While most of us at this time of year may be dreaming of a white Christmas, are you secretly daydreaming in the other direction? On an island most famous for its parties that never end atop of a landscape that’ll take your breath away, the laid-back vibe of Ibiza makes for a unique set up when it comes to the jolly season. You certainly won’t be battling the bitter cold or joining a never-ending army outside in the shopping showdowns. Instead, the White Isle in its winter mode is a haven for those wanting all the best parts of Christmas without the hassle that can be all too typical. So just what can you expect from the island come the festive period?
Retaining all of its free-spirited charm, Ibiza isn’t competing with the rest of Europe when it comes to who can do Christmas bigger. Sleepy and shut down, it stays that way as December hits. On the island, tradition stays firm in its focus on family and quality time. The distinctly relaxed atmosphere means you’ll find families and groups taking walks along the beaches and towns, drinking in time with one another and enjoying the towns dressed up in their festive gear. Photo opportunities present themselves in abundance with the shimmering lights that all of the major districts drip in and San Antonio tops them all with its giant, towering Christmas tree that gets erected in the square. Come the evening, the towns come alive with themed market stalls and live music, the ideal backdrop for a lazy night-time wander.
The best part? You won’t need to be swaddled up in layers of clothes and your thickest coat to do so. The sunshine stays all year round and while, towards the end of the year, the uniform may not quite be swimwear and shorts but you’ll be granted the pleasure of bright, breezy daytimes. The cooler night-times allow for perching outside of coffee shops or restaurants and entertaining at home alfresco, whiling the night away. For those who prefer their Christmas with a little more glitz and glamour, the end of the year is an ideal time to snap up one of the many show-stopping villas on offer. More often than not, you can grab a luxurious bargain, with rates slashed for the quieter months make it one to remember and go all in a fancy abode for the occasion. Hire a personal chef and allow for all of the hard work to be taken care of or head out and enjoy the White Isle’s famous gastronomy scene with a Christmas-twist. Many of the local eateries and upscale lounges stay open on the big day, presenting tempting set-menus and – in true Ibiza-style – entertainment and music for the night.
To top things off, the festivities stretch right until the 6th of January with Dia De Los Reyes – or, day of the kings – where themed parades along the streets wrap everything up. It goes without saying, it wouldn’t be Ibiza without a good party. This year Lìo Ibiza stays open across the weekends so you can still catch all of the action and you definitely don’t want to miss DC10 for its world-famous New Year’s Day party. For a Christmas with a difference, get your flight to Ibiza booked now!