Costa Brava: April Weather Averages
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|Chance of Sunny Day||39 %|
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Averages for Costa Brava in April
The weather carries on improving in the Costa Brava, Spain in April, when the spring season is well underway. At this time of the year, the average temperature for the region begins at 11.5°C on April 1st and gradually rises until it reaches 14°C by April 30th. Daily highs and lows for the Costa Brava change in the same way, increasing from 17°C to 20°C and from 6°C to 8°C, respectively, as the month develops.
With average temperatures as mild as these, you’ll need to pack a mixture of warm and cool clothing – such as T-shirts, shorts, jumpers and jeans – to make sure you stay comfortable whilst on holiday. It’s also worth packing some beachwear and swimming gear in case the weather is warmer than expected, as well as a coat or jacket in case temperatures are lower than expected.
Even though it only happens on rare occasions, temperatures can sometimes rise above 24°C or fall below 2°C in April in the Costa Brava. The hottest April day ever registered at the Girona airport weather station – the best weather station for info on the Costa Brava – is April 8th 2011, when temperatures as high as 30.2°C were recorded. At the other end of the scale, the coldest April day ever registered at Girona airport is April 11th 1973, when temperatures down to -3°C were recorded.
Throughout April, the Costa Brava is subject to an average of 81mm (3 inches) of rainfall which is spread out between 12 rainy days. With precipitation falling on almost ½ of the month, you’re almost guaranteed to get a shower or two during your holiday in the Costa Brava. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so consider packing some waterproof clothing or an umbrella if you plan on venturing outdoors in the wet weather.
The highest monthly rainfall ever registered at the airport in Girona in April is 181.7 l/m2, which was recorded in 2002. The maximum number of rainy days ever recorded here during this month is 19 which happened in 1988 and the maximum amount of precipitation ever to fall within a 24-hour period in April is 65.2 l/m2, all of which fell on April 3rd 2002.
The probability of rainfall occurring on any given day in the Costa Brava in April rises as the month develops. Precipitation is least likely to fall around April 1st when it only makes an appearance on 36% of days, whilst precipitation is most likely to occur around April 28th when it falls on 42% of days. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to experience at this time of year in the Costa Brava are moderate rain, drizzle, thunderstorms and light rain. Fortunately, snowfall is extremely unlikely to make an appearance during this month.
Throughout April, the Costa Brava enjoys an average of ten hours of sunshine every day – that’s one hour more each day than in March. With such a high number of sunshine hours to take advantage of, you’ll have plenty of chances to get out and explore the area. You might even get the chance to hit the beach if the weather is warm enough. Although with an average sea water temperature of 15°C, it’s probably a bit too cold to go for a swim.
Across April, the length of the day in the Costa Brava is slowly increasing, with a difference of 1:17 hours between the beginning and the end of the month. April 1st marks the shortest day of the month with 12:43 hours of daylight, whilst April 30th marks the longest day of the month, with 14:01 hours of daylight.
At this time of year, the relative humidity for the Costa Brava ranges between 47% (comfortable) and 97% (very humid) rarely falling below 30% (dry) or reaching 100%. On average, the most humid day of the month is April 1st, when the average daily humidity rises above 94% three days out of every four. At the other end of the scale, the driest day of the month is usually April 22nd, when the average daily humidity falls below 56% three days out of every four.
In April, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze) throughout the Costa Brava, rarely exceeding 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) occurs around April 24th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 2 m/s happens around April 1st when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.
Cala Estreta in Costa Brava, Spain taken by Roser
Things to do
The mild temperatures make April a great month to explore the local area. Tourist Tours Cadaques run organised tours of the area for visitors to enjoy, showing them the best that the village has to offer. There are all sorts of different tours to choose from, guaranteeing something for everyone. The various tours on offer include: the gazing at the night sky tour, architectural tour, Dali’s moustache tour, historical tour, the Pirates of Cadaques tour, silence and nature tour and the get surreal tour. The durations and costs of the tours differ, so you can choose the perfect one to suit your group and budget.
The Parish Church of Sant Roma is one of the most visited buildings in the whole of the Costa Brava, making it a must during your holiday. Located in Lloret de Mar, this church is stunning on the outside and is decorated with a huge number of mosaics, murals, stained glass windows and other well-preserved details. The inside of the church is slightly less spectacular, although visitors are invited to light a candle in honour of a loved one. Photography is allowed both outside and inside the church, so make sure you take your camera with you.
Avid golfers won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy a round or two at Club de Golf D’Aro. Located in Platja d’Aro 300m above sea level, this golf club features one 18-hole course with a huge variety between holes, making it challenging for first timers and experienced golfers alike. In addition to the golf course, Club de Golf D’Aro also features a pitch and putt course, padel courts, golf school, pro shop, equipment hire and restaurant. April falls within the high season for the golf club, which means the prices will be relatively expensive.
On the other hand, if you’re a history buff, don’t pass up the chance to visit the Ruins of Empuries. These ancient ruins give you a fantastic idea of what this part of the Costa Brava used to look like centuries ago, under Greek and Roman occupation. Each of the ruins features a detailed description which is written up in several languages, including English, so you’ll never be lost. As well as the ruins, there’s also a small museum onsite where you can learn more about the history of the local area, as well as a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and guide books.
Platja d'Aro in Costa Brava, Spain taken by Vincent
Hit the beach
If the weather is warm enough, make the most of it and spend a few hours at Cala Corb Beach. This tiny cove is made up of soft golden sand which gradually slopes into clear blue waters which are perfect for swimming. Unfortunately, the cool sea temperatures at this time of year mean the sea will probably be too cold for swimming if you visit during April. Due to its small size, you won’t find any services or facilities available here, so you’ll need to bring your own chairs, food and drink if you think you’ll need them. The trees on the cliff which line the beach provide some shade throughout the day, so you won’t need to bring a parasol.
Get an all-over tan by soaking up the rays at Cala Estreta Beach. This bay is one of the most well-established nudist beaches in the Costa Brava, although naked sunbathing isn’t obligatory. You won’t find any sand here – instead, the bay is made up of large rocks which heat up as the day goes on, making them perfect for sunbathing on. In addition to working on your tan, you can also try your hand at fishing and even go scuba diving here. Thanks to its secluded location and lack of sand, not many people visit Cala Estreta Beach, making it ideal for a quiet day out.
Cala Corb in Costa Brava, Spain taken by Roser
Where to eat
If you want to try the local cuisine, don’t pass up the chance to dine at La Parilla. This popular eatery serves a wide variety of traditional Catalonian dishes, including several types of paella, all of which come very highly recommended. Diners are normally given a complimentary dish of bread and olives at the start of their meal, so take this into consideration when you’re deciding how much food you want to order.
Holidaymakers staying in Cadaques should definitely take the time to visit Compartir. This eatery is known for its wide selection of sharing platters which are suitable for couples, as well as large groups. There is a great wine menu available to complement the food, with a vast array of international and local labels to choose from. Although the food is quite expensive compared to other restaurants in the area, it’s worth the extra money.
La Gruta in L’Escala is a great place to go if you need to please a number of distinct palates. This restaurant serves a wide variety of international dishes, with a few local specialities thrown in there for good measure, so you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone to enjoy. Open for lunch and dinner, La Gruta offers an extensive a la carte menu, as well as a menu of the day which works out at fantastic value for money.
When it comes to top quality produce, innovative dishes and affordable prices, Can Roura ticks all the boxes. Here you’ll find a menu full of Mediterranean dishes, with plenty of meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian options available. April falls within the low season for the Costa Brava, which means you’ll need to make a previous reservation through the website if you want to dine here. If you’re splashing out, you can book one of the special menus or even reserve the chef’s table.
Calella de Palafrugell in Costa Brava, Spain taken by Andrea
Where to stay
When it comes to affordable luxury in the Costa Brava, it’s tough to beat L'Escala Resort. Situated in L’Escala, this complex is ideal for families and couples alike. Here you’ll find accommodation available in the form of double, triple, quadruple and family apartments, some of which come with gardens. There are loads of onsite services and facilities available for guests to enjoy, such as swimming pools, solarium, gardens, excursion booking, breakfast in your room, WiFi access and free parking.
The two-star MedPlaya Hotel San Eloy is perfect for holidaymakers looking for accommodation on a budget. Located in Tossa de Mar, this complex is located in the centre of a Mediterranean forest and just a short drive away from the nearest beach. Here guests can choose between studios, one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments and family rooms, providing something for all group sizes. Onsite amenities and services are extensive and include buffet restaurant, kids’ club, minimarket, tennis courts, car parking, swimming pools, evening entertainment and an all-inclusive option.
If you’re planning on playing golf during your holiday in the Costa Brava, consider staying at Emporda Golf Resort. This complex is situated just a stone’s throw away from the golf course which features two separate 18-hole courses, pro shop, restaurant and practice course. The hotel itself provides guests with a choice of standard rooms and junior suites, each of which comes with flat-screen TV and internet access. There is a wealth of facilities and services available onsite, including restaurant, spa, gym, free parking, free WiFi access, swimming pool and room service.
Les Formigues in Costa Brava, Spain taken by Cristina
April events in Costa Brava
Cuina de Ses Dones
1st April 2015 to 14th April 2015
Cuina de Ses Dones (Women’s Fair) takes place one day during the first fortnight of April in Cadaques and is one of the biggest open-air feasts of the month. On this day a huge number of housewives get together and use local produce to whip up traditional Catalonian dishes for visitors and locals to enjoy together.
Procession of Verges and Dance of Death
2nd April 2015
On Maundy Thursday, the procession of Verges and Dance of Death takes place in Verges. Events kick off during the early afternoon with a parade of Roman soldiers who travel through town to collect the religious floats and take them to the church. Later, a performance takes place in the main square before a procession through the town's streets. This procession is split into two parts – the first of which recalls the Passion of the Christ and the second of which is a street parade that includes five skeletons interpreting the Dance of Death.
Procession of Girona
3rd April 2015
The procession of Girona takes place on Good Friday, starting off at the Girona Cathedral and working its way to the city’s old quarter, with numerous bible re-enactments taking place along the way. The highlight of the day is the singing of the creed which takes place at the foot of Girona Cathedral.
Procession of Besalú
3rd April 2015
On Good Friday, the religious procession of Besalú takes place with locals dressing up as Jesus and the Apostles, marching through the streets accompanied by a choir singing hymns.
Diada de Sant Jordi
23rd April 2015
Diada de Sant Jordi is celebrated in honour of the Patron Saint of Catalonia – Sant Jordi. This festival is also known as Lovers’ Day, since it's when lovers usually exchange presents – normally books or flowers. In addition to the gift giving, this day is also celebrated with book fairs, flower stalls, street parties and dances which take place throughout Catalonia, especially in Las Ramblas, Barcelona.