Best Sunny Christmas markets in Europe
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?
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).
When: 5th December 2018 to 6th January 2019.
Where to stay: Malaga Premium Hotel. Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of Malaga.
Madeira - Portugal
Madeira, a Portuguese island, celebrates to the fullest the arrival of Christmas season, with a traditional Christmas market, held in Avenida Arriaga central walkways, at the heart of its main capital – Funchal.
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.
When: 1st December 2018 – 6th January 2019.
Where to stay: Pestana CR7 Funchal, an elegante 4-star hotel in the heart of Funchal.
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.
When: 23rd November to 23rd December 2018.
Where to stay: Artrip Hotel. This property is rated for the best value in 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.
When: 30 November - 23rd December 2018
Where to stay: Hotel Barcelona Center, guest room for free access to sauna, small gym and rooftop hydromassage tub.
Located in the centre of the city of Sevilla, 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…
When: 18th Nov - 23rd December 2018.
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.
When: 1st December 2018 - 6th January 2019
Where to stay: Shine Albayzin. Superior rooms have views of the Alhambra.
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