Who wouldn’t want to spend winter in a Mediterranean coastal paradise?
Valencia in winter takes on a special kind of magic. With temperatures hovering between 10-15 degrees Celsius during the day in December, it’s not quite as chilly as most of the rest of Europe. However, with Christmas markets and holiday lights decorating the streets, it’s easy to get into the festive spirit. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy Valencia in winter this holiday season.
1. Experience the magic of the Christmas markets
Can you really say you spent Christmas in Europe if you didn’t visit one of the picturesque holiday markets? Luckily, Valencia in winter is full of market stalls selling beautiful decorations, yummy sweets and more. One such market sets up shop in front of the cathedral, while another takes place in the streets surrounding the city’s Central Market.
2. Marvel at the festive decorations
From extravagant Nativity scenes to twinkling holiday lights, Valencia in winter looks like a fairy tale. While wandering between Christmas markets, be sure to take in the beautiful holiday decor that decks the city’s halls (well, streets). Take advantage of the not-too-chilly winter weather and pasear!
3. Chow down on yummy Christmas treats
Forget about candy canes and Christmas cookies. While we love these treats as much as the next guiri, there’s a special place in our hearts (and stomachs!) for Spanish holiday sweets. Buy some traditional turrón (which has Valencian roots!) in one of the Christmas markets. If you’re still in town around January 6, stop into one of Valencia’s best pastry shops to pick up your very own roscón de reyes.
4. Go to the fair or the circus
Where in the world can you go to a fun fair and a circus during the holidays? If you’re in Valencia in winter, it’s possible! The city hosts an annual Christmas fun fair as well as several special holiday circuses. It’s the perfect way to get your kids into the holiday spirit! Check back soon for 2017-2018 dates and times.
5. Eat your way around town like a local
We might be biased, but winter in Valencia is the perfect time to take a food tour! Since it’s low season, the city’s streets and bars are packed with locals, and tourists are few and far between. It’s the ideal time to get a true feel for the city and its food. Whether you’re enjoying tasty tapas paired with rich local wines or eating your way through Europe’s most colorful market, there’s a Devour Valencia experience you’ll love. We can’t wait to see you soon!