Welcome to another part of my monthly local updates from Fuengirola!
If you’re wondering whether a trip to Fuengirola in January is a good idea, and what the weather is like, read on!
January Weather in Fuengirola
January weather in Fuengirola tends to be full of surprises – you can get glorious sunny days with pleasant temperatures around 17C, but on other days it’s grey and very windy.
The weather changes pretty quickly and it’s almost never accurate if you’re checking it a week ahead. Having said that, it’s normally much more pleasant compared to other parts of Spain and certainly compared to the rest of Europe.
This year, in particular, the weather has been unusually cold – between 15C – 16C day temperatures on the coldest days, with night temperatures going down as low as 8C.
Even with those temperatures, it can feel very pleasant, if there is no wind around.
The rainy days are normally only a few between, and they don’t tend to last more than a day or two – with more rain normally coming in the next few months.
If you’re planning to spend the winter in Fuengirola, January is usually one of the safe bets in terms of weather.
What’s Happening in Fuengirola in January
January tends to be one of the quietest months in Fuengirola, with very little tourism activity and outdoor life.
All of the beachside restaurants are still closed (until March) including the sunbed rental places, but otherwise, life goes on as normal.
January also marks the Christmas celebrations in Spain, as the locals celebrate on the 6th of January.
The celebrations start with the arrival of the three kings, which is accompanied by a procession through the city, while the kings throw some candy into the crowds greeting them. They arrive in front of the town hall where they held a formal welcome. The Christmas market in the main square is also held until mid-January.
Holiday in Fuengirola in January
If you’re booking a trip for January, you’re likely to get very good deals on accommodation and generally all services tend to be cheaper.
It’s also much easier getting good last-minute deals and car rental options are much cheaper this time of year.
As it’s considered a low season, there aren’t as many flight options available, but those that do exist tend to be very affordable compared to summer flights.
The presence of tourists in Fuengirola is still noticeable, but it’s mostly older Scandinavian pensioners who come to spend the winter months here and then return back at the start of spring or summer.
What to Pack for a Trip to Fuengirola in January
You won’t need very warm clothing (heavy winter jackets, hats, scarves etc), only a weatherproof warmer jacket for those cold windy days with a chance of rain.
As the weather changes quite a bit, it’s good to have a variety of clothing with you, both for the warmer days and colder days. Evenings and mornings tend to be quite chilly, so it’s good to have a light jacket or cardigan on you most of the time.
If you’re staying in Airbnb or other private accommodation, they rarely have carpets and the floors are very cold, so buying or bringing some slippers with you is a good idea.
If you’re checking accommodation options for your trip, make sure the place has an aircon unit or other heating option for the bedroom and living space – Spanish houses and flats are extremely cold in the winter months as most have no central heating.
Health & Safety Restrictions in Fuengirola in January
Compulsory masks outdoors came back into force in December 2021, and it looks like they will stay for a while.
One of the most restrictive regulations is a compulsory covid pass that you need if you want to eat in a restaurant, although most will let you dine on a terrace without needing one. Not all places are asking for a covid pass, and you might be fine if you book in advance and ask the restaurant. This is currently in place until 15th February (and has been extended already two times, so it could be that another extension will be passed).
The regulations change nearly every couple of weeks, so always check the latest travel info on the official websites where it’s updated regularly.