Barcelona in January


Here are five amazing things to do in Barcelona in January

1.) Gaudi’s main pieces

Ask any Barcelonian about Antoni Gaudi, and one word keeps coming up; Art. The city of Barcelona is basically defined by the art of this truly incredible and expressive individual, who all Barcelonians respect and are proud of. Enjoy first hand the originality of his intense, unique, and distinctive work all over the city, with a local guide in a Gaudi Walking Tour!


2.) Walking tour Ramblas and Barri Gotic

After a nice morning session on a January morning, enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the Ramblas and Barri Gotic with wonderful and enthusiastic guides who will let you enjoy the mystery and spirit of Barcelona. Best thing about this tour? It is wheelchair compatible!


3.) Museo Picasso

Admire all that this museum has to offer from the funny Picassos’ paintings to the excerpts alongside his work, all arranged around themes of Picasso’s artistic experimentation, and which reveals a great depth in his thoughts and views on life. You will surely have a brilliant time here, even if you are not into art! Definitely worth a visit.


4.) Sagrada Familia

This is one of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces; this building will take your breath away. There is simply nothing like it! People visit this most famous Cathedral in the world, just to see for themselves what it has to offer. From the stained glass to the amazing sculptures, the place is breath taking! You need to get here early though, as there is usually a queue outside (moves real fast so don’t be discouraged), which will probably be at a minimal in January, as many tourists will have left.


5.) Barcelona Aquarium

It is said to be the largest aquarium in Europe, with everything organized, a bit expensive but worth every minute, and feel like you are dreaming! Enjoy watching some really interesting fish species, walk through the tunnels to get real close to the eels, sharks, octopus, jellyfish and stingrays! If you have kids, take them here; it will be an unforgettable experience! Also, going there in January will be a good thing, as the place is not as crowded.

Free Activities in Barcelona in January

Free Tapas (Tuesdays at Restaurant Sesamo)
Enjoy fantastic free tapas in Barcelona, beautifully presented by outstanding waiters who make the experience enjoyable, at this restaurant. Unfortunately, the restaurant does not accommodate many people, so you need to get here early.

Mercat Del Encants (Flea Market)
Known as the largest and best flea market in Barcelona, you will not regret coming here, especially if you are looking to buy souvenirs at reasonable costs. Get there early to give yourself ample time to bargain and shop some more, as most of the stalls start closing at midday.

Festa de la Infància i de la Joventut (Festival of Youth)
You want your kids to have fun in Barcelona and are not sure where to take them? Then why not go to this festival that they will totally love, held between December 26 and January 4th in the Fira exhibition hall, Plaça d’Espanya. On the evening of January 5th, there is the Cavalcade of the Kings, when the three wise men arrive at the port and parade on camels up the Ramblas.

You can do pretty much do everything you want to in Barcelona in January, either with your family or co-workers, as long as you stay warm and comfortable, and be prepared to explore!


Weather in Barcelona in January


Average temperature
Min 4° C / 39° F
Max 13° C / 55° F

Average number of rainy days: 8

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Sightseeing in Barcelona in January

Arabic baths in Barcelona
Visit the El Born’s Passeig de Picasso, opposite Ciutadela Park, and enjoy ‘Turkish’ Baths commonly referred to as Baños Arabes – Arab. Here, you can relax your body and mind in this luxurious retreat. Be sure to go to the tepidarium for a dip (36c), frigidarium (16c), and calidarium (40c), and lose yourself to an amazing and therapeutic experience, that will surely remind you of Barcelona, long after the visit!