10 Christmas markets in Spain that you can’t miss in 2019

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Although the words “Christmas flea market” make us think of central and northern Europe for associating Christmas with cold and snow, in Spain we also hold Christmas flea markets, some as beautiful as the 10 we are talking about.

Some well-known department stores (although they already have online competition) may have been announcing it for some time, but it is since late November or early December, when it is officially Christmas for the appearance of Christmas markets and the decoration and lighting of the main streets of cities with Christmas decorations.

The sound of Christmas carols everywhere, and the lights with allusive motifs to this party are the soundtrack of these last weeks of the year. And in the Christmas markets we find gifts, details and decorations (I’m from riding the traditional Bethlehem, no trees) to give to friends and family or for ourselves.

Although Europe’s Christmas markets are more renowned, also associated with an escape on these dates, in Spain you will find Christmas markets full of stalls and stalls, including food and drink, to enjoy these days.

Here you have 10 Christmas markets in Spain that have nothing to envy to those of other countries, although to go to know those of the foreigner is an excellent excuse to return to cities like Prague.

1Madrid (Plaza Mayor)

Where: Plaza Mayor in Madrid

When: From the end of November to the 31st of December. Last year it was open from November 23rd through December 31st, Monday through Thursday, from 10am to 10pm; Friday through Sunday, until 11pm.

Others: 90 stalls with traditional Christmas products, with 14 stalls in the Plaza de Santa Cruz with jokes about the feast of the Holy Innocents, last year.

Our proposals: And since you’re in the city at Christmas, we recommend that you make the most of your time and get to know three spectacular museums better in a single day, saving with the joint entrance fee and skipping the queues for a guided tour of the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. If you’re more of a footballer, you can also choose to take a tour of the historic Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, or any of these 121 excursions and activities in Madrid highly recommended by its users.

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2Barcelona (Saint Lucia and Holy Family)

Where: Next to the Barcelona Cathedral (Santa Lucía Fair) and the Plaza de la Sagrada Familia

When: The market is usually open from the last Friday in November until 23 December. The stalls are open on weekdays from 10:30 to 20:30 and on public holidays and vespers until 21:30, if we are guided by the dates and times of last year.

Others Among the 300 Christmas stalls at the Santa Lucía Fair (Fira de Santa Llucía in Catalan), you can surely buy a “Tió de Nadal”, a Catalan Christmas folklore figure consisting of a warm trunk with a blanket that is beaten by children on Christmas Eve to “shit” gifts. In addition, this year for the first time there will be a Christmas Fair in the “Port Vell”, including a floating nativity scene on the Rambla del Mar.

Our proposals: If you are in Barcelona for the first time, or have not yet visited it, you can not miss two wonders of Gaudí, the visit to the Sagrada Familia by climbing its towers and visit the Casa Batlló. If football is also your thing, then you can’t leave without a tour of FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou. If you are looking for more plans for an escape to Barcelona, here are 96 excursions and activities in Barcelona very well recommended by its users.

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3Valencia (Baron of Cárcer)

Where: Plaza del Mercado (formerly held in Barón de Cárcer)

When: From 1 December to 6 January, open from 9am to 10pm (extended on 24 December and 5 January), if last year’s dates and times are maintained.

Others: In addition to the Christmas Market in the Plaza del Mercado, a Crafts Fair with 27 stands has been confirmed for 2019 in Valencia, from 29 November 2019 to 6 January 2020.

Our proposals: Indispensable on a visit to Valencia is a guided tour of the City of Arts with tickets to the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the Oceanographic Museum. If you want to see more options for your getaway, here are 56 excursions and activities in Valencia.

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4Seville (various locations)

Where: Luís de Morales Avenue (Nervión), Setas de la Encarnación, Alameda de Hércules, Prado de San Sebastián, Plaza Nueva

When: From late November or early December depending on where it is located

Others: Although the dates and locations of the Christmas markets have not yet been made official, if we are guided by last year the attractions and stalls of the Alameda opened their doors on November 30, the craft market of the Mushrooms on December 5.

Our proposals: If you wish, make the most of your time in Seville by getting to know the Alcazar, the Cathedral and the Giralda in a single excursion and don’t leave the city without attending a flamenco show (with an optional tapas dinner) or knowing the secrets of oil by visiting an oil mill (we did it at Hacienda Guzmán). For fans of the Throne Game, it is essential to discover the Kingdom of Dorne with the Throne Game Tour through the Alcazar, one of the 56 excursions and activities in Seville that we propose.

5Zaragoza (Pilar Square)

Where: Plaza del Pilar

When: November 30 to January 7 were the dates of last year’s celebration.

Others: 40 stands of artistic and agri-food crafts, 2 taverns and a multitude of leisure spaces, including a slide of more than 20 m by which to descend in sled could be enjoyed in last year’s edition.

Our proposals: If you want to make the most of your time in the city, you can travel around Zaragoza in its tourist bus with 16 stops at the main points of interest.

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6Puerto Portals (Mallorca)

Where: Puerto Portals (in the Bay of Palma)

When: From 18 December to 6 January

Others: More than 40 stands in the facilities, including an ice rink, to bring the Christmas spirit to the sunny Balearic Islands, but without snow, in this nautical complex a few kilometers from Palma de Mallorca.

Our proposals: If you want to know the capital of the island better, you can do it with a tour on foot, by scooter or Segway through Palma de Mallorca. If you’re a tennis fan, be sure to visit the Rafael Nadal Museum in his native Manacor.

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7Santiago de Compostela (Carreira do Conde)

Where: Carreira do Conde Street.

When: 1 December to 5 January, from 11:30 to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 21:30 with special opening on 24 and 31 December from 11:30 to 15:00 and closing on 25 December and 1 January, if the traditional dates of this Christmas market do not change.

Others The Christmas market has a children’s space, “Espacio Creativo” but also a space for adults, “Espazo Festicult”, as well as craft workshops and traditional games, if you follow the tone of the activities that took place last year.

Our proposals: Santiago de Compostela, like Galicia, is synonymous with gastronomy so we propose a gastronomic tour of Santiago, a tour of mysteries with typical Galician dinner or, if you want to know Santiago de Compostela at your own pace, do not miss our articles on what to see, what to do and where to sleep and know the main monuments with the Compostela Pass Card.

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Bilbao (Calle Bailén)

Where: Calle Bailén

When: From December 1 to January 6, 2020, from 9am to 11pm, except December 23 and January 5, which will be from 9am to 2pm, if last year’s dates and times are maintained.

Others: More than 40 wooden booths with handicrafts and Basque gastronomic products, complemented with the celebration on December 21 of the Fair of Santo Tomás (Plaza Nueva and El Arenal) a showcase of the products of the hamlets of Vizcaya.

Our proposals: History, culture and gastronomy are our recommendations in the form of a tour of the historic centre of Bilbao, a guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum and, of course, discovering microgastronomy with a pinchos tour of Bilbao.

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9Málaga (Paseo del Parque)

Where: Paseo del Parque

When: From November 30th to January 7th, if you keep the format of past years

Others: Malaga was proclaimed in 2018 “Best Sunny Christmas Markets in Europe” by the organisation “European Best Destinations” (EBD).

Our proposals: We recommend you to get to know Malaga better with a tour with tickets to the Cathedral, the Alcazaba and the Roman Theatre. If you prefer to discover Malaga in a more alternative way, you can do it with electric bicycle tours, electric scooter or Segway. And the best finishing touch would be a massage bath in the Hammam Al-Andalus.

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10Granada (Bib-Rambla)

Where: Plazas de Bib-Rambla and Puerta Real-Fonte de las Batallas.

When: December 1 through January 6, 11am-2pm and 5pm-9:30pm, if dates and times from other years are maintained (when it closed on days 25 and 1)

Other: 70 stalls with figures for cribs, handicrafts, convent Christmas sweets, local handicrafts with demonstrative and participatory workshops, if imitated last year’s programme.

Our proposals: You must visit the essential monument of Granada and for this we recommend a significant savings with the tour that combines the guided tour of the Alhambra and the guided tour of the Albaicin and Sacromonte. To this visit you can add a guided tour of the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, where the Catholic Monarchs rest. To discover the city, you can try a Segway tour in Granada to relax later with a massage bath in the Hammam Al-Andalus and close the evening with a flamenco show, with optional dinner, in the Albaicín.

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