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Although Christmas is not as commercialized in Spain as it has become in the UK, there are still a great number of Christmas markets to choose from and if you fancy a spot of winter sun while you get your Christmas shopping done, a break in Majorca may be just the ticket. The markets begin at the start of December and by moving around the island you can easily visit most of them. As an added bonus, some are run for charity, so you can also feel you are doing your bit, while buying unique gifts for family and friends – buying abroad is a great way of preventing duplication around the tree on Christmas day.
Get into the Christmas Spirit
The first markets are on December 1st and you can choose between a charity market in Santanyi and a market at the Santa Ponsa Country Club. On Friday the 6th there is a Christmas Market at Calvia Village, with country produce and also handicrafts and handmade items. To make this a bit of an all day event, all the bars will be open, so it should be fun. Escorca’s first market opens on Saturday the 7th, then it is open again on Sundays 8th, 15th and 22nd, as well as Saturday 14th and 21st of December. On Sunday the 15th of December there is a market in Can Pastila – this is also partly charitable, so there are some interesting stalls including Age Concern. And then close to Christmas there is a market in San Servera from the 21st to the 22nd for those very last minute gifts.
How to get there
Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and although popular in the summer with the party crowd it is much quieter in the winter so flights are slightly less frequent but on the other hand it is usually possible to book literally on the day and get some great bargains. First Choice flies to Palma airport and is within easy reach of the whole island, so choosing a hotel is easy because the whole island is available. Because the Christmas markets are scattered across the island and are also often combined with carol concerts or other events, a really Christmassy break is easy to arrange at a bargain price.
Christmas shopping in Spain
The really commercialized shopping of other countries is not the style of Spain and so the markets have unusual, quirky things to buy, with an emphasis on food, drink and local produce. For buying gifts for foodie friends and relatives, the Christmas fairs in Majorca can’t be beat – there is a huge range of really delicious local specialities as well as items only prepared for Christmas. Local markets at this time of year are very friendly affairs and because it is not a shop ’til you drop situation, it is much more relaxed, so for anyone who is tired of struggling through the crowds and also fancies a few blue skies to chase away the winter blues, the Christmas markets of Majorca are a perfect choice as an excuse.
Author bio: Robert Plum is a travel writer and enthusiast from London. When he’s not planning his next adventure, he can probably be found out walking in the Heath.