I recently visited Barcelona to attend a travel convention. Whilst my schedule was pretty full, I also managed to get out and about to see some of the attractions. As I did, I realised that winter is a great season in which to see the city. Here's some reasons to visit Barcelona in December.
Reasons To Visit Barcelona In December
In my opinion, one of the main reasons to visit Barcelona in December, is that there are far fewer tourists at that time of year. It makes seeing the sites, such as the Casa Batlló a lot easier and more relaxing.
In true Dave style, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this magnificent Gaudi masterpiece from across the road in the outdoor seated area of McDonald's! For some awesome photos of the inside of the building, check out this blog post here – Gaudi's Barcelona.
You might normally associate Christmas markets with Northern European countries. In December though, a very nice Christmas Market is set up opposite Barcelona Cathedral.
It had a nice festive feel, without feeling too commercial or in your face. So, if you want to pick up some unique items for Christmas gifts, this is another of the reasons to visit Barcelona in December.
The Boqueria Food Market
Talking of markets, The Boqueria Food Market is obviously a ‘must-see' at any time of year, but particularly in the winter months. It is much quieter, and also seems to me to look a lot cooler at night in the winter. I loved the little Christmas tree outside!
Walking La Rambla
Whatever your reasons to visit Barcelona, you have to take a stroll along La Rambla (Las Ramblas). During the quieter winter months, the cafes may not be so full, but it is a lot easier to walk without the crowds!
Interesting Art Installations
I think Barcelona is the sort of city where there is always something going on. By just walking around, you will easily find something artistic, weird, or quirky. During my visit, I found all three combined into one! This art installation in a main square looked just like giant ‘snow-domes'. Inside, were various interpretations of Christmas Scenes.
And finally, one of the best reasons to visit Barcelona in December is the winter lights! Taking a walk near the Casa Mila is amazing at night, with everywhere lit up.
So, in conclusion, if you are looking for a European city to visit in the winter months, you should definitely consider Barcelona. In addition to its extensive sights and attractions, it feels more relaxed and chilled out at that time of year. Hope you enjoyed the read. Please leave a comment below!
If you are staying in Barcelona for longer, you might be interested in this day trip to Montserrat.