Visiting Barcelona in April 2024


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April is a time of awakening from the cold winter in Barcelona. With a renewed feeling of spring, Barcelona becomes more alive with more crowds and outdoor festivities. Locals, like me, shed our winter coats to put them away in storage until December. Short sleeves come back. It’s a good time to visit Barcelona in April! In this blog post, I’ll talk about Barcelona events, the temperature in April, what to wear, what to pack, and other Barcelona travel tips you didn’t know you needed. If you don’t know me, I’m a Barcelona resident who’s been living here since 2009. So I know a little bit about this city 🙂

Why you should visit Barcelona in April

  • Sunny, spring weather that’s cool enough to walk around comfortably without feeling too hot or too cold
  • Barcelona crowds are all year, but lines are generally shorter than in the crazy summer
  • Outdoor events like the Festa Major de Sagrada Familia, Feria de Abril de Catalunya and a few Holy Week processions

Weather in Barcelona in April

April in Barcelona is characterized by pleasant weather with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F). It’s not too hot and not too cold!

Based on Holiday-Weather, the average Barcelona temperature in April is 12.5°C / 55°F. The high is 18.3°C / 65°F, and the low is 10.4°C / 51°F. The average day temperature is 14.6°C / 58°F. And the average night temperature is 14.2°C / 58°F. Barcelona gets about 8 hours of sunshine hours. It also gets about 5 days of rainfall in April. The Mediterranean Sea is still cold at about 15°C / 59°F. Most people are not swimming!

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Tips for dressing appropriately in April

The April temperatures in Barcelona are mild. It may be sunny, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be comfortable wearing shorts and a tank top all day. Only tourists do this! You can comfortably wear a long-sleeved or short-sleeved shirt with a light jacket or medium-weight sweater during the day. Then in the evenings, wear a heavier jacket. Barcelona locals do not show that much flesh until the summer. They dress for the season and NOT the weather.

Personally, I would not wear sandals yet. The majority of locals don’t wear them at least until it’s June, or unless it’s really hot.

Because Barcelona is an urban city, locals also wear lots of dark, muted colors with flats or sneaks. You will not see a lot of dresses and heels during the day. Most locals get around by metro and bus, so comfort is very important just for getting around quickly and comfortably. There is also a breeze in Barcelona, which can make the temperature feel cooler. So that means always bring a jacket or sweater during the day. Trust me. When I first got to Barcelona, I used to wear spring dresses with a cardigan in the spring. And I’d just tough out the cooler temperatures in the evenings. Don’t do this! No wonder I got sick so much. You’ll feel so much more comfortable with a warmer layer in the spring. Bring a medium jacket like this:

This one is also waterproof in case you stuck in the rain. Then you can skip bringing an umbrella if you want to travel light. Check prices for this waterproof jacket

Want to know more? Check out my more in-depth post –> what to wear in the spring, which includes March and May.

What to pack in April

Other than the weather, another element to consider when packing for April is to find ways to not get pickpocketed. (Read my whole guide on how to deter pickpockets here.) Here’s a packing list for Barcelona for April to help you:

  • Anti-theft purse <– I’ve been using this purse for 5 years. The zipper locks!
  • Camisole / undershirt to wear as a base layer (optional)
  • Hoodie, sweater, or jacket for the day time
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Short-sleeve shirts
  • Medium-weight jacket for evenings
  • Pants / Jeans
  • Skirt or dress, if you like
  • Tights to wear under your skirt or dress. You could possibly go bare-legged at this time, but I would not.
  • Underwear
  • Bra
  • Socks
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella (optional) –> I am one to pack very minimally. Check the weather forecast to see the chance of showers!

Read my guide about PICKPOCKET-PROOF TRAVEL ITEMS to keep your stuff safe in Barcelona!

What to do in Barcelona in April

Festa Major de Sagrada Familia. April 14 – April 23, 2023.  Any festa major, a cultural festival of one of the Barcelona neighborhoods, is a fun, photogenic celebration. This consists of parades of giants and will even stop in front of the Sagrada Familia. Don’t miss that photo op! You can also catch a correfoc, where dudes wearing devil costumes run around carrying fire. Also, see a beautiful casteller, a human castle also in front of the Sagrada Familia.

A human castle in front of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona in APril
Twin towers

Día de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Day). April 23, 2024. The day of Sant Jordi is similar to Valentine’s Day, but even more interesting. The man gives the woman a rose, and the woman traditionally gives the man a book. Today, everyone likes to give books – to kids, grandparents, and the whole family. The city sets up various areas where locals can shop for books and roses. It’s a fun ambiance. Check out Las Ramblas, Rambla Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, or Placa Catalunya.

What to do in Barcelona in April
Casa Batlló and Passeig de Gracia gets dressed up for Sant Jordi

Feria de Abril de Catalunya (April Fair of Catalunya). TBD. Mimicking the traditional spring fair in Seville, the Feria de Abril in Barcelona celebrates Andalusian customs: ladies dance in polka-dot ruffle dresses, and pop-up restaurant tents are set up with plenty of room for dancing sevillanas. There’s also a huge section of boisterous carnival rides, retail stands, and cotton candy. It’s set at the extensive in Parc del Fòrum.

A panorama of ruffles at the Feria de Abril in Catalunya

Want to see all the events of the year in Barcelona? Click here to see the events and festivals calendar!

Food and Drink

Some foods and drink are available all year round like paella, fideua, or jamón ibérico. But some foods and dishes are for this season like these:

Mona de Pascua – During the days leading up to Easter, Barcelona pastry shops display chocolate cakes and figurines, decorated with intricate detail (and they’re not cheap!) These chocolate figures are called Mona de Pascua, a sweet food that the Moors made for their masters to celebrate the end of Lent. Catholic tradition observes that a child’s godfather gives a mona to his godson or goddaughter on Easter Monday, April 9, which is a public holiday in Catalonia. Try one of these beautiful figurines, even if it’s a small chocolate egg.

A mona de Pascua made by my Catalan sister-in-law

Pestiños are a traditional Spanish sweet, originating from Andalusia, southern Spain. They are made from a simple batter of flour, olive oil, and water, which is deep-fried until golden brown. Pestiños are then coated in a syrup made from sugar and cinnamon, giving them a sweet and slightly spicy flavor. They are often served as a snack or dessert and are a popular treat during festivals and religious celebrations in Spain. Pestiños are simple to make and can be enjoyed by themselves or with a cup of coffee or tea.

Torrijas are a traditional Spanish dessert that are often eaten during Holy Week, which is the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Holy Week is a time of religious reflection and penitence for many Spanish people, and torrijas are a way to use up leftover bread, which was traditionally not eaten during the fasting days of Holy Week. They’re made by soaking slices of bread in a mixture of milk, sugar, and sometimes cinnamon or lemon. Then it’s fried in olive oil until golden brown, and the torrijas are finished by drizzling them with honey or a syrup made from sugar and cinnamon. Think of it as a overloaded French toast!

Torrijas that my husband’s cousin made. Over the top? Oh yeah.

Find out what to eat all year in my Barcelona food guide!

Extra travel tips for visiting Barcelona in April

  1. Make sure you find a safe, accessible place to stay when in Barcelona. Check out my blog post, the best places to stay in Barcelona: neighborhoods and hotels
  2. Want to know no-miss places in Barcelona? Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and more. Check out the must-dos in Barcelona.
  3. If you’re traveling with kids, know that Barcelona is a family-friendly city. Check out my blog post on things to do in Barcelona with kids.

Have any questions about visiting Barcelona in April? Let me know in the comments. I read them all!

By Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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