There are plenty of different festivals that take place throughout the year in Majorca (Mallorca), offering visitors a real taste of the many local traditions and celebrations that the island has to offer.
Revelta i Beneides de Sant Antoni Abat
January 16th and 17th, in Majorca. Includes feasting, dancing, parades, bonfires and dress codes.
Festa de Sant Sebastia
January 20th, in Pollenca, Majorca. It is a procession of dancers, cavallets, mounting wooden horses.
February and March, in Palma and in other parts of Majorca.
This carnival is marked by fancy dresses and bonfires. Processions of decorated floats in Montuiri mark the end of the carnival before Lent.
Semana Santa ( Wikipedia )
A week of solemn Easter in Palma de Mallorca. The preparation begins on Palm Sunday, when the Palm and Olive branches are blessed at churches. During this, there are processions everyday, the biggest processions are on Thursday. On this day a procession leaves the church of La Sang, carrying a crucifix. Then, on the evening of Good Friday, a statue of Christ is let down from the cross in Polenca and then carried down the Calvany steps in silence.
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Festa Sant Francesc
April 2nd, all over Majorca. It is a popular feast of St. Francis celebrated throughout the island.
Festa Sant Jordi ( Wikipedia )
April 23rd, all over Majorca. This is the feast day of the patron saint of many towns and villages. It is also celebrated throughout the cities of Majorca.
Princess Sofia Trophy
in Palma, Majorca. This is a yachting regatta. It is one of the famous festivals in the Balearic Islands.
Eivissa Medieval ( Visit Site )Second Sunday of May in Eivissa, Ibiza. It is marked by concerts and dancing, celebrating the declaration of the Dalt Villa, in 1992, as a World Heritage site.
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Festa de Maig ( Visit Site )
First Sunday of May in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza. One of the most colourful festivals in the Balearic Islands. It is also called Spring Flower Festival.
Festa de Nostra Sanyora de la Victoria
Second Sunday of May in Soller and Port de Soller, Majorca. Mock battles are staged up to mark the raid by the Turkish pirates in the year 1561.
Corpus Christi ( Wikipedia )
Celebrated in Pollenca, Majorca. Includes the 'Dance of the Eagles' and is performed in the main square of the city.
Sant Antoni de Juny
June 13th in Arta, Majorca. It is a feast which also includes the parades of locals dressed up as horses.
Romeria de Sant Marcal
June 30th in Sa Cabeneta, Majorca. It is a popular fair. It is also held in other cities.
Dia de Virgen de Carmen ( Wikipedia )
July 15th to 16th, all over Majorca. Marked by processions of boats in various parts of the Balearic Islands.
Santa Catalina Thomas ( Wikipedia )
July 27th to 28th, in Valldemossa, Majorca. Marked by a procession of carts and bulls along with a feast.
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Copa del Rey
First week of August in Palma, Majorca. Most popular yachting regatta held under the patronage of King Juan Carlos.
August 8th, in Ibiza. Feast in the honour of Spanish recapture of the islands.
Assumption of the Virgin ( Wikipedia )
August 15th. Important festival that is held throughout Spain
August 28th, in Felantix, Majorca. Includes dancing and horse-riding shows.
Processio de la Beata
First Sunday of September, in Santa Margalida, Majorca. Procession of floats and people dressed in folk costume honouring Sant Catalina
Diada de Catalunya ( Wikipedia )
September 11th. National holiday throughout the islands.
Festa des Vermar
Last Sunday of September, in Binissalem, Majorca. Grape-harvest festival includes concerts and floats.
Festa del Melo
Last Sunday of September, in Vilafranca de Bonany, Majorca. Watermelon festival marking the end of the harvest.
Dia de la Hispanidad ( Visit Site )
October 12th. National Spanish holiday
Festa de Virgin
October 21st in Palma, Majorca. Includes large amounts of cakes, general festivities and singing.
Festa dies Butifarro
Third Sunday of October, in Sant Joan, Majorca. Celebrated by eating large amounts of tasty sausages.
November 4th, in Ibiza. The patron saint's day celebrated throughout Ibiza.
Third Thursday of November, in Inca, Majorca. An important agricultural feast.
Birthday of Junipero Serra ( Wikipedia )
November 24th. The birthday of this Franciscan monk is celebrated all over the region.
Noche Buena ( Wikipedia )
December 24th, all over Majorca. Christmas Eve celebrations.
Santos Inocentes ( Wikipedia )
December 28th. A Spanish equivalent of April Fool's day.
Festa de l'Estandard ( Wikipedia )
December 31st, in Palma, Majorca. Procession from the town hall to the Mass at the Cathedral.