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April in Barcelona: weather, what to pack and what to see

The city of Barcelona, ​​in northeastern Spain, is a popular tourist destination throughout the year, and visitors traveling to this seaside city in April can expect pleasant temperatures in the spring and some early rains. Also, the city comes alive with the beginning of spring, and there are many fun festivals and events that take place so you can make the most of your time in the Catalan capital.

Barcelona weather in April

For most of April, Barcelona stays between 53 and 68 ° F, with spring rains, especially in the early parts of the month.

In early April it can be quite cold, so you probably won’t be able to visit the beach until the end of the month (although a relaxing walk along the shore is always a good idea). Average highs in the early part of the month range from 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, while lows can drop to 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rain is also something to watch out for at the beginning of the month, which is not only true in Barcelona but also in most other cities in northern Spain. In total, Barcelona generally sees an average of about five rainy days during April and an average monthly rainfall of about two and a half inches. However, these rains are usually short-lived, and you can generally wait for the sky to clear up afterward so you can continue to enjoy your day.

Although these temperatures and rain expectations remain constant for most of the month, in late April temperatures begin to take a sharp turn to the warm side and rain tends to occur less frequently.

What to pack

It’s always a good idea to pack light layers for this type of weather, as well as a waterproof jacket and other waterproof clothing, an umbrella, and possibly rain boots if you can fit in your suitcase. Your best bet is to wear heavier clothing and shoes on the plane to maximize your luggage capacity.

April events in Barcelona

As the weather warms up, the city of Barcelona comes to life with bright spring flowers and a variety of seasonal events. Keep these local festivities on your radar if you are visiting Barcelona in April.

  • Saló Internacional del Còmic is a weekend dedicated to comics and their fans, which will take place from April 5 to 7, 2019.
  • Món Llibre (Book World) celebrates the colorful world of children’s literature and encourages young people to read through a variety of fun book-based activities. Save the date for April 6-7, 2019.
  • Holy Week (Holy Week) It will take place from April 14-21, 2019. In Barcelona, ​​it’s a much grimmer affair than the colorful processions common in the south, but it’s worth checking out if you want to experience an authentic local event.
  • The Sant Jordi festival , Catalonia’s response to Valentine’s Day that beautifully unites love and literature, takes place every year on April 23. 
  • The D’A Film Festival presents the best independent works of contemporary cinema. Check it out from April 25 to May 5, 2019.
  • Fira de la Terra commemorates Earth Day in the form of bustling open-air markets, street performances, and activities for all ages, all aimed at promoting a better understanding of the environment. The 2019 edition is scheduled for April 27 and 28.

Travel tips

  • April is a great time to get out and enjoy the great weather (for the most part). Whether you’re planning to visit one of Barcelona’s beaches or take a tour of the Palau Nacional (National Palace) on Montjuïc, you’re sure to find a way to enjoy the mid-60s weather and sunny skies. Alternatively, you can visit the Barcelona Zoo or the Ciutat Vella district, which is home to numerous tapas bars, restaurants, shops, and historic architecture.
  • April is the end of the low season in Barcelona, ​​so you can still find fair prices on accommodation, and there won’t be as many crowds of tourists as in the last months of spring and summer. However, always remember to travel responsibly and respect the locals and your community, no matter when you go.

Do you want to know more about the best times to visit Barcelona? We’ve broken it down in our complete guide to planning the perfect trip to Barcelona.

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