Top 5 European Winter Markets
Posted on 09/10/2013 by John Morley
It's coming up to that time of year when the specter of Christmas shopping looms large. You could buy your Dad those novelty socks (again!) or you could head into Europe in one of our awesome campervans and pick up some great gifts in one of the famous European winter markets.
We have compiled a list of our favourite markets
1. Barcelona - Fira de Santa Llucia
That wasn't what you were expecting, was it? The number one winter market in a hot country. Barcelona's Fira de Santa Llucia market has been around since 1728 and is still going strong. With life-size nativity scenes, street performers and over 250 stalls, there's plenty to keep you entertained over a long weekend.
More Info: http://en.firadesantallucia.cat
2. Copenhagen - Tivoli Gardens
The famous Tivoli Gardens in Denmark's capital are a great place to visit at any time of year, but in the winter they are extra special. It is much less commercial than many of the other big winter markets, but still very popular. Scandanavian and Russian influences help to create a really authentic atmosphere.
More Info: www.tivoli.dk
3. Prague - Wenceslas Square
One of Europe's most famous winter markets and rightly so. The medieval backdrop of Prague's city centre gives the market a unique flavour. Make sure you try the local honey wine and some of Prague's lovely sausages.
4. Brussels - Grand Place
An easy one-day drive from the UK, the Brussels Christmas market is popular with Brits. Over 200 stalls line the streets selling all manner of gifts. Of course, once you are finished with the shopping there is the famous Belgian beer and chocolate to sample!
More Info (available in English): http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm?id=4843&agendaid=59
5. Bath - City Centre
Bath provides a beautiful backdrop for its winter market. 150 chalet-style stalls sell everyhting from a gingerbread house kit to wooden neck ties! Of course you will also be able to sample some locally produced warm cider to keep that winter chill away.
More Info: http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/
Latest blog posts in
How to go camping with a baby: useful tips and info
In September 2015 my wife Emma and I took our 8 month-old daughter for her first trip abroad. Our plan was to take a campervan from...
3 Camping Holiday Ideas with a Baby or Toddler
Going on a road trip holiday with a baby or toddler can be stressful without the right planning and especially without the right campsite to stay...
A Guide to the Best Road Trips in Europe
We don’t think there’s much competition when it comes to road tripping. Europe as a continent offers so much choice and every single destination has its...
Adrenalin Activites in the UK
New Zealand is THE country of adventure and Queenstown on the South Island is the adventure capital of the world. That might be true but you...