By Megan Millisky
This January, pack your bags and head to Barcelona, Spain. Winters are usually mild in Spain, and January is the offseason. That makes it perfect for travelers looking to explore without the usual crowds! There’s a lot to do, both indoors and out. Stop by the Beethoven Festival for some gorgeous classical music. And you’ll definitely want to grab a cup of hot chocolate at the San Antoni Festival! Here are the 10 best ways to explore Barcelona in January.
1. Beethoven Festival
Stop by this lovely celebration of Beethoven. January 24-26, listen to the sounds of a talented trio accompanied by an orchestra. The theatre is located in the Fort Pienc neighborhood, near other attractions like Barcelona's Zoo and Arco de Triunfo.
2. Sant Antoni Festival
January 11-20, the streets of Barcelona fill with festivalgoers. There are art events like a photography contest and a poetry marathon. You’ll be happy to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate while you attend a concert or children’s show!
Address: Sant Antoni Barcelona Spain
3. Aida, Verdi
See this intense drama at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The play takes place in 1945 Egypt, and has captivated audiences with its lovely opera. The show runs from January 13-31.
4. L’Aquarium Barcelona
Plan a day trip to Europe’s biggest aquarium! Through January, you can learn about special flora and fauna types. Throughout the day visitors can watch penguin and stingray feedings. This aquarium is well-known for its cage-diving with sharks experience!
5. Barcelona Taste Food Tour
Try this food tour known for its exceptional Spanish dishes. Attend this three-hour tour at three restaurants on January 18. Each restaurant has a selection of fresh dishes, and your guide will tell you the history of Barcelona as you dine.
6. Barcelona Children’s Festival
December 27-January 4, enjoy this special festival made for little ones. Kids ages 4-12 will love playing games and sports. The event encourages children to learn about professions with fun programming. And the whole family will be sure to love the concerts taking place throughout the festival!
7. Magic Fountain
Until January 6, watch the Magic Fountain, a beloved Madrid attraction. The Fountain entertains crowds with amazing pyrotechnics each night. This attraction makes for some amazing vacation photos!
8. Visit CasaVicens
Open through January, except for the 1st and 6th. This is a must-see museum dedicated to the works of Antoni Gaudí, a famous architect. January, when tourism is low, is a great time to see the four-story house turned museum.