Mr & Mrs Smith: Ibiza Christmas

Posted by Cila Warncke

Just posted on the fab Mr & Mrs Smith blog
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Christmas 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 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.

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Mr & Mrs Smith: Ibiza Alfresco Winter Dining

Posted by Cila Warncke

Ibicenco treats

Ibicenco treats


I’ve just started doing monthly Ibiza dispatches for the excellent Mr & Mrs Smith blog. My first is on alfresco winter dining

The holidays are bearing down with freight-train inevitability so naturally, I’ve been thinking about food. My national origins call for turkey-gobbling in November, but here in Ibiza the sun is still shining and the emphasis is on fresh, organic food. Our neighbours have orange trees sporting fruit the size of softballs, a few late figs are ripening and my daily run takes me past fields of flowering potato plants and rows of ruby red peppers.

Among the best places to taste the island’s delicious home-grown vegetables are traditional Ibicenco restaurants like Cami de Balafia…

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Mr & Mrs Smith blog: Ibiza Uncovered – Beyond Clubland

Originally published on the Mr & Mrs Smith travel blog

Ibiza  by night

Ibiza by night


CILA WARNCKE’S TOP 10: HIDDEN IBIZA

Ibiza is easy to love but hard to describe. Not because its charms have been picked clean but because there is simply too much to tell; too many revelations to adequately unfold. Every visit offers new delights: a perfect sunset, an amazing restaurant or an unforgettable vista. Here’s a top-10 list of my favourite things – try them, then go explore and discover your own moments of island magic…

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