Weather in Spain in January

Is January a good time to visit Spain?

Did you know you can ski in Spain in January? Well, yes, up north in the Pyrenees, along the border with France, this country, better known for its fun in the sun, offers some good ski resorts. There is also some skiing to be had near Madrid, in the north-west of the country. Down south in Barcelona the weather is also pretty chilly at this time of year, although fairly dry and sunny, and in Andalucia – the warmest place in Spain – you may be able to find some odd warm days, but unlikely to produce a sun-tan. This is Spain’s coldest month, and certainly the wettest in northern Spain. The weather in Spain is still warmer, though, than the rest of Europe in the grip of winter.


Climate in Spain in January

Spain has a very diverse climate, being the second-most mountainous country in Europe, and it is therefore difficult to provide average temperatures and rainfall data for the country as a whole. In general though, Spain in January is – surprisingly no doubt for many – cold and wet. Mediterranean Spain has an average of six hours of sunshine a day in the winter months, with temperatures several degrees higher than the inland regions. Barcelona, for example, experiences a maximum of 13°C during January, with an average of five wet days during the month, while Almeira, further south, offers a maximum of 16°C and six wet days.


What’s on in Spain in January

Barcelona being one of the warmest spots in Spain in January, this is where most events for the month take place. Starting with an international festival of contemporary art early in the month, the action moves on to the fiery De Cajón! Flamenco festival, the Catalan Folk Music Festival and the start of the three-month long Barna Sants Festival of Song. San Sebastian religious celebrations take place across the country.


What to pack for a holiday in Spain in January

If you’re heading for the ski resorts of Spain in January obviously you will need your thermal underwear and ski-jacket. On the “costas” during January there will be little chance for bikinis, but jeans and T-shirts with the addition of a fleece jacket should be warm enough. Inland, Madrid needs an overcoat, scarf and gloves.