Averages for Alicante in January

What's the Weather like in Alicante in January

Temperature

January is the coldest month of the year in Alicante and the weather can be quite changeable. However, thanks to a sheltered, Mediterranean climate, cold is a relative term; the winter months generally see pleasant, warm temperatures, minimal rainfall, and up to six hours of sunshine each day.

The average temperature is a relatively pleasant 12C, with highs of 17C. The high...

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What's the Weather like in Alicante in January

Temperature

January is the coldest month of the year in Alicante and the weather can be quite changeable. However, thanks to a sheltered, Mediterranean climate, cold is a relative term; the winter months generally see pleasant, warm temperatures, minimal rainfall, and up to six hours of sunshine each day.

The average temperature is a relatively pleasant 12C, with highs of 17C. The highest temperature ever recorded in the area is 29C, although realistically it's unlikely that temperatures will reach much above 20C. It will feel slightly warmer thanks to relatively high, year-round humidity (around 70%). And it will be much colder overnight, with lows of 7C.  

Conditions are similar in Almeria, in the south east of the country, with average temperatures of 13C and highs of 17C. In comparison, Seville, inland in south west Spain, experiences slightly cooler conditions and the average temperature is just 11C, with highs of 15C and significant overnight lows of just 6C.

Average Sea Temperature

With average sea temperatures of only 15C, however, despite deceptively temperate daily averages, it really isn't beach weather.

Fog

Mornings may be foggy and overcast, though the worst of it will be off the coast and out to sea. Inland, any fog should clear by around 10am. Away from the coast, some areas will also experience a light frost overnight.

Rain

Rainfall averages are relatively low in January, with just 20mm expected over 3 days. The rainy season arrives in the autumn in Alicante. At this time of year any precipitation is likely to take the form of light, sporadic showers and shouldn't prove too disruptive. Thanks to the ridge of hills to the north, Alicante experiences considerably less rainfall year round than many other parts of Spain. Barcelona, for example, expects around 40mm of rainfall over 8 days in January, and Seville around 76mm over 8 days.

Alicante Hotels in January

The iconic Melia Alicante overlooks the beautiful golden sands of Postiguet Beach. The hotel boasts an impressive array of facilities, including wellness centre and spa, outdoor pool, bar, beach lounge, and restaurant serving both Spanish and international cuisine. Those guests who require just that little bit extra pampering can even sign up for what the hotel terms "the Level Experience", a sort of VIP package, which includes access to the private reception area, express check in and out, a la carte breakfast service in their room (at no extra charge), one item of clothing ironed each day (also at no extra charge) and exclusive access to the open bar.

The five star boutique hotel, Hospes Amerigo, is located in the historic heart of Alicante, in a converted 16th century Dominican convent. The rooftop Bodyna Spa offers a range of treatments, sauna, gym, open air swimming pool and solarium with views over the city. This is real luxury, with all the rooms boasting DVD player, Egyptian cotton or silk bed linen, and abstract silk paintings on the walls. Naturally, there's a gourmet restaurant and cocktail bar onsite.

Bars and Restaurants

The refined Café Bar Noray serves a simple snack menu and selection of drinks. With an enviable position on the marina, the Cafes main draw is the opportunity to take in the view, the marina coming to life at night or the hustle and bustle of the boats during the day. It's an excellent place for a quick lunch, or just stop in for a coffee in the afternoon.

If you're looking for good pub grub, or a great night out, make sure to check out The Lighthouse. A British pub, owned and run by Spaniards, it prides itself on its simple menu and lively atmosphere. The bar serves a range of British beers, which you won't find anywhere else in the city.

Things to do in Alicante in January

The Concatedral de San Nicolás is Alicante's main Roman Catholic Church; a must-see for its striking baroque-renaissance architectural features alone. The church is topped with an unusual blue dome and located in the centre of the Old Town, so it's hard to miss. It also forms the seat of the Bishop. Built between 1613 and 1662, it was designed by Agustín Bernardino, a student of Juan de Herrera, and constructed on the site of an ancient mosque. The Chapel of Holy Communion, a small Greek cross-planned temple, is considered to be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled examples of Spanish Baroque in the country.

The Gravina Palace, located in the Old Town of Alicante, is home to the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts. Built between 1748 and 1808, it boasts a rich collection of Spanish artworks from many noted artists. The museum also has an auditorium and lounge with permanent exhibits depicting the fascinating history of the building.

If you've got a sweet tooth, the Valor Chocolate Museum will no doubt prove irresistible. Dedicated to preserving the history of chocolate in Spain, it houses various static exhibits including tools, machinery, and documents pertaining to the chocolate making process in days of yore. This museum also details the history of the famous Spanish chocolate company 'Valor'.

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