Things to do in Madrid

Visiting Madrid in January – The Definitive Guide

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Fashionable. Trendy. Beautiful. Historical. Madrid is like all your dream destinations rolled into one. The seat of power in Spain for millennia, Madrid has steadily evolved from a paradise for history aficionados to a city for everyone. Today, Madrid is a bustling metropolitan that also houses majestic modern art centers, delicious restaurants, and iconic nightclubs. You can visit the Spanish capital throughout the year, but January is a calmer time. Head to the city in January for a magical vacation.

What makes Madrid in January special?

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    Madrid is delightful in January. Unlike most European cities, Madrid's weather is bearable in January. It isn't freezing cold, so you can go out and explore the city whenever you feel like it. There are also fewer tourists around Madrid in January. It allows you to explore the city's restaurants, historical sites, art museums, and gardens at your convenience.

January Weather in Madrid

Unlike most places in Europe, the cold in Madrid is bearable in January. It is chilly but mild, giving ample opportunity to explore the city. The average temperature is around 6°C, with highs hitting 10°C and lows touching 1°C. Nights are chillier and can lead to snowfall in the mountains and frost in the city. Rain is irregular, but you must prepare for showers when leaving your room.

Must-Dos in January


Prado Museum

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Museo Nacional del Prado, or the Prado Museum, is the center of art in Madrid. It is located inside an 18th-century Neoclassical building, an attraction in itself. Inside the museum building, you'll find over 20,000 artworks by legendary figures like Francisco Goya, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, and Titian.

January Timings
Monday to Saturday from 10 am-8 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays from 10 AM to 7 PM
Closed on January 1 and limited opening hours on January 6

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C. de Ruiz de Alarcón, 23, 28014 Madrid,
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El Escorial

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Royal Site of San Lorenzo of El Escorial is the definition of magnificence and beauty. The startling palace was once the home of King Philip II of Spain but was later also used as a monastery, basilica, and educational institute.

January Timings
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM
Monday closed

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Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
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Reina Sofia Museum

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With more than 3.5 million annual visitors, Reina Sofia Museum is among Spain's most-visited museums. It is the center of 20th-century art in the country, featuring hundreds of paintings and sculptures by Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Don't miss 'Guernica,' an iconic black-and-white oil painting by Picasso.

January Timings
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday from 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Tuesday closed


C. de Sta. Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid,
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Atlantis Aquarium

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Visit the Atlantis Aquarium to wonder at the marvelous life underwater. A state-of-the-art aquarium spread over 6,000 square meters, the Atlantis Aquarium Madrid introduces you to Juanito penguins, moon jellyfish, gray sharks, cow nose-stripped rays, and clownfish. You'll also learn more about sustainable development and the importance of biodiversity conversation.

January Timings
Monday to Thursday from 12 PM to 8 PM
Friday from 12 PM to 9 PM
Saturday from 12 PM to 10 PM
Sunday from 12 PM to 9 PM


C. Puerto de Navacerrada, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid, Spain
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Royal Palace of Madrid

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The Royal Palace of Madrid is the pride of Spain. The largest functioning palace in Europe, the Royal of Madrid, has a grand and beautiful exterior, while the interior is lined up with beautiful 16th-century Baroque architecture. Wander through the palace's halls and admire the frescoes, tapestries, and decorative motifs decorated on the walls.

January Timings
Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM


C. de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid,
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Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

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Guadarrama National Park is a must-visit if you crave adventure. Guadarrama mountains were only declared a national park in 2013, yet it became the 2nd most visited park in Spain. The journey across mountain trails, pine forests, creeks, and meadows will delight your soul and make you fall in love with these beautiful Madrid mountains.


Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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A bus tour is an excellent way to experience the best of Madrid in one go. You can explore the best of old and new Madrid with a hop-on-hop-off bus pass. Choose between historical sites like the National Archaeological Museum or modern places like the Santiago Bernabéu and Nuevos Ministerios.

January Timings
Route 1: Historical Madrid
The first bus is at 10:00 AM from Museo del Prado, and the last bus is at 6:00 PM.
Route 2: Modern Madrid
The first bus is at 10:00 AM from Plaza de Neptuno, and the last bus is at 6:00 PM.


Santiago Bernabeu Tours

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The home of the great Real Madrid C.F., Santiago Bernabéu is one of the biggest football stadiums in Europe. It is grand and historical, witnessing some of the best football games in European football history. A tour of the stadium and its museum will give you insight into its grandeur.

January Timings
Monday to Saturday from 9:30 AM to 7 PM
Sunday and holidays from 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Closed on January 1


Av. de Concha Espina, 1, 28036 Madrid,
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Parque de Atracciones

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Parque de Atracciones de Madrid is the center of fun in Madrid. It was opened in 1967 but is like any modern theme park, filled with thrilling rides and slides. You'll love motorbiking on the Tifón, free falling from 63 meters on La Lanzadera and the cartoon-themed rides in Nickelodeon-Land.


Casa de Campo, s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain
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Events in January

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Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos

January 5
Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos is a yearly celebration for children in Madrid. It is a festive parade celebrating the arrival of the Three Kings, who pass through popular areas in the city.

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Chinese New Year

January 22
The entire city of Madrid celebrates the Chinese New Year with the Chinese community. The annual festival, which dates back 4000 years, marks the end of winter and the arrival of the new season.

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Games of Thrones Exhibition

Games of Thrones Exhibition
Game of Thrones may have ended, but the fanfare lives on. Visit the Game of Thrones Exhibition at Madrid's IFEMA anytime during January to see set pieces, costumes, and props from the show.

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Nikola Tesla, the genius of modern electricity

Until January 8
Nikola Tesla left a lasting mark on the world. The exhibition celebrates his life work that changed humanity at the CaixaForum Madrid from September 29 to January 8.

Madrid Essentials in January




Time zoneGMT+2


Country Code+34


Socket Type C & F


CurrencyEuro (€)


Winter is in full swing in Madrid in January. However, the cold is bearable, so you can explore the city at your convenience. The average temperature is around 6°C, with daytime temperatures hitting 10°C and evenings seeing temperatures up to 1°C. Rain is irregular and unevenly spread throughout the month.

What To Pack in August

Madrid is chilly in January. Carry thermals, jackets, and warm clothes to keep out the cold.

Avoid wearing slippers as your feet might get exposed to the cold. Wear shoes with socks.

Rain is irregular in January. It is hard to predict and might affect your travel plans. An umbrella can help.

If you're not used to cold weather, also bright gloves and caps to protect your hand and head.

Where to stay

Madrid offers diverse accommodation options to help travelers with different budgets enjoy a comfortable stay.

  • Budget -SLEEP'N Atocha, Suites Viena, Plaza De Espana Hotel Nuevo Boston
  • Mid-range places - Hotel Cortezo, Room Mate Mario, One Shot Prado 23
  • Luxury - Gran Hotel Ingles, Hotel Urban, The Principal Madrid

Getting Around

Madrid offers a comfortable commute. The public transportation system in the city is among the best in Europe. You have several options, including:

Bus - Buses in Madrid operate almost throughout the day. The city has a fleet of 2,000 buses covering over 200 different lines.

Madrid Metro - Madrid has one of Europe's longest metro networks. It is fast, efficient, and connects most of the city.

Madrid Cercanías - Madrid Cercanías is Madrid's commuter rail service that connects the city with small towns in the Community of Madrid and other provinces.

What to eat?

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Roscón De Reyes

Dedicated to the Three Kings Day, the Roscón De Reyes, or "Kings' Cake," is a bread that consists of anise, sugar, and candied fruits. A few restaurants also add whipped cream and chocolate.
Where to eat: El Riojano

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Seafood is always in fashion in Madrid. Scallops are one of the more popular seafood options in January. You can order either large vieiras or smaller variegated scallops called zamburiñas.

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Broad Bean

If you're looking for a delicious yet healthy option, go with a broad bean. The protein-rich green bean has good antioxidant content and is also rich in fiber and vitamins B1 and B2.
Where to eat: DSTAgE

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Blackspot Seabream

The only seasonal wild fish in Madrid in January, Blackspot sea bream, or besugo, is a mid-size fish roasted whole and served with roasted potatoes.
Where to eat: Restaurante Ogrelo

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Salads are fun in Madrid in January. Escarole, a bitter type of lettuce, is in season in Madrid throughout winter. You can add it to your salads to give them a spicy taste.
Where to eat: Casa Benigna

Tips for Visiting Madrid in August

  • The Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range is close to Madrid. It is covered with snow in January, giving you the perfect skiing opportunity.
  • Madrid is quiet in January. There are fewer tourists around, so everything feels calm. It is an excellent time for a casual walk in the park. Feel the city air as you relax in the middle of the Spanish capital.
  • It's cold in Madrid in January. But that also means you can have multiple rounds of hot chocolate. Enjoy it with some churros and cozy up in your bed.

Madrid in January Itinerary

If you have 3 days to spend in madrid, we have put together the perfect itinerary to give you the best experience in the city.

  • Day 1 in Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum, Prado, Plaza Mayor and El Retiro Park
  • Day 2 in Madrid: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Metro Cable Car 
  • Day 3 in Madrid: Day Trip to Toledo and Segovia


What is the weather like in Madrid in January?

Madrid is cold in January. The average temperature is around 6°C, with daytime temperatures hitting 10°C and evenings seeing temperatures up to 1°C. Rain is irregular but adds to the cold.

What should I pack for my trip to Madrid in January?

Warm clothes, jackets, comfortable shoes, and an umbrella are a few essentials to pack for your trip to Madrid in January.

What activities can I do in Madrid in January?

Skiing, snowboarding, and restaurant hopping are a few activities you can do in Madrid in January.

Are there any festivals or celebrations happening in Madrid in January?

There are fewer crowds in Madrid in January. Accommodation and travel prices are comparatively lower, making Madrid an excellent budget destination.

What are some tips for enjoying Madrid in January?

Here are a few tips to make the most of Madrid in January:

  • Go skiing in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range.

  • Take a peaceful walk in a park.

  • Drink hot chocolate with churros.

What are some tips for enjoying Madrid in January?

Madrid is cold in January. Avoid visiting the city without warm clothing. Also, there are fewer tourists in January, so accommodation, food, and travel prices are comparatively lower. Avoid paying peak season prices in January.

How can I make the most of my trip to Madrid in January?

Here are a few things to do to enjoy your trip to Madrid in January:

  • Book your tickets to leading attractions online.

  • Pack according to the weather.

  • Create a rough itinerary listing the things you want to do.