Manchester (PRWEB) December 5, 2008
People looking for a festive treat this winter may be interested in the Fira de Santa Llucia in Barcelona.
Held from November to December outside Barcelona Cathedral, this Christmas fair offers around 300 stalls to get the gift shopping done, plus musical parades, exhibitions, nativity scenes and a huge log-shaped pinata called caga tio.
Visitors can even buy their own small version of the caga tio to continue the tradition at home, in news which is likely to be of interest to those seeking hotels in Barcelona.
Children give the tio food and a blanket every day from December 8th until Christmas Day, when it is placed in the fireplace and hit with sticks to reveal the treats inside.
Barcelona offers a range of other events this winter, such as the procession of the Three Kings on January 5th, starting at the Moll de la Fusta aboard the Santa Eulalia.
Children can also enjoy a toy fair from December 27th to January 4th, which also includes cooking and karaoke as well as sports and games.
For those who prefer architecture, Barcelona Cathedral itself may offer seasonal charm as well as a long history.
A basilica was built on the site during the Roman Empire in 343 AD and later a Roman cathedral. The building then went through various forms until its famous central spire was completed in 1913, based on a 1403 design by French architect Charles Galters.
For those travelling to Barcelona this Christmas LateRooms.com has over 280 Barcelona hotels(http://www.laterooms.com/en/k15765562_barcelona-hotels.aspx) to choose from. There is a wide range of cheap hotels, boutiques and luxury hotels to pick from which will satisfy all budgets during the festive period.
The Hotel Claris is rated as a 5 star hotel situated in the heart of Barcelona. For the selected dates doubles and twin bedrooms are available from £148 per night. This amazing hotel has received top marks on its guest reviews - making it a very appealing choice of accommodation.
Visitors are staying near the cathedral, for £77 per night a 4 star double room can be booked at the H10 Montcada. Another hotel to note is the Zenti Barcelona which is rated as a 4 star hotel with double rooms available for £65 per night.
Perhaps the best deal to be had is the 4 star rated, Hotel Torre Catalunya, which has slashed its rates by nearly 50%. Double rooms were £155 and are now readily available from £80. Like the Hotel Claris the Torre Catalunya has had 100% feedback with its guests. Double rooms were £155 and now can be found from £80.
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