If you think that a visit to the Balearic Islands is only worthwhile in summer, then you are wrong. In the winter months, without the tourist crowds, you can discover the true soul of the four islands. A wonderful opportunity for example are the numerous Christmas markets on the islands with their delicious scents and beautiful handicraft. We will give you a short overview:
Palma’s city center
The christmas market In the island capital of Mallorca is a must see. At various locations in the city center of Palma you will find several hundred stalls every year.
At the Plaça Major, the Ramblas and the Via Roma, as well as, of course, at the Plaça d’Espanya, you can enjoy local specialties or buy all sorts of art and handicrafts. This year, the market starts on the 29th of November and closes its doors on the 7th of January. Here you can stroll around every day from 10:00 o’clock until late in the evening. A special feature in Palma is also the annual ceremony, in which the Christmas lights of the city are turned on festively. This year’s event will be held on the 28th of November and will be accompanied by a colorful program of lights and music. The exact program can be found here.
Not far from the capital of the island, in Puerto Portals, there is another Christmas market to marvel at. You will find everything a Christmas fan desires. Lots of booths with gift ideas, craftsmanship and Christmas specialties as well as international dishes for all tastes. If you are looking for entertainment you will find it here as well since there is an ice skating rink right next to the harbor. The market opens here on the 18th of December and can be visited until the 6th of january every day from 12:00 o’clock onwards.
The Fira de Nadal in Mahón
Even in the capital of the island Menorca, there is a very classic Christmas market to marvel at. In Ses Moreres in Mahón there is everything you need in December to get your Christmas spirit. Gifts, decorations and sweets are naturally part of the standard repertoire. A specialty though is that here as well the Christmas lights are solemnly turned on, together with the “Llumets”. These are legendary little elves from the tiny neighboring island of Colon. Traditionally, adults and kids gather together on the first Sunday in December and watch the doings of those little elves. More information can be found on the website of the town hall.
Las Dalias is known throughout the year for Ibiza’s legendary hippie market. What few people know is that during the Christmas season there is also a great Christmas market. The classics such as mulled wine, biscuits, jewelry and music can be admired here as well as clothing, art and everything else that is offered for sale on the hippie market over the course of the year.
Plaza del Parque
Also in Ibiza-city a Christmas-market should not be missing. Every year the stalls are spread out over the Plaza del Parque. In typical relaxed Ibiza atmosphere you can admire all sorts of craftsmanship or plaster local and international delicacies during December. When the time comes you will find more information here.
Sant Francesc Christmas Market
Although Formentera may be the smallest of the Balearic Islands, it hosts one of the most famous Christmas markets here. Almost ten years ago, this market opened its doors for the first time and has grown ever since. Of course, there are plenty of stalls, local specialties, arts, crafts and music. Nevertheless, it is the warm atmosphere that makes this market so unique. If you stay in Formentera during December, this is a must see!
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