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Planning to visit Barcelona for Christmas? Here is a list of things to consider so you can be prepared and know what traditions to expect:
- Streets and areas
Even though the weather in Barcelona is pleasant for most of the year, in December it gets colder, but still the average temperature is 9,2ºC.Don´t expect sunshine every day, however on average there are only 2 rainfall days during the month. The chances of snow in Barcelona are very low, it’s a very rare thing to see snow at sea level in Barcelona.
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“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” – “Bon Nadal i Feliç Any Nou”(Catalan) – “Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo”(Spanish)
Streets and areas:
Christmas in Barcelona is definitely a big celebration, you can sense the holiday spirit in shops, streets and boulevards decorated with Christmas lights.
Plaza de Catalunya is your first place to see for impressive displays, especially those on “El Corte Ingles” the department store. The Ramblas and Portal de l’Angel are also known for their festive lights. You will find countless festive activities on many streets in Barcelona like concerts, children’s choirs and more. There will be Christmas trees situated in different areas, however there is no general one, normally there are Christmas trees on “Plaza de la Bonanova” and “Avenida de Sant Ramon Nonato”.
A Caganer is a small statue found in Barcelona.Caganer is Catalan for “shitter”. Included in Catalonian nativity scenes, this strange object can be found in stalls throughout the region during December. Traditionally, the Caganer is a figure of a Catalan man in traditional dress going to the toilet! It is meant to be a symbol of good luck for the New Year. However, in recent years, the Catalan figure has been substituted for famous faces.
Tio de Nadal:
Quintessentially Catalan, the ‘Caga Tio’ can be found in homes all over the region. It is a small log with a face painted on one end. During each day of December, children feed it sweet treats and cover it in a red blanket to take care of it. Finally, on Christmas Eve or Day, children break into the log to enjoy the delicacies to be found inside its blanket. Sometimes, the log will then be used as fuel to warm the house, ‘repaying’ the warmth it has received there.
As Barcelona is on the Mediterranean coast, obviously the seafood dishes are important part of Christmas food. Usually the Christmas dinner starts with salmon or prawn dish, which is followed by a hot bowl of homemade soup. The main meal consists traditionally of roast lamb and seafood or “carn d’olla” which is a meat dish of stuffed capon or turkey. During the colder winter months soup is quite common dish for dinner time. The most famous one is sopa de galets which contains meat, vegetables and pasta.Dessert could be traditional “torrons,” turron is very popular during this period. The most traditional turron is nougat with almonds. Polvorones are also popular. These are sweets made from almond paste.
Some shops will be open, however, as a general rule shops are closed during public holidays. However shops have a special trading license that operates up until and including the 24th December. For Christmas day and Boxing Day all shops will be closed. If you will be staying in self catering accommodation it is therefore a good idea to purchase your groceries before the 25th December.
Are you looking for accommodation in Barcelona? I would advice you to stay in holiday apartments, which you can rent for days, weeks or months. Vacation offer you the possibility of a more relaxing, private and free stay. With more space, flexibility, comfort and a more economic price per person, this form of accommodation will allow feeling more integrated and giving you a taste of living in the city.
You can have a look at some services for tourists in Barcelona like airport transfer or hire.
As regards the metro, on Saturdays and New Year’s Eve there will be uninterrupted service throughout the night but on the 24th, Christmas Eve, trains will stop running at 11 pm.
TMB will be laying on more buses for city centre routes and those covering the main shopping districts, while the Bicing bikes will dress up for Christmas with a decorative sticker on the mudguard.
“La Barceloneta” was an area virtually uninhabited until the mid eighteenth century. Because of its proximity to the sea, fishermen were the first to settle in this part of the city, but their conditions were really poor at the time. In 1754 they began building the first houses and the neighborhood was filled with fishermen and people related to port activities.
Currently, the neighborhood still with that air of little town outside the city that have always characterized it. But the environment has changed a lot, especially in the summer. The beach is one of the biggest attractions in the city.It all starts when they open the beach bars “chiringuitos” and set the music there in the sand where you can go after enjoying an amazing day at the beach and have dinner or have a drink until late.
Along with this modern face, Barceloneta still has that salty smell and marine environment. For many it is a luxury that is preserved in a neighborhood of a city like Barcelona. Is somewhat surprising that on this narrow streets, and wet and blackened by salt sidewalks, exist many of the best restaurants in the city and luxurious cruise ships arrive in this port .
La Barceloneta is one of the best places in town to test fresh seafood. And if you prefer not to eat off the menu you can always do the famous “tapas”. The most typical one is called “La bomba” , which is a potato dumpling stuffed with meat and accompanied by hot sauce or the classic All i Oli.
The location of the neighborhood is perfect for families who come on holidays with their children and for people who just love the beach. The beach is not far from the city centre and is well communicated with city transportation.
Barceloneta area is full of hotels,but they are pretty expensive, so renting an apartment is another great option. Located right next to the beach or at the very centre of Barceloneta, many of these apartments have a beautiful ocean view. Fully equipped, can be rented for days, weeks or months.