It’s Christmas time: markets, decorations, traditions to enjoy the best of Barcelona.
Christmas is coming and you can feel it everywhere in the air: the city is chillier, people running around the center looking for the perfect present , and Barcelona is bright under plenty of lights.
So why don’t enjoy this magic period of the year in a city like Barcelona? Here a little guide to get the best from this period.
If you decide to come to Barcelona during Christmas time you can’t miss the market of “Santa Llúcia”. It takes place in the real hearth of the city, right in front of the Cathedral. It’s the eldest and the most richfull market where you can fill your luggage with amazing artesanal decorations, typical sweets and why not? Also some handmade jewels. You have time until the 23rd of December to satisfy every Christmas whim.
While you’re visiting Sagrada Familia quarter, you can stop at “La Fira de Nadal de la Sagrada Familia” and have a break with a hot chocolate and “churros” and some other delicious christmas snack. This market it’s open everyday from 10.00 to 22.00 until the 23rd of December.
If you are looking for something different from the classic Christmas Market, Plaça Catalunya it’s the place for you. From the 21st of December until the 4th of January you’ll find a fair trade market where more than 60 projects and associations will sell products from all over the world opening the doors to a responsible consumption.
What kind of Christmas would be without ice skating?
In Barcelona you have plenty of possibilities to do it. During Christmas time most of the shopping center has its own ice skating rink. Although if you’re thinking about a bigger one you have two possibilities:
-FCB ice skating rink. It’s situated close to the stadium. Metro station Collblanc.
-Gel Skating Club. Easy to find in the city center, right in between of Girona and Tetuan metro station.
Traditions and curiosities
The main thing you have to know about Catalan’s Christmas tradition is the “Tío de Nadal” (o “Caga Tío”). After the 8th of December a weird visitor enter in Catalan houses: it’s a log with a smiley funny face. From that date children have to take care of it, feed it and cover it with a blanket until the 24th of December. On the Christmas day they will hit it with sticks singing the song of the “Caga tío”, and this funny character will “poop out” all the presents from the blanket.
Regarding food tradition you must try the typical “turró”. It’s a famous Christmas sweet made of honey, sugar, egg white and almonds (for the sweet tooth people there are a lot of variety of it!).
So enjoy this magic time with us in Barcelona and Merry Christmas!