The spirit of Budapest and its Christmas markets
Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And Christmas is even more so, thanks to the unique charm of its Christmas markets.
From November onwards, families come together around the small market stalls of the Vörösmarty square market, a real temptation due both to the traditional dishes they serve, including classic warm wine and the inevitable goulash, and the curated selection of articles and gifts created by small, local craftsmen.
The creations that you will be able to admire and purchase in the stalls of the Saint Stephen square market are equally delicate. Leather pieces, crafted figurines and typical, local liqueurs such as unicum and palinka stand out.
A walk by the Christmas light-lit Danube, with its snowy white pavement, is a memory that you will cherish for your whole life despite the intense cold.
However, if you want to get rid of the cold, what better feeling than experimenting the delightful warmth of a steam bath or a hydromassage circuit in Spa Sensations, located at the 5-star hotel in Budapest Iberostar Grand Budapest, which is just two steps away from the main Christmas markets?
From Plaza Mayor to Recoletos, Christmas in Madrid is full of letters and colors
At the Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía hotel in Madrid, located in Gran Vía and two steps away from the Madrid golden mile, is an excellent option to live Christmas in Madrid while enjoying an infinite array of features and special attention.
The most traditional Christmas market in Madrid, open from the end of November, is in Plaza Mayor. Here, you will be able to walk around more than one-hundred stalls with traditional Christmas products while enjoying some delicious roasted chestnuts or some classic barquillos (crispy rolled wafers), which are typical in the capital.
Other options are the artisanal stalls at the central Paseo Recoletos, just two minutes away from Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via. Or the Christmas market located in Jacinto Benavente square, that recreates an authentic medieval market.
Christmas in Lisbon: wooden stalls and ice-skating
With its classic wooden stalls, the Alvalade Christmas market is one of the locals’ favorites. As well as the typical festive objects, this market includes children’s entertainment. Therefore, if you are travelling with kids, here you will be able to pay a visit to Father Christmas’ home!
Puerto Portals Christmas Market: a Christmas market in Mallorca by the sea
Chosen as one of the five best Christmas markets in Europe by the German newspaper Die Welt, at the Puerto Portals Christmas Market you can celebrate Yuletide by the sea, walking among colorful stalls on the most luxurious marina in Mallorca.
Here, you will find decorative items, accessories, hand-painted ceramics, aromatic candles, natural cosmetics, as well as a great gastronomic offer, where you can taste typical dishes from all kinds of countries: German, Japanese, Spanish or Italian, eco-friendly dishes, French boulangeries, Christmas treats from Austria and, of course, Glühwein (‘warm wine’), with waffles and typical Christmas cookies.
Staying at the Iberostar Cristina Playa de Palma hotel, less than 25 minutes away from Puerto Portals by car, you will enjoy the best sea views, as well as very special premium services and the best Majorcan gastronomy.
Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey hotel: a 5-star Christmas market in Tenerife
The 30th November and the 1st December are two very special dates in Santa Cruz de Tenerife: the Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey hosts its traditional Christmas market, with more than 50 exquisitely decorated stalls in which you can purchase typical gifts and Christmas décor.
Christmas in Miami: illuminated yachts and Santa Claus in a tropical forest
Tropical Park is one of the most spectacular theme parks in the United States. But when Christmas arrives, it turns into Santa’s Enchanted Forest, for the fascination of the smallest in the house, offering activities, games, stalls and children’s workshops decorated especially for Christmas.
And if you are planning your holidays in Miami around the 15th December, you cannot miss the Christmas boat show, a great display that has been taking place for more than 40 years. During this show you can see great yachts all decorated from top to bottom with lights and Christmas designs, parading one after the other on the Miami coast. Moreover, during this day you will be able to enjoy some activities within these boats, such as taking a cocktail or having a romantic dinner.
Stay at the historic Miami Beach hotel Iberostar Berkeley, with unforgettable views to South Beach, and relive this golden age of art deco, the style of the stars that lived in Hollywood and Miami.