Weather Averages for Malaga in April
Averages for Malaga in April
Temperatures continue to rise during April in Malaga with an average daytime maximum temperature of 20°C and an average overnight minimum of 10°C. The rise in temperature during the spring months tends to be moderated by the proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, for the trend in sea temperature tends to lag that of land temperature and the sea thus increasingly has a cooling effect. This can bring issues with low visibility and, on occasion, sea fog. Due to the fact that the sea breezes tend to peak during the afternoon, sometimes the highest temperature of the day is recorded during the morning or evening.
April is the last of the months of the year during which rainfall tends to crop up occasionally, and when it does arise it is often heavy and short-lived. An average April has a precipitation total of 41mm and 7 days with measurable precipitation, although that implies that 23 days out of 30 remain dry. Much of the rainfall results from sharp showers that break out during the afternoons following dry sunny mornings, thanks to solar heating- the majority of the showers tend to cluster in the mountainous areas to the north but if the wind direction has a northerly component these can also affect Malaga.
April is a generally sunny month and there is a mean sunshine total of 229 hours, a mean of 7.6 hours per day. The average relative humidity continues to drop at this time of year, assisted by stronger sunshine and declining rainfall, with a mean of 63%. The average sea temperature lags the warming trend over the land and averages just 16°C, which is rather cool for swimming, so it is not one of the better times for the year for a beach holiday except for some water sports.
Dates for the diary
Semana Santa is held during the week leading up to Easter each year, which most commonly falls in April though sometimes falls in late-March. It is a tradition across the whole of Spain and features celebrations at all major centres including Malaga. In Malaga the Hombres de Tronos carry floats holding images of Christ and the Virgin, and there are occasional songs. There are processions and parades throughout the week, often accompanied by music.
The Market of the Documentary European and Latin American is a multimedia television festival held at Malaga in April each year and is attended by approximately 50 countries.
The virgin Mary statue at Easter time, Malaga.
Things to do
April is a good time of year to visit the La Concepcion botanical gardens at Carretera de las Pedrizas. These feature numerous species of plants and trees (more than 1,000 in total), and boasts some of the largest tropical plant gardens in Europe, in addition to some rewarding walks. One of these is the Wisteria Walk, an arcaded area formed by wisterias that hang over a trellis, and this is particularly spectacular at this time of year, due to the spring flowers coming into bloom. The Canarian Palm Tree Walk leads to a view point where there are some good views of the city of Malaga. These gardens also boast the tallest tree in Malaga, the Monkey Puzzle Tree which is approximately 45 metres high.
Those who enjoy cycling and sightseeing can try the Malaga Bike Tours, based at C/ Trinidad Grund 4 (Pasaje Talavera), 50 metres from the Plaza de la Marina. These offer a four-hour sightseeing tour of Malaga, starting from the main meeting point of the Plaza de la Marina. The tours run every day starting at 10:00am, and it is recommended to book a place at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment. The tour takes visitors around many of the main attractions of Malaga including the Alcazaba, the Picasso Museum, the bullring and the promenade. In addition for football fans there is also a Malaga Football Tour, which starts at 10:00 and 14:00 on Mondays to Wednesdays, and 10:00 on Thursdays to Saturdays, though it is not available on Sundays. This includes a survey of the history of Malaga Football Club and a visit to the club’s football stadium.
See the Bullring in Malaga city.
Hit the beach
April is quite a good time of the year to relax on the beach, though not for swimming as the seas tend to be near their coolest at this time of the year. The Banos del Carmen beach at the Malaga sea front is family-friendly and also good for fishing. The San Julian Beach stands beside the Parador National and a golf club, and is a quiet beach that has a section that is frequently occupied by naturists.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants in and around Malaga. The Osteria Pastrani at Calle Strachan, 7, 29015 is a good option for Italian cuisine, especially for a special occasion, with a wide range of tasty Italian options. The Mirador de la Peana at Almendrillos del Tomillar n05, Alhaurin de la Torre, 29130 serves Mediterranean cuisine and is a hilltop restaurant with fine views over Malaga City, and is particularly recommended for a special occasion.
Fans of karaoke are unlikely to be disappointed by Dixie’s Karaoke Bar at Salvador Allende 9, Momtemar near Torremolinos, which attracts karaoke singers from across the region. O’Neill’s Irish Pub at Calle Luis del Velazquez, 3 is good for Irish music and the opportunity to drink traditional Irish beer, and there is plenty of traditional Guinness available.
Where to stay
There are many reliable hotels to choose from at Malaga, though there are also some less reliable options, so it is important to make a good selection. One good luxury hotel is the Hotel MS Maestranza at Avda. Canovas del Castillo 1, 29016 which has rooms overlooking the Malaga bullring and is well placed for many of the main Malaga attractions and also has spa and jacuzzi facilities. The Hotel Silken Puerta Malaga at Heroes de Sostoa 17, Calle Ayala, 29002 boasts a spa, sauna and gym and is close to the train station. One of the many reasonable beach hotels is the 3-star Hotel La Chancla at Paseo Maritimo El Pedregal, 64, Pedregalejo, 29017.
There are a few reasonable guest houses in Malga, including Caserio Ananda which is located at El Colmenar, Cortes de la Frontera, which also serves as a restaurant. Self-catering options are numerous and include the luxurious Villa Galvia, La Cala Golf Resort located at La Cala Golf Course.