Best Sunny Christmas markets in Europe 2021
You love Christmas garlands and decorated streets but you hate being cold, facing an icy wind, or walking on slippery streets? What about a new experience this year?
Madeira - Portugal
Discover the variety of products in display, exotic flowers and other traditional souvenirs, while experiencing and tasting some of the typical delicacies and drinks of this season, while enjoying the merriment and a very welcoming ambience.
Partake in the glee of this season festivities, enjoy the daily activities and entertainment shows, such as Christmas Carols and performances by folklore groups.
Opening dates: From 1st December 2021 to 9th January 2022.
How to get there: Book your flights to Madeira.
Where to stay: "Quinta da Casa Branca". Set within subtropical gardens.
Malaga is one of the trendiest destinations in Europe. This sparkling and surprising city is a mix of everything you love: sun, beach, culture, authenticity, tradition, shopping.
In winter, Malaga is not content with just one small Christmas market in the shade of palm trees but the city has several Christmas markets. Malaga is also known for the quality of its Christmas lights, (among the most beautiful Christmas lights in Europe).
Opening dates: From 26th November 2021 to 5th January 2022.
How to get there: Book your flights to Malaga.
Where to stay: "Malaga Premium Hotel". Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of Malaga.
3. Plaza Mayor's Mercado de Navidad
Madrid - Spain
If Madrid is a little colder in winter (10 degrees on average compared to 17 in Malaga), the Spanish capital offers one of the most beautiful Christmas markets, the "Mercado de Navidad de Plaza Mayor".
You will be spoiled for choice: 4 Christmas markets are spread throughout the city but the "Mercado de Navidad de Plaza Mayor" is the most beautiful Christmas market in Spain with its handmade gifts, regional delicacies, local and national specialties. Forget about the traditional mulled wine and treat yourself to a glass of Cava, (the Spanish champagne), in one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
Opening dates: From 26th November to 31st December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Madrid.
Where to stay: "Artrip Hotel". Stay in the heart of Madrid.
4. Fira de Santa Llucia
Barcelona - Spain
This may be hard to believe but the Barcelona Christmas market called the Fira de Santa Llúcia is one of the oldest in Europe. The best craftsmen in Barcelona and Catalonia have been presenting visitors their products for nearly 250 years now. You will see beautiful illuminations, Nativity scenes, hand-made local products but also a plant market, (the temperatures are mild in Barcelona in winter).
The Fira de Santa Llúcia takes place on the "Avenida de la Catedral" in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.
Opening dates: From 26th November to 23rd December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Barcelona.
Where to stay: "Hotel Barcelona Center". Situated in the real heart of Barcelona.
Located in the centre of the city of Seville, at the foot of the Cathedral, you will find everything you need for your Christmas gifts but also delicatessen, local wines, to taste on the spot or take away, souvenirs…
Opening dates: From 5th November to 23rd December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Seville.
Where to stay: "Fontecruz Sevilla Seises" located just 150 m from Sevilla Cathedral
There are several Christmas markets in Granada. The first one opens on December 1st and all the Christmas markets in Granada close around January 6th. Come and enjoy some local specialties such as "Pan Cadiz" or "Polvoron de Jijona", you will also discover street shows, many activities for young and old.
The Granada Christmas Market is situated on Plaza Bib Rambla next to the Cathedral.
Opening dates: From 1st December 2021 to 6th January 2022.
How to get there: Book your flights to Granada.
Where to stay: "Shine Albayzin". One of our top picks in Granada.
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