The ‘Fira de Reis de la Gran Vía’ receives its name from the fact that it takes place along various sections of the well-known Gran Via. Also known simply as ‘Fira de Reis’, it usually starts at around the same time at which the other Christmas fair, the ‘Fira de Santa Llúcia’, finishes, and these two festivals have equal share of the limelight around this important time of year.
Discovering the ‘Feria de la Gran Vía’
Celebrated for the first time in 1877, the 18 stalls that made up this initial fair only sold toys and sweets, and it was in fact one of the only places in Barcelona where you could get hold of children’s toys, apart from in the specialist toy shops. Now of course this situation has changed enormously, but it’s still the perfect place in which children can complete their Christmas present list, and where you might find some of the gifts that have already sold out in the shopping centres.
From the 200 or so stalls that now make up the fair, there are still many that specialise in the sale of toys and sweets, but over the past few years these have started to give way to the many craft and gift stalls. So it’s now possible to find clothes, a wide variety of accessories, jewellery of varying quality and price, and original decorative items.
Two of the most popular days for the locals to visit the fair are the ‘St. Stephen’s Day (26th December), as it’s a public holiday and the rest of the shops are usually closed, and during the evening of Reis (from 5th to 6th January), before or after the procession. As it’s the last night that the fair is open, it stays open very late into the night.
One of the most characteristic elements of the Feria de Reyes is the ‘Churrerías’, the stalls selling ‘churros’ (sweet fried doughnut-like pastries), that can be found on various corners along the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes. The wonderful smell that can be found near them is true temptation for the young and old alike, and it’s almost impossible to resist one of their products, and of course especially their typical ‘churros’ with hot chocolate, perfect for warming you up.
Open: from 20th December 2018 to 6th January 2019.
Every day: from 11:00 to 22:00.
5th January: from 11:00 to 03:00.
Various sections of the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Barcelona.
The information can be found above.
Free of charge.
How to get there?
Metro: Urgell and Rocafort, both on Line 1.
Buses: lines 14, 50, 54, 58, 59, 66 and H12.
By foot: you can get to the Fira de Reis from Plaça Catalunya and the surrounding area, by taking a short walk, or doing the same from Plaça Espanya, from which you’ll arrive at the other end of the Feria.