Christmas in Spain
Firstly, we would like to thank all of our clients for using our services and we wish everyone a very merry Christmas and the best of luck for the new year, 2016.
Here are a few tips from Azahar Properties about the cultural differences that you need to know about Christmas when living in Spain:
Firstly, Christmas cards. They seem to be a bit of a challenge over here as the Spanish just don´t know what to do with them. Instead, try giving your Spanish friends one of the gorgeous, bright red Christmas plants, the Poinsettias.
The ‘Loteria de Navidad’ is ritual, in fact many people have already purchased their tickets in preparation for the live draw due to be screened on the television on the twenty second of December. You can purchase a ticket on-line or from any store, bar or restaurant and join in!
For something completely different, how about celebrating Christmas on the twenty fourth? The ‘Cena de Nochebuena’ or late evening meal on Christmas Eve, is a tradition in Spain that the families do every year. Be warned: if it´s been a late night, you could end up sleeping through and missing Christmas day!
There are plenty of places to visit if you are spending your Christmas in Valencia that are full of festivity, you just have to know where to find them.
The centre of Valencia is normally very well decorated, especially the Plaza Ayuntamiento where you will find a huge, beautifully decorated Christmas tree and Christmas lights everywhere, including the palm trees!
The shopping centres are buzzing at this time of year and are open until late evening. In Aqua Shopping centre and the El Saler Shopping Mall close by, there are even ice rinks open for the braver, more energetic shoppers! There are many Christmas markets and fairs too, so instead of sitting in at home, why not make the most of the Christmas spirit and visit the city centre?