Alicante is a city of tourist interest both in winter and in summer. The center of city life, where the main hotels, restaurants, tapas bars and other activities are located - is the well-known Explanada de España (Esplanada d'Espanya in Catalan). This is a tree-lined promenade that runs from the foot of the hill of the Santa Barbara Castle to the main pier of the port.
Before we have a look at what you can do in Alicante, let's first look at the weather you can expect in January.
To get a good overview of the type of weather you can expect in January in Alicante Spain, we will look at the day and night temperature, minimum and maximum water temperature, and if January is comfortable or humid
Generally, January in Alicante Spain will be slightly on the colder side. Historical data shows that you can expect an average temperature of around 62°F / 17°C. But due to the very dry air, it can feel somewhat uncomfortable for some people. During the night, it will cool down to around 42°F / 6°C.
Alicante Spain has some rainy days in January. You can expect around 5 rainy days, with on average 0.8 inches / 20 mm of rain during the whole month.
The forecast for January 2024 is based on historical data and are averages. They will give a good indication what you can expect, but the daily temperature and rain will fluctuate during the month.
Things to see and do in Alicante
Alicante has many things to soo. With help from our visitors we have dived a list of things to see in. If you have any sugestions or improvements for this list, please let us know.
Castle of Santa Barbara
CulturalThroughout the Year
The castle of Santa Barbara is a fortress that has a lift moving upwards from just behind Postiguet Beach.
Explanada de España
OtherThroughout the Year
Explanada de España is a promenade from the town to the marina with many stalls.
Basilica of Santa María
CulturalThroughout the Year
Basilica of Santa María is a 13th-century church with twin towers.
Christmas holidays in Alicante go on from December 24 to January 6. There are multiple options for leisure activities for families with children, including ice skating, visiting Santa Grotto, shopping for sweets, cakes, and fruits, games, music, toboggan run, lottery, and tasty Spanish dinner and desserts.
BeachThroughout the Year
Postiguet Beach has many facilities for some sun-based fun for families.
CulturalThroughout the Year
Casco Antiguo is a brightly colored pathway with people's windows decorated with fresh flowers.
MuseumThroughout the Year
Archaeological Museum shows how different cultures co-existed many centuries ago.
Shopping in Alicante
There are many malls and small stores where you can shop. In this city you will find everything you need, even in winter time!
Activities in Alicante
There are many nature trails in the parks which offer a peaceful connection with the wildlife and nature surrounding Alicante.
Enjoy nautical activities like sailing and snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea.
Rent a bicycle or motorized bike and tour the city on your own.
Learn how to make paella and tapas with fresh local ingredients by signing up for cooking classes in Alicante.
Playing a round of golf at the wide range of golf courses in Alicante.
The Farmer markets and street markets are a good way to learn about the cultural and social characteristics of a place and can prove to be an interesting shopping experience.
Enjoy authentic tapas, paellas, and wine tasting tours which prove to be an exciting experience for the visitors.
Hire magnificent horses from the local ranches and ride with experienced riders through the natural trails and wilderness of the coastal area.
Restaurants in Alicante
In Alicante there are restaurants open all year round. You can taste delicious tapas, Spanish cuisine as well as different cuisines from all over the world.
More things to see in Alicante
Castillo de Santa Barbara
Castillo de Santa Barbara or the Santa Barbara Castle, is 166m above sea level on Mount Benacantil, overlooking the city. The tallest tower, La Torreta, is the oldest part of the castle and offers panoramic views of the region. The castle has canons, dungeons, a moat, and the ruins of a small church.
There are many museums in Alicante which are worth a visit. The Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) exhibits artifacts dating from 100,000 years ago. Museum of Contemporary Art and Gravina Museum of Fine Arts (MUBAG) features an impressive collection of Spanish 20th-century works from artists including Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tàpies, and Chillida.
Port of Alicante
The Port of Alicante is a seaport on the Mediterranean Sea used for commercial and passenger traffic. Marina Alicante on the port offers all forms of entertainment, including vibrant nightlife. The cafes, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, casinos, shops, and nautical companies offer you endless options without leaving the port area.
Alicante's main charm is its endless beaches including the famous Playa San Juan. These splendid beaches are well equipped having restaurants, beach bars, and designated sports areas. These beautiful beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and the pristine waters make this a perfect place to go sailing and snorkeling to discover incredible marine life.
Basilica of St Mary
Basilica of St Mary is the oldest active church in Alicante, Spain. It is a church built in a Gothic style between the 14th and 16th centuries over the remains of a Mosque. The Church was later promoted to the rank of a Basilica in 2007.
Parque de La Ereta
Parque de La Ereta is situated on the foothills of Mount Benacantil. It includes walking trails, children's playgrounds, ponds and brooks, picnic tables, and an auditorium for concerts.
Explanada de Espana
Explanada de Espana is one of the loveliest promenades in Spain. It is lined with palm trees and has 6.5 million marble floor tiles. It extends from the Port of Alicante and ends at the famous statue of Mark Hersch. For the locals, this is the preferred place for a traditional paseo and a venue for other forms of outdoor entertainment like musical concerts.