Weather Averages for Benidorm in January
Averages for Benidorm in January
January is the coldest time of the year to visit Benidorm, Spain, when the average temperature is a cool 11°C. During this month the resort experiences highs of up to 15°C, cooling down to 6°C after dark. Although it might be a bit too cold to spend a day at the beach, the sea temperature is a mild 15°C and there are approximately seven hours of sunshine each day. With an average of 11 rainy days throughout the month, it’s likely that you’ll experience a shower or two during your stay.
Indeed, the months of December, January and February are generally stormier and windier than other months. However, this is not enough to ruin your holiday and although it is wintertime, these months are still warmer than other resort locations and so Benidorm remains a popular tourist attraction all year round, subsequently, hotels stay quite full even during the winter months.
Occasionally the temperature gets very low for a few days during the winter, but it never reaches freezing.
Benidorm is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations for British families and couples. Located within Alicante on the eastern coast of Spain, the resort has a sunny Mediterranean climate, with pleasantly warm summers and mild winters. Due to its coastal location, Benidorm enjoys higher temperatures and more sunshine than the surrounding, more mountainous areas, which protect the resort from northerly Levante winds.
In addition to the fantastic weather, most tourists visit Benidorm because it only takes around two hours to fly there from the UK and the resort offers plenty to see and do for the whole family. Here you’ll find a handful of golden sand beaches, theme parks, animal zoos, water parks and golf courses, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Dates for the diary
Every year on January 5th, the whole of Spain celebrates the Epiphany, with many Three Kings-themed celebrations. The main parade in Benidorm starts off around 5pm at the harbour and travels through the streets until it reaches the town hall at 8pm. During this procession, three locals dressed up as lavish kings ride camels through the streets, handing out sweets and gifts to children.
The Patron Saint of animals – San Antionio – is also celebrated during January at the Hermita de Sanz church, located on the outskirts of Benidorm. Great fun for the whole family to enjoy, this traditional event sees local farmers bring their livestock to the church to be blessed by the parish priest.
Things to do
If the weather takes a turn for the worst, seek shelter by heading to the Castillo Conde de Alfaz where you can watch the Desafio Medieval show. During this performance you’ll be taken on a journey back through history to a time of knights on horseback, jousting and sword fights. The entrance fee not only includes the show, but also dinner, unlimited drinks and entrance to the nightclub afterward. If you want to make the evening extra special, you can purchase the VIP ticket for the best seats or the magic ticket which includes a magic show.
For a chance to see what Benidorm was like before mass tourism took over, pay a visit to the nearby Spanish village of Altea. Located just on the outskirts of the resort, this area is a world away from fast-paced Benidorm and is full of winding narrow streets to explore. There are two markets held here every Tuesday morning. The one in the centre of the village sells fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as herbs, nuts, sweets and flowers, whilst the one close to the sports centre offers more souvenir-type items, such as clothing, leather goods, jewellery and handicrafts.
Where to eat & drink
Families and couples who want to try some local cuisine should head to Bar Mal Pas. This popular restaurant serves a number of fish- and meat-based dishes which come highly recommended by the locals. If you’re just in the mood to nibble, choose a few items from the tapas menu and enjoy a shared meal.
Two Palms Restaurant is the place to go if you’re craving good old pub grub. The menu here features a number of popular British dishes, including pies, pasties and roast dinners. This eatery can only serve a handful of guests at a time, so making a previous reservation is highly recommended.
If you’re holidaying with little ones, be sure to head to Pancho’s Pub situated in the middle of the Levante area. There is plenty here to keep children entertained, including a resident clown who does tricks, illusions and can even make balloon animals. Later on in the evening, the adult entertainment begins in the form of singers, dancers and comedians.
For those of you who can’t stand the thought of missing your favourite team play, visit the Stretford End. This British-run pub has a number of large-screen TVs scattered throughout the establishment, so you can choose to watch the match outside in the sun or inside in the air-conditioned bar. If you’re in the mood to gamble, you can even bet on each match at the onsite bookies.
Where to stay
When it comes to budget accommodation, Terralta Apartments are ideal for families and couples during their holiday in Benidorm. Guests can choose between one- and two-bedroom apartments, all of which come with living/dining room, kitchenette, bathroom and balcony. There are also plenty of onsite amenities, such as mini market, kids’ play area, WiFi access and swimming pools.
If you fancy a bit of luxury during your holiday in Benidorm, check out Palm Beach Hotel. This complex offers almost 300 rooms and suites, all of which boast pool and garden views, air conditioning, mini bar and satellite TV. There are many facilities for guests to enjoy, such as swimming pools, restaurant, kids’ play area and gym.
Hotel Perla Residencia is one of the most popular hotels in Benidorm amongst couples. This two-star hotel is just a short distance away from Levante beach and offers a choice of spacious rooms. Onsite facilities include swimming pool, solarium, parking and bar lounge.
Hotel Magic Villa de Benidorm is perfect for families holidaying with little ones. Located only 200m from Levante beach, this hotel offers double rooms and standard junior rooms, some of which come with pool views. There are loads of amenities for guests to enjoy, such as swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sports facilities, restaurants and kids’ club.
Hotel Magic Crystal Park is another great choice for families holidaying in Benidorm. This complex is situated in front of Parque de Elche and offers a selection of rooms and suites for guests to enjoy. The list of facilities is extensive and includes swimming pool, restaurants, kids’ club, evening entertainment and bowling green.