A festive winter break in Spain
Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. It has attractive offerings in the winter season ranging from thrilling outdoor activities to flower viewing and Christimas festivals.
Barcelona in winter - With mild temperatures of around 12° C most days, clear skies, and scarcity of rainfall, travellers can enjoy themselves any time of day without the disturbance of extreme weather conditions.
Barcelona is also not as crowded during winter as other seasons; therefore, visitors can easily gain access to popular sights like Las Ramblas and Park Gaudi, and they will be able to blend in with the locals.
Visitors can also enjoy winter activities such as the thermal baths in Gothic Quarters called Aire de Barcelona; the Fira de Santa Llucia Christmas market around the Gothic Cathedral, or the ice rinks that turn up around the city during winter.
The snow slopes - The destination most known for its beaches and extravagant summers, is also an exceptional ski destination. With more than 36 mountain resorts and over 1,000 kilometres of ski runs, Europe's second most mountainous country is a go-to destination for sports enthusiasts.
The Sierra Nevada, Spain's highest ski resort is located 27km from Granada that offers abundant soft snow perfect for skiing from late November until early May.
Other popular ski resorts include Baqueira-Beret in the Pyrenees' Val d'Aran; the largest in the country, Formigal in the Aragon Pyrenees is the most modern and ideal for beginners, and lastly La Molina (less than two hours from Barcelona) and Navacerrada (52 km outside Madrid) are the best options while visiting Spain's largest cities during winter.
Almond Bloom of Mallorca - As winter approaches the Balearic island of Mallorca's fields and mountains transform into a beautiful pink landscape. The 'Snow of Mallorca', as locals call it, creates a magical visual as four million almond trees bloom into a sea of pink, ivory and white flowers.
The mesmerising natural phenomenon created by the mild Mediterranean temperatures can be enjoyed best in the central Pla de Mallorca comarca.
Mallorca's almond tree blossom season is from late January to mid-February, where visitors can enjoy a fascinating natural scene while walking or biking around the island.
Winter sales - Travellers planning a shopping spree should make a stop in Spain between January and March. During this period, the rebajas season kicks off and prices can drop upto 90 per cent.
Attractive discounts can be found throughout the country on all sorts of products, whether it's clothes, shoes, and accessories from upscale brands, or homeware and sports goods - there'll be a good bargain in all chain stores, shopping centres, and boutique shops.-TradeArabia News Service