Spain in April: Celebrations and Local Delicacies


As flowers blossom and temperatures rise, the arid Spanish winter starts its transition to a beautiful spring in March. The weather in Spain in April is mild, but the foot traffic is still sparse as the peak tourist season has not started yet. This gives travelers a chance to fully immerse themselves in their trip to Spain while avoiding the bustling, peak-season crowd.

Spain Weather in April

Visit Arriaga Theater, an opera house, while touring Spain in April.
If you visit Bilbao, don't forget to catch a show at the Arriaga Theater.

Spain embraces a warm spring weather in April after a long, cold winter. However, considering the large stretch of Spain's landmass, temperatures can vary across the country. For instance, the coastal cities of Malaga, Barcelona and Valencia are influenced by a Mediterranean climate. This means that temperatures in these regions can ascend to 20°C during the day and drop down to 11°C at night. However, if you are traveling to Bilbao, or exploring San Sebastian, on the north coast, the weather can be chillier. We recommend carrying warm clothes if you are traveling to these cities as temperatures there average between 7°C to 17°C.

Check out our travel guide on the best time to visit Spain for more details.

Weather in Spain in April - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)101216172229333329211511
Avg Nightly (°C)1245813161614942
Avg Daily (°F)5053.660.862.671.684.291.491.484.269.85951.8
Avg Nightly (°F)33.835.639.24146.455.460.860.857.
Avg Rainfall (mm)404030504030101020405050

Why Visit Spain in April

Procession of Rescate brotherhood during Semana Santa in Spain in April.
Semana Santa is a week-long celebration in Spain that features processions, massive floats and religious music.
A nest of a colony of black vultures in Monfragüe National Park
Monfragüe National Park is one of the best places to visit in Spain for bird-watching.

Traveling to Spain in April means that you can experience the best the country has to offer, both in terms of scenery and weather, all the while avoiding long queues. Below are a few reasons why you should head for this destination during this time.

  • Fewer tourists: April is a low-season month when it comes to tourism in Spain. This means that you need not worry about hordes of travelers overcrowding the country’s highlights and will not have to wait for hours to enter into museums and monuments.
  • Reasonable prices: Another good reason to visit Spain in April is that prices are more affordable during this month than in the high season. Not only will you be able to book your accommodation at a more reasonable price, but also enjoy many other services at lower rates.
  • Food: April is the month to visit Spain if you want to try traditional Spanish cuisine. Local produces like fennel, asparagus, artichokes, peas, carrots, radish and leek are in season during April and you can try plenty of delicacies prepared with them.
  • National parks: Do not miss out on exploring the nature reserves of Spain while you are in the country in April. Marvel at the colorful blossoms of spring in Monfragüe National Park and spot local wildlife basking in the sun.
  • Festival and festivities: Make sure that you attend the spectacular celebration of Semana Santa — the holy week — while you are in the country in April. This festival sees processions of people on the streets across Spain with statues of their respective patron saints. Participants carry idols on a palanquin adorned with hundreds of lit candles, thereby creating a magical atmosphere. Bando de la Huerta Spring Fiesta is yet another popular celebration held in April. This event consists of a parade in which oxen pull carriages all around the city of Murcia. The participants, locally known as huertanos, throw food at spectators from their carriages while others perform a jota — a local Murcia dance form.

Where to go and what to do

A view of the famous Alhambra palace and fortress in Granada
The Moorish built a goldfish pool that acts as a cooling system for the interiors of the Alhambra Palace.

There are plenty of things to do in Spain. National parks across Spain are accessible in April, which means that you can plan a hiking trip to the Pyrenees or visit Doñana National Park for birdwatching. Culture vultures can head for Seville to see flamenco shows, or travel to Granada to marvel at the beautiful Alhambra — one of the best-preserved Islamic fortresses in Europe. Alternatively, you can also participate in the Montilla-Moriles wine-tasting event and try the spirits of the region along with delicious tapas.

Whether you want to learn more about Spanish culture, try local cuisine, marvel at unique flora and fauna, or just explore the Iberian Peninsula, planning a trip to Spain in April is a great choice. With fewer tourists, reasonable prices and mild temperatures, Spain is the ideal place to enjoy your spring break!

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