Christmas is just around the corner and Barcelona is definitely preparing to get ready for the happiest season of the year.
Since the beginning of November, everyday new Christmas lights have been put on the streets to bring the festive atmosphere to the city. Even by walking through the smaller streets in Barceloneta or Raval area gives you already the Christmas feeling a month before. But not only do the streets become brighter, also the food selection get wider. Barcelona has many various kitchens to offer. So which one are the most traditional Catalonian dishes during the winter months..
As Barcelona is on the Mediterranean coast, obviously the seafood dishes are important part of Christmas food. Usually the Christmas dinner starts with salmon or prawn dish, which is followed by a hot bowl of homemade soup. The main meal consists traditionally of roast lamb and seafood, either cod or shellfish.
During the colder winter months soup is quite common dish for dinner time. The most famous one is sopa de galets which contains meat, vegetables and pasta.
Spain is a well-known chestnut exporter, therefore you cant miss every autumn-winter the roasted chestnut sellers on the streets. If you want to make it yourself then Boqueria market at La Ramblas is good place to get these fresh and for a good price. For roasting you just need oven, knife and water to be able to prepare chestnuts yourself at home.
The most popular dessert in Christmas time is turron. It is made of roasted almonds, honey and eggs. This sweet, of Arabic origin, can be found in the bigger supermarkets with different flavours. The best value you would find is probably in some smaller family stores on the side street, which are generally run by people from Middle-East.
Both polvorones and marzipans are types of sweets that are more in demand during the Christmas period. Polvorones are rich, crumbly cookies which mainly consist of almonds. As well as many other sweets`, todays gourmet varieties of marzipans are also mainly made of sugar and almonds, or in cheaper options rice flour or potato starch.
A very common dessert amongst Catalan people is prune crema. It is made of red wine, dried prunes, caster sugar, double cream and egg yolks. People use it often together with fruit or some crispy topping, which makes it even tastier.
To experience the taste of Mediterranean food, Barcelona is certainly one of those great cities that are worth to visit during Christmas and New Years period.
If you are looking for a nice budget place to stay then there is good selection of rental accommodation. One of the options could be BCN Loft, which offers cheap rooms in shared apartments. BCN Loft apartments are located all over Barcelonas city centre, so you are always close by to all the main attractions and best restaurants.
So theres nothing more left to say than Buen provecho!