Sun, sand and sea are the top priorities for Brits when heading to the sunny Balearic island of Majorca. The beautiful beaches, bustling resorts and lively nightlife may be the most famous elements of Majorca from a tourist’s’ perspective, but the island has a packed cultural calendar of events and festivals to make the most of on a visit, whatever the time of year.
The Festes de Sant Sebastia (the Patron Saint of Palma) is a fun event to take part in and takes place on January 20th. If you’ve managed to bag a bargain Majorca holiday to escape the cold climate in the UK in January, with a company likeBookable Holidays, then this festival is bound to warm you up with its colourful processions, fireworks displays, street parties and concerts.
For most Catholic countries around the world, February means one thing and one thing only – Carnival! The Majorca Carnival is a big event in Palma (as well as across the island) – the last festivities before the onset of Lent. It all begins on ‘Fat Thursday’ – a time of indulgence – and runs until the beginning of Lent, with fun floats, packed parades and colourful costumes.
Majorca is its busiest in summer when thousands of sun-seekers descend on the island for their yearly dose of vitamin D. As well as the Balearic island’s positively throbbing resorts – a hub of great nightlife – Mallorca Rocks is a major music festival that kicks off the summer party season in Majorca. This year Californian sister act Haim will be headlining the festival, after a year of phenomenal success around the world. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Jake Bugg, Biffy Clyro and Ed Sheeran, the girls will also rock the crowds at sister festival Ibiza Rocks. The second week will see breakthrough indie-pop quartet The 1975 perform, after a string of sold-out shows in the UK.
Nit de Foc (‘Night of Fire’) is one of Majorca’s longest-standing festivals and in 2014 takes place on the 23rd of June. The name kind of gives it away, the event features fireworks and bonfires lit by dressed-up devils (who run through the streets with firecrackers!). Its exact origins are unknown although it is believed to be descended from a pagan festival in honour of the solstice.
One of the island’s quirkier festivals, the Fiesta of Black Pudding (or Torrada d’es Borifarro) celebrates all things, well you’ve guessed it, black pudding! Held in Saint Joan every October, Butifarrones, slices of pork and sobrassada are roasted on BBQs to delight of residents and sausage-loving visitors.
Let’s not forget the Christmas markets! Majorca may not be one of the favoured Christmas shopping destinations, but it’s a great destination if you want to tie in a winter sun holiday with a bit of Christmas shopping! The bigger markets are located in Palma.