Barcelona, the economic capital of Spain and the second largest city in the country, is one of the most important cities of Spain from the point of view of tourism. In recent years, Barcelona has undergone major renovations becoming a modern metropolis, the city is universally known to keep many works of Antoni Gaudí. The city is also home to major museums. The city was founded by the Romans and became important in the Middle Ages, first as capital of the County of Barcelona and then as part of the kingdom of Aragon.
The city of Barcelona presents itself during the Christmas all glittering with lights. In this city the most traditional and interesting market is the so-called Fair of Saint Lucia (Feria de Santa Llúcia) which, with its stalls occupying the square in front of the Cathedral, in the ancient Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.
BARCELONA CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Dates of the Christmas Market:
Usually end of November – December
Christmas Market of Santa Lucia (Feria de Santa Llúcia o de Navidad). The main Christmas market in Barcelona is held in Plaza Nova (Plaza de la Catedral), in front of the magnificent Gothic Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia), in the Gothic Quarter, the ancient center of the city. In the Christmas market – a traditional festival of Barcelona – are sold figurines for nativity scenes, Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, candy and crafts.
Opening Hours: from Monday to Thursday from 10.30am to 8.30pm; from Friday to Sunday from 10.30am to 9.30pm.
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Christmas Market Avenida de Gaudí (Feria de Navidad de la Sagrada Familia). Christmas Market which takes place in the neighborhood of the Sagrada Família in this market will sell the classic objects of Christmas. The Christmas Market of the Sagrada Familia has become one of the most traditional Christmas markets in Barcelona. The market is made up of about a hundred exhibitors, craftsmen and artists.
Opening Hours: from 10am to 10pm.
Organisers: Associació d’Artesans i Firaires Nadalencs de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona (el Barcelonès).
Christmas Market of Gran Via (Fira de Reis de la Gran Via). This Christmas market is held along the Gran Via, in the streets Entença y Muntaner. The market is divided into two different sections, the toy market in the area close to Plaza Catalunya and the craft market, near to the Plaza España.
Opening Hours: from 11am to 10pm.