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The Warmest Places to Visit in Europe in April!

Updated: Feb 14

As April's gentle warmth begins to kiss the landscape of Europe, wanderlust whispers in the ears of travelers seeking sun-kissed adventures. From the seductive beaches that cradle the Mediterranean to the historic enclaves where time stands sentinel, there’s an escapade for every sun-chaser. Whether you’re ready to lounge on balmy beaches or roam vibrant streets, here's your guide to the most radiant retreats Europe offers in the spring. April is one of the best times to travel, which includes that April is less crowded than the summer months and less expensive. So, you can save some bucks and time in lines at attractions by traveling this time of year.


This blog will mention beaches but be warned April is usually too cold for most beach goers. I will be listing temperatures and water temperature in each area along with sites you can see or places you should go while visiting Europe's warmest spots in April. Although temperatures are on the rise in April, this time of year the water temperatures are not the best. Did you know that in some places the water temperatures in April are actually colder than water temperatures in December? Yes. It's true! Still if you were wanting to do any water sports or activities where you spend lots of time in the water you might want a wetsuit.  Beach time in April is not a no way though, spend time in the sand, people watching or walking the beach. Or if you want a quick invigorating swim. go for it.


This list is some of what I consider the best places to visit with the warmest weather in this region. The warmest places are in the southern areas of the countries, you can tell this if you are looking at a map. So, adventurers, what are you waiting for? Unfurl your maps, pinpoint these warm waypoints, and caper through Europe's embrace—a dance of sunshine, culture, and endless discovery awaits!


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The Sizzling Shores of Cadiz, Spain, one of the warmest places to visit in Europe in April. 🏖️

Temperature Tease:  20°C (68°F)


Beach in Cadiz
Beach in Cadiz

Start your sojourn in the golden glow of Cadiz, where the Atlantic Ocean laps gently at shores that brim with stories of old. Get ready to tiptoe across sands that stretch like endless gold ribbons, veiled in the tender touch of the sun. I love this place, and plan to visit Cadiz again. There are many places to see here, along with several beaches which all were wonderful when I visited.  Water is still chilly at around 59F. When visiting Plan a day trip to Seville which is also a great place to visit. Here is a list of my favorites in Cadiz.

  • Cádiz Cathedral: Marvel at the grandeur of this iconic cathedral, boasting stunning architecture and a rich historical significance.

  • La Caleta Beach: Immerse yourself in the beauty of this picturesque beach, known for its charming atmosphere and breathtaking views.

  • Torre Tavira: Ascend this historic watchtower for panoramic vistas of the city and the shimmering waters beyond.

  • Castle of San Sebastian: Delve into the intriguing history of this castle, perched on a small island connected by a scenic causeway.

  • Parque Genovés: Embark on a leisurely stroll through this enchanting park, filled with lush greenery, tranquil fountains, and vibrant flora.

  • Gran Teatro Falla: Discover the cultural heart of Cádiz at this splendid theater, renowned for its striking architecture and captivating performances.

  • Playa de la Victoria: Unwind on the golden sands of this popular beach, where you can bask in the sun or take a refreshing dip in the sparkling Mediterranean waters.

  • Mercado Central de Abastos: Immerse yourself in the local ambiance as you explore this bustling market, brimming with fresh produce, delectable seafood, and artisanal delights.

  • Oratorio de San Felipe Neri: Step into this ornate baroque church and appreciate its exquisite interior adorned with intricate decorations and religious art.

  • Genovés Park: Lose yourself in the tranquility of this serene oasis, offering a peaceful escape from the bustling city life.

Best of Barcelona Spain ☀️

Temperature Tease: 17°C (63°F)


Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

As the vibrant spirit of spring unfolds in Barcelona, there are a multitude of enchanting experiences awaiting you. In April, Barcelona experiences delightful spring weather, with average temperatures ranging from 11°C (52°F) to 17°C (63°F). It's a splendid time to explore the city's outdoor attractions and revel in the warmth and blossoming beauty of the season. Water temperatures will be in the upper 50’s or around 14°C, so it is too chilly to be at the beach with lots of time in the water but visit the beach anyways. It will be great for people watching, walking and quick little splashes on your toes. I love this city and plan on taking a week's vacation here soon. My time in Barcelona was way too short, and this city deserves a full week to explore.  This is a great destination where you can get decent prices on direct flights from the United States. Here are some captivating activities and attractions to consider during your April visit:


  • Sail Away on the Mediterranean: Embrace the refreshing sea breeze and embark on a leisurely cruise along the captivating Mediterranean coast.

  • Enjoy a Walk at Parc Güell: Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of Antoni Gaudí as you wander through the enchanting Parc Güell, adorned with colorful mosaics and unique architectural wonders.

  • Celebrate Easter and Holy Week: Immerse yourself in the rich traditions and cultural celebrations of Easter and Holy Week, where the city comes alive with processions, music, and fervent devotion.

  • Visit Gaudi's Casa Vicens: Delve into the mesmerizing beauty of Casa Vicens, one of Gaudí's architectural gems, and marvel at its intricate details and innovative design.

  • Festa Major de la Sagrada Familia: Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of this local festival honoring the Sagrada Familia, offering a glimpse into the community's lively traditions and joyful festivities.

  • Sant Jordi (April 23rd): Join in the delightful celebration of Sant Jordi, a day filled with the exchange of books and roses, creating an atmosphere of love, literature, and blooming romance throughout the city.


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Greek Isles: Myths and Sunbeams ☀️

Temperature Tease:  19°C (66.2°F)


Crete in the Greek Isles
Crete in the Greek Isles

Set sail for Greece, and let the isles enamor you with cerulean waters rippling under the caress of April’s temperate sunbeams. Dive into the inviting sea or cozy up in a corner of Crete and let the isle’s mythology whisper to your soul. In April, the water temperature in the Greek Islands generally ranges from 60°F (15.5°C) to 64°F (17.5°C), offering a refreshing yet invigorating experience for those seeking to indulge in the crystalline Mediterranean waters.


This moderate temperature presents an ideal setting for leisurely swims, watersports, and coastal explorations, allowing visitors to revel in the inviting embrace of the Aegean Sea while basking in the early spring sunshine. This popular destination has plenty of outdoor activities on a variety of islands as you hop around the islands. Taking day trips to several islands is a great way to experience all of Greece.


Embracing the enchanting allure of the Greek Isles in April offers a splendid tapestry of experiences, from azure waters to captivating vistas. Here are some recommendations to consider for your delightful adventure:


  • Tinos: Discover the serene beauty of Tinos, known for its picturesque villages, stunning beaches, and the sacred Church of Panagia Evangelistria.

  • Andros: Immerse yourself in the unspoiled charm of Andros, where lush landscapes, ancient pathways, and neoclassical architecture beckon to be explored.

  • Syros: Delight in the cosmopolitan ambiance of Syros, boasting elegant mansions, vibrant culture, and a captivating blend of tradition and modernity.

  • Sifnos: Uncover the authentic allure of Sifnos, renowned for its traditional villages, delectable cuisine, and the striking Monastery of Chrysopigi.


Southern France: Chic Sunshine and Lavender Lulls 🌺

Temperature Tease:  18°C (64.4°F)


Church in Marseille
Church in Marseille

Southern France is a canvas painted with chic cities and landscapes that sigh 'la vie est belle'. Swap bustling city life for the tranquility of Provence, where the scent of blooming lavender enchants amidst the graciously warm air. When I was visiting Marseille, I took a bus into Aix en Provence, so if you're spending time in Marseille, or Nice, take some time for a day trip away from the coast. The southern coast of France has mild temperatures and is the chilliest location I will write about on my blog; water temperatures are the chilliest too at 13°C or 56.5°F.  This area is steeped in history and brimming with cultural riches, Marseille, or Nice France offers a tapestry of captivating attractions that beckon to be explored. Here are some enchanting places to consider adding to your itinerary:


Marseille France

  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde: Delight in the awe-inspiring architecture of this iconic basilica, offering panoramic views of the city and the glistening Mediterranean beyond.

  • Parc National des Calanques: Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Calanques, where crystal-clear waters meet rugged limestone cliffs, creating a breathtaking natural spectacle.

  • Le Vieux Port: Lose yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Marseilles Old Port, pulsating with an array of seafood restaurants, bustling markets, and picturesque waterfront vistas.

  • Le Panier: Wander through the charming streets of this historic neighborhood, adorned with colorful facades, quaint cafes, and a delightful blend of contemporary flair and timeless charm.

  • Fort Saint-Jean: Uncover the history of Marseille at this ancient fortification, which now seamlessly integrates modern architecture with its storied past, offering captivating exhibitions and stunning views.

Places to See in Nice, France

  • Promenade des Anglais: Stroll along this iconic promenade that hugs the azure waters of the Mediterranean, offering scenic views and a delightful ambiance for leisurely walks.

  • Vieux Nice (Old Town): Lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleys of the Old Town, where vibrant markets, charming boutiques, and historic architecture converge in a captivating tapestry of sights and sounds.

  • Colline du Château: Ascend this hill for panoramic vistas of Nice, encompassing the glittering coastline, terracotta rooftops, and the verdant expanse of the surrounding landscape.

  • Cours Saleya Market: Immerse yourself in the scents and flavors of Provence at this bustling market, where vibrant blooms, fresh produce, and local delicacies create a sensory delight.

  • Musée Matisse: Delve into the world of art at this museum dedicated to the works of Henri Matisse, showcasing a diverse collection of his masterpieces in a serene setting.

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Canary Islands ☀️

Temperature Tease: 22.2°C (72°F)


Canary Islands
Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are the perfect place to visit in April. Considered Spanish but sitting closer to the equator off the coast of Africa, the Canary Islands have warmer temperatures than anywhere in Continental Europe. Water temperatures will be around 19°C or 66.2°F, so that is better but still considered chilly to some.


The allure of the Canary Islands in April beckons with a myriad of captivating experiences that intertwine nature's splendor, cultural richness, and exhilarating adventures. Embracing the vibrant essence of this enchanting archipelago during this time of year promises a tapestry of delights for intrepid travelers and enthusiastic explorers alike.


  1. Whale Watching and Cetacean Encounters: April sets the stage for awe-inspiring encounters with majestic whales and other cetaceans, offering an immersive window into the marine wonders that grace the crystalline waters surrounding the Canary Islands.

  2. Tranquil Beach Escapes: Indulge in the serenity of quiet beaches, where the gentle embrace of the sun-kissed shores invites moments of relaxation and rejuvenation amidst breathtaking coastal vistas.

  3. Fiesta de los Pastores in El Hierro: Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural celebration of Fiesta de los Pastores in El Hierro, where traditional festivities and local customs converge to create a dynamic tapestry of communal revelry and authentic Canarian spirit.

  4. Pirámides de Güímar: Embark on a journey to explore the enigmatic Pirámides de Güímar, engaging in an immersive exploration of these intriguing structures that whisper tales of ancient mysteries and historical intrigue.

  5. Wine Tasting in Lanzarote's La Geria Valley: Delight in the sensory delights of wine tasting amidst the scenic splendor of Lanzarote's La Geria Valley, where the fusion of volcanic landscapes and viticultural artistry crafts a tantalizing experience for oenophiles and enthusiasts of gastronomic pleasures.

  6. Hiking Adventures in Gran Canaria: Set foot on a transformative hiking odyssey through the wondrous landscapes of Tilos de Moya on Gran Canaria, where verdant trails, panoramic vistas, and natural splendor converge to captivate the senses and ignite the spirit of adventure.


Italy's Invitation: Gelato and Roman History🍦

Temperature Tease:  17°C (62.6°F)


Colosseum in Rome
Colosseum in Rome

Wake up to the warm embrace of Italy, where the symphony of April’s climate pairs perfectly with a melody of gelato flavors. Rome's passion pulse as you bask in the afterglow of history. Looking at all the ancient ruins as you walk the cobblestone streets is absolutely perfect in sunny weather.


The beaches are about an hour away from Rome, so this April visit should be a vacation with warm temperature in the city of Rome exploring the streets and ancient wonders. Also, if Easter falls in April this would be a great time to visit the Vatican and many basilicas in the area.


Visit some tourist attractions in Rome, here is a long list of the places I visited on my little trip. Insider Tip: One of the best ways to see Rome is on a golf cart tour, where I saw most of this list. Here is a link to the best golf cart tour in Rome.

  • The Vatican: A separate country located in Rome, Visit Saint Peter's Basilica, The Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Take a visit and see the works of art of Michaelangelo and Berini

  • Pantheon: An ancient Roman church that was converted to Christianity and still has services every Sunday. Several burials are located here including the 1st king and queen of Italy and Raphel.

  • Trevi Fountain: A beautiful historic fountain known in movies. Come here and toss pennies over your shoulder. 1 for a return to Rome, 2 pennies to fall in love and 3 pennies to fall in love in Rome.

  • Spanish Steps: There is nothing Spanish about them, but they are wonderful to look at with a French Cathedral at the top of the steps. This is a major tourist spot with many taking a seat on the steps of for a bit.

  • Villa Borghese Park: A wonderful park with an art Gallery and the Borghese Family Mansion. This park has a great overlook of the city and is great for people watching.

  • Gianicolo Hill: A great overlook near Vatican Hill. This is area is right above Trastevere which is a great area for restaurants and night life in Rome. If you are here the cannon fire at noon while visiting Rome, you know it is coming from Gianicolo Hill.

  • Saint Mary Maggiore Basilica: My favorite basilica in Rome, where the crib of Jesus is located. Several popes and Berini are also buried here.

  • Saint Paul’s Basilica: Stop by and visit this basilica which is located outside the city center area. This church is built on the tomb of Saint Paul and when you enter you can go pay the crypt a visit down the stair at the front of the basilica.




Visiting Sicily ☀️

Temperature Tease:  19°C (66°F)


Sicily
Sicily

In April, Sicily experiences pleasant average temperatures ranging from 59°F (15°C) to 66°F (19°C), creating an inviting environment for exploring the island's myriad treasures. Additionally, the water temperatures along the coastline of Sicily in April generally range from 57°F (14°C) to 61°F (16°C), offering a refreshing yet invigorating experience for those seeking coastal indulgence.


Embark on an enchanting journey through Sicily, where a captivating tapestry of experiences awaits, from historical marvels to natural wonders. Here are some top recommendations to ignite your imagination and infuse your travels with boundless enthusiasm:


These captivating attractions form just a fraction of the rich tapestry of experiences that Sicily has to offer, inviting you to craft your own joyful and expressive adventures amidst its diverse landscapes and storied history.


  • Valle dei Templi: Immerse yourself in the timeless allure of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting awe-inspiring ancient Greek ruins.

  • Ortigia: Explore the charming island of Ortigia, home to picturesque alleyways, baroque architecture, and a vibrant market offering a glimpse into Sicilian daily life.

  • Mount Etna: Ascend the majestic Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, and behold its breathtaking landscapes, craters, and lunar-like terrain.

  • Ancient Theatre of Taormina: Step back in time at the Ancient Theatre of Taormina, an ancient amphitheater offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the dramatic coastline.

  • Spiaggia dei Conigli: Unwind on the pristine shores of Spiaggia dei Conigli, a paradisiacal beach renowned for its crystal-clear waters and unspoiled natural beauty.


Amalfi Coast ☀️

Temperature Tease: 20°C (68°F)


Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast

Situated on the southern coast of Italy, the many towns that make up this area are a wonderful place for a beach vacation, plus the proximity to several other areas like Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii or Herculaneum. You will have plenty of places to visit and explore some history, eat great pizza, and try Limoncello’s. Here are some of the best things to visit when in this area. The warm weather on the Amalfi Coast makes April a perfect time for a visit.


Discover the mesmerizing allure of the Amalfi Coast in April, where a delightful tapestry of experiences awaits amidst the breathtaking coastal landscapes and charming towns. Here are some captivating recommendations to spark your imagination and infuse your travels with boundless enthusiasm:


  • Positano: Immerse yourself in the terraced city of Positano, offering picturesque views and a delightful ambiance that epitomizes the essence of the Amalfi Coast.

  • Sorrento: Delight in the enchanting town of Sorrento, where you can bask in the warmth of the Mediterranean climate and explore its historical charm and captivating vistas.

  • Capri: Embark on a voyage to the island of Capri, where you can revel in the natural splendor, from the iconic Faraglioni rock formations to the mesmerizing Blue Grotto.

  • Ravello: Indulge in the serene beauty of Ravello, renowned for its verdant gardens, historic villas, and panoramic views that inspire tranquility and awe.

  • Amalfi: Explore the historic town of Amalfi, steeped in rich maritime heritage and adorned with architectural marvels such as the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

  • Villa Cimbrone: Linger in the exquisite gardens of Villa Cimbrone, offering an idyllic setting to savor the natural splendor and captivating vistas of the coastline.



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Malta's Melting Pot 🏰

Temperature Tease:  20°C (68°F)


Malta
Malta

Malta, a jewel in the Mediterranean, offers up its forts and azure bays to those who seek warmth in both weather and history. The island's unique charm lies in its layered legacies and shimmering shores.


As you immerse yourself in the exhilarating coastal ambiance, here are some captivating activities to consider for your April sojourn in Malta:


  • Exploration of Valletta: Embark on a journey through the captivating streets of Valletta, adorned with historical charm and architectural wonders that ignite the imagination.

  • Gozo Adventures: Delight in the natural splendor of Gozo, where the tranquil landscapes and ancient sites create an immersive backdrop for outdoor pursuits and cultural discoveries.

  • Seaside Promenades: Revel in leisurely strolls along the picturesque seaside promenades, such as those in Saint Julian's, offering stunning vistas and a vibrant atmosphere.

  • Coastal Cuisine: Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Maltese cuisine, embracing the local gastronomic delights that infuse each moment with culinary joy and cultural richness.


Portugal’s Promise: Ocean's Caress and Pastel De Natas 🌊

Temperature Tease:  20°C (68°F)


Belem in Lisbon
Belem in Lisbon

Say olá to Portugal, glass of Vinho Verde in hand, while the Atlantic kisses its golden coastlines. Delight in the sweet taste of pastéis de nata as Lisbon enwraps you in a warm April breeze. Average water temperatures are still chilly for real beach time 16.2°C / 61.2° F. It's important to note that the sea water temperature in Lisbon during April may not be warm enough for swimming and does not exceed 20°C, offering a refreshing alternative to warmer months for coastal explorations.


In April, Lisbon exudes a captivating allure, embracing visitors with a tapestry of cultural wonders and vibrant experiences. Drawing inspiration from the delightful array of activities and attractions, here are some of the best things to see and do in Lisbon during this enchanting month:


  • Belem Tower: Venture to the iconic Belem Tower, an architectural masterpiece that stands as a symbol of Portugal's maritime heritage, offering a glimpse into the nation's rich history.

  • Alfama District and the Castle of Sao Jorge: Immerse yourself in the historic charm of the Alfama district, where labyrinthine streets lead to the majestic Castle of Sao Jorge, providing panoramic views of the city and a journey through time.

  • Quiosque at Bibliotheca Palácio Galveias: Indulge in the serene ambiance of the Quiosque at Bibliotheca Palácio Galveias, savoring moments of relaxation amid elegant surroundings.

  • Mean Sardine: Unwind at Mean Sardine, where you can savor a refreshing beer while immersing yourself in the local culture and the convivial spirit of Lisbon.

  • Pet Pigs: Keep an eye out for the charming presence of pet pigs, adding a touch of whimsy and surprise to your explorations, revealing the endearing and unexpected facets of the city.

  • Oceanário de Lisboa: Delight in an immersive aquatic experience at the Oceanário de Lisboa, where you can encounter mesmerizing marine life and transcend into a realm of underwater enchantment.

  • Belém Riverside District: Explore the delightful riverside district of Belém, where the meandering Tagus River harmonizes with historical landmarks, creating a picturesque setting for leisurely strolls and cultural discoveries.


Croatia, Montenegro, Albania: Balkan Beauty 🌄


Croatia
Croatia

Temperature Tease:  16°C to 20°C (60.8°F to 68°F)


These destinations in Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania beckon with their unique blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural vibrancy, inviting you to embark on an enriching journey shaped by the essence of April. Water temperatures are chilly, average temperature ranging from 14.7°C to 15.6°C, (upper 50’s) Usually too chilly for real beach weather but you could dip your toes in for a few.


  • Dubrovnik: Immerse yourself in the historic charm of Dubrovnik, where ancient city walls, limestone streets, and breathtaking views converge to create a timeless experience in Croatia.

  • Split: Discover the vibrant energy of Split, home to the magnificent Diocletian's Palace and a bustling waterfront promenade that invites leisurely strolls and delightful encounters in Croatia.

  • Krka National Park: Delight in the verdant beauty of Krka National Park, where cascading waterfalls and lush landscapes paint a mesmerizing backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photography aficionados is Croatia.


  • Kotor: Unveil the enchanting beauty of Kotor, nestled within the captivating embrace of fjord-like bay, adorned with medieval architecture, and offering panoramic vistas from the heights of the city walls in Montenegro.


  • Tirana: Immerse yourself in the colorful tapestry of Tirana, where vibrant street art, bustling markets, and a rich historical legacy converge to create a dynamic urban experience in Albania.

  • Berat: Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Berat, known as the "City of a Thousand Windows," where Ottoman-era architecture and a picturesque hilltop citadel offer a glimpse into Albania's cultural heritage.


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Costa del Sol, Spain: Eternal Summer ☀️

Temperature Tease:  22°C (71.6°F)


Near Cost Del Sol
Near Costa Del Sol

Finally, drift towards Costa del Sol, where the name itself is an ode to sunshine. Spain’s southern coast is the reigning deity of warmth, welcoming travelers to its balmy embrace, even in April. This will be one of the hottest places on my list.


Temperatures are the warmest at this location in Spain, so you will be able to do all your beach activities without being too chilly. But a warning: water temperatures will still be chilly at 15°C (59°F). So, spend some time at the best and play a little bit in the water but enjoy the rest of this area in Spain and all the sites. Below is a list of favorite places to check out nearby.

  • Alcazaba: This historic fortress in Malaga offers stunning views and a glimpse into the region's rich past.

  • Marbella Old Town: Explore the charming streets, shops, and restaurants in this picturesque area.

  • Cueva de Nerja: Visit these fascinating prehistoric caves for a unique and awe-inspiring experience.

  • Puerto Marina Benalmadena: Enjoy the lively atmosphere, restaurants, and shops at this beautiful marina.

  • Malaga Cathedral: Admire the stunning architecture and rich history of this iconic cathedral.

  • Gibraltar: Take a day trip to explore the unique culture and attractions of this British Overseas Territory.

  • Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja): Delve into the underground wonders of these famous caves for an unforgettable adventure.

  • Benalmádena: Experience the vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and cultural attractions in this coastal town.

  • Tivoli World: Have a fun-filled day at this amusement park featuring rides, shows, and entertainment for all ages.

  • Burriana Beach: Relax and soak up the sun on this popular and picturesque beach in Nerja.


For the optimist gazing out of their window, yearning for far-off places where stories beckon, and the sun awaits, now's your time. Make a break for the warmth of Europe's April offerings, where each destination is a chapter in your book of unforgettable springtime soirées. Embrace the warmth, the joy, and the sheer, glorious splendor. Pack light, book smart, and plunge into passions anew beneath Europe's vernal sun!


Remember, in these warm havens, it’s not just about chasing the temperature—it’s about soaking in the local love and savoring the fan favorites and some history too. From the tips of toes gracing beach waters to the zest of local cuisine savored streetside, your April getaway will be a story sung in warm melodies and laughed in sunlit reverie. Pack your sunglasses, your curiosity, and an appetite for adventure – Europe in April is calling. 🌟


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