Christmas holidays are approaching, dates that are traditionally spent as a family. However, many of the students staying in our student apartments live too far away to travel those days and what a famous television ad says "come home for Christmas" is not always possible.
But not returning home with the family on those dates does not mean that you have to stay locked up and sad in your student flat. Barcelona is a step away from wonderful European cities, and it is easy to find cheap flights to get to know them taking advantage of these holidays.
Where to travel at Christmas? Here are some suggestions ...
Rome, the Eternal City, is even more beautiful at Christmas. Start your Christmas route through the City of the Seven Hills we recommend you admire the Christmas illumination of the Via deiCondotti and the Via del Corso. If your thing is shopping, do not miss the Christmas markets of Piazza Navona where you will find figurines of nativity scenes, handmade toys, Christmas decorative objects, typical sweets ...
Rome is especially visited at Christmas by nativity scenes -presepi-. Enjoy the exhibition of the 100 nativity scenes, different every year, in the Piazza del Popolo or visit the "presepedeinetturbini" -belén de los sweepers-, a tradition of more than 40 years and is located in the office of the AMA, the cleaning company of Rome, in Via deiCavalleggeri. Of course you can not miss the impressive nativity scene of Piazza San Pietro, in the Vatican.
Finish the year enjoying the end of the year concert at Circus Massimo. It is also free and has many famous singers. Of course, you will have to be several hours before to take place.
Another city that yes or yes you must visit before finishing your studies in Europe is undoubtedly Paris. At Christmas time its lighting is a spectacle that you cannot miss: Campos Elisios, the Vendôme square and the Montmartre neighborhood.
If yours are Christmas markets, visit Les Halles or Notre-Dame, passing through the Village of Noël (the Christmas Village) of La Défense or Le Champs de Mars, a mixture of sobriety and originality.
Another Christmas option without leaving the peninsula: Lisbon. If you want to live Lisbon Christmas the first stop has to be the Plaza del Comercio your beautiful Christmas tree. It is so high that many years has become the highest in Europe. It lights every year at the beginning of December with a great fireworks show.
Also the Commerce Square is the epicenter of the Lisbon New Year's Eve, where a clock will count down and the thousands of people gathered there receive the new year celebrating with champagne.
Enjoy Lisbon restaurants that also have a very good quality / price ratio. If you have a place in your suitcase, don't forget to keep the Bolo Rei, a very sweet Christmas from Lisbon, similar to our roscón de reyes to taste it with your roommates when you return from vacation.