Held in Plaza Mayor – the vast, arcaded square at the heart of the Spanish capital – this year’s Christmas market promises to be extra special as 2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the famous plaza. As far back as the 17th century, a Christmas market was held in the streets o the square, but eventually the stallholders moved into Plaza Mayor and the market is now a major highlight in the calendar. Locals and visitors come here to buy traditional nativity figures and wreaths, marzipan sweets and turrón, the creamy nougat that is cut from giant slabs and a popular festive treat. If the experience whets your appetite, brace yourself for the Sunday flea market El Rastro, a true Madrilenian experience.
* From 24th November to 31st December; esmadrid.com/en
Join in the festive 400thanniversary celebrations of Plaza Mayor in Madrid, the scenic setting for the market