A pilgrimage to the Monastery de la Real to venerate Saint Bernard is the main element of this celebration. It’s one of the oldest rituals on Mallorca.
What to expect
References to La Romería de Sant Bernat can be found dating back to 1232. That makes it one of the most ancient fiestas on the island. Every 19th August there is a pilgrimage which starts typically from Plaza de Cort in Palma to the Monastery. This year the starting point is yet to be confirmed.
Onlookers can admire the arrival of the pilgrims dressed in traditional costume in Mallorcan cars and donkey-pulled carts. The music of the Xeremiers accompany them.
The pilgrims arrive at the monastery at around 18.00, and there is a solemn mass at 20.00. After the mass there is the “blessing of the basil”. Visitors are then invited to pick up their own branch of so-called ‘alfabeguera’. The 20th August is the official feast day of Saint Bernard and the monastery is open to visitors who wish to venerate the saint.