Palma is a vibrant city, rich in history, culture and a sense of community. The whole city embraces each fiesta – of which there are many – and the streets are often full of music and dancing. Local Mallorcan traditions have been kept well and truly alive; bands of drummers, fire-cracker wielding demons and giants make a common appearance.
Platforms for concerts are a regular feature along the atmospheric Paseo Borne, which is the hub of so many of the city’s festivities. In addition to the local fiestas, there are dozens of important gastronomic and international sporting events; as well as a diverse programme of music, theatre, opera and ballet.
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
Palma’s local festivals you’ll want to experience
Excited children and adults flock to see a very special royal procession on the 5th of January. The Three Kings arrive at Palma’s Moll Vell Port in the evening on a classic yacht loaded (supposedly!) with everybody’s Christmas presents. Bathasar, Melchior and Gaspar wave regally from their thrones, while their assistants in the creative convoy toss sweets into the crowds.
The Three Kings is celebrated on the eve of the Epiphany, January 5th, throughout the villages of Mallorca where gifts are distributed to excited children.
[…] The arrival of The Three Kings
Palma’s Christmas lights don’t get put away in a hurry since Sant Sebastià – the patron of Palma – is around the corner. On the 17th January Palma celebrates Sant Antoni, patron of animals, and they receive a blessing at churches including Sant Miquel and La Seu Cathedral. The party continues with dancing demons, street barbecues and fire crackers.
The night after the villages of Mallorca are lit with bonfires and burning effigies of demons, the animals are paraded into the town square to be blessed.
[…] The blessing of animals
Sant Sebastià follows with another exciting celebration on the evening of the 19th January. A dramatic demon led pyrotechnic display is accompanied by the beat of drummers in Paseo Borne and Jaime III. The festivity lasts all week long with a programme of family-friendly activities.
Palma honours the city’s patron saint, Sant Sebastià with music and dancing in a series of events leading up to January 20th.
[…] Sant Sebastià festival
Carnival – known as Sa Rua – is enthusiastically embraced in Palma. The little ones have their own parade – Sa Rueta – in the morning. In the evening, the rest of the city wakes up to join in the colourful procession and enjoy the concerts in the street.
The tradition of Carnival is celebrated on Mallorca as Sa Rua, a day of family-fun parades that take place all over the island. […] Carnival on Mallorca
The 1st of March marks the Day of the Balearic Islands. Artisan market stalls selling the best of Mallorca line up below Es Baluard, while food trucks attract a hungry crowd around Sa Feixina Park. Horse shows, folk dancing and drummers celebrate the island’s special day.
Mallorcans take great pride in their heritage and culture. The Day of the Balearic Islands in March celebrates the island’s Statute of Autonomy, since 1983. […] Day of the Balearic Islands
Easter is a wonderful spectacle in Mallorca’s old town. There are processions on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The procession of ‘Crist de la Sang’ on Holy Thursday is the most widely viewed. Solemn music plays as the brotherhoods from Palma’s numerous churches walk a penitentiary route.
The celebrations continue the following Sunday after Easter at the forests of Bellver Castle. Angel Sunday is when bread was once distributed among the poor, and is now a day for family-friendly activities and an alfresco lunch.
During Easter, La Fira del Ram installs itself on the outskirts of Palma with fairground favourites including a Ferris wheel, thriller rides and tombolas.
Fira del Ram is a modern amusement park that opens every spring in Palma. Expect a ferris wheel, rides, games, stalls, raffles, refreshments, and fun! […] ‘Fira del Ram’ in Palma
Corpus Christi takes place in early June and while a religious ceremony, it’s also a celebration of Spring. There are carpets of flowers to be admired and a decorative procession begins and returns to the Cathedral.
The traditional Corpus Christi is held at Palma Cathedral and is a spectacle not to be missed, particularly the carpet of flowers at the entrance. […] Corpus Christi in Palma
San Juan‘s Night of Fire – La Nit de Foc – takes place on 23rd June. Against the impressive backdrop of Palma’s Cathedral, a combination of drummers, demons and fireworks set onlookers’ hearts racing. On Palma’s beaches, people set up their own bonfires, and the partying goes on well into the early hours.
Find out why people on Mallorca traditionally head to their local beach on this night in June – and why you may want to join in the fire-fuelled fun. […] Sant Joan celebrations on Mallorca
The Virgin Mary of Health – Mare de Déu de la Salut – is Palma’s patron and is celebrated on the 8th September with a mass at the church of Sant Miquel. On the eve of the fiesta, there are processions, floral offerings and street entertainment.
The annual Mare de Déu de la Salut fiesta in Palma is not to be missed. There’s plenty of entertainment as well as a solemn mass in honour of Virgin Mary. […] Mare de Déu de la Salut
The Christmas spirits comes alive with the switching on of Palma’s beautiful Christmas lights. Paseo del Borne is the place to be to witness it. On Christmas Eve, there’s a special midnight mass where the medieval Song of the Sibyl is performed.
Palma’s most beautiful avenue El Born was filled up with crowds on 28th November ready to watch the Christmas lights switch-on. […] Christmas Lights in Palma
The sibyls sung the prophecy of the Last Judgement, and since the middle ages the tradition continues with a midnight mass and beautiful gregorian chanting. […] Cant de la Sibil·la
The Festa de L’Estandard takes place on the 31st December at Plaza Cort. It commemorates King Jaume I’s troops’ arrival in Palma. A ceremonial march, poetry reading and a solemn mass honours the occasion.
Since the 13th century, Mallorca has celebrated the Moors rule ending on the island with a festival, including a ceremonial procession and mass in Palma. […] Festa de l’Estandard
On New Year’s Eve the Paseo del Borne fills up for one last fiesta, with locals marking the occasion by eating 12 grapes, one for each stroke of midnight.
On Mallorca, New Year´s Eve is celebrated with family festivities and the traditional countdown to midnight is preceded with the consumption of 12 grapes. […] New Year’s Eve in Mallorca