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Sep
13
Fri
Grape Harvest Festival at Binissalem (Fira Vermar) Majorca @ Binissalem Grape Fesival
Sep 13 – Sep 27 all-day
Grape Harvest Festival at Binissalem (Fira Vermar) Majorca @ Binissalem Grape Fesival | Binissalem | Balearic Islands | Spain

Binissalem is at the foot of the Tramuntana Mountain, a UNESCO heritage site, and the region gives its name to one of Majorca’s Wine Denomination of Origin. The town was declared a Historical Artistic Monument in 1983.

Since the 15th Century Binissalem’s wine has been recognised as a good wine and since the end of the 19th Century, its wine has grown more popular thanks to its deep color, special scent and good taste. The Wine of this region became an original denomination in 1991 with specific growth, and wine ageing techniques. The region has more than 300 hectares of wine yards. The regional grapes used are Son Moll, Macabeo, Parellada, Manto negro, Callet, tempranillo y Monastrell.

Each September Binissalem town celebrates its most important festival, related to the harvesting of the grapes to make the wine. Over the last 9 days of the celebrations (“Vermada”) the town is a hive of activity with people, dances, singing, eating, drinking, and other events.

The festival starts with the welcoming of the grape harvesters at the Town hall,  surrounded by traditional Majorcan music with bagpipes and flutes. Then on the last Sunday, the harvesters take the unfermented grape juice to be blessed and in the afternoon there is an open-air celebration at the foot of the Church, where everybody is invited to taste this year’s wines.

During the festival a special Binissalem dish is prepared known as ‘Grape Harvesting Noodles’ (Fideus de Vermar), made with lamb and assorted spices, giving it a strong rich flavour.

Here are some of the types of events you’ll be able to enjoy:

  • Class of Wine Tasting of Binissalem Wines has been organised.
  • World Dancing
  • Wine Harvesters Demonstration
  • International Cooking Fair
  • Jose Luis Ferrer’s Rural Race
  • Supper of Harvesting Noodles (Fideus de vermar) with live music
  • Correfoc after the meal
  • Traditional and Handcrafts Market
  • 3rd Harvester’s Championship
  • Inauguration of the 8th Wine Fair
  • Great Wine Closure Party
  • Giants Dancing
  • Free Wine for everybody
  • Popular and Traditional Dancing


Summary
Event
Grape Harvest Festival at Binissalem (Fira Vermar) Majorca
Location
Binissalem,Majorca
Details of the annual Binissalem wine fair (Fira Vermar). Includes photos, location map and list of activities.
Oct
6
Sun
Sweet Fair (Fira Dolca) in Esporles Majorca @ Sweet Fair (Fira Dolca) in Esporles Majorca
Oct 6 all-day
Sweet Fair (Fira Dolca) in Esporles Majorca @ Sweet Fair (Fira Dolca) in Esporles Majorca | Illes Balears | Spain

This year the 7th sweet fair is being organised in Esporles, where you’ll be able to enjoy the best sweets, deserts and chocolates made by both professional and amateur chefs in Majorca.

During the fair, there are also handicraft stalls, popular dancing, a cocktail exhibition and some other activities such street exhibitions. Last year around 10.000 people visited the fair.

If you want to participate in the “cake competition” you must follow these instructions:

  • Only one cake or desert per person, based on traditional Majorcan cooking.
  • You must be an amateur, i.e. you cannot work in a bakery, restaurant, etc.
  • The pieces will be presented on the 2nd of October between 09.00 and 12.00 in the new Municipal Library of Esporles, be aware that the library has air conditioning but not fridge/freezers.
  • From 16.00 till 17.00 a jury will evaluate each piece over 20 points : 0 to 10 for presentation, and 0 to 10 for taste (maximum of 5 for texture and maximum of 5 for smell).
  • There are a total of 3 awards – they are honorific bands which will be presented by the town major at 18.00.


Summary
Event
Sweet Fair (Fira Dolca) in Esporles Majorca
Location
Esporles,Majorca
Details of the annual sweet fair held in Esporles, Majorca. Includes location map and photos.
Oct
11
Fri
Cala Ratjada Llampuga Festival (Golden Mackerel) @ Cala Ratjada Llampuga Festival
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day
Cala Ratjada Llampuga Festival (Golden Mackerel) @ Cala Ratjada Llampuga Festival | Cala Ratjada | Illes Balears | Spain

If you find yourself in Cala Ratjada on the second weekend of October, you will come across a festival dedicated to – a fish!

The fish in question is the Llampuga (pronounced yam-poo-ga) or Golden Mackerel in English, and at this time of year they are being landed at this and other ports on Majorca. The festival happens over three days and nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, each having its own theme.

For instance on Saturday night there may be a giant paella containing the Llampuga, I saw the pan from the previous night, it was so large that it had to be transported on the back of a lorry. On the day I attended, there were a large number of stalls around the show area, each featuring a different dish containing the Llampuga.

Hotels and restaurants around the island come up with a recipe for the fish and offer it at the festival. There is a fee to enter the area, but this gives you a number of vouchers (six when we went), which you present at one of the stalls in exchange for your selected dish – be aware that even the deserts contain the fish!!

There are even vouchers for a couple of drinks too and extra vouchers can be purchased once inside the event. The Llampuga itself has a taste that is a cross between a sardine and a mackerel, with a pleasant texture.

Large tents containing long tables and benches are provided for you to sit, eat and drink once you have selected your dishes. There are two ‘sittings’, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, both are well attended but most of the locals go to the evening sessions.

Entertainment is provided and a good atmosphere is created for this most unusual festival in Cala Ratjada.


Summary
Event
Cala Ratjada Llampuga Festival (Golden Mackerel)
Location
Cala Ratjada,Majorca
Details of the Cala Ratjada Llampuga festival held each year to celebrate the seasonal catch. Includes location map and photos.
Jan
5
Sun
Majorcan Almonds – Winter Flowers
Jan 5 all-day
Majorcan Almonds - Winter Flowers

At the end of January, the almonds flower with beautiful white with pink tone flowers marking that the end of winter is near and spring will soon arrive. These views are a wonder for any photographer who will love spending hours trying to catch all the colours and beauty in the fields.

In Majorca there are around 5,000,000 Almond Trees distributed all over the island. From the Puig de Randa you will enjoy beautiful views of the centre of the island covered in a white carpet of white flowers. If you wait for sunset, you’ll be fascinated with the colours.

At the end of summer the almond nuts must be harvested. This is usually done with traditional methods to avoid damaging the tree. The almonds are collected by hitting the branches with a stick which fall into nets below. It is a hard and tiring job which does not bring many benefits, as the price of almonds has dropped in recent years.
Almond fruits can be enjoyed natural, toasted or in many sweet and ‘saladas’ dishes. It can also be used for perfumes and  hygiene products. Majorcan almonds are sweet and with a high percentage of oil which makes it of a high quality. Many desserts in the island are based on almonds, specially ‘Gatò’ that it is a typical Majorcan cake, as well as ice cream, milk and honey.

In 2010 the first Almond Fair was introduced to become a guide to the many uses of the almond tree. This fair happens the first Sunday of February in Son Servera. At the fair, visitors will enjoy products derived from almonds and the almond wood, as well as art and handcrafted products.

Summary
Event
Majorcan Almonds - Winter Flowers
Location
Son Servera,Majorca
Details of the annual Almond tree blooming in Majorca. Includes best viewing location map and photos.
Jan
18
Sat
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca
Jan 18 – Jan 22 all-day
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca | Palma | Balearic Islands | Spain

After the Christmas holiday season, Palma de Majorca celebrates the patron saint of Palma – San Sebastian – on the 20th of January. The complete program can be checked at Palma de Majorca’s website. Sebastian was a Roman Captain in Majorca who converted to Christianity and was tortured for abandoning the Roman gods. As he survived the torturing, he became a protector of Christianity in Majorca, taking care of the sick and needed. The Romans sentenced him to stoning and then threw his body into the sewers as a lesson.

The celebrations start on the 19th with traditional activities where giants dance and human castles are made before lighting barbecues in the main streets of the city where neighbours and visitors can enjoy Majorca’s meats while preparing for a night of music. At 22:00 concerts in 10 different squares of the city start. Each square plays different styles of music for both young and old to enjoy the celebrations.

On the 20th popular meals are prepared in Bellver’s Castle and in the afternoon traffic is blocked to enjoy cycling activities around the city, as well as children’s activities in different areas of Palma de Majorca.

Then on the coming Saturday there is the grand ending of the celebrations with fireworks and ‘correfocs’, a show called aTIÀr FOC. At 20:00 the devils come out to ‘burn’ the city. During the next 2 hours the devils will run through the streets, followed by the people, dancing with fire and sparkles. Appropriate clothing, including eye protection, is a must. At 22:00 everybody meets in front of the cathedral to enjoy the closure of the celebrations and the fireworks.


Summary
Event
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca
Location
Palma de Majorca,Majorca
Details of the annual San Sebastian festival in Palma de Mallorca. Includes location map and photos.
Jan
19
Sun
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca
Jan 19 – Jan 23 all-day
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca | Palma | Balearic Islands | Spain

After the Christmas holiday season, Palma de Majorca celebrates the patron saint of Palma – San Sebastian – on the 20th of January. The complete program can be checked at Palma de Majorca’s website. Sebastian was a Roman Captain in Majorca who converted to Christianity and was tortured for abandoning the Roman gods. As he survived the torturing, he became a protector of Christianity in Majorca, taking care of the sick and needed. The Romans sentenced him to stoning and then threw his body into the sewers as a lesson.

The celebrations start on the 19th with traditional activities where giants dance and human castles are made before lighting barbecues in the main streets of the city where neighbours and visitors can enjoy Majorca’s meats while preparing for a night of music. At 22:00 concerts in 10 different squares of the city start. Each square plays different styles of music for both young and old to enjoy the celebrations.

On the 20th popular meals are prepared in Bellver’s Castle and in the afternoon traffic is blocked to enjoy cycling activities around the city, as well as children’s activities in different areas of Palma de Majorca.

Then on the coming Saturday there is the grand ending of the celebrations with fireworks and ‘correfocs’, a show called aTIÀr FOC. At 20:00 the devils come out to ‘burn’ the city. During the next 2 hours the devils will run through the streets, followed by the people, dancing with fire and sparkles. Appropriate clothing, including eye protection, is a must. At 22:00 everybody meets in front of the cathedral to enjoy the closure of the celebrations and the fireworks.


Summary
Event
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca
Location
Palma de Majorca,Majorca
Details of the annual San Sebastian festival in Palma de Mallorca. Includes location map and photos.
Jan
20
Mon
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca
Jan 20 – Jan 24 all-day
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca | Palma | Balearic Islands | Spain

After the Christmas holiday season, Palma de Majorca celebrates the patron saint of Palma – San Sebastian – on the 20th of January. The complete program can be checked at Palma de Majorca’s website. Sebastian was a Roman Captain in Majorca who converted to Christianity and was tortured for abandoning the Roman gods. As he survived the torturing, he became a protector of Christianity in Majorca, taking care of the sick and needed. The Romans sentenced him to stoning and then threw his body into the sewers as a lesson.

The celebrations start on the 19th with traditional activities where giants dance and human castles are made before lighting barbecues in the main streets of the city where neighbours and visitors can enjoy Majorca’s meats while preparing for a night of music. At 22:00 concerts in 10 different squares of the city start. Each square plays different styles of music for both young and old to enjoy the celebrations.

On the 20th popular meals are prepared in Bellver’s Castle and in the afternoon traffic is blocked to enjoy cycling activities around the city, as well as children’s activities in different areas of Palma de Majorca.

Then on the coming Saturday there is the grand ending of the celebrations with fireworks and ‘correfocs’, a show called aTIÀr FOC. At 20:00 the devils come out to ‘burn’ the city. During the next 2 hours the devils will run through the streets, followed by the people, dancing with fire and sparkles. Appropriate clothing, including eye protection, is a must. At 22:00 everybody meets in front of the cathedral to enjoy the closure of the celebrations and the fireworks.


Summary
Event
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca
Location
Palma de Majorca,Majorca
Details of the annual San Sebastian festival in Palma de Mallorca. Includes location map and photos.
Jan
21
Tue
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca
Jan 21 – Jan 25 all-day
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca | Palma | Balearic Islands | Spain

After the Christmas holiday season, Palma de Majorca celebrates the patron saint of Palma – San Sebastian – on the 20th of January. The complete program can be checked at Palma de Majorca’s website. Sebastian was a Roman Captain in Majorca who converted to Christianity and was tortured for abandoning the Roman gods. As he survived the torturing, he became a protector of Christianity in Majorca, taking care of the sick and needed. The Romans sentenced him to stoning and then threw his body into the sewers as a lesson.

The celebrations start on the 19th with traditional activities where giants dance and human castles are made before lighting barbecues in the main streets of the city where neighbours and visitors can enjoy Majorca’s meats while preparing for a night of music. At 22:00 concerts in 10 different squares of the city start. Each square plays different styles of music for both young and old to enjoy the celebrations.

On the 20th popular meals are prepared in Bellver’s Castle and in the afternoon traffic is blocked to enjoy cycling activities around the city, as well as children’s activities in different areas of Palma de Majorca.

Then on the coming Saturday there is the grand ending of the celebrations with fireworks and ‘correfocs’, a show called aTIÀr FOC. At 20:00 the devils come out to ‘burn’ the city. During the next 2 hours the devils will run through the streets, followed by the people, dancing with fire and sparkles. Appropriate clothing, including eye protection, is a must. At 22:00 everybody meets in front of the cathedral to enjoy the closure of the celebrations and the fireworks.


Summary
Event
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca
Location
Palma de Majorca,Majorca
Details of the annual San Sebastian festival in Palma de Mallorca. Includes location map and photos.
Jan
22
Wed
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca
Jan 22 – Jan 26 all-day
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca @ Palma de Mallorca | Palma | Balearic Islands | Spain

After the Christmas holiday season, Palma de Majorca celebrates the patron saint of Palma – San Sebastian – on the 20th of January. The complete program can be checked at Palma de Majorca’s website. Sebastian was a Roman Captain in Majorca who converted to Christianity and was tortured for abandoning the Roman gods. As he survived the torturing, he became a protector of Christianity in Majorca, taking care of the sick and needed. The Romans sentenced him to stoning and then threw his body into the sewers as a lesson.

The celebrations start on the 19th with traditional activities where giants dance and human castles are made before lighting barbecues in the main streets of the city where neighbours and visitors can enjoy Majorca’s meats while preparing for a night of music. At 22:00 concerts in 10 different squares of the city start. Each square plays different styles of music for both young and old to enjoy the celebrations.

On the 20th popular meals are prepared in Bellver’s Castle and in the afternoon traffic is blocked to enjoy cycling activities around the city, as well as children’s activities in different areas of Palma de Majorca.

Then on the coming Saturday there is the grand ending of the celebrations with fireworks and ‘correfocs’, a show called aTIÀr FOC. At 20:00 the devils come out to ‘burn’ the city. During the next 2 hours the devils will run through the streets, followed by the people, dancing with fire and sparkles. Appropriate clothing, including eye protection, is a must. At 22:00 everybody meets in front of the cathedral to enjoy the closure of the celebrations and the fireworks.


Summary
Event
San Sebastian Festival in Majorca
Location
Palma de Majorca,Majorca
Details of the annual San Sebastian festival in Palma de Mallorca. Includes location map and photos.
Mar
1
Sun
Day of the Balearic Islands (Día de les Illes Balears)
Mar 1 all-day
Day of the Balearic Islands (Día de les Illes Balears)

The ‘Day of the Balearic Islands’ is held on the 1st of March every year. It is a celebration of the  ‘Balearic Islands Statute of Autonomy’ which came into effect on March 1st, 1983. People around Majorca celebrate this event in various ways. Some include:

  • Medieval markets and celebrations in Majorcan towns.
  • Concerts
  • Communal meals
  • Sports events
  • Public readings of the statute
  • Art and photography exhibitions
Summary
Event
Day of the Balearic Islands (Día de les Illes Balears)
Details of the Day of the Balearic Islands celebrated in Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera each year. Includes activity details and dates.