If you find yourself a weekend in Barcelona during the holiday season there is more then enough to do and we would love to give you our recommendations. Barcelona is not only filled with beautiful monuments to visit but also special Christmas events ready to be explored. The Christmas spirit makes Barcelona an even more beautiful city. The streets are full of lights and decorations that start in November. Barcelona is one of the most popular European destinations for Christmas and New Year, for its temperatures and surprises that you will only find in December.
Things to do
# Christmas Markets in Barcelona
As Christmas is around the corner, markets are popping up at everywhere. Cozy markets are organized every year at various locations. Whether these are Christmas markets, second-hand markets, flea markets or something else. They’ve filled with quirky decorations and trinkets that just might be the perfect gift you’ve been looking for. If you want more details, be sure to check out our article on the Best Christmas Markets this year!
# The sightseeing must-sees in Barcelona
Barcelona is full of beautiful sight to see, and this is some of the things you definitely should bike by if you are renting bikes. One of the sights that are astounding to see would be the MAGIC FOUNTAIN OF MONTJUIC and its holiday water show. until the fifth of January, remember to stop by from 8 pm to 9 pm to watch the marvelous show filled with beautiful color and a great ambiance.
No trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting a few of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous architectural wonders such as the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Once you need a break from the sightseeing, take a rest stop at Plaça Reial also known as the royal square. Its located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona near La Rambla and is the only arcaded square in the city center.
# Christmas shopping
Shopping in Barcelona is a most, not only are you able to find your brand name shops, you’ll also find some very unique local shops that sell handmade and locally made products. Barcelona has high-street chains such as Mango, Zara, Pull and Bear, Bershka, Masimo Dutti, and Zara Home which are all Spanish brands – owned by the same company. Across the districts of Ciutat Vella, Gracia, and Eixample you will find many shops and boutiques. If you’re looking for Artsy shops featuring vintage fashion, furniture or homeware these are best-found in Raval.
If you want to get all the items off your shopping lists all in one shot, we recommend you t stop by one of the Best shopping malls in Barcelona, they will usually feature your favorite stores.
# Ice Skating
if you’re looking to get a bit active on your holiday weekend, why not partake in a seasonal favorite; ice skating. While Barcelona is not really known for being too cold you’ll still find a few ice skating rink around the city. its a great activity for the whole family. So go ahead and show up your moves o the ice or book a beginner lesson, either way, we’re sure that it is definitely a worthwhile activity to check out.
# Cocktail Time!
While the weather in Barcelona is usually mild around the holiday season, if you’re still looking for a bit of chill the Icebar is the place to go. This bar should be mentioned among the more innovative in Barcelona. A terrace located a few steps away from the beach (below Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta) professional cocktail shakers and a unique space in Barcelona: a lounge entirely decorated with ice.
Enjoy having a beer, juice or cocktail at a temperature of 5 degrees below zero.
Relax and regain your body temperature on the terrace with views of the Mediterranean.
You can buy your tickets here! From 17,5€
What does your booking include?
Admission and one drink.
If you’re going out for more cocktails you should try the New Bida App. This mobile App gives you one drink per day in any bar you choose from the wide list of partner bars. Type the special Barcelona Home promo code BCNHOME17 to get 1 week of free trial without the necessity to enter credit card details. Afterwards, the monthly cost of yearly subscription is just 9,99€ (yes, it’s around 0,33 cents for one cocktail!). Don’t waste your time and money, download Bida App now!
For all Barcelona-Home clients, we have a special tourist short-term package:
- A 3-day visitor pass (which means 3 free drinks worth up to 30€ total) for 5.99€
- A 7-day visitor pass (which means 7 free drinks worth up to 70€ total) for 7.99€
# Go spend the night at the beach clubs
Barcelona is known to be a great place to get your party on, during the holiday seasons you’ll find many special events on various days such as the night before christmas, christmas, new years eve and even some other dates! Big clubs like Pacha, Shôko, Opium, are going wild on most nights of the week. The nightlife really can be as wild as you’ve probably heard. And by wild, I mean that it’s unusual to show up to a club before midnight since they’re open until 6 am on the weekends. Most of the clubs also have special girls night on Wednesday which usually includes free entrance.
Where to eat
Take a look at a few great restaurant choices for your visit:
Brunch & Cake
Big portions, fresh and high-quality ingredients, lovely full of light interior and great service. Isn’t it enough for a recommendation? Oh yes, one more thing, prices are ok as well. Brunch & Cake is a simply delicious spot. In here you will have the most delicious, colorful and picture-perfect brunch you have ever tried. The food is so creative that you will see all people around you taking photos of their food. Even though it is that pretty, the taste and quality are good as well. It’s really worth a visit and feels like an experience.
La Taguara Areperia
While you might never think to eat Venezuelan food while in Barcelona, Laa Taguara Arepia offers authentic food. If you already know arepas, tequenos, and cachapas, you’ll love it. If you’re not familiar with Venezuelan food you should give it a chance. For the Holiday season, they offer a classic dish called hallaca or as it is known in some countries Tamales. In Latin American cuisine, an hallaca is corn dough stuffed with a stew of beef, pork, chicken or fish and if asked Latin Americans will tell you a holiday season is not complete without them.
For a new food and cultural experience, we would strongly recommend you pass by and try it out!
Sushibo Restaurant Barcelona has become one of the favorite sushi restaurants in EIXAMPLE, not only because of their delicious sashimi but for all the options that they proposed. Their sushi comes from the traditional Japanese style but with a conceptual and Mediterranean fusion and creativity. It’s sushi and all its dishes are elaborated with ingredients of maximum quality and previous selection from the best suppliers of the market both national and international.
15% of discount in restaurants, take away or delivery orders online or by phone. You just have to use the promo code BCNHOME to identify yourself! (Menus are not included in the promotion).
You can have a look at our Sushibo menu and download here.
Where to stay
Take a look at our some great options for your stay during the holidays in Barcelona:
Luxurious attic apartment with a simple and stylish design and magnificent private terrace with stunning views of Montjuic. Further down the long hall, you will find the modest but fully equipped, modern kitchen, and a gorgeous bathroom with a bathtub in which to enjoy a soothing bubble bath after a day of sightseeing.
From 1350€ / MONTH | 80m2
It is a completely renovated apartment located on the second floor of a historic building with lift in the corner of the Plaza Urquinaona. The large living room is the perfect place to sit and relax with a glass of wine and enjoy watching TV with international satellite channels, or a DVD or listen to music. From 288€ / NIGHT | 135m2 | License: HUTB-006853
Apartment in a prime location right in the middle of the buzzing Barcelona city center. The interior is dapper and the polished look is achieved through the use of bright and cool colors, as well as the great lighting. There are two bedrooms, both comforting and welcoming, styled with chic furniture and plenty of storage space.
From 2150€ / MONTH | 60m2
Looking for more activities in Barcelona, then read our suggestions for 20 things to do in Barcelona!