There is no better way to experience a foreign culture than to celebrate a traditional holiday or festival. By participating in the local events, you engage with residents of the small towns and witness first hand the traditions that have been passed down through the ages. Here is a sampling of the incredibly inspiring and authentic festivals of Mallorca throughout each year:
JANUARY – FEBRUARY – MARCH – APRIL
Three Kings Day
Enjoy the parade through Palma for great family fun.
See what many have said is the most incredible fireworks display in the world in the small town of Sa Pobla.
Witness the Dimonis and their Correfoc as they take to the streets of Palma in awesome costume and “dancing through fire”.
The Magic 8
See this incredulous interaction between architecture and light that takes place only two times per year. Witness the sun’s rays passing through the Rosetta window of the Cathedral as it produces an image of the perfect number 8 on the opposite wall for only a few minutes. This natural event also takes place on November 11 every year.
Costumes and parties throughout the island.
Balearic Islands Day
Traditional dancing and food fairs.
Sant Jordi Day
Participate in the Mallorca version of Valentine’s Day. Men give roses to women and women gift books to the men. Spring comes alive with flower and book kiosks set up throughout Palma.
See Easter in its purest and most religious form as processions move throughout the city commemorating the holiday
Enjoy a traditional “seder” meal with the local Jewish community.
MAY – JUNE – JULY – AUGUST
Moros And Cristianos
Experience the town of Soller’s main festival “Arabs versus Christians” where all the city’s residents adorn costumes and mock fight one another reenacting an event from the 13th century. The Moorish pirates arrive onto the beach with cannons and fireworks and fight their way to the main square where the festival continues with concerts and events.
Wine & Cheese Festival
Wine & Cheese Festival in the mountain cliffside town of Estellencs.
Festival Sant Joan
Run with the dimonis as they send fireworks to scare away the summer solstice demons of the night. It is the one day of the year allowed to light bonfires on the beach and dance the night away and run naked into the ocean. Click here to see a video of the Dimonis experience.
Maritime festival of fisherman in Alcudia
Where you can see a procession of the many boats heading out to the sea.
Choir Concert in the stunning Sa Calobra Canyon by the sea.
Moros And Cristianos in Pollenca
Just as exciting as the similar festival in May in Soller.
Annual star shower witnessed at night from the mountains.
The Dance of the Cavallets
See performers dressed up as demons and horses while Medieval town villagers perform a dance from their history in the town of Felanitx.
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER – NOVEMBER – DECEMBER
European Jewish Culture Month
Films, cooking courses, and many other events throughout Palma celebrating Jewish culture.
Canamunt vs Canavall
Massive 2,000 person water gun fight between the two rival families of Palma dating back to the 15th century.
Nit de Art
All of Palma’s museums are free and open to visit during this magical evening.
Underwear Race in Bunyola
Enjoy a race by the residents of this mountain town as they run in their underwear or the most daring, in their birthday suits.
Head down to Arenal the German center of Mallorca to experience Oktoberfest like you never experienced it before.
Sweet Foods Festival in Esporles
Enjoy local recipes of all the desserts and sweets that Mallorca has to offer.
Fresh Fish Festival in Cala Rajada
Sobrassada Festival in Campos
Try the famous paprika spiced pork dish that Mallorca is famous for.
Enjoy a great Halloween weekend celebrating Mallorca-style.
Festival of Honey in the town of Llubi
Dijous Bo Festival
In the town of Inca you will find a traditional village fiesta that takes place over the course of two days. Many are selling local products among open-air concerts.
Try “mulled wine” at the Swedish Christmas Fair in Plaza Cort in Palma.
Christmas City Lights
See the entire city come to light under Palma’s Christmas decorations and numerous open-air concerts.
Hear the famous song “Cant De La Sibil-la” during the ceremony Misa del Gallo in the impressive Palma Cathedral. This tradition dates back to pagan times of the island and was adopted by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. The only two places on Earth where this special song is performed are in Mallorca and Corsica.