April in Spain: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
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Whether you're visiting Barcelona in northwestern Spain or traveling to the southern coastal city of Gibraltar, April is a great time to plan a vacation to Spain, though the weather and events vary by region.

While the southern Spanish region of Andalusia experiences slightly warmer weather than the northern portion of the country, the rainy season begins in April, meaning you should expect to bring a raincoat and umbrella along with layers for the fluctuating temperatures over the month no matter where you travel.

Along with warmer weather—and despite a few spring showers—you can also expect cities across the country will take the opportunity to host a variety of seasonal events, festivals, and parties including the week-long Semana Santa and Easter celebrations (April 1, 2018). 

When picking out where to go in Spain in April, it really comes down to what you want to do and what you want to see during your travel. All of Spain's best cities are relatively warm this time of year, but you should be sure to check out the regional weather before you go.

Spain Weather in April

Depending on where you're staying during your trip to Spain, you're likely to experience vastly different weather no matter what time of year you visit. However, the high and low temperatures for the entire country during the month of April stay near 62 and 47 F and Spain only sees about five days of rain during the month, on average.

There are three main weather regions of Spain, each with slightly different April temperature averages: Andalusia in the south, the Basque Country in the north, and Galicia in the northwest. Andalusia has the warmest and driest month with 68 F as the high and 52 F as the average low, while the Basque Country experiences highs of 63 and lows of 46 F. Meanwhile, northwest Spain experiences highs of 63 F and lows of 46 F in cities like Santiago de Compostela. In general, the further north you go in Spain, the more likely it is that you'll experience April showers.

If you're traveling to Madrid in April, you can expect an average high of 63 F and low of 43 F, though you might also see heavy rain as well as mini heatwaves this month. Barcelona, on the other hand, is a bit drier throughout the month with the same average high and a slightly warmer low average temperature of 46 F.

What to Pack

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when visiting Spain in April: layers. Bring scarves, cardigans, light t-shirts and similar clothing items that can easily be layered. Temperatures can be quite chilly in the mornings and evenings but are generally pleasant during the day in most places, so it's good to have options.

Keep in mind that Spaniards usually dress according to the season—not the weather. That means that even if it's sunny and warm, don't be surprised if you see locals wearing light jackets and long pants (it's not summer yet, after all). Keep this in mind if you don't want to stick out. 

While some places are rainier than others, you never know when an unexpected shower will hit. A compact umbrella that can easily fit into your handbag or backpack is always a good idea when out and about in Spain in April.

What to Experience: April Events in Spain

As the weather gets warmer, especially later in the month, cities around Spain host annual and special events in celebration of the spring each April. From Easter and Semana Santa celebrations to start of the month to film and art festivals to round out April, these are the events you can expect to find this spring in Spain:

  • The Sant Jordi Festival is a local celebration that combines Valentines Day traditions with a celebration of the lives of Cervantes and Shakespeare, who both died on the same day. It takes place in Barcelona on April 23 every year.
  • Festimad is a festival of musical diversity that will take place in Madrid from April 24 to May 11, 2019.
  • The Cata de Vino Montilla-Moriles is a huge tasting event featuring local wines. It will take place in Cordoba from April 25–28, 2019.

Travel Tips

  • April is generally considered the start of high season throughout much of Spain. As a result, accommodation prices can be higher than they were during the winter months, and hotels book quickly. Try to reserve as far in advance as possible.
  • No matter where you go, remember to check the weather ahead of time and pack accordingly to avoid getting taken by surprise in the case of an unexpected rain shower or street procession.

Still not sure if visiting Spain in April is right for you? Check out our full guide to the best times to visit Spain.

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