The Verge del Carme, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, is the patron of fishermen and the Spanish Navy. She is venerated with a special procession and evening mass in coastal villages including Port de Pollença, Port de Sóller, Cala Bona, Porto Cristo and Portocolom.
What to expect
According to legend, around the the time of the Crusades, on 16th July in 1251, the Virgin Mary appeared to Simon Stock on Mount Carmel. She gave him the robes that would become a feature of the Carmelite order, which he would later found. He referred to the Virgin as ‘Stella Maris’, or Sea Star. This eventually led to her being adopted by seafaring folk as their patron.
Each coastal town has their own action-packed programme to celebrate the fiesta. There’s always a procession, by land and sea, carrying the Virgin. Traditional song, dancing, food and child-friendly activities are all common characteristics of this special event held annually on 16th July.