Palma de Mallorca News and Events
Annual Events in Palma de Mallorca
Festes de Sant Sebastia, Patron Saint of Palma (January): This is one of Palma's biggest festivals of the year. Sant Sebastian is the city's patron saint, and a variety of recreational activities are held in his honour.
Weekend before the start of Lent - Carnival! (February): The carnival, also known as Darrers Dies (the last days) recognises the last days before Lent when Christians are allowed to indulge in pleasurable activities, is celebrated 40 days before Easter. It is a mix of games and processions of decorated floats and takes place in Palma and elsewhere on the island.
Nic de Foc (Night of Fire) (June): One of the most popular festivals in Palma de Mallorca, takes place on the eve ofMidsummer. The huge bonfires and fireworks displays, held each year in the Parc de la Mer, mark the beginning of of Mallorca's summer fiestas.
Fiesta des Vermar, Binissalem (September): The wine-growing village of Binissalem holds the Sa Vermar to celebrate the grape harvest. Events include a grape treading contest, a giant paella, mass village dinners in the town square, music performances, a giants parade and the grape fight.
TUI Palma de Mallorca Marathon (October): Don‘t miss out on this annual sporting highlight. Visitors and runners can look forward to an unforgettable sporting occasion with an attractive and colourful supporting programme as well as that special Spanish flair.
The ever popular star of the Mediterranean, Mallorca has a big sunny personality thanks to its ravishing beaches, remote mountains and soulful hill towns.
There are many reasons why Mallorca tops Europe's summer holiday charts, but one ranks above all others: the island's beautiful coast. Beyond the built-up resorts, coves braid the island like a string of pearls – each one a reminder of why the island's beaches have never lost their appeal. Go west for cliff-sculpted drama and sapphire seas, or head north for hikes to pine-flecked bays and breezes that carry kite-surfers, windsurfers and sailors across turquoise waters. Scope out deserted coves in the east, or dive off bone-white beaches in the south. With a room overlooking the bright-blue sea, sundown beach strolls to the backbeat of cicadas and seafood at restaurants open to the stars, you'll soon click into the laid-back groove of coastal living.
Return to Tradition
Mallorca's culture has taken a backseat to its beaches for decades, but the tides are changing. Up and down the island, locals are embracing their roots and revamping the island’s old manor houses, country estates and long-abandoned fincas (farmhouses) into refined rural retreats. Spend silent moments among the olive, carob and almond groves and you'll soon fall for the quiet charm of Mallorca's hinterland. Summer is one long party and village festes (festivals) offer a genuine slice of island life.
Eating out in Palma has never been more exciting, with chefs – inspired as much by their Mallorquin grandmothers as Mediterranean nouvelle cuisine – adding a pinch of creativity and spice to the city's food scene. Inland restaurants play up hale-and hearty dishes, such as suckling pig spit-roast to perfection, paired with locally grown wines. On the coast, bistros keep flavours clean, bright and simple, serving the catch of the day with big sea views.
For Miró it was the pure Mediterranean light. For hikers and cyclists it is the Serra de Tramuntana's formidable limestone spires and bluffs reigning over the island's west coast. For others it is as fleeting as the almond blossom snowing on meadows in spring, or the interior's vineyards in their autumn mantle of gold. Wherever your journey takes you, Mallorca never fails to seduce. Cars conga along the coast in single file for views so enticing, they make resort postcards look like poor imitations. But even in the tourist swarms of mid-August, you can find your own muse – trek to hilltop monasteries, pedal through honey-stone villages, engrave Mallorca's lyrical landscapes to memory.