Barcelona is one of the Spanish cities which follow the typical European tradition of placing in every corner of the city a Christmas market, so we can see streets crowded of the Christmas spirit everywhere at this time of the year and people walking animatedly not only in places of the old town, but throughout the whole city map.
The traditional market of Santa Llúcia in the middle of Plaça Nova (in front of the Cathedral) is now joined by others Christmas markets situated in every neighborhood, the Gran Vía Christmas Market, which is placed in the major artery that runs through the city, and this year as a novelty, a fair trade market in the heart of Barcelona: the Catalunya square.
Santa Llúcia market: The classic among classics
Talking about Christmas market in Barcelona is talking about the Fira de Santa Llúca: the most traditional of all markets that are deployed around the city.
In this superb corner, in front of the magnificent Cathedral, we find places with complete nativity scenes with figures of all types and sizes, we can taste desserts and Christmas delicacies (nougat, marzipan etc.) and a very established tradition in Catalonia: buying a cagatió (a decorated log with a Catalan barretina which is filled with gifts for the kids) and discover what have been the most prominent figures of the year to be represented on more than curious cagané ( a traditional Catalan figure in a defecating pose).
Gran Via and Plaza Catalunya: Christmas accompaniment to the Old Town
During the stages ranging from Plaça de Espanya to Plaça Catalunya, we find several kilometers from the Gran Via that exploited this central boulevard to place different markets with the Christmas spirit. In this way, we can go to the Old Town from the left side of the city accompanied entirely by the spirit of these beloved holidays.
Once we arrive to Plaça Catalunya, we find this year as a novelty rather than the ice rink (which was moved to L’Hospitalet de Llobregat), an also endearing fair trade market, where you can buy gifts at a good price and support further crafts activities.
Christmas in neighborhoods
If anything may be remarkable in the local politics of the city of Barcelona is their insistence not to focus only on the historical district, but to deploy all commercial, infrastructure and festive activities to other districts that are not situated near to Ramblas, Ciutat Vella or other centrical neighborhoods. Christmas are not an exception and, in this way, we can see a fully decorated and illuminated city from north to south and from east to west, with traditional markets established by each city district.
Of these, we highlight the district of Eixample Dreta, that places its Christmas market in front of the emblematic Sagrada Familia and that culminates a pleasant walk down Avinguda Gaudí exquisitely decorated; the Sants Christmas market, located between Plaza de Sants and Joan Güell Street; the Nou Barris Christmas market, located in Via Julia and finally, the Sant Andreu Christimas market, located in the Rambla de Fabra i Puig.
Whatever you choose, Barcelona will captivate you at this time with its Christmas atmosphere and any walk can become a total experience if we accompany the walk with Panellets, marzipan, nougat or a good cup of hot chocolate. Merry Christmas from Barcelona!