Barcelona in December
Here are five amazing things to do in Barcelona in December
1.) Fundacio Juan Miro
Located at Montjuic, this great museum has amazing paintings, sculptures and tapestries, of Miró. Even though he might not be the most famous artist in Barcelona, this museum will make you appreciate him and his work! The building itself is a work of art from the outside, has numerous other paintings and drawings from other artists, and Barcelona can be seen from the rooftop as well! So if you are worried about not being too interested in the paintings, then you need not worry! Outside the building are parks that are surrounded by nature, and they are very beautiful and well maintained, so you can rest here.
2.) Walking Tour: The Gaudi Tour
So you have been wanting to visit the famous Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Batllo. the list is endless! You have all these famous spots you want to see during your stay in Barcelona! Well, why not take a Gaudi Walking Tour? Guided by young, friendly and very enthusiastic Barcelona natives, this tour will help you learn so much more about Barcelona, in a really short time! The walk is offered every day at 10 am rain or shine!
3.) Barcelona’s Food (and the typical Christmas food)
During festive seasons and especially the Christmas season in Barcelona, the food sections get wider. Seafood is a common meal in many families here, as Barcelona is on the Mediterranean coast. For Christmas, most people will start with a salmon or a prawn dish, which they follow with a hot bowl of homemade soup, the most famous one being the Sopa de galets that has meat, vegetables, and pasta. Roast lamb and seafood like shellfish will then follow for the main meal. Desert comes next, either turron, made of roasted almonds, eggs and honey, or prune crema, made of red wine, dried prunes, double cream, egg yolks and caster sugar (make it even tastier by eating it with fruit, or something crispy). You can also visit the Boqueria Market at La Rambla when free to buy some fresh chestnut, or buy them roasted on the streets and enjoy them, as many Barcelonians will be doing! Finally, don’t forget to taste some amazing sweets during the Christmas period, including the marzipans and polvorones.
Anytime you are in Barcelona and have a lazy afternoon or are not sure what to do next or where to go, then take this amazing walk, that will be a learning experience. Conducted by young, well-informed Barcelonians who tell you much more than what you see, this is a must do! From Santa Eulalia to the nude walkers of Ramblas, you will surely feel entertained after your walk! 3:00 pm every day is the time to watch out for, and then you can leave the rest to the guides.
5.) Casa Batllo
This is one of the famous Antonio Gaudi’s works. It is an amazingly beautiful building, unique and to some extent, almost bizarre! The stunning and remarkable design of everything from its walls to the windows, to the interiors, will leave you very happy. For instance, the ground floor has sculpted stonework and irregular windows, which in as much as you might find a little strange, is actually very interesting. It is located on Passeig de Gràcia at the center of the city, costs about 20 Euros, but the money goes back to its maintenance. Put this on your to-do list.
Free Activities in Barcelona in December
Visit in the Ajutament
Walk inside this City Hall of Barcelona to see its centerpiece, the famous Saló de Cent, which is also its oldest part, and which will be just the beginning of the amazing art and sculptures of this building, and enjoy yourself!
Diada de Tradicios in the cathedral of Barcelona
Barcelona city’s main Christmas market plays host to a very special day that is devoted to the traditions of the Catalan people on 12the December, where we have a procession in the morning, with sweets handed out to kids, Christmas stories, dancing, among other activities taking place.
The city of Barcelona comes alive with street lights during the Christmas period, and combining this with the unique customs of the Catalan people at this time, you have got to be here! Christmas trees are generously decorated, the roads are brightly lit, and the Christmas excitement is all over the place!
This is a cold month in Barcelona! No more sunbathing, but new interesting options open up, including skiing! Come prepared, and enjoy this happy month with us!
Weather in Barcelona in December
Min 6° C / 43° F
Max 14° C / 57° F
Average number of rainy days: 8
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Sightseeing in Barcelona in December
Go window-shopping in the traditional Christmas markets
Visit La Fira de Santa Llúcia” (“Feria de Santa Lucia”) in Spanish, probably Barcelona’s most well known Christmas market. Located in front of the Cathedral in the Barri Gotic, there are many stalls here that sell clothes, jewelry, decorations, and of course Christmas trees!
This is the one place you can also buy your Christmas CagaTio, a log that has a friendly face, which is an important part of Catalan Christmases. You will especially love this market in the evening when the lights go on, and with the Barcelona Cathedral just next to it! Another market you can visit at this time would be the ‘portal del angel’ situated between Plaça de Catalunya and the Cathedral and which is also very popular with the locals. However, if you are looking to go for more fashion shopping, then you should try visiting El Born and Gracia, as they have independent designers and nice stuff! All in all, you will be happy you visited Barcelona in December!