Spending Christmas in Spain

Spending Christmas in Spain – from sweet treats to second homes

Spending Christmas overseas is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in another country’s festive traditions. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director at leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, explains:

“Many of our buyers delight in decamping to Spain for the festive season, arriving in plenty of time to enjoy local traditions and soak up the joyous atmosphere. Spain has a varied mix of national and regional traditions, meaning there is plenty to discover when you spend the Christmas period here.”

Colourful Three Kings processions dishing out sweets to cheering children, nativity displays (‘Belén’) made up of hundreds of tiny figures, live re-enactments of the nativity (‘Belénes Vivientes’), music descended from medieval times (‘villancico’) and so much more awaits those who spend Christmas in Spain. The festivities carry through until 6th January, which is the main day for exchanging gifts in Spain, providing plenty of time to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Christmas markets lit up by twinkling lights are perfect for wintry strolls, usually minus the near-ceaseless drizzle and freezing temperatures associated with such events in the UK. They are a great place to pick up handmade gifts, decorations, Belén figurines and edible treats while getting into the Christmas spirit. All while snacking on warm chestnuts, as the scent of them roasting fills the air.

For those with a rather larger purchase in mind, Taylor Wimpey España will be offering appointments throughout the festive season at its show homes in the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca. The company recommends booking appointments early, to be sure that they tie in with visitors’ travel plans over the Christmas holidays.

Families looking for an all-in-one Christmas in Spain experience can find everything they need at La Cala Golf Resort. With a hotel, five restaurants, three outstanding 18-hole golf courses, tennis and padel courts, a gym, an outdoor running circuit and a luxurious spa, the resort enables families to have as active or as relaxed a break as they wish.

Holidaymakers looking to view show homes while in Spain for Christmas are spoiled for choice at La Cala. Taylor Wimpey España is offering a range of properties at the resort, including spacious townhouses at Belaria, priced from €585,000 plus VAT. Each of the homes in the private gated community is spread over three storeys, with a generously sized solarium and a private garden. There are also communal gardens for owners to enjoy, as well as a communal pool.

Buyers seeking apartments are well-served by Solana Village at La Cala. The resort is divided into Solana Village East and Solana Village South, named after the orientation of the properties . Home to apartments and penthouses, Solana Village provides a variety of layouts, with properties of two or more bedrooms. Overlooking the Europa Golf Course and providing panoramic views all the way to the sea from some apartments, Solana Village provides easy access to La Cala’s welcoming clubhouse, as well as the hotel and spa. Taylor Wimpey España property buyers enjoy a range of benefits and discounts at La Cala, courtesy of a ‘Privilege Card’ that comes with their new home.

Those who already own a second home in Spain will likely be familiar with the joys of filling the cupboards with Christmas treats. Nutty ‘turrón,’ filled ‘ensaimada’ pastries, sugar-covered ‘polvorones’ and buttery, shortbread-esque ‘mantecados’ biscuits are all festive essentials for those with a sweet tooth. Local wines and cheeses are also a must, along with a leg of serrano ham on a stand, for carving paper-thin slices off whenever the mood takes, or a sobrassada cured sausage in the Balearic Islands. Families with their own kitchen in Spain can also enjoy whipping up a selection of traditional dishes, from suckling pig and sea bass to a fruit-topped king cake to be enjoyed on 5th or 6th January.





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