What's the Weather Like in Barcelona in January?
Although it's winter in Barcelona in January, the weather is relatively mild and sunny compared with northern Europe in January. And with an average of five hours of daily sunshine that's still five more than you'd see in the UK at the same time of year.
January is an ideal month to visit Barcelona if you enjoy walking. You'll be able to enjoy the exercise without the extreme heat of the summer temperatures and the city's attractions will be less crowded.
You're unlikely to see many sunbathers on the beach. And with an average sea temperature of 14° C, you won't see many swimmers, either.
How Warm Is Barcelona In January?
The average daytime temperature is 10°C with highs of 14°C in the middle of the day. The temperature drops to 4°C at night.
Is January A Rainy Month In Barcelona
The January rainfall is relatively low at just 40mm spread across eight days.
Does It Snow In January In Barcelona?
Even though it is winter, snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall in Barcelona in January.
Is January Windy In Barcelona?
During January typical wind speeds vary from calm to moderate breezes, rarely rising above strong winds.
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.
Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22
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.
Catalonia Portal de L'Angel
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 in Barcelona in January
Indochine Ly Leap
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
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
FC Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium
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 Picasso Museum
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
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.
Tablao Flamenco Corbodes
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.