When we talk about winter and low temperatures, there is a big difference between Spain and the rest of Europe. Spain is a privileged country gifted with hot summers and tolerable winters, when temperatures are often over 0º Celsius. This way, we can be astonished with temperatures around 10º Celsius in the middle of January, especially in Mediterranean areas.
That is why, when we spend winter in Barcelona, we do some activities completely different to the ones we would plan while visiting other European countries.
Despite taking a bath on the beach is not recommended during this times, we have many other possibilities such as enjoy gastronomy in Barcelona, discover the charming surrounding towns or hike along Catalan hills.
Art and culture
Winter in Barcelona is not as cold as the rest of Europe, but obviously there are some cold days. Here we have a perfect plan for those days when we don’t want to stay in the streets but protected against cold and wind: discover Catalan art and culture thanks to museums in Barcelona.
Picasso museum, MACBA, Egyptian museum, History museum… there are tens of possibilities. Additionally, we can also visit several modernistic constructions that will let you speechless: Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà or Casa Vicens are some of examples of these modernistic jewels and they were all designed by the Catalan genius Antoni Gaudí.
We can easily reach all these wonder from our design apartment in Eixample, one of the most cosmopolitan areas in Barcelona.
Take a Catalan bite
Winter is a great time to discover all the delicious Catalan dishes. Pa amb tomàquet, botifarra, faves a la catalana or crema catalana are some of the most famous Catalan recipes, but the winter meal par excellence in Barcelona are calçots.
Calçot is a type of scallion with a length of between 15 and 25 centimeters. They are usually grilled over a hot fire, wrapped up in newspaper. After the elaboration, they are dipped in a delicious romesco sauce. This sauce is prepared with nuts, red-peppers, almonds, roasted garlic and olive oil. Calçots are typically eaten together with bread and red wine.
Calçotada is the name of the event where a group of friends gets together and eat calçots. It is indeed a perfect plan to do while spending your winter in Barcelona.
Visiting the surroundings
The best way to fight against cold is movement, exercise. There is no cold while you are hiking. That is why doing an excursion along Collserola Park is great plan to do during winter in Barcelona.
Collserola Park is 8 time larger than the Bois de Boulogne in Paris and 22 times larger than Central Park in New York. It is located in Serra de Collserola, a mountain range between two rivers: Besós and Llobregat.
There, we find tens of different routes to hike. Additionally, we can enjoy a great fauna and flora diversity.