Averages for Palma in April
It is easy to see why families flock to Palma, the largest city on Spain’s Balearic Island of Majorca, during the school Easter break. With temperatures reaching as high as 19°C in the afternoon and an averag...
It is easy to see why families flock to Palma, the largest city on Spain’s Balearic Island of Majorca, during the school Easter break. With temperatures reaching as high as 19°C in the afternoon and an average 10 hours of sun per day, the resort makes for a welcome change from the British weather!
April is characterised by increasing temperatures. The average daily high temperature is now 19°C and the average daily low temperature is 7°C. Both temperatures, however, increase significantly in the course of the month, respectively from 18°C to 21°C and from 7°C to 10°C. The overall average temperature in April is 13°C. The sea temperature keeps on increasing as well. The Mediterranean Sea now average 16°C, one degree more than in March, but still way below the annual maximum of 26°C in August.
There is a chance of rain on 9 days of the month, but there is so much to do at this time of the year that a few April showers are unlikely to put much of a dampener on proceedings. The total amount of rainfall is 50mm, which makes April, together with November and January, the second wettest month of the year. Only October, with a total of 70mm, receives more precipitation. However, it is good to remember that 9 days with rainfall also means that there are 21 days (or three full weeks) without any rainfall whatsoever! The chance that you will experience rainfall on any given April day averages 32% and that percentage doesn’t change very much in the course of the month. The most likely type of rainfall is moderate rain, happening on 47% of the days with rainfall. Drizzle, light rain and thunderstorms are all equally as likely to happen and each is observed on 17% of the rainy days.
Cloud cover averages 42% in April and doesn’t vary significantly throughout the month either. This percentage means that a day in April is generally partly cloudy. More specifically, a typical April day is clear or mostly clear 47% of the time, partly cloudy 27% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy only 18% of the time.
The length of the days increases gradually in the course of the month—there is a 1.11-hour difference in day length between the first and last days. April 1 is the shortest with 12.40 daylight hours; April 30 is the longest with 13.51 hours of daylight.
It is this increase in day length that is responsible for the increase in sunshine hours. In April, there are 10 hours of sunshine per day, already two hours more than in March.
Where to stay
The Hostal Ritzi in the historic sector of Palma could be an ideal base for your holiday. This cheap accommodation oozes character and is a friendly place. Located close to both cultural attractions and vibrant nightspots, this hostalry (not the same as a hostel) offers comfortable rooms and a TV lounge and dining room.
If you would rather be in a quieter part of the city then the 3-star Hotel Araxa might be just what you’re looking for. Despite being in a residential area, this hotel is just a few-minutes’ walk away from attractions like the Bellver Castle and the seafront promenade. It has all the facilities that you may expect from a hotel in a beach destination like Palma, including a spa, fitness centre, bar, restaurant and swimming pool.
Hit the beach
The kids won’t want to spend all of their time sightseeing; they’ll need to burn off some of that excess energy, and where better to do that but at Palma Beach. The fine white sand and crystal-clear, calm waters are an open invitation for fun in the sun! The beach also features a beautiful promenade, toilets, water sports equipment rentals and a visitor centre.
Eating and drinking out
Located within the St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, the Es Fum Restaurant is arguably one of the best restaurants in town. It is run by Michelin-starred chef Rafael Sanchez and serves downright exquisite food. Its menu consists of cuisine from all over the world, from the Americas to Asia and from Europe to the Pacific.
Things to do
Palma Aquarium is a must see if you have children. The marine park has more than 8,000 animals of 700 different species, a play area and restaurants so you can enjoy a full day adventure. It is a major attraction in Palma; a place where you could easily spend a full afternoon exploring the various exhibitions and seeing all kinds of marine life, from sharks to jellyfish and turtles. Several different aquaria showcase marine life from the open ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and tropical seas. The jungle area features tropical waterfalls and rainforests—this area is actually a rooftop garden, the largest one in Spain!
You may also enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. You can buy a hop-on-hop-off 24-hour ticket with City Sightseeing and see everything this wonderful city has to offer from the comfort of an open-top bus. The bus route runs past all important highlights and attractions and you can get off and on everywhere you want—this is great way to get a first impression of the city and get your bearings.