Everyone in Spain celebrates the Day of the Constitution on December 6. It is an official holiday that commemorates the referendum held back in 1978, in which the current Spanish Constitution was massively approved of after experiencing four decades of Franco’s dictatorship.
This Constitution from over 40 years ago is still in force today, and it gave way to democracy, making Spain one of 19 countries in the entire world with a democratic government.
Today, this article by ShBarcelona would like to give you some ideas on what do in Barcelona on this day off. Enjoy this long weekend or bridge holiday, because this year December 6 is on a Friday, yay!
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Enjoy Constitution Day in Barcelona
The Christmas Market of Santa Llúcia
The most important Christmas market in Barcelona is the Mercat de Santa Llúcia. This Christmas market is, without any doubt in our minds, one of the most deeply-rooted and ancient Christmas traditions. It all started back in 1786, as far as we have been able to discover.
Many craftsmen with handmade Christmas items are present at the Christmas fair, and they have done so for a very long time, as the Mercat de Santa Llúcia has already reached its 200 years of existence.
Young and old will enjoy this charming market with Christmas characters, Christmas lights, Christmas trees and any other type of Christmas decorations you can add to your nativity scene.
The Fira de Santa Llúcia will be held in the centre of the Gothic neighbourhood in the Catalan capital, on Avinguda de la Catedral i Plaça Nova.
It is a special sight to see, with the façade of Barcelona’s cathedral fully illuminated and the Plaza Sant Jaume close by. This is where you can be mesmerized by a large, decorated Christmas tree.
Ice skating in Barcelona
Although ice skating can be done at any time of the year at an ice skating rink, of course, it feels much better and real when it is cold outside. Whether you are an ice skating expert or just a beginner, ice skating is definitely a lot of fun when you go with friends or family.
Skating Club Barcelona is located in the district of l’Eixample at Carrer de Roger de Flor 168, and this ice skating rink has existed for several decades. They provide in a different type of activity to spend your leisure time in Barcelona. Ice skating combines physical activity with balance and technique, and as always, practice makes perfect!
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Hot Chocolate at Granja Dulcinea
Cold weather makes you long for warm things. And that is why going to Granja Dulcinea for a hot chocolate is perfect, because you can have your warm drink, maybe enjoy a little snack and stroll down the always vibrant Las Ramblas.
Granja Dulcinea opened its doors for the first time in the middle of the 20th century, and it is one of the most famous chocolate shops in Barcelona. Its founders were Juan Mach and Elvira Farràs, and since its opening, thousands of customers have passed by its tables.
They all wanted to try that delicious chocolate, which is a true comfort to the body when it is cold outside.
Of course, you do not necessarily have to wait until it gets really cold in Barcelona. You can have some of that delicious hot chocolate with a little Swiss cream on top anytime of the year. Besides this, you could also try the extensive variety of teas, coffees, bread and sweet pastries or breakfast at Granja Dulcinea.
What will you do on Constitution Day this year?