6 reasons to visit beautiful Barcelona this winter

Thought Barcelona was just a summer destination? Then it’s time to think again, because this culturally rich and architecturally diverse city also has plenty to offer travelers throughout the winter months. The largest city in the autonomous community of Catalonia on Spain’s northeast coast, it’s perhaps best known for its mild temperatures and proximity to great beaches, but it’s also home to some excellent luxury hotels and upscale restaurants.

Add to that the epic list of sights to see and events to attend, and there’s something for everyone. So here are six reasons to add Barcelona to your travel list before the end of the year.

Famous for its architectural treasures, Barcelona is dotted with striking Gothic cathedrals, fantastical creations of modernism and avant-garde works.

The incredible architecture

The most famous monument not only in Barcelona, ​​but in all of Spain, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece is still under construction more than 100 years after the project began. Seeing it is a to-do list that every traveler should check off at least once, and it’s as impressive in real life as it is in the photos, if not more so.

Gaudi left his mark all over the city, and there are plenty of other architectural sites you’ll want to visit as you explore the city. The art nouveau Casa Batllo on Passeig de Gracia and the nearby Pedrera, designed and built between 1905 and 1910, should all be on your itinerary.

sunny weather

You may be visiting out of season, but you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Barcelona enjoys plenty of sunny days throughout the year. From November to February, temperatures average around 12°C, but although you will need to warm up, the golden light that bathes the city’s most iconic sights will keep your energy levels high and allow you to enjoy maximum of a short city break.

So if you’re itching to escape the dark and dreary British winter, then all it takes is a quick hop to Spain.

People enjoying a sunny day on La Barceloneta beach, Barcelona, ​​Catalonia
You may be visiting out of season, but you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Barcelona enjoys plenty of sunny days throughout the year. Image credit: marcorubino/Bigstock.com

La Boqueria Free Run

Barcelona’s famous La Boqueria market, which is just off Las Ramblas, is a foodie’s paradise and teems with stalls selling fresh fruit and juices, freshly baked cakes and cookies and local meats and cheeses – but in the summer months, amidst all the crowds, it can be hard to get a taste. Visit in the winter, and you can enjoy a relaxed shopping experience and take the time to browse, browse, and chat with the locals for an authentic experience you simply wouldn’t get in peak season.

Christmas joy

Barcelona is a sight to behold as Christmas approaches and features unique Catalan traditions you won’t want to miss – so book yourself a cozy weekend in one of the city’s top five-star hotels in December and take your time to soak it all up. Markets pop up all over the city from late November, but the biggest and best is the Fira de Santa Llúia, which has been held in the city every year since 1786. Located just opposite the Gothic Cathedral – another must-see see at this time of year – it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying seasonal dishes like ‘sopa de nadal’ – a Christmas soup made with meat, vegetables and pasta .

La Rambla, street scene, Christmas decoration, Barcelona.
Barcelona is a sight to behold as Christmas approaches. Image credit: Joan_Bautista/Bigstock.com

Michelin starred testaurants

When it comes to food, Barcelona is home to an impressive array of Michelin starred restaurants. 19, to be precise. Stay at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental hotel and you’ll have direct access to Moments, which is one of the best, and is the brainchild of talented chef Raul Balam – son of Carme Ruscalleda. Meanwhile, at Lasarte, Martin Berasategui’s gastronomic masterpieces can be enjoyed as part of a decadent tasting menu that makes it an annual treat you’ll want to come back for year after year. Currently boasting three Michelin stars, it’s the perfect place to really indulge in some of the best cuisine in the region, and in the winter months you’ll have an easier time finding a table.

IBTM World

If you are traveling for business, consider making time to attend this year’s IBTM World. Taking place from November 29 to December 1, this major global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events industry is one that every professional in the field can learn something from. Aiming to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional guest experiences, if this is a topic that applies to you, be sure to book your tickets as they should sell out quickly.

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