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Christmas shopping in Barcelona.

It is delightful for a shopping addict to see an avenue full of shops. In Barcelona we are talking not only about a single avenue.
By Fabiola Chirinos
There are lots of places, well-known and popular for the amount and variety of offers they have, shopping centers and the city sometimes hosts street markets where you find unique and charming goods.

During the Christmas holidays the excitement grows. The stores are decorated and there are endless options for choosing the costumes to wear in the course of the celebrations. If your are in Barcelona you must experience Christmas shopping.
Use our advice to walk the streets of this Catalan city with the expertise that only a local has.

Shopping streets and avenues.

When traveling on tight budget you should find the right streets before spending all the money in one store. The avenue Portal de L´Angel is undoubtedly the best option to start looking at the fresh and different proposals of one of the most important Spanish brands. It is a pedestrian avenue that starts in Plaza Catalunya, which you can calmly walk from end to end. Here you will find well-known brands such as Zara, Bershka and Mango. All three are characterized by being brands that offer both casual and trendy wear.

From Plaza Catalunya you can also start your way through Las Ramblas. While walking you will see stands called “kioskos” which have lots of different trifles on offer. The street is lined with stores, left and right. Custo Barcelona is one of the most renowned ones in this area. Custo is an original Spanish brand that has managed to win loyal fans in different places around the world. What sets it apart? Its colorful designs which demonstrate that color and quality can make up the best attire at any season of the year.

If you are looking for more luxurious stores, go to Passeig de Grácia. You will find internationally famous brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Boss, Max Mara or Diesel. It is an area full of elegant designs intended for those who are looking for a more the major, global brands and not exclusively local design. It is located between Avinguda Diagonal, -which in turn has a great offer in stores- and Plaza Catalunya.

Shopping centers in Barcelona.

The advantage of streets and avenues is the charming street views you can enjoy while shopping. Besides, the temperate weather of Barcelona makes the walk even more pleasant. But the city’s shopping centers offer is equally varied in prices and styles.
Maremagnum is one of the favorites. It is located at the end of the port. It is ideal to visit after touring Las Ramblas and the Monumento a Colón. Go ahead, explore the offers and enjoy the maritime environment that surrounds the building.

If you have still not found what you were looking for, go to visit La Maquinista, at barrio Sant Andreu. Even though it is a bit away from the liveliest areas of the city, it is easy to go there using the subway and the train. The shopping center is one of the largest and with a good selection of brand name stores.

Where to eat when going Christmas shopping?

Every great holiday deserves a dinner, and Christmas is the time to enjoy a good meal with friends, family and fellow travelers. For foodies, a visit to La Boquería, one of the most beloved gastronomic markets in the city is mandatory. The locals, including the city’s famous chefs go here looking for fresh ingredients that make for exquisite dishes . Do as they do! And while shopping take the time to taste the offers of restaurants and sites within the market. There is sweet and salty Spanish-style appetizers and a variety of beverages.

The Barcelona Christmas markets

Fira Santa Llucía is perhaps one of the most highly regarded Christmas markets in Barcelona. At this market where you will find decorations for your house, pines, mistletoe and endless traditional items that define the holiday season. In addition you , will fins locally produced food, and there is a lot of handicrafts. You will for sure find something unique to take home.

You will not regret visiting this fair even if you are not planning on purchasing decorations. It has a special environment and the mood of the visitors makes everyone joyful. Let the celeb