Andalucia in January

January is chilly at night, and if it’s a cloudy day (we don’t get many), it can be chilly in the day too.

So January holidays need a bit of extra packing – a sweatshirt, jumper, and maybe even tights or Ugg boots to keep you warm in case you have a cloudy day.

What do we do in January?

It’s perfect for sightseeing because you don’t melt in the heat or get trampled by tourists

Cycling and walking are a pleasure during Winter months – you can still be in shorts and a t-shirt if it’s a blue sky day and you can still change colour if that’s important to you .. but you won’t burn badly in the first 5 minutes which is good news.

1-5th January – Rute’s Chocolate Belen

Andalucia in January

Rute's Chocolate Belen

This is one of the most extraordinary sites of Andalucia – literally tons of chocolate carved to create the world’s largest chocolate nativity scene.  It is a MUST DO when staying between 12th October – 5th January.  You can shop at their lovely counter afterwards and come away with a multitude of delicious fancies created there on site.

Across the road from Galleros biscuit factory that houses the Belen is another artesanal biscuit factory which has a museum of food scupltures … well worth half a day’s mooching.

6th January – Three Kings Festival

– La Celada has a lovely family tradition that goes on throughout the day of fun and games for the children, followed by a huge paella lunch and siesta.  In the evening the “Kings” come around the village giving out presents to the children and throwing sweeties for the world and his wife!

– Similar pageantry goes on in all neighbouring villages, and the larger towns and cities will take this festival to fabulous extremes.


El Torcal

Carstic erosion site in Antequera

El Torcal, Antequera

El Torcal offers one of Europe’s largest examples of Carstic erosion and makes for a fantastic day’s walking with stunning views down over the Malagan province to the Mediterranean sea.  Expect to see Vultures, Deer, Mountain Goats, Hoopoe Birds and Eagles during your walk.  Take a picnic or time your walk to then have lunch in beautiful Antequera.

Skiing or Boarding in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Thanks to Giles Birch of Sierra Essence, we can arrange full ski or boarding gear for  you on your arrival in the resort including private or group lessons with the British Ski School.   Allow an hour and a half to two hours at the weekend to get to the resort, and have a fantastic day’s skiing or boarding up there.  It’s breathtaking!

Day Trips to the Beach

The beaches of Malaga are less than an hour’s drive away.  So if you need to have sand between your toes for a day, it’s so easy to jump in the car, pop down to the beach and be only mildly swamped with tourists before safely returning to the peace and tranquility of the roof terrace hot tub and a cozy night’s sleep.

 Horse Riding

The stables love to take you out in the cooler months.  The horses find it far less arduous work, and the day can be long and rewarding.  There are several stables around La Celada offering different styles of riding from a gentle hack to something a little more challenging.


Of course you can also check our webpage 101 Things to Do for a multitude of other ideas….

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