Weather Averages for Costa del Sol in April
Averages for Costa del Sol in April
April’s temperature lows stay in double figures, with 11 degrees expected to be the coldest temperature in the month. However, temperature highs can reach 21 degrees, that’s 70 in Fahrenheit, proving that springtime really has arrived in the Costa del Sol. Sunshine hours have now reached seven hours per day, and the amount of rainfall has decreased to 40mm, although that still might mean the island will see 11 days of rain. Sea temperatures reach the 16 degrees mark in April.
In April 2005, strong southerly winds combined with a sand storm in the Sahara desert in Africa, carried a large amount of sand and a reddish cloud over the whole of Greece, including Crete.
Crete is full of wildflowers at this time of year – a beautiful and resplendent sight, and much better than a cloud of sand spoiling the landscape!
Dates for the diary
April’s events calendar is one of the busiest in the entire Costa del Sol year. The Classic Car and Motorcycle Event in Estepona is one for genuine petrol heads. A range of motorcycles and classic cars is on display for the general public to ooh and ahh over, along with book stands that cover everything about the automotive industry; from biographies of top racing stars to manuals on how to fine-tune your car.
A popular annual event, The Arts & Crafts Fair takes place this month in Mijas. With stalls selling jewellery, patchwork quilts and hand-crafted greeting cards, this is a great place to go and buy some unique souvenirs for friends and family back home. You could also visit a spiritual healer. Ticket holders who purchase ahead of the event will get a buffet lunch included.
Club La Costa Worldon will host regular events throughout the year in Costa del Sol, as some famous people come to the resort to talk about their life experiences. In April, Jennie Bond will visit the resort to deliver an engaging discussion about her life. Bond was the BBC’s Royal Correspondent for 14 years, reporting on all Royal Family activities including the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. She also finished second in the 2004 edition of ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. The evening will offer an interesting insight into her experiences of being in the public eye, both in journalism and other environments.
In late April, MERCADOC arrives in Costa del Sol. This is a Latin American and European documentary fair, with amateur and professional documentaries by filmmakers being screened. The genres are varied, although there is a special focus on Europe. This is always a prime event to spot budding documentary filmmaking talent who could be about to break into the big time.
Things to do
Exploring the Andalusian countryside on horseback is a hugely enjoyable and exhilarating activity. Take the trip to the village of Casares for good range of hacks and well-trained, friendly horses courtesy of Fun in the Sun. Enjoy breathtaking views towards the North African coast while exploring the beautiful Casares/Manilva/Gaucin countryside – as well as getting to grips with your trusty steed – and will no doubt rate highly as a wonderful memorable holiday experience. This is suitable for all the family and riders of all levels, including beginners.
Open since July 2007, Parque La Bateria in Torremolinos provides spectacular views of fountains and lakes. This park overlooks the coastline of Carahuela at the end of Torremolinos, and there are reminders of its past military base here, with old firing guns overlooking the harbour and sea. There are play areas for the children, too. It is an enjoyable and educational day out for the whole family.
Hit the beach
Torre Bermeja beach in Benalmadena is one for the entire family to enjoy. It might be a compact beach at just 600 metres long in length, but is close to the main town area and the various entertainment activities. Beach bars and restaurants compete for people’s attention, and other facilities include showers, a children’s park, sunshades and beach beds and easy access for the disabled. The water is calm, but that makes it ideal for swimming or other water-related activities and the sand’s surface is grey, but sandy. A beach football pitch has even been set-up, complete with goalposts. This will add to the lively atmosphere of a holiday – can you be the next Xavi, Iniesta or Fabregas! Volleyball is another family option.
El Playazo beach in Nerja is little known however, it offers a long strength of sandy beach fringed by tropical plantations and agricultural fields. Nerja’s longest beach is currently undeveloped, but will take tourists away from the central action, which can sometimes be a hindrance rather than a pleasantry. This is the place to go to do some sunbathing, having a splash in the sea, play games on the beach and enjoy a reasonable meal. Without a promenade, the choice of eating/drinking establishments is lacking in quality, but coming to this beach for some calm thoughts is recommended.
Where to eat & drink
Fancy a curry? Nirvana Restaurant in Benalmadena ticks all the boxes on that score. This is a great Indian restaurant, which can seat up to 60 people indoor and outdoor surroundings. Tyr the tarka daal and the king prawn dish.
Having been recommended in the Michelin 2012 and 2013 guides for restaurants, it is no surprise that Au Petit Paris in Nerja gets the nod of approval from many tourists. The food is top notch and the wine of the finest quality. It’s fairly pricey but for the quality of the dining experience, it is well worth giving this restaurant a go.
Torremolinos has some of the best nightlife in the Costa del Sol and Atrevete is a good club that’s guaranteed to get the party going. Boasting two floors and a lively party atmosphere, this club is described as ‘a saucy salsa venue’ and attracts partygoers from all over Andalucía.
Torrequebrada Casino and Sala Fortuna in Benalmadena is a classy casino based in the five-star Hotel Torrequebrada. You can take your chance at blackjack, poker and at the roulette tables. You will need to take formal identification with you to prove your age, plus dress formally, otherwise access is prohibited. Once that’s all sorted, all you need to do is master your poker face…
Where to stay
Consider renting an apartment or villa on the Costa del Sol directly from the owners. Costa del Sol rentals are available throughout the year and often feature private pools, sea views, air-conditioning and satellite tv. Spainrentalsdirect.co.uk has over 370 properties to choose from.
Hostel Sol y Miel guesthouse in Benalmadena offers 40 comfy and well-priced rooms and a good location; the hotel is only a short distance from the Cable Car and Tivoli Park in Benalmadena. The rooms can cater for up to four people, and offer a DVD player along with free Wi-Fi connection. Great value for money and great service make this place a popular choice.
The area of Torrox is unknown to many holidaymakers drawn to the Costa del Sol, but its well worth looking into as it has some great hotels and apartments. Hotel Fuerte Calaceite has a great sea view and is close to Torrox and Nerja; therefore guests are only a short stroll from numerous the lively bars and busy cafes. The apartments offer three bedrooms and an (unheated) swimming pool.
Situated in Nerja, Villa Roberto is a mere 250 metres away from a quiet and peaceful beach. The walk into Nerja is bit of a trek (three kilometres) but the villa’s beautiful surroundings make up for that. Patio furniture, parasols and outdoor BBQ cry out for al fresco dining.
Unlike other areas of mainland Spain, the Costa del Sol does provide some good options for happy campers. Camping Torremolinos is one of the best campsites and is situated within 600 metres from Los Alamos beach. The camp site provides sand plots in the shade, and is located handily closely to Torremolinos’ largest entertainment complex, the Plaza Mayor.
Over in Malaga, Malaga Lodge supplies first-rate self-catering accommodation right in the middle of the old part of the city. The bedrooms are well furnished and boast spotless bathrooms. This is a good choice for tourists on a budget.