Tis the Season - Barcelona's Most Exciting and Creative Holiday Attractions

There's no better place to be during the holidays than Barcelona. In a city that's never too cold and full of spirit, this Mediterranean town knows how to bring in the new year and make the most of the holiday season. Every attraction usually does something special this time of year; from Gaudi's buildings which, 'enhance' their lights at night, to Passeig de Gracia's special shopping evenings and incredible discounts, to Corte Ingles' beautiful facade, the city turns into a wonderland of sorts. Even without the snow, Barcelona manages to make it feel 'fresh and wintery'. Every year a skating rink is erected in Plaza Catalunya, staying up for the entire month. It's ideal for families on the weekends and those looking for a different way to 'impress a date', or remind themselves of colder climates back home.

In addition to the city's monuments and lights, other holiday attractions include 'barrio' festivals (each neighborhood has its own celebration date) and restaurants usually have holiday promotional menus, including 2 for 1 drinks and specially tailored brunch and weekend menus as well.

Perhaps the biggest 'attraction' during the holiday season in Barcelona, is the fact that restaurants and shops are open on Sundays for the entire month of December. A rarity in this city and a welcome one, especially during this time of year. 

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar


Built in 60 years for the Virgin of the Sailors, this church has an elegantly simplistic artistic structure. With few architectural extremities, this church is modestly ornamented with elegant columns and a few buttresses. The stained glass is...  Read More

Hi This Is Barcelona
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Less of an attraction, Hi. This Is Barcelona is a private tour company with a high volume of honeymoon couples and those looking for romantic getaways. The company customizes all of its tours, so if you're looking to spice up an experience with...  Read More



If you're hungry or just feel like browsing rows upon rows and stalls upon stalls of fresh fruit, cured hams, authentic Spanish tapas and pretty much anything you might have a craving for, Barcelona's Boqueria market should top the check list....  Read More

Parc Güell


Another one of Gaudi's amazing creations, Park Guell features the longest bench in the world as well as Gaudi's tiny house where he lived for several years. The park is a mix of design and architecture with nature and illustrates Gaudi's...  Read More

Aire de Barcelona


A mix of Arabic baths and amazing massage, the Banos Arabes (Hammam) at Barcelona's Aire, Spa are soothing and incredibly relaxing. This is an excellent couples activity or perfect for a rainy day if you want to feel warm. The Arabic baths are...  Read More

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)


Another one of Gaudi's masterpieces, Casa Mila, otherwise known as La Pedrera, is one of Gaudi's most well known creations and is situated on Passeig de Gracia, just a stone's throw from Casa Batllo. Constructed between 1905-1912, from the...  Read More

CCCB (Barcelona Contemporary Cultural Center)


Established by Joan Miro as a forum for contemporary art. Much of Miro's work is displayed here in a wide variety of mediums, while periodic exhibits feature other artists. There's also a sculpture garden, library, gift shop, restaurant, and an...  Read More



Barcelona's city center hub and major landmark separating the old from the new; Plaza Catalunya is a watering hole for teenagers wanting to gather 'after hours', families on a Sunday afternoon, late night beer vendors, tourists and at one time...  Read More



Without a doubt this is Gaudi's crowning glory. Set to be completed in 2046, the Sagrada Familia is a Barcelona must-see. Even if you don't want to go inside, the outside facades, history and master design are equally breathtaking. This was...  Read More



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