Weather Averages for Menorca in April
Averages for Menorca in April
The weather continues to get warmer and drier in Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain) in April, when the spring season is in full swing. This month is a great time to visit the island if you want mild temperatures, plenty of daily sunshine and aren’t worried about the odd shower spoiling your holiday. Although the weather isn’t as pleasant as it is in more southern parts of Europe, such as in the Canary Islands, spring in Menorca is much nicer than it is in the UK, with warmer temperatures, more sunshine and significantly less rainfall. If you’re not keen on crowds, you should avoid holidaying on the island during the Easter weeks if possible.
In April, the average temperature for Menorca starts off at 13°C on April 1st and gradually increases until it reaches 15.5°C by April 30th. Daily highs and lows follow the same pattern, rising from 16°C to 19°C and from 10°C to 12°C, respectively, as the month develops.
As the temperatures rise, the importance of bringing warm clothes on holiday with you to Menorca subsides. Saying that, the weather can still be fairly unpredictable at this time of year, so it’s still worth bringing the odd pair of trousers, t-shirts and jumpers to wear during the daytime, just in case. Make sure you pack some swimming gear and beachwear, too, for if the weather is warmer than expected. Whilst you might get away with some light clothing on an evening if it’s particularly warm, it’s always a good idea to bring a coat, regardless.
Although it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures can sometimes fall below 7°C or exceed 22°C at this time of year in Menorca. The coldest April day in Menorca that’s ever been recorded is April 25th 1976, when temperatures as low as 1.6°C were registered. On the other hand, the hottest April day in Menorca ever is April 27th 2012, when temperatures as high as 27.7°C were recorded.
Throughout April, Menorca is subject to an average of 48mm of rainfall – that’s slightly more than in March. This rainfall is spread out between an average of 11 rainy days, which means there is a very good chance that you’ll get a drop of the wet stuff during your holiday. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you pack an umbrella or some waterproof clothing with you if you don’t want to get wet. If you want to avoid the risk of rain ruining your holiday altogether, you’re best off visiting in July or August, when the chance of rainfall is remarkably low.
The probability of precipitation occurring on any given day in Menorca in April slowly falls as the month develops, dropping from 36% on April 4th down to 35% by April 21st and 33% by April 30th. The most likely types of precipitation you can expect to see in Menorca during your holiday in April are moderate rain, light rain and thunderstorms. Even though drizzle and heavy rain are also a possibility on the island during this month, you’ll be happy to hear that the chance of snow falling is exceptionally unlikely. In fact, snowfall has never been recorded at all in Menorca in April.
The highest monthly rainfall ever experienced by Menorca in April is 129.1 l/m2 which occurred in 2007. The greatest number of rainy days ever seen on the island during April is 20, which happened in 1974. The maximum amount of rainfall ever to occur within a single 24-hour period in Menorca in April is 55.9 l/m2, all of which fell on April 22nd 1998.
During April, Menorca boasts an average of ten hours of sunshine each day – that’s one hour more every day than in March. With so many hours of sunshine to enjoy every day, you’ll have plenty of time to get out and about exploring. Although sunbathing at the beach might be an option, taking a dip in the sea is probably out of the question, with an average sea water temperature of only 16°C.
Over the course of a typical April, the length of the day in Menorca is gradually increasing, with a difference of 1:12 hours between the beginning and the end of the month. The shortest day of the month is April 1st with 12:41 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is April 30th with 13:52 hours of daylight.
Due to the Mediterranean climate, Menorca stays fairly humid all-year-round. The average daily humidity for Menorca in April ranges from 58% (mildly humid) up to 96% (very humid) rarely dropping below 40% (comfortable) or reaching 100% (very humid).
With the nickname The Windy Island, you’d expect Menorca to be reasonably blustery throughout the year and, for most of the time, this is definitely true. In April, average wind speeds vary between 1 m/s and 8 m/s (light air to moderate breeze) rarely rising above 12m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around April 7th, when the average daily maximum speed is 8 m/s (moderate breeze). At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around April 29th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze).
Cala Pregonda Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands
Things to do
History buffs won’t want to miss the chance to visit Ses Voltes (the Arches) during their holiday in Menorca. This popular tourist attraction is located in Ciutadella and is a great place to while away a morning or afternoon. You can easily loose a few hours here wandering around the streets which are lined with beautiful buildings to admire. There are plenty of shops to pop into, as well as traditional tapas bars where you can stop for a bite to eat and something to drink. If you’re looking for a unique gift or souvenir, be sure to stop by the handmade soap shop.
If you want to find out even more history about the local area, visit the Municipal Museum of Ciutadella es Bastio de sa Font. Built in 1677, the museum building is home to a bastion which was used to protect the entrance gates in the Medieval walls which encircled the city. Inside you’ll find a number of large rooms with giant limestone vaults which were originally used as storage places for tithes. There is also a permanent exhibition which guides you through the history of Menorca, all the way from the Prehistoric Age to the Paleo-Christian and Muslim Period, up to the Aragon Crown in 1287. You’ll find all sorts of interesting items to admire, including kitchen utensils, jewellery and combs. Temporary exhibitions are also set up throughout the year, dedicated to palaeontology, archaeology, ethnography and history, providing something for everyone to enjoy.
Bigfoot Menorca is the perfect excursion company for adrenaline junkies looking for their next high-thrills experience. This group offers a vast assortment of activities and tours, guaranteeing something for everyone to enjoy – whatever their age or interests. Some of the activities currently available are diving, flyboarding, snorkelling, kayaking, stand up paddling, sailing, mountain biking, horse riding and paragliding. If you want to be certain you’ll be able to do your chosen activity, make a reservation on the website before your holiday to secure your place.
Menorca is packed full of interesting things to see and one of the best way to ensure you don’t miss out on a single thing is to sign up for a Coast to Coast excursion. This trip takes in the best that Menorca has to offer, including Playas de Fornells where you’ll see all sorts of cacti, the sleepy fishing village or Fornells in the north of the island and Es Mercadal in the centre which is known for its handicraft shops and exhibition centres. Then it’s on to Sant Patrici where you can buy some local cheese and take it easy on the beach. The last stop is Son Martorellet, where you’ll get to see the island’s famous horse stables and a Menorcan dressage show. The excursion is available from 17 different resorts throughout the island and lasts one whole day.
Cala en Brut Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Tuscasasrurales
Hit the beach
The beach at Cala en Porter is protected by cliffs, making it a great place to spend the day if the weather is a bit windy. Here you’ll find soft golden sands which gently slope into clear and shallow waters, providing the ideal place for children to play and swim. There are plenty of services and facilities for visitors to enjoy onsite, including sun loungers, parasols, pedalo hire, toilets, bars, restaurants, souvenir shop, mini market and lifeguards. There is also free parking available nearby, but it gets filled up very quickly, so make sure you arrive early if you’re travelling by car.
Son Bou is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Menorca. This golden sandy bay stretches on for more than 2km, which means the kids will always have plenty of space to play and you’ll never have to compete with other holidaymakers to find the perfect spot to lie down your towel. Like the beach at Cala en Porter, the sands at Son Bou also gently slope into the water, making them perfect for little ones to splash about in. Be warned – the sea can sometimes be rough here, so keep an eye out for the lifeguard changing the flag from green (safe to swim) to yellow (be careful when swimming) or red (no swimming allowed) if you want to stay safe. A number of bars and restaurants line the beach, so you’ll never be stuck when lunchtime rolls around and there is a handful of services and amenities available onsite, including sun bed and lounger rental, as well as a selection of water sports.
Just west of Son Bou, you’ll find the Santo Tomas Beaches. These two bays are the highlights of the resort and are known for their picture-perfect golden sand which gives way to clean and clear waters just begging to be swam in. You’ll find the usual beach facilities here, including sun beds and shades which are available to rent, lifeguards and water sports. When you’ve had enough of working on your tan, explore the promenade behind the beach which is teeming with bars, restaurants, excursion kiosks, tennis courts, mini golf courses and children’s play areas, providing you with plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Torrenova in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Martin
Where to eat and drink
Couples looking for somewhere to enjoy a romantic meal should consider spending the evening at Puig de Sa Roca. This family-run restaurant goes all out when it comes to decorations, with candlesticks and rose petals adorning each table. The menu is full of modern dishes, with a great variety of local and international options. Whether you’re into seafood, meat or vegetable-based dishes, there is such a wide assortment of choices available that you’re sure to find the perfect meal to suit you and your palate. Don’t forget to save room for dessert – it will be the highlight of your evening!
For a true taste of Menorca, check out El Faro Restaurant. Here you’ll find a top selection of traditional Menorcan dishes, ranging from authentic recipes passed down through generations to modern recipes created by the restaurant’s latest chefs. If you’re dining on a budget, check out the Menu del Día (menu of the day) which provides superb value for money and lets you try some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. One of the best aspects of the eatery is the superb sea views which you can take advantage of from almost every table.
Restaurant Ca’n Santi is perfect for diners with large appetites. This restaurant is found on the coastline in Punta Prima and is known for its generous portions, so think hard about how hungry you are before you order both a starter and a main! All the food is made fresh to order, so although you might have to wait a little longer than at some other restaurants, it’s definitely worth it to be able to enjoy top quality food. If you’re not sure what to order, check out the fish and seafood dishes – they’re the most popular.
Open from Thursday to Sunday from 6pm until late, Budha Lounge Cafe is a top place to pop into if you’re in the mood for a late drink. Here you’ll find a well-stocked bar full of local and international beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and cocktails, all of which can be enjoyed whilst you listen to the latest hits played by the resident DJ. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, there is also a lengthy menu available, with loads of Spanish dishes, such as filled baguettes and tapas.
Harbour in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by lhourahane
Where to stay
Couples who want to stay close to the beach during their holiday in Menorca should check out Sa Barrera. This adults-only hotel is found just a stone’s throw away from the beach, which means that many of the rooms come with fantastic sea views. The rooms which don’t boast sea views come with pool or resort views. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of standard double rooms and standard twin rooms, all of which feature air conditioning, plasma TVs and free WiFi access. There is a small selection of services and facilities available for guests to enjoy, including garden, swimming pool, restaurant and bar.
When it comes to affordable luxury, Hotel San Miguel is tough to beat. Located in the heart of the island’s capital, this hotel is surrounded by cafes, bars, shops and attractions, making it a great base for exploring. Here guests can choose between single, standard double and superior double rooms, providing something for all budgets. There are all sorts of amenities and services at the disposal of guests, including 24-hour reception and concierge, bar, restaurant, lounge, patio and free internet access.
The four-star Hotel Cala Galdana & Villas d’Aljandar is another great choice when it comes to budget-friendly luxury. Just a short walk away from the beach as well as the centre of the resort, you’ll never be stuck for something to do here. Accommodation is available in the form of double rooms, apartments, luxury studios and family rooms, guaranteeing something for all tastes, budgets and group sizes. Onsite services and facilities are extensive and include bars, restaurants, loungers, swimming pools, gym, daytime and evening entertainment, as well as half-board and full-board options.
Cala Mitjaneta Beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands taken by Tuscasasrurales
April events in Menorca
Festa Sant Francesc
2nd April 2015
Festa Sant Francesc is a religious holiday, dedicated to the feast of St Francis. This day is celebrated throughout Menorca in the form of special church services in Iglesia de Santa Maria in Mahon and Cathedral of Minorca in Cituadella and feasts held in most towns and villages, such as Ferreries. Almost all major banks, shops and supermarkets will be closed on this day, so make sure you stock up on essentials beforehand.
Festa Sant Jordi
23rd April 2015
Festa Sant Jordi is held in honour of Sant Jordi - the patron saint of many towns and villages throughout Menorca. Locals celebrate this day by exchanging gifts and it’s traditional for men to give roses and women to give books. This holiday is also celebrated with mini literature markets selling novels, biographies, travel guides, cookery books and children’s books.
Matances de Bujots
5th April 2015
Matances de Bujots is a traditional festival held in Ciutadella on Easter Sunday each year. On this day, effigies of local politicians and famous faces are hung up in the streets as a way of making fun of them for the bizarre reasons they've made the news recently.