Spend the holidays in Barcelona, Spain for a festive and uniquely Catalonian Christmas Market experience. The Christmas Markets in Germany may be more familiar to many, but consider visiting Barcelona during the holidays. It will be a lot like opening that enticingly wrapped gift under the tree and discovering the wondrous surprise inside. The weather will be mild, and this enchanting Spanish city on the Mediterranean will illuminate your Christmas spirit.
Barcelona has been celebrating the holiday season with fairs, Christmas lights, traditional nativity scenes, carols and much more for over 200 years. The festivities begin the first week of December and last through the New Year until the 6th of January. There are many markets that take place within Barcelona‚Äôs individual districts. The oldest, largest and most traditional of these markets that should be seen is the Fira (Fair) de Santa Ll√∫cia.
This is Fira de Santa Ll√∫cia‚Äôs 224th year of celebration. The market will take place on Avinguda de la Catedral in Barcelona‚Äôs Gothic Quarter. There will be over 270 stands at this market selling crafts, holiday greenery, nativity scene figures and zambombas (friction drums). This year Barcelona is placing emphasis on the themes of tradition and sustainability. There will be Christmas lights in more than 300 locations throughout the city which will span about 60 km in total.
Get into the holiday frame of mind by trying some traditional Catalonian Christmas cuisine such as the escudella i carn d’olla. Escudella, in Catalan, means bowl and this dish consists of a meat and vegetable stew with pasta shells. To indulge a sweet tooth, sample some torrons. These are a classic holiday candy made up of almonds, hazelnuts and honey.
There are many monuments and art galleries to behold in this vibrant city on top of all of the festivities that will be taking place this time of year. Barcelona boasts impressive architectural masterpieces of Antoni Guad√≠ such as the Sagrada Familia church, and it is home to the Picasso Museum which shows off many of Pablo Picasso‚Äôs great works. If the idea of spending the holidays in Barcelona is enticing, don‚Äôt wait to book travel plans. Begin looking into flights to Barcelona today.