To say Barcelona is a popular attraction in wintertime is an understatement. Really, all of Spain is one big magnet for tourists, and it certainly attracts them year-round. Still, Barcelona is one of the great crown jewel cities of Spain, and winter is easily one of the best times to visit. The cool, crisp air coupled with the unmistakable atmosphere of festivity as the holidays draw near—it’s simply a special time to visit a very special place.
So, if a trip to the pride and joy of Catalan Spain is on your to-do list come wintertime, here are a few things to do in Barcelona this winter.
Needless to say, one of the main reasons people come to Barcelona in wintertime is Christmas. Going on a family trip to somewhere amazing might just be the best Christmas gift you all give one another, and it’s sure to be the type of gift that keeps on giving. With that in mind, sites such as Barcelona’s Santa Llúcia Christmas Fair and other Christmas displays throughout the city allow you to enjoy the Christmas spirit the right way. The Santa Llúcia Fair combines the Christmas spirit with Spanish village life to create an experience that’s truly one of a kind. Nearby, PlaçaSantJaume can boast an incredible life-size nativity scene outside of its great cathedral, both of which are famous in the area.
For Christmas with a dash of local Catalonian flavour, you can’t go wrong with Barcelona Christmas exhibits.
The Works of Gaudi
Few people have single-handedly contributed more to the look and feel of Barcelona today than one of its greatest native sons, Antoni Gaudi. One of the greatest architects and modern artistic forces in Spain, Gaudi designed several of the city’s most popular architectural wonders, and the temperate climate of Barcelona in the winter makes for the perfect atmosphere to experience them firsthand. The Casa Milá, for example, was built between 1906 and 1912 and serves as one of the best examples of modernist architecture in the Catalan region. Another Gaudi masterpiece is the SagradaFamília, a minor basilica with a major place in Spanish architectural history, with some of the best examples of Gothic and Art Nouveau forms done in a modernist style. Both sites have won the honour of being declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and rightfully so.
Fine Art and Fine Dining
If you want to take some time out of the open air and enjoy the warmth of the indoors for a bit while in Barcelona this winter, you can’t go wrong with some of the hottest fine dining locales in the city. Thankfully, many of them are likewise clustered around some of the best museums of fine art in not just Spain, but the whole of Europe. For the best of authentic Catalan art, you can’t go wrong with the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, and the Museu Picasso hosts one of the largest art collections by the great Spanish master.
Barcelona is beautiful throughout the year, but winter in particular is a great time to experience the many unique glories of the city for yourself.