Weather Averages for Barcelona in April
Averages for Barcelona in April
April is the beginning of summer in Barcelona, so you can expect the weather to get warmer still as the temperatures jump up a notch.
April is essentially characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures. The average daytime temperatures are around 17°C (about 62°F) where as the average minimum temperatures tend to drop down to 8°C (47°F). It is even possible for temperatures to exceed 21°C (about 69°F) one day in ten during this month.
Barcelona starts to get busy from this month onward due to its sunny weather. An average of eight hours of sunshine can be expected in April, compared to just six hours in March. The length of day is starting to gradually increase in April. From the start to the end of the month, the length of day increases by 1:15 hours. The shortest day of the month usually falls on April 1st with 12:43 hours of daylight, while the longest day is April 30th with 13:58 hours of daylight.
This month is the best for sunbathing and swimming. There are loads of water sport activities in Barcelona during this time of the year due to the perfect water temperatures. On average, the sea temperature in Barcelona is a warm 14°C. However, this may seem rather cold for some people, so if you would rather visit Barcelona when the sea temperature is a lot warmer, July or August is probably your best option when the sea temperature can reach 24°C to 26°C!
Whilst in Barcelona during the summer months always make sure you carry with you a decent protective sun cream, to avoid getting burnt by the sun's rays, which can be strong. If you want to spend your days lying out on the beach, be sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
You can expect some rain in April; the average expected rain fall is 28 mm over 10 days. However, even when it does rain it shouldn't last for more than a day. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed throughout April is a little as 35%, with little variation over the course of the month. Throughout this month, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms, drizzle and light rain.
Skies usually clear up quickly after any rainfall, so you can once again go back to enjoying the warmth and sunshine. During April the median cloud cover is a partly cloudy 44% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On April 15th, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 45% and only partly cloudy 29% of the time.
With no fog expected at all for this month, the weather should remain mainly sunny and warm.
Furthermore, the humidity levels are starting to gradually increase at this time of year, typically ranging from a mildly humid 54% to a very humid 92%, rarely dropping below a comfortable 35% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around April 18th, when the relative humidity drops below 64% three days out of four. On the other hand, the air is most humid around April 30th, where humidity levels can rise above a very humid 89% three days out of four.
Over the course of a typical April wind speeds vary from 0 m/s to 7 m/s, which is considered as a calm to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 11 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around April 5th, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. At this time of year in Barcelona, the wind is most often coming from the north, followed by the southwest.
- Barceloneta Beach
Dates for the diary
In this month you can also enjoy the celebrations of Feast of Sant Jordi. For this feast men have to buy roses for women and, in return, the women give them a book. During this period loads of book stalls and flower kiosks are setup around the town. The gifts are not strictly exchanged between lovers, they are exchanged between friends and work colleagues as well.
April 1st sees the continuation of The Guitar Festival. The year 2014 marks the 25th year this festival has been in existence. There will be performances by both local and international musicians. The musical genres range from traditional to rock. The fourth part of the 2014 concert series features the UK's The Stranglers.
From April 9th until April 12th Shae Yun will perform at the National Theatre of Catalunya. This is a show of traditional ethnic Chinese entertainment. Storytelling is told through musical and dance performances, with a live orchestra.
Holy Week marks the end of Lent and commemorates the Resurrection of Christ. Palm Sunday is April 13; Good Friday is April 18th; Easter Sunday is April 20 and Easter Monday is April 21. The week is full of processions, church-going, praying and celebrations. One of the most beautiful churches in Barcelona, Santa Esglesia Catedral Basilica de Barcelona near the top of the Ramblas, has an exceptionally brilliant procession and visitors will be enthralled by their renowned choir.
Sports enthusiasts will adore the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Part of the ATP circuit, this 8-day tennis tournament attracts world-renowned tennis players and the best up-and-coming players. Past participants have included Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.
From April 25th until the 28th the Handmade Festival Barcelona will take place at the Fira Montjic Exhibition Centre. This is a brand new event, with its first exhibition in Barcelona. It will display handmade crafts and products. Focus is on the use of thread, paper, cooking, and DIY materials. There will be workshops, craft activities, and concerts. France will be the guest country featured. Over 20,000 visitors are expected.
- Rafael Nadal playing at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Things to do
The Palau Nacional (National Palace) is located in the recreational area of Montjuïc found near the center of Barcelona. It was originally constructed between 1926 and 1929 for the International Exhibition in Barcelona, however, since 1934 it has been home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The palace is one of he most magnificent buildings in the city, and was inspired by the Spanish Renaissance.
In front of the Palau Nacional you will find the famous Magic Fountain. The fountain shows off an impressive display of light, colour, music and water aerobatics, which look even more spectacular at night. This is a must see whilst visiting Barcelona. However, the Magic Fountain is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so make sure you come on the correct day!
If you’re here with the kids you may want to visit Barcelona Zoo on a sunny day. Located in the Parc de la Ciutadella this zoo and dolphinarium is home to a wide variety of animal species including giraffes, lions, chimpanzees and elephants. One of the most popular attractions is the dolphin show that performs every day and is available at no extra cost.
Furthermore, if you want to do something for free you should definitely head to the streets of Barceloneta in Ciutat Vella district. This area is made up on tapas bars, restaurants and shops, but it’s great to just walk around and take in the atmosphere. On one side you will see Barcelona’s Port Vell and beautiful golden sand beaches on the other. The neighborhood is often lively and there’s something always going on, so make sure to bring your camera for some fantastic pictures.
- Palau Nacional, Barcelona
Where to eat & drink
Bar Mingus is an authentic Spanish tapas bar situated in the Gothic Quarter. Probably one of the best kept secrets in Barcelona this cosy bar offers free tapas if you order a drink at the bar. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include the homemade meatballs and ensaladilla rusa (Russian salad).
If you’re a fan of hamburgers you should definitely try the trendy Bacoa Universitat in Ronda Universitat. This colourful restaurant is part of a small gourmet hamburger chain, renowned across the city. With the change of the seasons they offer a new burger on the menu, using locally sourced fresh products. It is highly recommended to try the house burger or the San Jacobo, made up of Iberian loin, Serrano Ham and manchego cheese.
El Jabali is definitely worth a try while staying in Barcelona. This deli bar not only offers a variety of refreshing beers on tap but also serves a great selection of traditional tapas, including cured sausage and patatas bravas. On a sunny day, it’s also great idea to sit out on the terrace and do some people watching.
Cantina Pepino is a lively Mexican bar situated in El Raval. They offer a great selection of Mexican favourites including tacos and flavoursome soups. Also, at the weekends you are likely to hear house music being blasted out and they also offer a variety of delicious cocktails.
Hit the beach
As the temperature is starting to increase during April, you may well find there are a number of days hot enough to spend the day at the beach or at least go for an afternoon stroll.
Sitges Beach is situated just outside of Barcelona. You will need to catch a train from Sants Station to get to this beach; however, it is definitely worth it as it is relatively quiet at the time of year. Plus, the seawater is clean and the beach is well maintained to keep it litter free.
Somorrostro beach is located right next to the city of Barcelona. This sandy beach offers a number of facilities including adapted showers, toilets, sun loungers, changing rooms, beach umbrellas, food and drink kiosks and even a children’s game area.
St. Sebastia & St. Miguel Beaches are two of the city’s oldest and most traditional beaches. They were two of the first to offer amenities for bathing, which was often only exclusive to the well to do. Today the area features indoor and open-air swimming pools as well as direct access to the public beach. There are also a number of showers, public toilets, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, sports facilities and drinks and ice cream kiosks available to the public.
- Typical Beach in Barcelona
Where to stay
The Glocal Apartments in L’Eixample, Barcelona offers stylish, modern apartments, located just a short walk away from Passeig de Gracia. All of these contemporary and comfortable apartments come with air-conditioning, a living room and a fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher.
On the other hand, Avenida Palace is a four-star hotel, located just a 5 minutes’ walk from Plaza Catalunya, La Rambla and Paseo de Gracia. Many famous guests have stayed at this lavish hotel including the Beatles in 1965. Furthermore, all rooms at Avenida Palace are air-conditioned and feature satellite TVs.
Another option worth looking into is the four-star Olivia Balmes Hotel, which offers an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and sun terrace. All of the rooms boast a modern, contemporary design and come with free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV and laptop safe.
If you want a central location you may want to stay at Citadines Prestige Ramblas Barcelona in Ciutat Vella. This comfortable, three-star aparthotel offers air-conditioned studios and apartments which feature fully-equipped kitchens, bathrooms and satellite TVs.