Averages for Madrid in April
April in Madrid can be summed up in one word – rainy! Having said that, provided you bring your umbrella, you can easily explore the city to your heart’s content. It’s not all bad news however, because despite the fact that you can expect an average of 50mm of rain throughout April, around 10 days, there are also 7 hours of sunshine per day
Averages for Madrid in April
April in Madrid can be summed up in one word – rainy! Having said that, provided you bring your umbrella, you can easily explore the city to your heart’s content. It’s not all bad news however, because despite the fact that you can expect an average of 50mm of rain throughout April, around 10 days, there are also 7 hours of sunshine per day to enjoy, which makes Madrid a great destination during this month of the year.
Bridge in Madrid
Where to stay
A luxury stay in the heart of Madrid is very easily done, with countless hotels that cater for that more upmarket, sophisticated kind of city break you might be after. The Me Madrid Reina Victoria is completely central, and was voted as one of the top hotels to stay in Conde Nast. Famous for its views from The Roof, a place to visit in itself, the food is delicious here, as well as a top class spa to try out. You will struggle to find a better hotel.
Having said that, the Intercontinental Madrid Hotel is a very sophisticated affair, located in the Chamberi neighbourhood, close to practically everything you could want in Madrid. The bar and lounge is great for kicking back and relaxing after a long day’s sightseeing, meaning you don’t have to venture too far if you don’t want to.
Outdoor Cafe on the roof in Madrid
Things to do
We all know that Spanish wine is famous, and whilst in the country itself it would be a crime not to sample a glass of home-grown vino or two. If you want to learn more about the wine producing process then The Madrid Wine Experience is a must do, where you can taste several different types of wine, and learn about how it is made. Alternatively, Vinophoria Day Tours is a unique opportunity to visit a vineyard and see wine being made before your eyes.
If you do happen to have your break in Madrid interrupted by April’s more frequent rain showers then it’s a good idea to pick indoor activities for your time in the city. If you want to get active then you can head to Madrid Xanadu, which is actually an indoor ski resort in the heart of a bustling city! This year around activity is hugely popular, and is around 20 minutes outside of the city centre, easily accessible by bus. Alternatively, you could head indoors and do a spot of shopping, and in that case you have plenty of choice.
La Vaguada and Plenilunio are fantastic choices for huge shopping malls, with big named stores and small, more boutique-style shopping. Principe Pio Mall, and Centro Comercial Islazul are two other options available to you, however there are countless more. Do remember that you have to take all your shopping back home with you however!
Spring in Madrid
Where to eat & drink
Madrid has plenty of classy restaurants to choose from, all of which should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. It’s always worthwhile to try something authentic, and there are many tabernas around Madrid which will serve fresh, delicious traditional Spanish dishes, including the famous paella and countless different types of tapas. Taberna Origen is always a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike – always a seal of approval! This particular restaurant only serves fresh tapas, homemade on site, and has a classy, yet laidback, feel.
Another popular choice of taberna is Taberna Mas Al Sur. Try a glass of fresh sangria with your homemade tapas, or try the delicious moussaka, which is said to rival the same dish made in Greece!
For something a little more international, try Maitia. Another very popular restaurant in Madrid, this choice comes highly recommended. Mainly serving French and continental dishes, the menu here is very large, however the knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you whittle down your choice.
If you feel like dancing the night away after all that delicious food then you’re in luck, as Madrid’s nightlife is legendary. Don’t attempt to go to a club until well after midnight however, as you’re likely to be the only one in there! Space of Sound is a loud and vibrant club to try. However, you could also try El Son if you’re looking for an authentic music experience, with Latin music and salsa dancing to try your hand at.
April events in Madrid
Almoneda Art Exhibition
26th April 2017 to 30th April 2017
The Almoneda Art Exhibition exhibits various antiques and artwork for both viewing and purchase. There will be over 130 galleries showcasing crafts originating from all over Spain, such as watches, clothing, rugs, lamps, books and vintage jewellery, which are all at least 50 years old.
28th April 2017 to 30th April 2017
Documented Madrid is a festival dedicated exclusively to the documentary cinema which takes place since 2004 every spring in Madrid. This international festival has the ambition to present the best movies reflecting the social, cultural, economic and artistic realities of the current world.