Alicante: April Weather AveragesDaily averages for April
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||50 %|
|Rainfall days||6 days|
|Chance of Rain||20 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||10 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||8 %|
Daily averages for April
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Averages for Alicante in April
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Alicante, as the weather is really very good at this time of year. It’s warm, there’s likely to be very little rainfall, and with around 8 hours of sunshine each day, while it isn’t exactly beach weather, you should even be able to do a little sunbathing.
The average temperature in April is 16C, with highs of 21C. It’s likely that temperatures will reach up to around 28C on several days. And by the end of the month, overnight temperatures hover at a relatively pleasant 12C; the average low is 11C. Humidity is at a low at this time of year (just 65%), though Alicante is quite humid year round. Sea breezes help to moderate any high temperatures, the sea is calm and beginning to warm up; reaching around 16C by the end of the month.
Conditions are similar across Spain. Seville has an average temperature of 18C, with highs of 24C, and Barcelona is likely to be only slightly cooler with average temperatures of 13C and highs of 17C.
April is generally quite dry, with just 34mm of rainfall expected on average over six days in the month. Rainfall in April is due to strong surface heating, rather than cold fronts, so precipitation is likely to take the form of short, light afternoon showers that clear as quickly as they arrive. There are usually only one or two days when it rains for the whole day.
It is generally wetter as a rule in the rest of Spain than in Alicante, thanks to a microclimate created by the unique topography of the area. In Barcelona, for example, they expect rainfall averages of around 40mm over 8 days in April; about 7mm more than in Alicante, so not significantly wetter at this time.
April is also the beginning of the pollen season in Alicante, so visitors that suffer from hay fever may experience some discomfort by the end of the month.
Where to Stay
The Eurostars Lucentum is another chain hotel, located in the centre of Alicante. The Eurostars brand is more mid-range, though the facilities are excellent and rival some of the more upmarket establishments. The rooms are furnished in a comfortable, if slightly impersonal, modern style.
The four star Abba Centrum Hotel offers a wide range of facilities to keep guests occupied, including sauna, masseur, solarium, Fitness Centre and library. The décor is perhaps less sophisticated than some of the other hotels of the same quality, but nonetheless it’s an excellent choice.
Things to Do
The Castillo de San Fernando is counterpart of the Castillo de Santa Barbara, built on Tossal hill in the beginning of the 19th century as a defence against French advances. While Castillo de San Fernando turned out to be less than useful as a military fortification, it does make an excellent tourist trap.
Iglesia de Santa Maria (the Church of Saint Maria) was built in a gothic style between the 14th and 16th centuries is one of Alicante’s major tourist attractions. Constructed over the ruins of a former Moorish mosque, it has a richly decorated Baroque façade. Of note is the image of the virgin by sculptor Juan Bautista Borja and 18th century Rococo main altar. There are also a variety of objets d’art dating back to the 15th century.
Santa Maria Basilica, Alicante.
With the sea right on your doorstep, there’s never been a better time to go diving. There are several dive schools close to each beach, and lessons can be booked through your hotel.
Hit the Beach
The blue flag beach of San Juan Beach (Playa de San Juan) is one of the most popular beaches in the area. This beach falls between two municipalities: Alicante and El Campello. Lined with restaurants, cafes and bars, there are plenty of amenities should you need to avoid a rain shower or just fancy a break from sunbathing. There are also plenty of water sports on offer, like surfing, banana boats and diving. It even boasts an18-hole golf course!
Eat & Drink
Abaco Café is a funky little art bar with not only a gallery and chill out lounge, but fantastic menu of homemade tapas and pastries. There’s a variety of music in the evenings, including Flamenco, jazz, blues and soul.
Alicante is home to a pretty diverse range of restaurants. Fresh seafood like octopus and red mullet features heavily on the menu of most restaurants, and, especially considering the great seafood, it would be unthinkable to visit without trying Paella!
April events in Alicante
Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday)
2nd April 2015
This is when the Santo Cristo de la Sangre processions take place, involving 30 different Christian brotherhoods.
6th April 2015
Easter is one of Spain’s most and deep-rooted celebrations and the streets of Alicante come alive with religious celebrations and parades.
The Pilgrimage of the Holy Visage (Santa Faz)
17th April 2015 to 30th April 2015
The Santa Faz (Holy Visage) Monastery in Alicante has, according to tradition, a part of the cloth with which Veronica wiped the blood from Jesus’ face as he carried his cross to Calvery.
Moors and Christians Festival (Moros y Cristianos)
22nd April 2015 to 24th April 2015
Processions and mock battles commemorating the defeat of Moorish forces in the 12th century. The festival of Moors and Christians has become one of the main festivals in Alicante, which begins by dianas waking up the people in the morning.