is the tram with the number 28 and a beautiful yellow colour that gives a phenomenal contrast to the image.
  • Sintra Day Trip – Go to a picturesque town filled with historic palaces – Palace Pena is a must-visit.
  • Street Art – Find beautiful homes in Mouraria and Bairro Alto. These are bohemian neighbourhoods full of murals and majolicas – colourful Portuguese tiles.
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Book your tour here and visit Belém Tower

How to get to Lisbon

There are regular flights from most European cities, so finding a flight will be generally easy. Once you arrive, you can either take the Aerobus, which takes 45 minutes to the city centre, or the Metro.

Where to stay in Lisbon

Eurostars Das Letras, Principe Real

Modern, spotless, and incredibly homey – a few words I would use to describe the 5-star Eurostars Das Letras. Families adore this place because the service is very child-friendly. As for the drinks provided by the hotel, you might want to take them elsewhere. Even for a 5-star hotel, the prices can get quite hefty.

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Enjoy your stay at Eurostars Das Letras

Have fun at Eurostars Das Letras

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7. Cinque Terre, Italy

Although Cinque Terre is known as a holiday destination, why not visit it when it is less crowded and you have the narrow streets all to yourself? The entire region is divided into 5 beautiful villages, each beautiful in its own right.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

  • Hiking – The weather is in your favour, and the location you should choose is Vernazza or Riomaggiore; enjoy their stunning panoramas.
  • Explore the Villages – All villages are unique and hide magic for everyone’s taste.
  • Photography – Monterosso al Mare is the most picturesque town of Cinque Terre – your Instagram is about to pop!
  • Boat Tours – There are excellent ferry tours to villages, coves or local grottoes. Consider visiting Porto Venere for a day.
  • Visit a Vineyard
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Riomaggiore Vineyard & Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

How to get to Cinque Terre

The most convenient way to get to Cinque Terre is by train. They run from most major Italian cities and stop at each of the five villages.

Where to stay in Cinque Terre

Hotel Villa Adriana, Monterosso al Mare

If you’re looking for a place to just relax after a whole day of exploring, consider the Hotel Villa Adriana. This large 3-star hotel has a nice pool area, and the beach is just a few steps away. The location is also great – the train station is right outside the hotel!

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Have a great time at Hotel Villa Adriana

8. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is the ultimate choice for where to go in Europe in April!

The city, which stretches on two continents, abounds with exceptionally kind and helpful locals. Most of them do not know English, but the desire to host you and help me is above all.

Istanbul is a paradise for foodies; you won’t want to leave. Make sure to try a simit, Adana kebab, and Turkish breakfast. For a sweet treat, savour the taste of baklava paired with the world-famous Turkish tea.

Read more: We have a detailed guide to Where to Stay in Istanbul for first time travelers.

Things to do in Istanbul

If you want to see as much as possible, then go on a boat tour or transfer from one part of the city to another by ferry and again enjoy the most beautiful buildings and views.

  • Hagia Sophia – The most talked about Byzantine mosque in the world. The surroundings, the garden and the benches will remain in your memory forever.
  • Topkapi Palace – This is the first residence of the Ottoman sultans and is on one of the most beautiful hilltop sites in the city, in the Sultanahmet district. The entrance is charged, and you will need at least 3-4 hours for the tour.
  • Blue Mosque – Do not miss out on this mosque, even if the city is abundant with them; it stands out for its stunning design.
  • Grand Bazaar – Also called Kapali, this is an indoor market where you can find these delights, leather clothes, spices and souvenirs. But I recommend you to take the souvenirs from another place.
  • Spice Bazaar – A unique market dedicated only to spices that originate from the East and have been cultivated here for a long time. The secret of delicious Turkish food is hidden in them.
  • Boat Trips
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Blue Mosque

How to get to Istanbul

The city has two airports – Sabiha Gokcen Airport is intended for low-budget flights. Istanbul is also a frequent layover destination for many overseas destinations or to the Near East, so if you have one day, explore the city with no hesitation.

I would advise you not to consider renting a car because the traffic in Istanbul is a story you don’t want to experience.

Where to stay in Istanbul

Ramada Istanbul Pera – The Peak Hotel

A hotel with a city view in the Beyoglu neighbourhood, a very safe neighbourhood with a lot of history. For breakfast, enjoy Turkish breakfast, and in the evening, after long walks, feel the comfort of the rooms or suites.

Private room at Ramada By Wyndham Istanbul Pera Taksim

Have a pleasant stay at Ramada By Wyndham Istanbul Pera Taksim


Why should I consider traveling to Europe in April?

April is an ideal time to visit Europe as it offers pleasant weather without the peak summer crowds. You can enjoy various destinations with blooming flowers and spring vibes.

Which European cities are recommended in the 'Where to travel in Europe for April' guide?

The guide suggests several cities, including Paris, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy; Budapest, Hungary; Lisbon, Portugal; Cinque Terre, Italy; and Istanbul, Turkey.

What travel tips are provided for April in Europe?

The guide recommends packing layers due to unpredictable spring weather. Essential items include T-shirts, waterproof sneakers, and a lightweight jacket for a comfortable experience.

Why is Paris, France, recommended for April travel?

Paris is highlighted for its blooming spring, Easter discounts, and charming outdoor cafes. The guide suggests neighborhoods like Saint Germain-des-Pres, the Louvre, and the Latin Quarter, catering to different preferences.

What are some suggested activities in each destination apart from sightseeing?

The guide provides a variety of activities for each destination, such as exploring neighborhoods, trying local cuisine, enjoying outdoor cafes, and experiencing unique cultural aspects in each city.


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Summary: Where to Travel In Europe For April?

With so many suggestions for where to travel in Europe for April, you won’t have too much of a problem choosing the perfect one for you! Even better – visit a few of them if you’re feeling adventurous!

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