As December is getting closer, Christmas spirit starts awakening. The streets are decorated with Christmas lights, the traditional Christmas markets appear, we start decorating our homes and many people start succumbing to the temptation of Christmas sweets such as ‘turron’, marzipan and ‘polvoron’.
Although Christmas traditions have some similarities, each region has its own traditions. Julia Travel presents you two different tours to get you to know Madrid and Barcelona Christmas traditions.
Regarding to Madrid, with the walking tour 'Madrid Christmas Traditions' you will be able to make an interesting tour around the Hapsburg Madrid and see the most important monuments of the city, such as the Palacio Real, which you can also visit. The tour allows you to visit the traditional market of Plaza Mayor, formed by more than 100 stands where you will find a whole host of different Christmas gifts, crafts and trinkets. You cannot miss the Christmas lightening, designed by architects and fashion and graphic designers (Teresa Sapey, Purificacion Garcia, Victorio & Lucchino, Adolfo Dominguez and many more).
For Barcelona, Julia Travel offers the small group walking tour 'Barcelona Christmas Traditions', which will approach you to Barcelona traditions with a tour that includes the visit of the Fira de Santa Llucia, a Christmas market which celebrates its 230th anniversary and where people can find any item related to Christmas (‘belen’ statues, Christmas trees, traditional sweets…). This tour also includes Plaça Sant Jaume, where every year there is placed a different ‘belen’. This year it is a mix of tradition and contemporary art with a set of nine transparent spheres that represent nine verses of the poem ‘Ho sap tothom i es profecia’ by the celebrated Catalan writer, poet and essayist Josep Vicenç Foix.
Both tours include a tasting of typical Christmas sweets, such as ‘turrones’, marzipan, ‘polvorones’ and ‘neulas’ (in Catalonia). For sure, a perfect way to inaugurate Christmas season.