Postcard from Ibiza: Christmas island…

Music-loving travel blogger and Ibiza insider Cila Warncke delivers Christmassy, yuletide greetings to all you Mr & Mrs Smiths from the balmy Balearic Island she calls home…

Holiday in Ibiza, Plaza del Parque

December in IbizaChristmas is a very special time in Ibiza. Local municipalities have gotten splendidly into the spirit, decking the main streets and town squares with fairy lights and fir trees. The annual Christmas Fair is in full swing on Vara de Rey, in Ibiza Town, with handcrafts, gifts, sweets and mini-fairground rides for the kids. And the famous hippie market at Las Dahlias, in San Carlos just around the corner from Can Curreu restaurant, has gone all Christmassy, too, and is a perfect place to find unique gifts like handmade jewellery and leather goods.

Christmas in Ibiza TownChristmas shopping is a relatively recent invention on the island, though. Historically, winter was a lean time, so Ibicenco tradition focuses on family and faith. Impressive midnight masses are sung in Ibiza’s churches, and the real joy of the season is spending time with friends and family. Imagine the fun of nipping nip off to a super-stylish Ibiza villa with a handpicked selection loved ones to celebrate island style!
Ibiza has fine-tuned the art of having a good time, beginning with a Christmas Eve feast. Local delicacies like jamon Serrano, queso manchego and turron (a fantastically rich Spanish fudge) feature heavily, and local organic vegetables are divine roasted with olive oil and a fistful of wild rosemary. Christmas Day is for relaxing with a stroll on the beach or, if you’re luxuriating at an agro Agro tourismo hotel Atzaro in Ibizatourismo like Atzaró, through the lush, green countryside. Hold on to the pressies, though: in Spain, gifts are exchanged on 6 January – el dia de los tres reyes – Three Kings’ Day – in honour of the three wise men.
This means you could have a traditional English Christmas, and then slip away to Ibiza for a few days to unwind and enjoy a second helping of holiday cheer (and giant presents). Believe me, once you’ve watched a Mediterranean winter sunset while nibbling churros con chocolate (fresh doughnuts and hot chocolate), you won’t want to leave…

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As well as wordsmithing online, in print, in the press and for Smith TV, Lucy Fennings has been a driving force in making the Smith Travel Blog an award-winner. Mr & Mrs Smith's Group Editor cut her travel teeth early; as daughter of a hotel PR, she visited far-flung flophouses from French châteaux to Ethiopian tukuls. After a year in Dubai (working on Emirates Woman magazine and enjoying the kind of dives that require a wetsuit), Lucy went to Glasgow University to study art, literature and whisky. A stint as production editor at Legalease publishing was spent discovering how to be creative with copy about tax, followed quickly by a stint discovering more interesting things across south-east Asia. When Mr & Mrs Smith found her, Lucy was at Harper’s Bazaar, keeping her finger on fashion’s pulse and sharpening her editorial knife on hapless hotel PR copy.

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