Visiting Barcelona in December might not be everyone's first choice of month to see the city, but hear me out! Everything is still open, there are plenty of things to do in Barcelona, and far fewer tourists. Here's my guide on things to do in 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.
December Hotel Deals in Barcelona
Barcelona is a happening place, but things do quieten down on the tourism front during the winter months. As such,December is a great time of year to pick up hotel deals in Barcelona. Here's a few ideas to get you started:
You might normally associate Christmas markets with Northern European countries. In Barcelona 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 why visiting Barcelona in December might appeal.
The Boqueria Food Market
Talking of markets, The Boqueria Food Market in Barcelona 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 for visiting Barcelona in December, 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! The side streets are also worth spending time wandering around. The Gothic quarter in particular is worthy of exploration, and the houses there are very different to the design of other houses in Spain, especially those in the south, such as the Andalusian buildings in Seville.
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 time spent in Barcelona in December, 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. And if you want to explore more of Catalonia, my guide to cycling in Catalonia and outdoor activities along the Ebre River should be useful.