The northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona is a popular tourist destination year-round, and visitors traveling to this city by the sea in April can expect pleasant spring temperatures and some early rainfall.
For most of April, Barcelona remains between 53 and 68 F, with spring showers likely, especially in the early parts of the month. Early April can be quite chilly, with temperature averages bottoming out at 45 F, so you likely won't be able to visit the beach until the end of the month.
It's always a good idea to pack light layers for this type of weather, as well as a waterproof rain jacket and other water-resistant clothing, an umbrella, and possibly rain boots if you can fit them in your suitcase. Your best bet is to wear the heavier clothing and shoes on the plane to maximize your luggage capacity.
Average Temperatures and Rainfall in Barcelona
Barcelona weather can approach 70 F at this time of the month, but it usually falls short, tending to stick around 54 to 59 F according to the 2017 Weather Underground Almanac report.
Rain is also something to be wary of early in the month, which is not only true of Barcelona but also most other northern Spanish cities. Average highs in the early part of the month range between 60 to 65 while the lows average at 40 to 45 F; the record high for April 5 is 78 and record low is 30 F.
Although these temperatures and rainfall expectations remain consistent throughout most of the month, by the end of April temperatures begin to take a sharp turn upwards and rainfall tends to happen less frequently.
While "April showers bring May flowers" might be true, rainfall happens primarily in the first half of the month, with an average of five rainy days expected throughout April. However, these rain showers are usually short-lived, and you can generally expect the sky to clear afterward so you can continue enjoying your day.
Things to Do in Barcelona in April
As the weather warms up, the city of Barcelona comes alive with bright spring flowers, a variety of seasonal events, outdoor dining at the area's best restaurants, and plenty of savings at some of the best hotels, resorts, and spas in Spain.
Whether you're planning on visiting one of Barcelona's beaches (Sitges, Somorrostro, St. Sebastia, and St. Miguel beaches) or taking a tour of the Palau Nacional (National Palace) in Montjuïc, you're sure to find a way to enjoy the mid-60s weather and sunny skies. Alternatively, you could visit the Barcelona Zoo or the Ciutat Vella district, which is home to a number of great tapas bars, restaurants, shops, and architectural history.
As well as a number of religious and festive Easter celebrations to kick off the month (Easter is April 1, 2018), you can also find a number of sports events and art festivals including the Trofeo Conde de Godó de Tenis (Court of Godó Tennis Tournament) from April 10 to 25 and the Handmade Festival all month long.