Best Sunny Christmas markets in Europe in 2023
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?
Treat yourself to a city break in one of the best sunny destinations in Europe to celebrate Christmas in 2023. Leave your woollen hats at home and enjoy sunny Christmas markets from Barcelona to Madeira.
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 2023 to 7th January 2024.
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).
Do not waste time, take your sunglasses, sunscreen and a Santa hat with you and book your flights, youraccommodation as well as your tours and activities in Malaga as a a "Sunset Sailing Catamaran Trip" for a winter holiday in sunny Malaga.
During your stay visit the Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Spain.
Opening dates: From 25th November 2023 to 6th January 2024.
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. Dubrovnik Christmas Market
Visit Dubrovnik Christmas Market, one of the Best Christmas Markets in Croatia with Zagreb Christmas Market. The uniqueness of Dubrovnik is visible in the month of giving when our city organizes a Christmas Fair.
The fair will be held in the beautiful atrium of the Convent of St. Claire and will feature traditional craftsmen who will display their handicrafts, Christmas ornaments, candles, toys, glassworks, embroidery, ceramics and porcelain, and everything that the artists make by hand for the holiday season. Also there will be Christmas cookies and sweets, roasted candied almonds, candied orange peels ˝arancini˝, traditional Dubrovnik sweets like the quince cheese ˝kontonjata˝, and other delicacies that are prepared for this festive time. Enriched with the sound of Christmas songs, the Christmas Fair will be open from St. Nicholas’ Day to January 6th.
By the sounds of traditional Dubrovnik carols, we wish all of our visitors a joyous holiday season!
During your stay do not miss to visit the Best beaches in Croatia, Best Hidden Gems in Croatia and Most Amazing Castles in Croatia.
Opening dates: From 26th November 2023 to 6th January 2024.
Where to stay: "Boutique Hotel Stari Grad". The Christmas Market is 100m away.
4. 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 25th November to 31st December 2023.
Where to stay: "Artrip Hotel". Stay in the heart of Madrid.
Provence - France
Open daily from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays), the Christmas Village includes sixty chalets displaying a lange range of craft products on a Christmas theme, a "tasting" area, a skating-rink, a ferris wheel, the house of Father Christmas and shows for children.
Opening dates: From 1st December 2023 to 1st January 2024.
How to get there: Book your flights to Nice Airport and your transfer.
Where to stay: "La Riviera Collection". The Christmas Market is 1km away.
6. 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 25th November to 23rd December 2023 (TBC).
How to get there: Book your flights to Barcelona.
Where to stay: "Hotel Barcelona Center". Situated in the real heart of Barcelona.
An outdoor seasonal event with over 60 market huts spread around the magnificent Duomo of Milan dedicated to traditional Christmas products (Xmas decorations, baubles for the tree, nativity cribs, Befana stockings for the Epiphany and so on).
A festive market that joyfully combines culture, tradition, taste and discovery: besides guaranteeing the excellent quality and variety of food, it will enable visitors to rediscover the many artisans who will create and exhibit their artistic wares.
Don’t miss out on the fun workshop activities and entertainment for kids, charity initiatives and lots, lots more. During your stay discover the most beautiful Christmas Marrkets in Italy.
Opening dates: From 1st December 2023 to 6th January 2024.
Where to stay: "Odsweet Duomo", 200m from the Christmas Market.
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…
Book your flights and accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Seville such as a "Flamenco show with drink". During your stay discover the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Spain and Best Castles in Spain.
Opening dates: From 25th November to 23rd December 2023.
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 2022 to 6th January 2024 (TBC).
How to get there: Book your flights to Granada.
Where to stay: "Shine Albayzin". One of our top picks in Granada.
Bilbao is a great place to celebrate Christmas. Bilbao, like the world´s most important cities, boasts a fantastic Christmas atmosphere and decorations. Its amazing Christmas lights and the many activities surprise its citizens and visitors.
One of the shopping highlights are the many Christmas markets that take place around the city Old Quarter and Bailén street. Wonder around them and let yourself be seduced by the Christmas spirit. Formed by close to 40 wooden stalls, Bilbao´s Christmas Markets offer a great variety of products: craftsmanship, Basque products, Christmas decorations and of course, gastronomy. It´s a well-known fact throughout the world that when it comes to gastronomy, Bilbao and the Basque County are highly regarded.
Opening dates: From 5th December 2023 to 5th January 2024 (To Be Confirmed).
Where to stay: "Hotel Tayko Bilbao" 400 m from the Christmas Market.
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