Many people, when they think about Christmas destinations, they envision snow and cold weather, an image closer to Central Europe. However, if you choose to visit Barcelona during the Christmas period, you will discover many activities as visit the traditional Christmas Markets of Barcelona.
The local Christmas markets have many sights and activities around them to offer. The ramblas, the squares and the narrow streets are all filled with Christmas markets. You can eat, stroll and shop for ornaments and presents in a friendly and Christmassy atmosphere.
Traditional Christmas Markets in Barcelona
We will present you some of the best traditional Christmas markets so you can enjoy your stay to the fullest.
Fira de Santa Llúcia and Fira at the Sagrada Familia
If you haven’t realized it until now, fira is another word for Christmas market.
One of the best and most well-known Barcelona Christmas market is the one located in front of the magnificent Barcelona Cathedral. It dates back to the 18th century and it contains hundreds of stalls where you can shop for your ornaments, your Christmas tree, for mistletoe and decorations.
Kids will love the caga tió that you will find in many stalls. It is a log with a painted smiley face, red hat and two legs. According to tradition, children keep it at home and caring for it like a pet.
A giant log is usually set in this Christmas market that offers presents to children when they hit it with sticks.
Additionally, if you want to combine a Barcelona Christmas market with a visit to one of the greatest sights of the city, that of the Sagrada Familia, you can. T
here is a Christmas market around the gardens outside of the Sagrada Familia. It has many stalls offering a huge variety of traditional products, just like the one in Santa Llúcia even though this one is smaller. But its location, in the foot of the Sagrada Familia, provides for a spectacular setting and you can easily combine it with a visit to the building.
Fira de Brocanters and Fira del Col.lectiu d’Artesans d’Alimentació
Those two Barcelona Christmas markets are smaller and overlooked by many during the Christmas period. But we believe that they have many things to offer and are a must during your visit to Barcelona.
The first one, an antique market, is located close to the Plaça de Catalunya. It is a small one and contains stalls selling antiques, jewellery and many other collector items. It is usually busy during that time of the year but if you search closely you might find something affordable.
Furthermore, near the square close to the Church of Santa Maria del Pi there is also another market which is crowded during Christmas. The stalls there sell honey, chocolate, herbs, cakes and food in general. The atmosphere is friendly and the prices are affordable, even during high season.
Enjoy the traditional Christmas Markets in Barcelona with AinB
Generally speaking, Barcelona might not have the standard “Christmas weather” but has nothing to be afraid of when it comes to Christmas market.
There is a plethora of markets spread around the city. While booking your trip to Barcelona, we highly suggest looking for apartments for rent in Barcelona, either close to Sagrada Familia or in Eixample and many more places.
You will be close to all the markets and you will be able to enjoy Christmas in Barcelona like a local while lavishing in all the amenities that a hotel would not have been able to offer.