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Dynamism or tranquility, history or modernity, snow or sun… In our country we have everything to enjoy these holidays, so here is a list of cities in Spain to visit at Christmas.

Normally we take advantage of the Christmas holidays to make a escape…. and the best thing is that we can enjoy wonderful cities without going too far. From the North to the South, Spain is a beautiful country full of incredible cities to visit at Christmas (and always).

OUT OF LETTER: VIGO. There is no doubt that Vigo becomes the epicenter of Christmas every year due to the strong commitment of its mayor, Abel Caballero, to make it one of the brighter cities and with the largest Christmas decoration not only in Spain, but almost all of Europe. As Vigo fell out of the drawer for a Christmas getaway I have not included it in the official list, but without a doubt it is an inspiring city to experience parties to the fullest.

10 Spanish cities to visit at Christmas

Below is a list of the 10 The most inspiring cities in Spain to visit at Christmas and with the contrasts worthy of each one.

  1. Madrid

The capital of Spain is, sin duda, one of the best cities to visit at christmas. The city is filled with lights, decorated shops and Christmas markets, and the atmosphere is magical. You cannot miss the Christmas markets of Sol and Cibeles, the royal palace illuminated, the Prado Museum with its incredible exhibitions or the light shows of the Town Hall or the Teatro Real.

  1. Barcelona

Barcelona is an amazing city at any time of the year, but it has a very special touch during Christmas. The city is filled with Christmas lights, and the Christmas markets are a experience only, but always with a more modern touch, betting on a creativity much more present towards the avant-garde than towards tradition. Do not miss the magic of the Christmas markets in Plaça Catalunya, Las Ramblas or Park Güell, and enjoy one of the many Christmas shows offered in the city.

  1. Valencia

Valencia is a city full of life always, and at Christmas it is also filled with light and color. Don't miss the Christmas markets in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento or Plaza de la Virgen, or the light and sound show at the Town Hall. You can also visit the Oceanographic, the largest zoo in Europe, and thus manage to mix parties and nature.

  1. Sevilla

Seville is an incredibly beautiful city at Christmas, with its cobbled streets and buildings of all styles that show us the evolution of the city . Do not miss the Christmas markets in Plaza de España or Plaza de San Francisco, or the Christmas show of the Gypsies in the Parque de María Luisa. You can also visit the Royal Palace of Seville, that lights up especially at Christmas. A place where folklore is the protagonist.

  1. Zaragoza

Zaragoza is a beautiful city at Christmas ¡and throughout the year! With its baroque-style buildings and its majesty, it is a delight to walk through its streets in winter, with the Christmas decoration. Do not miss the markets of Plaza del Pilar, the Plaza del Portal de Galea or the Plaza de San Felipe, or the Christmas light show on Paseo del Romance.

  1. Málaga

Without a doubt, Malaga could not be missing from this list of cities in Spain to visit at Christmas. Malaga is a sunny and welcoming city, and it has become a Christmas spectacle in itself, with the famous lights of Calle Larios. Nor miss the Christmas markets in the Plaza de la Constitución, the walk in the park, the promenade or take a walk in the sun in the Port of Malaga. You can also visit the Castle of Gibralfaro.

  1. Granada

A getaway to Granada is always a pleasure, enjoy its streets (and their caps) in winter full of people and life, without losing the usual spectacular views such as the imposing illuminated Alhambra. Do not miss the Christmas markets in Plaza Nueva, the Plaza de Santa Ana or the Carrera de la Virgen, or the Christmas light show at the Town Hall o la «christmas town» in the classroom. You can also visit the Cathedral of Granada for a more cultural visit.

  1. Salamanca

Salamanca is a historic and charming city, and at Christmas its traditional streets are filled with winks, Christmas lights and decorations that give the city a special charisma. Do not miss the Christmas markets in the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza del Corrillo or the Plaza de Anaya, or the light show in Parque de El Carmen. You can also visit the Cathedral of Salamanca, that lights up especially at Christmas.

  1. San Sebastián / Donostia

San Sebastián is a beautiful coastal city, and at Christmas it is filled with lights and Christmas decorations. Do not miss the Christmas markets in the Plaza de la Constitución, the Town Hall Square, Guipuzcoa Square, In addition, walking through Puerto de la Concha or visiting the Miramar Palace can be a very special moment..

  1. Toledo

The last of this list of cities in Spain to visit at Christmas is Toledo. This historic and charming city has all its medieval essence, so visiting it at Christmas is like doing a trip between past and present very funny. Do not miss the Christmas markets in Plaza de Zocodover, the Plaza de San Miguel or the Plaza de Santa Cruz, or the show or games of Christmas lights in the Alcazar of Toledo or the Cathedral of Toledo.

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