Enjoy Barcelona like a local in winter
When imagining Barcelona you would be quite right in bringing to mind a picture of a sunny seaside, but winter still descends on the city of counts for about three months between December and early March. Good news is that winter in Barcelona is mild for the urban goers and you might get quite lucky with a surprising amount of sunshine if visiting just for a few days. We believe that cooler temperatures shouldn’t keep you away as there is still plenty of things to do in Barcelona and its surroundings, and here we drop few interesting ideas.
Barcelona enjoys a privileged weather and its quite probable that during your time here in winter it will be sunnier than most other destinations in Europe and that you will be able to sit at any outdoor terrace and sip some vermouth, cava or coffee, even at night. Just go to the Barceloneta, El Born, The Gothic Quarter, Sant Antoni or Gracia neighborhoods and see what locals do! And in case you need accommodation, just use a licensed apartment rental service.
Winter is also a synonym of fewer tourists and that means that you will be able to see and enjoy Barcelona in a laid-back atmosphere together with the natives. Less waiting time and more space in museums, less crowded streets, and a vibrant ambiance at restaurants and tapas bars, which will give you substantial flexibility if visiting without clear plans. We suggest that you take the chance to enjoy one of these activities:
GET TO A FOOD MARKET
Visit one of the regular Barcelona trendy markets such as Palo Alto Market or Eat Street where you will find great designers and delicious food from local artisans. Just pick the one you feel like tasting, they are all good! As well, do not miss eating at one of Barcelona traditional food markets, it is a memorable experience.
PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL CELEBRATIONS
On 12th February celebrate Santa Eulalia, Barcelona´s winter festival. In most streets and squares of the city, you can immerse yourself on a diverse array popular culture activities for all ages such as the procession of Laies, the Santa Eulalia parade, human towers in the diada castellera, sardana dancing, and a fire run involving fire beasts and devils. In case you need adequare winter gear hover here for more info.
GO ON BEER HOPING
Uncover Barcelona´s brewing revolution in one of these great beer bars. Make sure you leave space for some of their tapas! And in case you wanna learn about Barcelona Brews, why not join us at our craft beer masterclass in La Barceloneta.
JOIN A CULINARY AND HISTORIC WALK
Barcelona is a city with a rich culinary tradition that boasts more than 2000 years of history. Each of its corners has a secret to tell and plenty of food artisans strive to maintain traditions and create new dishes based on their gastronomic roots. Taking food tour to learn about Barcelona´s best culinary offer, a wine tasting experience or a tapas super stroll at local Bodegas are great activities to take in the city.
PICTURE THE BEST SPOTS OF BARCELONA
On a sunny day, and here we plenty, get your camera and find the best spots to take fantastic pictures in Barcelona. Tip: fewer tourists make the photographer life easier and while you walk re-fuel yourself with a cold-press juice in Barcelona.
In Barcelona, you can never stop tasting delicious food and drink Spanish wines, and by the end of January, the region of Catalonia celebrates the spring onions food festival: ¨Calçotada¨! A unique barbecue meal devoted to a variety of giant spring onion eaten at tables where diners put on silly paper bibs and get down and dirty with a calçot. For those visiting Barcelona, there are a couple of great urban spots to taste these gigantic delicatessens. You can also read out this great insight about calçots festivities written by The Guardian.
GO SKIING TO THE CATALAN PYRENEES
Skiing at the Pyrenees mountains is a great option due to its proximity to Barcelona; there is five fabulous Catalan ski resorts less than 2 hours drive. Ski slopes in Catalonia are also well connected to lost medieval hillside villages which offer a varied range of accommodation and gastronomy. In most places, you will ski under a nice sunny day with a unique Mediterranean feeling. This is a great day trip idea from Barcelona.
There is plenty to do and see in Barcelona during winter, and hopefully, this blog helps you out to experience the city like the locals, beyond the typical tourist attractions. Of course, if you have found something else please share it to enrich this post and assist those visiting Barcelona!. From Barcelona Eat Local Food Tours we wish you a wonderful winter. Stay tuned and healthy for deliciously different stories.