Nobody can resist the allure of a majestic city like Barcelona, especially during Christmas holidays. A hundred kilometres of merry lights run through its streets spreading happiness and a lively spirit around on this special occasion. These lights will ignite the entire city for 260 hours, ‘till the day of the Three Wise Men, allowing visitors to get to know the capital city of Catalonia from a different perspective. The wide range of stores happen to just be the perfect places where you can get some original presents for your loved ones, and the Christmas markets of Barcelona will transport you to a different reality, together with the Nativity scene representations. Additionally, you will be able to enjoy different circus shows, theatre productions, dances, concerts, and all sorts of activities for the young ones. Such an interesting and varied list of incentives make for the ideal moment to start looking for a cheap hotel near Barcelona in order to spend a few unforgettable days in this incredible city.
If you want to experience real Christmas in Barcelona first-hand, Christmas markets are impossible to match in that sense. Amongst the most important ones stand out the Fira de Santa Llúcia (the Christmas market par excellence), taking place near the main entrance of the Cathedral; the Christmas Fair of the Sagrada Familia, and the Three Wise Men Fair. The market of Santa Llúcia offers its visitors a total number of three hundred stands where you can buy a great variety of Christmas-related objects (decorations, trees, crèche…) as well as handcrafted presents. It opens every day from November 27th to December 23rd, from 10:30am to 8:30pm. The strategic location of this market in the Gothic neighbourhood makes this place an almost mandatory stop for all travellers who decide to spend their Christmas holidays in one of the cheap hotels near Barcelona. Moreover, the Crèche Association of Barcelona holds an exhibition with Nativity scene representations spread all over the city, starting towards the end of November, and lasting until after the Three Wise Men holiday. Here are some of the places where you can enjoy these artistic sets: the Betlem Chruch, the Diocesà Museum, the Palau Mercader and the Monastery of Pedralbes.
If you’re coming accompanied by your family, there’s a massive amount of different leisure proposals at your disposal. Many institutions make up several special programmes for children on days leading up to Christmas for you to choose from. Amongst the alternatives you will be able to see a family show called Raluy Circus, taking place at the Port Vell until February 14th. Its astounding success during the previous seasons welcomes them again in Barcelona with Pasha Voladas, the master of the fixed bars; Bobylevi, a Russian clown, well-known by both adults and children; and Alexandros, a troupe of jugglers and equilibrists, coming all the way from Romania. As for shows catering to more mature audiences, if you stay in a hotel near Barcelona during your Christmas holidays you will be able to see the performances of Berto Romero and Goyo Jiménez at the Sala Barts, The Nutcracker and The Swan Lake at the Apolo Theatre, or Raphael at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, to name a few.
Additionally, If you choose to spend your Christmas holidays in one of the cheap hotels near Barcelona, you will also be able to make some interesting purchases. All along the streets of the city there are plenty of traditional shops typical of this area of Spain, as well as renowned international stores that can only be found in the big cities. There is also a great variety of outlet stores where you can choose the perfect outfits for reunions with family and friends on the special occasion of Christmas. So many great reasons to choose this city as your Christmas holidays destination! What are you waiting for to book a cheap hotel near Barcelona and spend a few wonderful days?