It is a real pity that Barcelona doesn’t remain hot and humid throughout the year. But having said that it is a great city to visit during the winter months, just remember to wear a good jacket to keep out the chill.
This is the one time of the year where the residents of the city are able to claim it for themselves. However there is much more to Barcelona in winter than just cheap flights and lots of rooms in hotels available. Yet choosing to take a break here is still a good idea.
Arranging a winter holiday to the city will prove such a lovely idea as you can wander around the streets at a much slower pace. Allowing you the opportunity to really take in everything that this amazing city has to offer. You will soon discover that the Barcelona Christmas and Barcelona New Year festivities are like nothing else you may have seen before.
The Festive season
One thing that is big business in the city and helps to bring out the festive Barcelona atmosphere so well are the Nativity scenes. One particular scene worth looking at is housed at Plaça Sant Jaume. This is unlike any other you will see on display throughout Spain as it is a life size version and each year the city asked a different designer to create it for them.
Okay so there are far less tourists around when winter Barcelona finally arrives, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t as exciting. You’ll still find yourself spoilt for choice as the city makes sure that each year is very special by organising a wide range of festivities throughout the month of December into the month of January. Plus the streets are totally transformed into something truly beguiling because of all the christmas decorations.
Shopping during winter time
If you intend to visit Barcelona next Christmas and would like to carry out a little shopping at first then the best time to plan you winter vacation would be towards the end of November and the beginning of December. During these two weeks a number of different events occur. The first of these being that all the shops along the Passeig de Gràcia open their doors to us from 20.00 hours until 01.00 hours. This will really get your shopping for Christmas presents off on the right footing.
Then from around the 25th November the city’s annual Christmas Market opens known as Fira de Santa Llúcia. You’ll find this located in the area in front of the Cathedral and is the perfect place to visit Barcelona off on the right footing allowing you to pick up some original locally designed gifts. Plus why not during this winter trip sample some of the local festive food on offer as well.
Barcelona seasons may come and go but at least you can be assured of a warm welcome no matter what time of year you choose to visit. But if you want a little peace and quiet during your trip then now would be the perfect time to visit.