Costa Blanca: January Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||6 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||48 %|
|Chance of Rain||19 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||13 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||20 %|
Averages for Costa Blanca in January
Costa Blanca remains one of Europe’s most popular destinations for holidaymakers from across the world. In particular, the resort receives a major influx of British tourists who pick Costa Blanca as their top holiday destination. It’s not hard to see why.
Also called ‘The White Coast,’ the resort offers plenty of sun, sea, sand and sangria. There is a plethora of excellent restaurants to try, loads of fun stuff to do and see, the buzzing nightlife begs to be sampled, and there are plenty of entertaining events taking place in the area throughout the year. Of course, there’s also the wonderful weather…
Costa Blanca consists of 200 kilometres of coastline, and has some major hotspots for tourists to choose where to base themselves. Benidorm is the number one preferred destination, especially for families who want to soak up plenty of sunshine, and for youngsters who are only interested in partying as soon as the sun sets.
There’s also Alicante, where arguably, the best beaches and wider location choices are situated. Alicante offers an intriguing blend of Spanish tradition and 21st century modernity. Other smaller towns include Elche, Murcia, Torrevieja, Denia and Calpe. Costa Blanca isn’t far away from the city of Valencia – Spain’s third largest city and popular holiday destination in its own right.
The weather throughout the year in Costa Blanca is very consistent, with a warm and humid subtropical Mediterranean climate. Average temperatures reach an excess of 20 degrees Celsius, with approximately 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. In the past, there have been extreme weather conditions – ranging from flooding to tornadoes at sea, but these are rare occurrences. Generally, the climate here is hot, warm and sunny.
Typically, the weather for Costa Blanca in January is settled but distinctively cold in comparison to the hot and humid summer months. With a temperature average of 11 degrees Celsius, and a potential low of five degrees Celsius during the day, January is the coldest month of the calendar year. Sunshine hours peak at an average of six hours per day, with sea temperatures at 14 degrees Celsius.
Things to do
The weather is not especially ideal for beach bumming, instead January is a good month for history enthusiasts and culture vultures. A trip to Denia will lead you to the Archaeological Museum, which is located in two rooms known as ‘The Palace of the Governor.’ Built back in the 17th century, the museum, established in 1957 offers not only great views of the port of Denia and the town itself, but also presents a range of interesting materials in the field of archaeology. This excursion will take you through Denia’s development from its early origins right through to the 18th century.
If you are not up for this trip, then head down to Elche for a journey into the small, but well exhibited Paleontological Museum. The exhibits here are very informative, and have been kept in almost pristine condition. Tourists can also take home some natural fossils and stones as part of their visit around this excellent archaeological museum.
Traditionally, festivals and events are on the quiet side in January around Costa Blanca. The main festival is the Porrat de San Anton, which is an animal show and a local market that is held in one of the local’s favourite locations – the bullring. This festival is named after the region’s Patron Saint of Alicante, San Anton. It usually takes place in mid-January.
Hit the beach
January is not the best time of year to come and get a decent tan, despite the warmish temperatures in Costa Blanca. Consequently, the beaches will be less busy than they would be during the summer, but Javea’s La Grava beach is a good shingle beach to come and take a scenic walk at this time of year. There is a superb restaurant to stop for food, and La Grava is close to the port of Javea.
The La Sort restaurant in Alicante is a classy restaurant. The staff work hard to make the experience of eating here a top notch, unforgettable one. The food is first-class but La Sort is on the pricey side, so probably best if you’ve got something special to celebrate – or you’re feeling flush.
At a more modest price range is the Taberna Restaurante Carbon, based in La Nucia. The views are glorious and the food isn’t bad either. The restaurant is based on two floors and the menu offers a fine choice of modern international food. The speciality is Italian cuisine though, so don’t miss out on the amazing pasta or pizza. This restaurant only opened two years ago, but has already become a favourite with many locals and travellers – testament to its quality and service. Bon appetito!
It might be smaller than many of the more popular places around Costa Blanca, but the northern part of the region is not dull at all. Altea is part of the northern part of Costa Blanca and one of its top nightspots is the La Plaza. La Plaza is a cocktail bar that will serve up all of the traditional favourites and the music buzz is a flavour between jazz and soul music.
Elsewhere, Lennon’s in Benidorm is often crowded at weekends and is a regular on the tour of exploring Benidorm’s nightlife by regulars and newcomers alike. Dance music is frequently played and this place is a huge favourite for the under-25s in the area.
Where to stay
The choice of accommodation is endless in and around Costa Blanca. Tourists can take their pick from sky scraping hotels and luxury villas to urban cosy bungalows. Then, there is the decision of whether to stay in a busy area where the majority of the action is, or somewhere more peaceful and quieter.
The Hotel Javea in Javea is a small hotel and a cosy place to stay with a proper family atmosphere. Situated near the port of Javea, the hotel gets fairly busy in the height of summertime, but is much quieter in January. The location of Hotel Javea is decent, with a marina facility nearby, although the nearest sand beach is at least 20 minutes walking distance away. However, this is a chilled place to stay on your holiday to start the calendar year.
Hotel Fetiche in Benidorm is located in the older part of the town, and is a fine bed & breakfast option. There are only 17 rooms, so it is a closely, well-run place, with a continental breakfast as part of the package. Rooms can cater for people with disabilities, and the attention to detail provided for guests by the amiable hosts is rated as impressive by previous guests.
The Casa La Differencia in Calpe caters for all types of needs and rates. In the winter season, it welcomes everyone to its speciality inn, however, between May and October, Casa La Differencia welcomes gay holidaymakers only. No pets and children are allowed to stay here, and the price for staying in this residence includes free Wi-Fi, a daily newspaper and free drinks 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Altea might be a tiny village in the Costa Blanca, but the Melia Villa Gadea Beach Hotel is a luxurious choice. It has tennis courts available on site, along with five restaurants and three swimming pools. This is one of the best stays at anytime of the year in the Costa Blanca.
Lastly, a quieter resort is the three-star Albir Garden Resort property in Albir. This accommodation might be close to the nearest Albir beach, shops and bars, but it is a calmer town when pitted against the likes of Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja. That doesn’t mean to say nothing happens here. Facilities including a top class gym, a volleyball court, entertainment all day and a heated indoor swimming pool throughout the winter season.