BarGelona – Barcelona’s Christmas Ice Rink

Adults and children skating at the BarGelona Christmas Ice Rink on Plaça de Catalunya in Central Barcelona
The BarGelona Christmas Ice Rink on Plaça de Catalunya
Important – This year (2015) the Barcelona ice rink changed venue to Hospitalet. I will be updating this post as soon as possible. Please check back soon!

Now in it’s third year, Barcelona’s Christmas ice rink measures 1400m² making it the largest temporary ice rink in Europe. It’s covered by a giant circus tent (ex Cirque du Soleil)  with a total area of more than 3000m². The name BarGelona is a play on words, “Gel” means ice in Catalan.

Last year the rink was used by an estimated 90,000 skaters. It can get busy in the evenings and at weekends, but if you visit during the day you might be lucky and get the giant rink almost to yourself. These photos were taken at 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon !

Penguina stabilisers lined up on the childrens' section of BarGelona ice rink
Paenguins awaiting novice skaters on the children’s rink

The rink is open from the 22nd of November until the 6th of January from 9am to 9pm weekdays and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays (Except December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st when times vary – more information). Entry including skate and helmet hire is €7 for 30 minutes or €9 per hour. Please note that gloves are mandatory and can be hired for €1.

How To Get There

Plaça de Catalunya is centrally located at the top of Las Ramblas
Metro Lines: Red line (L1) Yellow line (L3)
Commuter Trains: R1, R3 and R4
FGC Trains: L1 and L7
Bus: Approximately 30 regular bus lines have stops on the Plaza
Aerobus: A1 and A2
Bus Turistic: All 3 routes start and end here
Cars: There’s also an underground car park


08002 Barcelona, Spain

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