An alternative Christmas break in Barcelona
Travel guide 14 November 2022
Barcelona boasts an intoxicating mix of food, art and architecture. Usually a sunseekers paradise, this vibrant city is still the place to be come Christmas time – with independent shops and trendy bars bringing a touch of festive magic.
To see

When November rolls around, the winding streets of the old town fill up with Christmas markets. Fira de Santa Llucia, the oldest in the city, boasts a selection of beautiful, locally made gifts and ornaments. Stroll around the artisan food stalls and sample delicious seasonal treats – think turron, roasted chestnuts and freshly dipped churros.

Afterwards, head to Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau's immersive Christmas spectacle, L’Univers de la Llum. The captivating light show will take you on a journey through the cosmos.

Merry and bright
Short black leather jacket IRO Paris

IRO Paris

Short black leather jacket
STYLE TIP

With cooler weather, opt for a light jacket from IRO Paris – ideal for exploring city hotspots, perusing Christmas markets or taking in a show.

RRP

35 €

Village Price

24,49 €

Columbia

Unisex pristine peak pom beanie
STYLE TIP

Achieve the ultimate après ski look with this piece from Columbia – you’ll want something that will keep you stylishly warm.

To do

Only two hours outside of Barcelona lie the powdery slopes of La Molina – perfect for all levels – and La Masella, which is famed for its night skiing. Both ski resorts are easy to reach with daily shuttle buses from the centre of Barcelona. After a day on the slopes, end your visit at Masella Mood Lounge for a glass of fizz – you deserve it!

Views for days
To admire

If you’ve had your fill of festivities, there are always the works of Gaudí and Picasso to admire – after all, art and architecture are what give Barcelona its stellar reputation.

At La Roca Village, just 40 minutes away, there’s another creative display to marvel at, this time courtesy of the Barcelona-based creative agency,Wanda Barcelona. Look up to see the star-spangled decorations covering our boutique facades – all crafted from shimmering gold paper for the most magical of makeovers.

A starry, starry night

RRP

425 €

Village Price

285 €

Sandro

Women's leather and fur tote bag
DON'T MISS

The new Taste of Christmas pop-up, open until 8 January. Choose from the delectable sweet and savoury fare, perfect for treating everyone this festive season – this elegant totebag will keep your gifts safe.

The perfect gift awaits
Champagne Gosset TOC

Taste of Christmas - Gourmet La Vanguardia

Champagne Gosset
GUANTED SADDLE coach

RRP

195 €

Village Price

129 €

Coach

Guanted Saddle
Hamilton Intra-Matic watch hour passion

Hour Passion

Hamilton Intra-Matic
Pack Re-Nutritive Cosmetics

RRP

320 €

Village Price

190 €

The Cosmetics Company Store

Pack Re-Nutritive

See something you like?

Shop the Village virtually and enjoy our brilliant brands direct to your door.

RRP

185 €

Village Price

125 €

DKNY

Black leather dress
STYLE TIP

Switch effortlessly from daytime exploring to evening dining with this simple but stylish piece from DKNY.

To eat

From neighbourhood restaurants and street food to Michelin-stared experiences, Barcelona is a paradise for foodies. Make a reservation at one of the city’s best-kept secrets, Alkimia. Order a selection of small plates to share among friends and enjoy Catalan cuisine at its finest.

Or, for an authentic tapas experience, Bar del Pla is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy seasonal dishes (crispy oxtail with foie gras and stuffed squid chickpeas) and a list of natural, biodynamic wines – booking is compulsory!

Your Catalonian culinary hotspot
To drink

With some of the most renowned wine-growing areas in the region, it’s no surprise that the city is full of hidden gems, serving only the best local bottles. Finish your evening with drinks at Eldiset – set in one of the coolest neighbourhoods. The dimly lit interiors make it the perfect spot for an intimate catch-up with friends. Or, pull up a stool at Cotton House's beautiful colonial-style bar and let one of their award-winning bartenders serve you a bespoke cocktail.

Cocktails worth toasting to

Jimmy Choo

Milla glitter degrade coarse purse
STYLE TIP

Add a little glamour to your evening look with a crossbody bag from Jimmy Choo .

RRP

499 €

Village Price

269 €

KARL LAGERFELD

Long fake fur coat
TOP TIP

Perched above the buzzing streets of Barcelona, the hotel’s rooftop terrace boasts some of the best city views. Wear this from Karl Lagerfeld for an elegant dawn-to-dusk look.

To stay

While you’re in Barcelona, make the Monument Hotel your home. Sitting on Passeig de Gràcia, the city’s main avenue, this impressive nineteenth-century palazzo is just minutes from the sights. Home to Barcelona’s first three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Lasarte Restaurant, as well as a spa and Jo Malone toiletries, you won’t be disappointed.

Pure relaxation at the Monument Hotel

Your weekend packing list

Hiking boots Dsquared2

RRP

690 €

Village Price

448 €

DSQUARED2

Hiking boots
Rainforest green anorak Napapijri

RRP

449 €

Village Price

300 €

Napapijri

Green rainforest anorak
Snow shoes Kenzo

RRP

495 €

Village Price

395 €

KENZO

Snow shoes
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