Winter Break in Barcelona
There is a time, after the Summer and the Christmas time, when Barcelona and its people reclaim the streets, bars and places that during most of the year are overrun by tourists. That is the winter break. Nevertheless, the city is not lifeless and offers a lot of possibilities, but without crowds. There’s more to holidaying in this period than cheap flights and plentiful hotel rooms.
Waiting for the Carnival, Barcelona celebrates some of its original festivals, dedicated to its citizens: the neighbourhood festivals, loosely hung upon saints’ days.
The Festa dels Tres Tombs (“Three Turns”) celebrates St Anthony’s Day (January 17) in Sant Antoni, the district that bears his name. As well as the fire-breathing dragons and giants common to most Barcelona festivals, horse riders and decorated carts make three circuits of the area, led by a huge fibreglass pig (symbolising the form the devil took when tempting St Anthony).
On a slightly grander scale is Santa Eulàlia, held for five days around February 12 and commemorating the city’s patron saint. There are free concerts all over town, processions of giants, fire-running (including a tamer children’s version), and many buildings and museums are free to enter.
The weather in January and February is not particularly cold, with the temperature that very rarely dipping below 41F (5C), but it certainly is not the ideal time to spend the day at the beach. So this is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the most emblematic places of the city, without the crowd.
If you like the art and culture, you can visit the Museu Picasso, that during the high season is always full of people. The Caixa Forum and Cosmo Caixa are other great alternatives to spend the day. In the Born quarter don’t miss The Museu de la Xocolata, a trip through the history of the brown stuff and best topped off with a cup of steaming hot chocolate in the museum café.
After the culture is the time to devote to the palate. In Barcelona there are endless possibilities for a professional foodie. We recommend the Asador the Aranda, located at the Avenida Tibidabo, at the foot of the mountain in a charming old colonial mansion. El Asador de Aranda was founded on traditional Castilian gastronomy. The speciality is roast lamb cooked in a clay oven. The technique is simple but effective and has therefore remained unchanges for many years.
Down in the centre you can banish the chill at one of the El Born neighbourhood’s five fondue restaurants. The cosiest is the family-run La Carassa, with its beams, candlelight, oil paintings and lacy curtains.
Finally, to make really perfect your winter break in Barcelona you have to feel as at home, and ther is only way to goal it: reserve one of our amazing apartments. We can offer you every kind of accommodation in all the best areas of the city. Take a look at our exclusive beachfront penthouse, or at this breathtaking luxury apartment on the beachfront, or even at this city center Plaza Catalunya terrace penthouse. Barcelona is waiting for you, even in winter.