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EVENT | International Christmas night market – Ibiza Town

Feasting and merriment are upon us as the streets around Calle de la Virgen get set to host this fab, art-infused, multicultural event

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As December hits us and the festive season launches into 4th gear, the time for eating, drinking and yes, shopping is once again upon us all, ladies and gentlemen.

And to assist us with the general merriment, Ibiza council have organised a special, international Christmas night market, centred around picturesque Plaza sa Drassaneta and Calle de la Virgen in Ibiza old town (Dalt Vila). Famous for its LGBT friendly ambience, Calle de la Virgen is stuffed full of quirky little bars, cool restaurants and unique, arty boutiques.

In collaboration with AMAE (Ibiza Society of Visual Arts), itself located in Plaza sa Drassaneta, this international Christmas market aims to give visitors a taste of typical festive fayre from all around Europe, whilst enjoying some local art and culture.

From the 4th – 8th, then the 19th – 31st of December from 8pm-3am, the streets of Dalt Vila will be transformed into not just a market, but an open air art exhibition too. As well as lots of international food and drink and a great atmosphere, expect to find many shops open till late offering some really special Christmas deals. The market will close on new year’s eve with a no doubt flamboyant, colourful and rompingly good party centred around one of our favourite haunts on Calle de la Virgen, Bar 22. Expect Djs, dancing in the streets and naturally, a great atmosphere.

We’ve listed the participating bars and restaurants along with their international theme so you can see at a glance who’s doing what. From German sausages to Austrian orange punch, there’s sure to be something deliciously festive for everyone!

Bars

Bar La Virgen – GalicianQueimada Gallega – a mix of fruits and alcohol that is dramatically set alight in a traditional ritual before drinking.

Bar La Nada – GermanGlühwein, hot wine punch, Schaschlik, Currywurst and Bratwurst served with bread plus Frikadelle, small meatballs with potato salad (Price: €1.50 – 5.50)

Bar Sunrise: Swedish:  Glögg hot wine punch with spices, Pearkakor Christmas cookies and Lussekatter, saffron bread. Children can have their photo taken with Father Christmas who will give each child a small gift.

Bar León – GermanGlühwein“ hot wine punch. Tombola on the 22nd December at 10pm. Free entry into a special Christmas lottery when you spend over €5 with prizes including: a smartphone, a shopping voucher at fashion clothing shop Ibiza45 (to the value of €50), a pair of bluetooth sound boxes and various drinks vouchers.

Mad Bar – BelgianLiege Coffee“ with  waffles (€2.50) and a ‘Latin rhythm party each Friday.

Bar JJ – FrenchTypical French Christmas goodies.

Bar Ohdiosa – IbizanCompanatge cheeses, Sobrasadas, Butifarras, typical confectionary such as Flao, Orelletas, Bunuello, liquors and ordinary table wines, Hierbas Ibicencas. (Price: (€1.50 – 4.00).

Crazy Mozart Café Bar – AustrianOrange Punch, Leberkäse – a popular meat loaf in Germany and Austria served with bread and typical sweets served during the christmas season in Austria. Also a special, non-alcoholic children’s punch served at the very festively named Snowman Bar.  (Price: €1.50 – 2.50).

Restaurants

Il Pavoni – ItalianOpen every day during December, find special Christmas offers on focaccia, pizzas and more.

Restaurant Pomelo – SpanishTapas and finger foods to take away: hot chocolate, soups, empanadillas, croquettes and more (Price: €1.50 – 7.00)

Il Gato e Volpe – Italian and SpanishTasting menu €25, tapas, Paella, pasta, pintxos and drinks.

Sushiya Aoyama – JapaneseTapas for €2 Temaki €5 and hot Sake.

And if you can still actually move after all that festive quaffing, then you’ll find fashion clothing shops like BoomBap, Rituality, Jamel and Ibiza 45 open until late. But to be honest, we were already sold at the mere mention of Glühwein. Mmm, see you there!


WORDS | Jane Charilaou  PHOTO | Spotlight

Medieval festival Ibiza 2014 this weekend!

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It’s that time of year again when Ibiza jumps into the tardis and emerges in medieval times! Beginning at lunchtime on Friday 9th May 2014, this weekend’s annual 3-day medieval festival has to be one of Ibiza Spotlight’s favourite events of the year.

Vibrant Ibiza streets

The streets are alive with the most colourful sights, sounds and smells and the island is veritably buzzing with excitement. The celebration continues all the way through to Sunday night.

Set in the beautiful streets of Dalt Vila (the high part of old Ibiza Town), it’s an explosion of history brought dramatically to life before your very eyes.

Fab for foodies

You’ll discover quite literally hundreds of stalls displaying artisan products from the period: from pools of sausage and oceans of ale to leather headbands and strange looking instruments of medieval torture (eek!)

The traders dress in traditional medieval costumes too which lends a vibrantly authentic ambience to this fabulous festival, originally created to proudly celebrate Ibiza’s World Heritage status.

Entertainment galore

You’ll find the streets stuffed with street performances, from music and art to dance and period dramas. Expect jugglers, jesters, acrobats and clowns, not to mention assorted kings, queens and princesses wandering nonchalantly around the ancient streets. Dressed in all their finery, it’s quite a sight!

Family fun

There will be a whole raft of fun activities for the children too, plus a world of traditional food and drink to sample (mmm!). Think wines, traditional liqueurs, delicious cured meats, cheeses and other delectable tit-bits too numerous to mention.

And, dear reader, it’s gloriously FREE!

For an in-depth look at last year’s festival, check our review.

For an in-depth look at the history of the festival check our detailed write up.

In the meantime, here are some tips for making the most of this year’s medieval festival.

Parking: we recommend the big car park behind the port as the streets are packed and the blue bays only allow 2 hours parking. Don’t get caught out with an expired ticket!

Footwear: it may sound like a silly detail, but this is so important! The streets are steep and cobbled and you will be very, very glad you wore flat, comfortable shoes.

Disabled visitors: the most easily accessible part of the medieval festival is the flat area around Plaza del Parque. Map here.

Pit Stops: If you fancy a nice spot to sit down and watch the world go by, check out La Cava and Hard Rock Café in Vara del Rey. For really gorgeous Italian food, we highly recommend the beautiful and elegant Tentazione.

Finally, if you’re thinking of coming over for a cheeky weekend, check out these hotels nearby.

And one last word. Enjoy!

Images by Cat Milton and James Chapman 

Source : IbizaSpotlight

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