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Most traditional festivals (festas) are religious in origin and a few date back to the time of the Christian conquest. Every town and village has its saint’s day, whose eve (revelta) is marked by a verbena, a street party with music, dancing, fireworks and fancy dress. Battles are acted out between devils and heroic women, or Christians and Moors; people prance about on horses, and a good time is had by all.
If you want to find out exactly what is taking place during the time of you trip then you should contact the local tourist office who should be able to provide you with a detailed timetable of what is happening in Palma itself and the surrounding areas.
Read more on this destination in the AA Pocket Guide to Mallorca.
Top Palma events
Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos - Around the 5th of the month, the three kings arrive by boat in Palma to distribute gifts to the city’s children.
Sant Antoni Abat - On the 16th and 17th of January there is a procession of pets and farm animals through Palma.
Sant Sebastia - Bonfires and barbecues take place in Palma’s squares on the 19th January.
Sa Rua - This carnival is held on the final weekend in Palma and elsewhere around the island. It is marked by bonfires, fancy dress and processions of decorated floats.
Semana Santa - Holy Week is a week of solemn Easter preparations that begins on Palm Sunday, when palm and olive branches are blessed at churches across the island before being taken home to adorn the front doors. During Holy Week there are processions every day in Palma; the biggest procession is on Maundy Thursday.
Moros I Cristians - Between the 8th and the 10th mock battles take place between heroes and infidels in Soller (a town to the north of the island), commemorating a 1561 battle in which local women helped to defeat a band of Turkish pirates.
Sant Pere - On the 28th and 29th June there is a procession of fishing boats in Palma in honour of the patron saint of fishermen.
Santa Catalina Thomas - This festival pays homage to the patron saint of Mallorca, in her home town of Valldemossa, 27th to 28th.
Sant Bartomeu - On the 24th August you can enjoy devil dancing in the town on Montuiri at one of Mallorca’s oldest festivals.
Festa de l’Estendard - On new years eve Palma commemorates the anniversary of the Christian conquest with a procession from the town hall to Mass at the cathedral.