Averages for Barcelona in January

What's the Weather Like in Barcelona in January?

Temperature 

January falls within the winter season in Barcelona. The average daytime temperature tends to hover around 13°C (55°F), whereas the average minimum temperature drops down to 4°C (about 40°F). However, even at this time of year the temperature can still exceed 16°C one day in ten!

Sunshine Hours 

Over the course of a typical January, th...

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  • Temperature Temperature 10°C 49°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 5°C 41°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 33 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 3 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 14°C 57°F

Daily averages for Barcelona

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What's the Weather Like in Barcelona in January?

Temperature 

January falls within the winter season in Barcelona. The average daytime temperature tends to hover around 13°C (55°F), whereas the average minimum temperature drops down to 4°C (about 40°F). However, even at this time of year the temperature can still exceed 16°C one day in ten!

Sunshine Hours 

Over the course of a typical January, the daylight hours begin to increase in comparison to previous months. From the start to the end of the month, the length of day increases by approximately 48 minutes.

On average, the shortest day of the month is January 1st with 9:14 hours of daylight and the longest day is January 31st with 10:02 hours of daylight. The amount of sunshine hours are considerably low at this time of year, reaching only five hours a day, compared to December which sees on average six hours per day.

Rain

Rainfall during January is relatively low at just 40mm of rainfall, spread across eight days, throughout the month. The rainiest month of the year is usually November, which sees on average 70mm of rainfall spread across a total of eight days.

During January the average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 28%, with little variation over the course of the month. Throughout this month the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, drizzle and light rain.

Cloud cover 

During January the median cloud cover is a mostly clear 38% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On January 16th, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 50% of the time and only partly cloudy 23% of the time.

Hunidity 

Humidity is relatively low at the time of year, it usually ranges from a mildly humid 55% to a very humid 91%, rarely dropping below 36% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest towards the end of the month around January 29th, when the humidity levels can drop below 65% three days out of four.

On the other hand the air is most humid around January 11th, where the humidity can rise above a very humid 87% three days out of four.

Snow

Even though it is winter, snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall in Barcelona in January. If you are thinking of going skiing, there are a number of Alpine resorts within close proximity to the city including Andorra, La Molina and Masella

Wind 

During January typical wind speeds vary from 0m/s to 7 m/s, which is considered as a calm to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 10 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around January 2nd, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. At this time of the year the wind is most often coming from the north, followed by the southwest.

Barcelona is a bit cold in the winter and, as a result, sunbathing on the beach is hardly an option. The average sea temperature at this time of year is 14°C – that's 12°C cooler than August, where the sea temperature can reach a positively warm 26°C.

Overall, January is an ideal month to visit if you enjoy walking, as you are able to enjoy the exercise without overexerting yourself in extreme heat. It is also a great time of year for sightseeing some of Barcelona's most popular attractions, without having to make your way through heaving crowds. 

Barcelona Hotels in January

Andante Hotel is an affordable three-star hotel centrally located just 350m from Drassanes Metro Station and La Rambla. This hotel offers a rooftop pool offering superb panoramic views over the rest of the city, where you even see the world famous Sagrada Familia. Other facilities at this hotel include a buffet breakfast and modern air-conditioned rooms complete with parquet floors, a safe and flat-screen satellite TV.

There's also the option of staying at the three-star Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22. This hotel is located just 300m away from Llacuna Metro Station and offers rooms with satellite TVs and a free continental buffet breakfast.

Furthermore, housed in a traditional 19thcentury building is the luxurious and comfortable Catalonia Portal de L'Angel. This hotel is located just 200m away from the famous Las Ramblas and only 100m from Barcelona Cathedral. The hotel is also within close proximity to many transport links such as the metro and bus stations.

Catalonia Catedral is an excellent four-star hotel situated just 100m from the Barcelona Cathedral. This modernist and elegant hotel offers free Wi-Fi access to guests, a rooftop swimming pool and a Japanese terrace and garden.

Barcelona Beach for January

It may be a little bit too chilly to spend the day at the beach in January, however at this time of year it is still warm enough to go for a stroll along the beach.

Sant Sebastià is closest to the city center and is the most southern beach you will find along Barcelona's 4.5km stretch of sandy coastline. During the summer this beach gets packed, however during January it is relatively quiet.

On the other hand you may want to try out Nova Icària, which lies on the opposite side of Port Olympic. This beach is surrounded by a great variety of restaurants and bars and offers a range of facilities for sports along the coastline such as gyms, tennis courts and swimming pools.

Mar Bella, which translates to "The Beautiful Sea" was constructed during the period when the city's coastline was re-developed before the 1992 Olympic Games. Today this is a popular nudist beach, it may be too cold at this time of year but it's something to bear in mind for the summer months.

Last but not least, Barceloneta is probably one of the most well-known and popular beaches in the whole of Barcelona. This is where you will find all the locals and tourists hanging out on a sunny day, it is also within easy access to the city center and is one of the oldest beaches in the city.

Bars and Restaurants

Indochine Ly Leap offers a frenzy of Asian inspired tapas, in which the head chef Ly Leap shows off his expertise with a variety of aromatic herbs, spices and citrus fruits. The interior of the restaurant replicates a traditional Asian eatery, using low down tables and cushions as seats. The restaurant is also made up of indoor tropical plants and there is even an indoor pond with live fish swimming past the tables.

If you're looking for a restaurant which takes a creative spin on classic Spanish tapas, look no further than El 58. Set in a subdued location with a beautiful interior courtyard, this friendly restaurant serves up delicious seafood and other staples of the Spanish smorgasbord. 

Another eatery which offers classic family recipes in a sophisticated setting is Polleria Fontana. The menu at this restaurant gives a true taste of Catalan cuisine, with a good balance of local and classically Spanish dishes that will keep all diners happy.

La Macarena Club is one of Barcelona's top underground nightclubs offers a subterranean atmosphere. This place offers a very small dance floor with a DJ booth located slap bang in the middle of it. The atmosphere here is always buzzing, pumping out the very best house and techno tracks.

Moog is a small club with a massive reputation, both respected locally and internationally. This elegantly designed club offers a sunken dance floor lined with cabinets full of spirit bottles. Expect to hear a selection of techno and house music at this trendy hideout.

Things to do in Barcelona in January

Live the history of one of the best football clubs in the world at FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium and Museum. You will have the chance to enter the away team changing room, the players' tunnel, the dugouts, press room, commentators box and of course the Museum which showcases an extensive display of trophies, fact files and more. It is also important to remember that the museum is open on match days but closes three hours before kick-off.

The Barcelona Picasso Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks by the famous 20th century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. This museum showcases artwork from the formative years of Picasso, revealed through over 4,000 works that make up a permanent collection. The museum also features a number of ever-changing exhibitions from other renowned contemporary artists.

The Gothic Quarter is located in the heart of the city of Barcelona. Stretching all the way from Rambla to Via Laietana and from the seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere there are a great deal of things to see and do here.

Spend the morning either getting lost amongst the narrow streets and discovering a number of quaint little shops or visit a number of sites of historical and religious importance including Barcelona's Cathedral, Placa del Rei and Santa Maria del Pi.

No trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting a traditional flamenco show. Founded in 1970 the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes hosts a number of performances throughout the week by today's leading Catalan artists. The show also offers a buffet dinner, featuring Mediterranean specialities and a variety of drinks.

January events in Barcelona

Religious

The Epiphany

1st January 2018 to 31st January 2018

In Spain and Barcelona, the Epiphany is a very important holy day. This is the day that the Three Wise Men gave their gifts to Jesus Christ as a child. In Barcelona, gifts are exchanged, even more than they are on Christmas. There is special cake served after dinner called Roscon de Reyes (Kings' Cake).

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