Barcelona Weather April Averages, Spain
What's the Weather like in Barcelona in April
April is the beginning of summer in Barcelona, so you can expect the weather to get warmer still as the temperatures jump up a notch.
April is essentially characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures. The average daytime temperatures are around 17°C (about 62°F) where as the average minimum temperatures tend to drop down to 8°C (47°F). It is even possible for temperatures to exceed 21°C (about 69°F) one day in ten during this month.
Average Sunshine Hours
Barcelona starts to get busy from this month onward due to its sunny weather. An average of eight hours of sunshine can be expected in April, compared to just six hours in March. The length of day is starting to gradually increase in April. From the start to the end of the month, the length of day increases by 1:15 hours. t
The shortest day of the month usually falls on April 1st with 12:43 hours of daylight, while the longest day is April 30th with 13:58 hours of daylight.
Average Sea Temperature
This month is the best for sunbathing and swimming. There are loads of water sport activities in Barcelona during this time of the year due to the perfect water temperatures. On average, the sea temperature in Barcelona is a warm 14°C. However, this may seem rather cold for some people, so if you would rather visit Barcelona when the sea temperature is a lot warmer, July or August is probably your best option when the sea temperature can reach 24°C to 26°C!
Whilst in Barcelona during the summer months always make sure you carry with you a decent protective sun cream, to avoid getting burnt by the sun's rays, which can be strong. If you want to spend your days lying out on the beach, be sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
You can expect some rain in April; the average expected rain fall is 28 mm over 10 days. However, even when it does rain it shouldn't last for more than a day. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed throughout April is a little as 35%, with little variation over the course of the month. Throughout this month, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms, drizzle and light rain.
Skies usually clear up quickly after any rainfall, so you can once again go back to enjoying the warmth and sunshine. During April the median cloud cover is a partly cloudy 44% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On April 15th, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 45% and only partly cloudy 29% of the time.
With no fog expected at all for this month, the weather should remain mainly sunny and warm.
Furthermore, the humidity levels are starting to gradually increase at this time of year, typically ranging from a mildly humid 54% to a very humid 92%, rarely dropping below a comfortable 35% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around April 18th, when the relative humidity drops below 64% three days out of four. On the other hand, the air is most humid around April 30th, where humidity levels can rise above a very humid 89% three days out of four.
Over the course of a typical April wind speeds vary from 0 m/s to 7 m/s, which is considered as a calm to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 11 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around April 5th, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. At this time of year in Barcelona, the wind is most often coming from the north, followed by the southwest.
Barcelona Hotels in April
Avenida Palace Hotel
Avenida Palace is a four-star hotel, located just a 5 minutes' walk from Plaza Catalunya, La Rambla and Paseo de Gracia. Many famous guests have stayed at this lavish hotel including the Beatles in 1965. Furthermore, all rooms at Avenida Palace are air-conditioned and feature satellite TVs.
Olivia Balmes Hotel
Another option worth looking into is the four-star Olivia Balmes Hotel, which offers an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and sun terrace. All of the rooms boast a modern, contemporary design and come with free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV and laptop safe.
Citadines Prestige Ramblas aparthotel Barcelona
If you want a central location you may want to stay at Citadines Prestige Ramblas Barcelona in Ciutat Vella. This comfortable, three-star aparthotel offers air-conditioned studios and apartments which feature fully-equipped kitchens, bathrooms and satellite TVs.
Another excellent centrally located three-star hotel is the B-Hotel which is within strolling distance of the Olimpic Stadium and the gastro neighborhoods of Sant Antoni and Poblesec. The rooms are spacious and furnished to a high standard. The amazing floor to ceiling windows with views over the Placa d'Espanya alllow plenty of light and to top it all off there is the roof terrace with pool allowing panoramic views of the city.
Barcelona Beach for April
As the temperature is starting to increase during April, you may well find there are a number of days hot enough to spend the day at the beach or at least go for an afternoon stroll.
The beaches of Sitges are situated just outside of Barcelonain in Stiges the town, 35 km southwest of Barcelona, an area popular with the gay community. The Stiges beachfront has 17 beaches to choose from, although a few are nudist beaches. You will need to catch a train from Sants Station to get to this stretch of beaches; however, it is definitely worth it as it is relatively quiet at the time of year. Plus, the seawater is clean and the beaches
Somorrostro Beach is one of the best located beaches, easily reached by train or even cycling Barcelona. This sandy beach is 550 meters long and you usually find quite a young crowd here, however there is also good facilities for families (including a childrens playground) , you can rent sun loungers here to and there is very good accessibilty for those whose mobility is limited. For younger crowd the Somorrostro is the closest beach to nightclubs like Opium and Catwalk.
There are plenty of cafes and bars for everyone and the Beach Center offers all the information you need about the beach.
St. Sebastia & St. Miguel Beaches
St. Sebastia & St. Miguel Beaches are two of the city's oldest and most traditional beaches. They were two of the first to offer amenities for bathing, which was often only exclusive to the well to do. Today the area features indoor and open-air swimming pools as well as direct access to the public beach. There are also a number of showers, public toilets, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, sports facilities and drinks and ice cream kiosks available to the public.
Bars and Restaurants
Bacoa Universitat Restaurant
If you're a fan of hamburgers you should definitely try the trendy Bacoa Universitat in Ronda Universitat. This colourful restaurant is part of a small gourmet hamburger chain, renowned across the city. With the change of the seasons they offer a new burger on the menu, using locally sourced fresh products. It is highly recommended to try the house burger or the San Jacobo, made up of Iberian loin, Serrano Ham and manchego cheese.
El Jabali Restaurant
El Jabali is definitely worth a try while staying in Barcelona. This deli bar not only offers a variety of refreshing beers on tap but also serves a great selection of traditional tapas, including cured sausage and patatas bravas. On a sunny day, it's also great idea to sit out on the terrace and do some people watching.
If you are looking for somewhere cosy, intimate and candle lit, Pla Restaurant is perfect for you (however slightly pricier than average). Hidden in a side street in the Gothic Quarter andpacked with well chosen art adorning it's walls, Pla serves up a delectable Mediterranean menu and has aquired the reputation of being one of Barcelona's best restaurants. The chef has an ever changng menu but look forward to dishes such as zucchuni carpaccio, Iberian Pork, seafood and local prawn risotto, chinese style glazed aubergine with wild rice and beans, beef sirloin with garlic mash ....Booking is reccomended.
Things to do in Barcelona in April
The Palau Nacional
The Palau Nacional (National Palace) is located in the recreational area of Montjuïc found near the center of Barcelona. It was originally constructed between 1926 and 1929 for the International Exhibition in Barcelona, however, since 1934 it has been home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The palace is one of he most magnificent buildings in the city, and was inspired by the Spanish Renaissance.
In front of the Palau Nacional you will find the famous Magic Fountain. The fountain shows off an impressive display of light, colour, music and water aerobatics, which look even more spectacular at night. This is a must see whilst visiting Barcelona. However, the Magic Fountain is closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so make sure you come on the correct day!
If you're here with the kids you may want to visit Barcelona Zoo on a sunny day. Located in the Parc de la Ciutadella this zoo and dolphinarium is home to a wide variety of animal species including giraffes, lions, chimpanzees and elephants. One of the most popular attractions is the dolphin show that performs every day and is available at no extra cost.
Barceloneta in the Ciutat Vella district
Furthermore, if you want to do something for free you should definitely head to the streets of Barceloneta in Ciutat Vella district. This area is made up on tapas bars, restaurants and shops, but it's great to just walk around and take in the atmosphere. On one side you will see Barcelona's Port Vell and beautiful golden sand beaches on the other. The neighborhood is often lively and there's something always going on, so make sure to bring your camera for some fantastic pictures.