Valencia in April: Weather, Things to Do & What to Wear
As the weather warms up and spring is in full swing, Valencia comes to life with fun events and activities in April. From colorful Holy Week parades to parks bursting into bloom, April is an exciting time to visit. But what is the weather like in Valencia in April? And can you swim in the sea? Well, grab a glass of sangria and let’s take a closer look at the weather and the top things to do in Valencia during this month, so that you can make the most of your visit.
Is April a good time to visit Valencia?
April can be a good time to visit Valencia, as the weather is generally pleasant, with plenty of opportunities to soak up some rays. Plus, there are several events and festivals that take place during this month.
The temperatures in Valencia during April are, generally speaking, quite nice, especially during the day. This means April in Valencia is ideal for outdoor activities such as exploring the city on foot, strolling along the beaches or enjoying the beautiful gardens and parks.
April in Valencia also sees several events taking place, adding excitement to any trip.
The Easter holidays tend to fall during this month, and much like in other parts of Spain, Easter in Valencia is a big deal.
However, it’s important to note that in April, kids around Spain enjoy their Easter holidays and many adults get days off from work as well.
This means many Spaniards will travel during the Holy Week, therefore, this week in April tends to be busier and more expensive than other times of the year.
Weather in Valencia in April
April in Valencia is generally mild and pleasant with lots of sunshine. But it can also be windy and the occasional light rain is to be expected.
The average high temperatures during the day are around 22°C (72°F), while the average low temperatures at night are around 11°C (52°F).
However, some days, temperatures can get close to 30ºC (86ºF), which means T-shirt weather all day long.
The beautiful April weather in Valencia brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy a great array of outdoor activities and explore the city on foot without feeling too hot or too cold.
The sea water in Valencia is not warm enough to go for a swim just yet. But you can definitely sunbathe on the beach or in the park.
Additionally, April is typically a relatively dry month, with only around 4 days of rain on average. So, you can expect plenty of sunshine during your visit to Valencia.
What’s on in Valencia in April
Several parades take place in Valencia in April, specifically during the Holy Week. So if you choose to visit Valencia during this time, there’s a good chance you’ll run into something interesting and memorable.
However, if nothing is going on at the time of your trip, make sure you check out my post on what to do in Valencia at any time of the year, as well as the top places to visit in Valencia for more inspiration.
Varying dates – April 6th, 2023
On Holy Thursday in the evening, the Procession of the Torches takes on the streets of the El Cabañal neighborhood. During this procession, the members of the brotherhoods march in silence with candles in hand.
Varying dates – April 7th, 2023
On Good Friday in the morning, an homage to the victims of the sea is paid on Playa del Cabañal. In the evening, the Procession of the Holy Burial lasts several hours, time in which hooded penitents, Roman legionnaires, and people of all ages dressed up as biblical characters march on the streets of El Cabañal accompanied by bands playing mournful music.
Varying dates – April 9th, 2023
On Easter Sunday at noon, The Resurrection Procession takes place. This is a colorful and cheerful procession, greatly contrasting with the somber atmosphere on Good Friday. The penitents remove their hoods and throw flowers to the crowds gathered on the side instead.
Varying dates – April 10th, 2023
Every April, Valencia hosts a wondrous and colorful kite festival on the El Cabañal beach (in front of the boat shaped water fountain). This magical event features wind gardens, acrobatic kite flying competitions and free workshops for kids. Nevertheless, the biggest attraction are the gigantic static kites – a sight to behold.
San Vicente Ferrer Festival
Varying dates – Second Monday after Easter
The main event takes place on the second Monday after Easter, when people dressed in traditional attire bring flower offerings to the saint’s birthplace. However, the celebrations begins a couple of days earlier and it’s not uncommon to run into small groups of people caring the statue of San Vicente Ferrer through the streets as well as elaborate stages where young children enact the miracles attributed to the saint.
April bank holidays in Valencia
In Valencia, there are three public holiday during the month of April – Good Friday, Easter Monday, and San Vicente Ferrer Day. Expect most businesses to be closed, including shops and supermarkets. Some cafés, bars and restaurants might open, but there’s no rule to it, so I advise you enquire about each business’ Easter opening hours before you make plans.
What to wear in Valencia in April
Since April in Valencia is generally mild and pleasant, I suggest packing a variety of light layers. However, sometimes it can get cooler in the evenings especially if you’re staying out late, so it’s a good idea to pack some warmer clothes as well.
T-shirts and short sleeve shirts are almost always a must, especially around noon, when temperatures tend to be above 20ºC (68ºC) in the shade. This means that in the sun, temperatures can easily reach 30ºC (86ºF) or more.
People in Valencia tend to wear casual yet stylish clothes and almost never wear sports clothing on the street (leggings are the occasional exception), so you might want to take this into consideration.
Besides the above mentioned summer clothing, you should also pack a light windbreaker jacket or a cardigan and some long pants or jeans. Comfortable shoes for walking around are also a must.
Given that the sun can be quite strong in Valencia in April, using sunscreen is always a good idea. Whether you pack your favorite brand or buy a local one, don’t forget to actually use it.
Last but not least, you might want to pack a small umbrella, just in case. A reusable water bottle can also come in handy.