April is an ideal time to visit Europe. You can avoid the huge crowds that descend on European cities in the summer months and you won’t have to pay ridiculously high prices for flights and accommodation (as you would if you travel during the European summer holiday months July and August). The weather can also be perfect: the days are sunny but not too hot, especially in the Mediterranean countries.
Visit Rome in April
April is the perfect time for a trip to Rome, Italy. Rome can be unbearably hot in the summer, but spring is the perfect time to tour the sights in the Eternal City. If you’re traveling with small children, the weather in April is much more bearable than the July and August heat, and if it does rain in April, there is enough to see and do in Rome even in bad weather. The one exception in terms of crowds is the Easter weekend, a major national holiday.
Visit Paris in April
Paris, France is at its best in the spring. If you visit during the summer months, you’ll be fighting for space with massive tourist crowds around the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame in the August heat. Even though Paris is always relatively busy with tourists, the main crowds descend in the summer, so if you time your Paris break well, you don’t have to stand in line for hours just to catch a glimpse of the smiling Mona Lisa in the Louvre. The parks and gardens in Paris, including the famous Tuileries Gardens, are very idyllic in the spring, and in between sightseeing you can sit in a pavement café enjoying your café au lait in the spring sunshine.
London, UK in April
Spring flowers come out in London in April, and as London wakes up from the winter, its parks become busy with people sitting out in the sun and having their first picnic of the year. April is a great time to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, Southwest of London, where thousands of daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers blossom. And just like in other cities in Europe, you’ll avoid the summer heat waves and the July/August holiday crowds (both can be exceptionally uncomfortable in London).
What to Pack for a Spring Trip to Europe
April in Europe is often a lovely, sunny and warm month, but it can also be unpredictable. Bring your umbrella and a waterproof jacket, and something warm for chilled evenings. If the weather ends up being wet and chilled, the best part of city breaks in Europe is that you’ll still have a lot to do and most of it will be inside, whether you’re visiting the Louvre in Paris or admiring the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.