It’s not just the events and traditions that make Barcelona at Christmas special. It’s also the unique feel of the city in winter. With stunning light displays strung up along La Rambla and Portal de l’Angel and all over the city’s smaller streets too, it’s a magic atmosphere. Combine that with the fact that even the winter days are bright and sunny, and you’ve got the perfect winter getaway.
Mention Christmas markets and most people will think of Germany and gingerbread, but actually, Spain has some of the best markets in the world and the traditional Barcelona Christmas market is worth the trip by itself. If you’re wondering what to do in Barcelona, Santa Llucia Fair should be at the very top of your list. With over 300 stalls selling handmade Catalan decorations and gifts, and over 30 miles of Christmas lights, the market is quite a sight to behold. Then, the captivating shows and performances of traditional music and dance begin.
Spain takes Christmas food seriously and the season is all about sweetness. The best-known delicacy is probably turrón, the nougat made in all different flavours, often with nuts added. Marzipan, known as mazapan, is everywhere, and you shouldn’t leave without trying polvorones, a crumbly sort of short cake.
To celebrate New Year, the city puts on a big show at Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, by the Montjuïc fountain – it’s full of light, rhythms, fireworks and plenty of surprises!
The New Year is welcomed in by eating 12 grapes to accompany the 12 stokes of midnight, followed by a glass of Catalan cava. It’s not easy to keep up with the chimes!