SEQURE SECRETS: OUR FAVOURITE SPANISH CHRISTMAS MARKETS
We’re all familiar with many of the fabulous festivities that most northern European countries embrace in the lead up to Christmas. From the authentic Christmas markets in Cologne and Berlin, to the European Christmas markets filling the town centre of Manchester each winter, this is a time when key locations are brimming with culture, tradition and a whole lot of tasty food. But contrary to popular belief, it’s not just our German counterparts who know how to throw a good shindig and cook up a tasty bratwurst or two, Spain also has its own fair share of marvellous markets this winter. Venturing away from the crowded displays in Madrid and Barcelona, we’ve handpicked some of our favourite markets in southern Spain, take a look…
Mercado Navideño de Artesanía de Sevilla
With summer temperatures exceeding a blistering 40 degrees, Seville cools off in the winter months so residents can venture outdoors to enjoy everything that the Artisan Christmas Markets have to offer. Running from the 14th December to the 5th January, these festivities take place right in the centre of town, in Plaza Nueva, or New Square. Paying homage to an authentic Andalusian culture and showcasing some of the best artisan crafts around, these markets are a real treat for anyone visiting Seville this winter.
Feria del Belén
If you’re planning on staying in Seville, or are familiar with the area, it’s worth taking a look at one of the most visited Christmas markets in Spain, Feria del Belen. The Christmas Nativity Fair exhibits ornaments dedicated to the nativity scenes in Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. With Seville’s gigantic cathedral as a backdrop, these markets are a wonderful religious occasion for all the family.
Granada Christmas market
Another huge market dedicated to the best of Spain’s artisan craft and nativity scene is located in the historic, former-Arabic town of Granada. From the first week of December until 5th January, Plaza de Bib-Rambla, right in the very heart of the city, welcomes an array of stalls offering everything from traditional sweets and cakes to wooden nativity scenes and Christmas souvenirs. Adding to the winter wonderland is usually a ginormous Christmas tree in the centre of the Plaza, making the markets a real treat for all. If you’re planning on sticking around the area, why not take a trip into the Sierra Nevada mountains, one of the best places to ski in Spain?
Malaga’s Christmas markets
A paradise of twinkling lights and lavish displays, Malaga’s towns never disappoint at Christmas. Expect handmade crafts and local funfairs in Arroyo de Miel, an ice rink and lavish treats in Puerto Banus, and a much more authentic market in Malaga itself. Arguably the region’s most popular market is in Torremolinos. Beginning at the start of December and running through into the New Year, Torremolinos is the place to be at Christmas. The market is located between Avenida Palma de Mallorca and Plaza Costa del Sol, right in the centre of town. The area has recently been totally pedestrianised, so is ideal for the whole family.
Alicante Christmas markets
Alicante has always been famous for its celebrations. Home to La Noche de San Juan, one of the most renowned celebrations in the world, why should Christmas be any different? From the middle of December until 6th January Alicante is home to dozens of wonderful winter markets. Nazareth Market in Plaza de Gabriel Miro exhibits quirky and colourful stalls with all kinds of Christmas gifts on offer, Cascaruja Market showcases the world-famous turron (a popular sweet nougat treat bought at Christmas) and there’s a temporary ice skating rink and toboggan run. What more could you want at this time of the year?
So, whether you’re on a fleeting visit to Spain or a seasoned traveller, why not check out some of these stunning seasonal treats this winter?