Unless you’re a real beach bunny, there is no better time to visit Barcelona than in winter. While summer is rammed with visitors and autumn and spring are when the (surprisingly torrential) rains fall, winter tends to see dry, azure blue skies, and a lot of empty streets.
It is also the time when the Barcelona cultural calendar swings into action, and often sees the best exhibitions of the year. Temperatures rarely dip below 5C, and can be considerably warmer, even in January.
The Santa Llucia Christmas fair, a veritable village of stalls huddled around the cathedral. In the nearby Placa Sant Jaume there is a life-size nativity scene.
Visit the Santa Maria del Mar church in the Born for one of its Yuletide performances of Handel’s Messiah, warmed in the glow of dozens of gas heaters – although a hip flask isn’t a bad idea.
Have a hot chocolate
La Granja (C/Banys Nous 4, Barri Gotic), has more types of chocolate than you knew existed, plus its own section of Roman wall.
Wrap up and walk
Stroll around the Parc de la Ciutadella, and admire the baroque waterfall (in which a very young Gaudi had a hand), and a wealth of statues and sculptures, or take a leisurely boat ride around the lake.
Enjoy a cosy evening
Visit the Born neighbourhood – the unlikely home to several fondue restaurants. One of the most intimate is La Carassa.
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