Palma is much more than a popular summer destination. An exciting programme of events entertains visitors and locals all year around. Naturally the sea plays an influential role in its calendar; likewise its five star marina and Royal Nautical Club. Prestigious regattas – among them, The King’s Cup– and a glamorous Boat Show, never fail to attract an international crowd.
Sporting events on dry land are similarly well attended; from the Legends Cup Tennis Championship, and Palma Marathon, to the epic night hike to Lluc Monastery, Des Güell a Lluc a Peu.
For most of the year, Palma enjoys wonderful weather, making it ideal for countless diverse outdoor activities. Gastronomic fairs seduce with wine-tasting and creative tapas; music festivals put on concerts in captivating venues, from Bellver Castle to intimate jazz bars; while Nit de l’Art is a very special evening dedicated to artistic expression. A Film festival and Open Air Cinema are also set fixtures.
As a result, whatever time of year you choose to visit, you’re sure to find a great atmosphere in this dynamic city. The following is a list of Palma’s best annual events.
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Palma’s annual events not to miss!
Palma’s International Boat Show begins at the end of April and attracts well over 200 exhibitors. There’s a real buzz at Palma’s port as visitors flock to view an impressive collection of yachts and superyachts.
Admire the boats and meet professionals from the nautical industry at the Palma International Boat Show […] 37th Palma International Boat Show
Palma’s Real Club Náutico hosts Palma Vela in early May. The international event puts on regattas for a wide range of yachts, including classic and vintage vessels.
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An alternative outdoor event is Palma’s Beer Festival. The Cathedral provides a picture perfect backdrop for savouring the artisan beers on sale below.
La Nit de Vi is for the wine lovers. It takes place towards the end of May, or beginning of June, in the Centro Cultural de la Misericordia. Dozens of wineries participate in the wine-tasting event, hence the 200 local wines to choose from.
Open Air Cinema season begins in July. Film enthusiasts can watch on the big screen set up at Parc de la Mar. The programme includes old classics, blockbusters, independent, documentary and animation in Spanish, Catalan or English.
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Bellver Castle provides a beautiful venue for the annual summer concerts performed by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra. There are regular shows in July and early August.
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Witness some of the finest sailing yachts racing in the Copa del Rey. The prestigious King’s Cup regatta is organised by Palma’s Real Club Náutico and is one of the most significant sailing competitions in the Mediterranean.
Members of the Spanish royal family are among the cream of the sailing set you may spot attending this prestigious international regatta on Mallorca. […] 39th Copa del Rey
Des Güell a Lluc a Peu is the annual night hike to the Monastery of Lluc from central Palma. The challenging walk is 50km and takes approximately 11 hours to complete.
Lluc a Peu is the most famous walk in Mallorca – in one night, thousands of people walk 50 km from Palma to Lluc monastery, in the Tramuntana mountains. […] Des Güell a Lluc a Peu – the Night of the Pilgrims
Nit de l’Art is a celebration of culture and creativity in Palma. Museums and galleries open their doors to the public until midnight, with many spaces putting on brand new exhibitions.
The annual event ‘Nit de l’Art’ in Palma is when galleries open their doors to art lovers who flood the streets to see new exhibitions. […] Nit de l’Art in Palma
Palma’s Marathon attracts a sporty crowd every year. The attractive route sees thousands of runners pass along the Paseo Marítimo and wind through the old town.
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The tennis championship, the Legends Cup, returns every October. As the name suggests, the players are past legends, either a World Number One, a finalist in a Grand Slam, or a single player from a Davis Cup Winning Team.
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Workshops, master classes and screenings all feature on the programme of Palma’s International Film Festival ‘Evolution’. The event unites a creative community of independent filmmakers to inspires and be inspired.
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The Jazz Voyeur Festival brings international jazz stars to several venues in Palma including Bellver Castle, the Auditorium, the Misericordia and the Teatre Principal. The live music venue, Jazz Voyeur Club, consequently grew out of this annual festival.
The annual Jazz Voyeur Festival in Palma is a chance to get down to the live sounds of Funk and Blues at venues throughout the city. […] Jazz Voyeur Festival
TaPalma is the annual gastronomic event which celebrates traditional and contemporary tapas. Bars and restaurants showcase their creativity, and the best tapas and chef, is chosen by a panel of judges.
The famous Spanish bar snack is celebrated in Palma at this famous tasting competition which sees locals come together to try new culinary flavours. […] TaPalma
Participating in one of Palma’s cultural and sporting events is a great way to get a sense of the city. Many festivals – including Palma’s Beer Festival – are hosted in the uplifting Parc de la Mar area, with La Seu Cathedral providing an iconic backdrop.
The old town is another significant stage; its medieval streets being home to the galleries and restaurants showcasing the island’s abundant creativity. If you sign up to Palma’s Marathon, you’ll get the complete tour! The race passes by Palma’s marina, another important focus of activity. Whether you’re in the business of boats or simply enjoy yacht-gazing, it’s a buzzing place to be during Palma’s Boat Show.
These events are by no means the only ones taking place in Palma. We’ve also compiled an exciting list of traditional fiestas which take place every year.
From parades in honour of Palma’s patron – The Virgin Mary of Health – to bands of fire-cracking demons to celebrate Sant Joan; Palma has done an excellent job of upholding age-old festivities – and creating plenty more contemporary reasons to visit too!