Mallorca festivals guide 2013
Festival season is just around the corner, and there is certainly no shortage of things to keep you entertained in Mallorca this year. Whatever your passions and interests, be it music, film, arts, food or culture, you will find something you love amongst this jam packed calendar of events that runs till the end of the year. These are just some of the highlights –
Nit de Foc, Palma region – 23 June
Nit de Foc, one of the biggest parties Mallorca has to offer, is a huge celebration which takes place on the eve of Barcelona’s famous Sant Joan fiesta and consists largely of buzzing street parties, fireworks, music performances and bonfires that run into the early hours of the morning. A must see, even if you don’t want to join the party, it is all happening in Palma de Mallorca on the 23rd June, with the best of the celebrations kicking off around 10pm after dark.
Sant Joan Fiesta – 24 June
Sant Joan Fiesta, the Night of San Juan, is a very popular and traditional festival with ancient origins. It celebrates John the Baptist, playing homage to his life and legacy, with exciting events taking place throughout Mallorca. John The Baptist is highly regarded throughout Spain and particularly in Mallorca, as can be seen in the many streets, cafes and buildings named after him.
Wine Fair, Binissalem – 28 & 29 September
One for the wine lovers out there, the Binissalem Wine Fair takes place every year and is always an event to remember. A far cry from the traditional, civilised picture of wine festivals you may have in your head, this harvest festival event is a real celebration. Amongst the highlights are grape crushing competitions, parades and, of course, wine tasting itself.
Muro Pumpkin Fair – 10 November
The annual Muro Pumpkin Fair is, as the title suggests, a festival dedicated to the pumpkin. A popular tradition in Mallora, the fair showcases an array of pumpkins, with fun events for all the family running throughout the day. The main attraction is the pumpkin contest, a competition in which growers battle it out to see who has the largest and heaviest pumpkin, a rare and extraordinary sight.
Christmas Markets – All through December
Experiencing Christmas in Mallorca is a real treat, and the various Christmas fairs, markets and events throughout Palma and the surrounding areas must not be missed. The markets usually take place on the weekends, though this varies.
The Park Natural de Mondragó in Mallorca, Spain, is a great place to enjoy beautiful beaches and scenic nature. This nature park is located in the southern part of Mallorca, and its sandy beaches are a popular destination for locals and for tourists. You will not be able to get away from people completely, but you can get away from the most crowded tourist beaches and surround yourself with clear waters and great views. The cliffs on the coast provide a dramatic view, and there are many migratory birds around thanks to the local wetlands. You can walk along coastal paths or just enjoy one of the white sandy beaches. The nearest resort is Cala d’Or, and the nearest town is Santanyi.
For a truly spectacular night out, Come Fly with Me at the Globo Balear theatre combines the sophisticated sounds of swing’s greats with stunning dance and dazzling acrobatics.
Outstanding interpreters of the songs of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin and Bobby Darren take you back to 1950s New York – with a kick. Breathtaking dancers, jugglers and acrobats match their performances to the music for two hours of non-stop entertainment in superb period costumes and settings.
Greeted at the door and shown to your seats by a waiter, the casino-style mood lets you soak in the stunning display with a drink in your hand. To make your evening even more special, extras include a back-stage tour before the show or VIP seats with sofa-seating, champagne, chocolates and strawberries.
More than a tribute to swing’s finest artists, this is world-class spectacle at its very best.
With affordable car rental available all over the island, a drive to Serra de Tramuntana offers spectacular views of a diverse and unspoiled landscape. Serpentine roads snake their way over the craggy limestone mountains, flanked by low drystone walls and ancient olive trees. With each bend in the road the view changes, with mountain lakes, sandy coves and picturesque little villages all part of the scenery.
Although the drive can sometimes be challenging, with narrow roads and steep switch-backs, travelling away from Majorca’s usual hustle and bustle and paying a visit to Serra de Tramuntana is well worth the effort, offering a truly beautiful landscape that will stay with you long after your trip has ended.