Want to know what to wear in Spain in April? Spring is in full swing in Spain in April and locals will have firmly transitioned into their Spring capsule wardrobes. In this guide we will show you how to dress like a local in Spain in Spring as well as information on weather, dress codes and more.
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Weather in Spain in April
April tends to be the first first month of peak season in Spain which is in a large part due to the Spanish spring weather. But what can you expect of the Spring weather in Spain?
How Hot is Spain in April?
It goes without saying that the beginning of the month is much cooler than the end of the month but you can expect pleasant temperatures throughout the month. Generally speaking the average highs and lows are: 5°C/59°F to 20°C/68°F.
And you will find the coastal areas, islands and places like Andalusia are much warmer than in the Northern regions such as Madrid.
For more specific local weather guidance check out our regional posts:
- What to wear in Barcelona in April
- What to wear in Seville
- What to wear in Bilbao
- What to wear in Valencia
- What to wear in Spain in March
- What to wear in Spain in May
Does it Rain in Spain in April?
It really depends on where you are in Spain as to how much rain you can expect. In the South and on the islands rain is more scarce. However in the North in places such as Madrid you can expect around 7-10 days of rainfall.
However the rain usually comes in showers rather than downpours. Therefore in the North it is probably a good idea to have a compact travel umbrella and a waterproof jacket with it.
Note: we always recommend checking the forecast at your destination(s) 7 days out from travel to make sure there are no expected weather fronts i.e. heatwaves or cold snaps.
How do locals dress in Spain in April
You will find that in April most Spaniards have completely transitioned from their Winter capsule wardrobe and are firmly in their Spring ones.
However one of the things I love about Spain, especially in the cities is that you will see a variety of fashion styles on the street and isn’t as restricted say as Italy.
What to wear in Spain in April
So now you know about weather and local Spanish style we will turn our attention to what to wear in Spain in April. To make this packing list more navigable we have split this packing list into sections of shoes, women’s and men’s packing list item.
Best Shoes for Spain in April
No matter what time of year you visit Spain the number one shoe has to be:
Sneakers are great for sightseeing in Spain no matter the season. Just be sure to pick a pair that you are comfortable walking long distances in and can cope with hilly areas such as those you find around the Montjuic area of Barcelona.
My favorite sneaker brands at the moment are Hoka and AllBirds but you should pick the pair you find most comfortable.
On top of sneakers we recommend packing:
As the weather is warming up in April, I prefer to pack a sandal instead of a boot for my second shoe. Again pick one that has good arch support and that are good for walking. One of the brand I love is Teva.
What to Wear in Spain in April for Women
So now you know what to expect from the weather and the best shoes to wear, what should women wear in Spain in April?
Although you won’t be needing a heavy coat in April we still recommend packing a jacket. For the South something like a denim jacket is appropiate however in the North you may want a heavier trench coat or a puffer jacket.
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Trousers are a great pick for April. It is still cool enough for sightseeing in jeans, and you can pick the style you feel most comfortable in especially in the cities where there is a liberal fashion scene.
But on top of these I would also pack something like a black pant for going out to smarter restaurants.
Dresses are great whether you are going to cities sightseeing, hitting the beach or going out for dinner. My favorite style is a Maxi dress.
I would pair a blouse with a cardigan for places with a dress code in Spain in Spring.
A smart cardigan is a great top layer for dining in Spain. I tend to stick with merino wool and thin kit cardigans as they are easier to pack and easier to layer as opposed to thick knit tops.
I would still keep a lightweight jumper on your packing list in Spring as another layering option should you get a bit of a cold snap.
T Shirts are great for Spain no matter the time of year and for April I would mainly stick with short sleeve tees.
A pashmina should be on your European Spring packing list no matter the month you are visiting. They are great for layering but also for making outfits more modest.
PJs, Underwear and Socks
Goes without saying. I would also pack some sneaker socks for using with sneakers when sightseeing.
What to wear in Spain in April for Men
So now you know what to pack for women in Spain in April, we will turn our attention to men’s travel essentials. We recommend packing:
Trousers and Shorts
Chinos and jeans are great picks for day and night in Spain in Spring. In the South at the end of the month you may want to also add some light trousers such as linen and shorts.
T Shirts and Shirts
T shirts are perfect for daytime sightseeing, though for April we recommend packing a mix of both long sleeve and short sleeve t shirts.
Also, if you plan on going to any high end eateries we recommend also having at last one button down shirt with you too!
As we said for women, in April you can ditch your thickest winter coat in favor of a lighter jacket. In the south we recommend packing something light that can work as a day to night transition piece like a sports jacket.
Layers are essential for Spain. For a week at this time of year we recommend packing a cardigan, a hoodie and a smart sweater.
What to Pack for Spain in April (non-clothing)
So now you know the clothes to pack for Spain in April, the other essentials to include on your Spain packing list are:
- Travel Adapaters for electronics – Spain uses standard European outputs and plugs.
- Backpack – for storing items on your day trips.
- Crossbody Bag – as with any tourist attractions, you will find Spain has some issues with pickpockets around the big sites. For this reason we recommend you packing an anti theft type crossbody bag as a deterrent. Out favorite brand of travel purse is Travelon.
- Sunscreen – as the temperature is starting to increase you will want to have a good quality sunscreen with you.
- Travel lip balms. – as I mentioned the sun is strong so on top of sunscreen we recommend packing lip balm with sun protection. Our favorite brand at the minute is sun bum.
- Aloe Vera / Aftersun – just in case you get burnt but I hope you don;t.
- Sun hat – especially great if you are visiting one of the beaches.
- Reusable Water Bottle – this will save you money not having to buy drinks everywhere you go.
- Charging Equipment
- Power pack / Battery Pack
- Towel – for those planning on spending time on the beach. We recommend a quick dry one where possible.
- Travel First Aid Kit
- Insect Repellant – you do get mosquitos in Spain in the summer
- Blister plasters
- Toiletries – for our essential toiletries packing list click here. If you are in one of the cities you can easily purchase toiletries locally.
How to dress in Spain in April for Special Events
There aren’t any big special events in Spain in April which have a special dress code so this shouldn’t be a concern for your packing list.
Have you been to Spain in April? What did you wear? We would love to hear in the comments.