Hi looking at spending 4 weeks in Spain in January possibly flying into Madrid and out of Barcelona or vic versa from Australia. I have seen a cruise that goes to Tenerife and Morocco, would it be too cold at this time of year for this. Is everything still open, eg Monastries, Musems etc? First time in Spain so all advice would be appreciated. Lisa
While I have not been in January, I have been in March, November, and find the weather to be unpredictable. Likely rain, some wind, and on some times even snow. But not enough to keep me away. The weather I speak of is in Madrid, and other areas, not the southern portion at the coast or in Barcelona. Go!! It will be a great trip!!!!!!!
I spent a week in Madrid in mid-January a couple of years ago. The weather was chilly to cold most of the time (you will probably need a real winter jacket) but it was nothing severe and we had several very nice (Mid to upper 50s) afternoons. Of course I was living in Ohio at the time, so you might want to take that into account. Nothing I wanted to see was closed because of the weather or the season. I also did a day trip to Toledo and suffered through several hours of torrential rain, but with my umbrella I was able to see all i went there for.
Spain will not necessarily be 8 -10 F degrees. It might be that or much warmer in Madrid but Spain is a huge country so where you are going will be the key. We were there in January a couple of years - into Madrid and home from Malaga. Madrid was chilly but closer to the 40 F ( 5 celsius). But it was damp, overcast. Madrid sits on a high plain so it will be colder than some of the surrounding areas. Seville, Granada, Cordoba were warmer - closer to 60F (15c) - but, again, a little rainy so humidity was high. Of course, Malaga was much warmer with palm trees.