By Marta Laurent Veciana
Passionate Tour Guide & Founder of ForeverBarcelona
DON’T MESS UP YOUR SPANISH CHRISTMAS MEALS
Christmas approaches, and if you are planning your trip you probably have already book your table for the special days. However, did yo consider that in Barcelona our special meals might be different than at home?
One of the thins I always advice to my guests for Christmas is to not leave your meals to improvisation and check out the days when it’s difficult to find a table last-minute, so you can book ahead of time.
Book in advance these Christmas meals in Barcelona (or anywhere else in Spain)
Evening of the 24th
On December 24 is the traditional dinner for most Spaniards, and families are celebrating it less and less at home, and more and more in restaurants, so they don’t have to worry about all the cooking preparations. Plus many tourists will also be celebrating that night!
Instead, Christmas Day is the traditional family lunch in Catalonia, when we eat the traditional Escudella amb Carn d’Olla. I actuall also I recommend to book dinner as many restaurants are likely to be closed close in the evening, and it might be hard to find something open unless you know where you are going…
Saint Steven’s Day or Boxing Day is the next traditional family lunch in Catalonia, so the same recommendations apply as for December 25th. Most other regions of Spain don’t celebrate it, though.
Evening of the 31st
New Year’s Eve is a big celebration night. And while many locals eat at home or with friends, MANY foreigners eat in restaurants. Make sure to book your table ASAP! We have a post about restaurants for New Year’s Eve that you might find quite helpful!
Lunch of the 1st
Who wants to cook after a long night out? Many people eat out, and for some families it’s again a time to meet up and eat together, what means restaurants are packed. Again, many restaurants might be closed for dinner, so plan ahead.
AND BONUS! The one more Christmas meal to plan ahead of time:
Lunch of January 6th
In case you are still here by then, January 6 in Spain is a huge kid’s day: the Three Wise Men bring them presents! Families gather together to celebrate, so consider it as difficult as the other family lunch days.
So my advice is… GET A RESERVATION ASAP FOR THOSE DAYS! Ask at the concierge of your hotel to help you with that.
Do you stay at home or at some relatives home for the Christmas meals or do you eat in restaurants?
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