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Mar
9
Tue
Semana Santa Majorca (Holy Week)
Mar 9 – Mar 15 all-day
Semana Santa Majorca (Holy Week)

Semana Santa translates to ‘Holy Week’ in English and is celebrated extensively throughout Spain. It is the last week of Lent before Easter in the Christian calendar and is probably the biggest religious festival in Majorca. The festival celebrates the last week of Jesus’ life before being crucified.

Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) sees the start of the celebrations across the entire of Majorca, as churches perform traditional blessings of palm and olive branches. There are usually firework displays and parades through the streets of many towns at night during this period.

On Maundy Thursday the procession of ‘La Sang’ can be seen through the streets of Palma de Mallorca.

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Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Majorca
Majorca
Details of the Majorca activities regarding the religious festival of Holy Week (Semana Santa), celebrated annually throughout Spain.
Mar
11
Thu
Majorca International Classic Car Rally
Mar 11 – Mar 13 all-day
Majorca International Classic Car Rally

A 600KM road rally featuring various classic cars from around the world. The Majorca International Classic Car Rally started in 2005 and currently hosts around 60 teams. You may have seen the rally featured in the UK Top Gear 2009 series on television (Series 13 Episode 6, UK air date 26th July 2009). The one where Jeremy Clarkson gets locked in the portaloo and throws a tantrum getting out.

Stage locations change annually, but are sure to include the coastal and mountain roads in and around the Tramuntana mountain range (North West of Majorca).

Each year prizes are handed out to the race winners and also the team with the most beautiful car.


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Majorca International Classic Car Rally
Details of the annual Majorca International Classic Car Rally. Includes photos and event information.
Apr
9
Fri
Semana Santa Majorca (Holy Week)
Apr 9 – Apr 15 all-day
Semana Santa Majorca (Holy Week)

Semana Santa translates to ‘Holy Week’ in English and is celebrated extensively throughout Spain. It is the last week of Lent before Easter in the Christian calendar and is probably the biggest religious festival in Majorca. The festival celebrates the last week of Jesus’ life before being crucified.

Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) sees the start of the celebrations across the entire of Majorca, as churches perform traditional blessings of palm and olive branches. There are usually firework displays and parades through the streets of many towns at night during this period.

On Maundy Thursday the procession of ‘La Sang’ can be seen through the streets of Palma de Mallorca.

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Event
Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Majorca
Majorca
Details of the Majorca activities regarding the religious festival of Holy Week (Semana Santa), celebrated annually throughout Spain.
Apr
23
Fri
Angel Sunday Majorca
Apr 23 all-day
Angel Sunday Majorca

The Sunday after Easter is known as “Domingo del Ángel” (Angel Sunday) in Majorca, a day celebrated in the capital, Palma de Mallorca, with a procession, blessings and plenty of traditional food.

This celebrations date back from the early 15th century to 16th century, when it was known as the “Festividad del Santo Custodio de Palma”. In 1982 this celebration reappeared with its present name.

In the early hours of the morning the celebrations start with a procession from the Town hall to the “Castillo de Bellver”. Once at the castle there are musicians, folk dancing, “Gigantes y Cabezudos” that are typical figures of Majorca and traditional customs. Food is served and special games for the children are planed during the day.

It is a family orientated day, free for anyone wanting to participate and have fun enjoying the traditions of Majorca.


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Angel Sunday Majorca
Details of the annual Angel Sunday festival held in Majorca.
Palma Boat Show
Apr 23 – Apr 26 all-day
Palma Boat Show

At the beginning of the summer season the International Nautical Fair comes to Majorca’s Palma Bay. The Palma Boat Show fair has both floating and dry dock based exhibition areas during 9 days.

The floating area exhibits over 300 sailing boats and yachts from 8 to 45 meters in length.

The dry dock exhibitors have 3,500m2 displaying more than 800 boats of 3,5 to 9 meters, equipment and nautical accessories from more than 300 companies and 2,500 trademarks.

This fair unites potential recreational yacht buyers from around the world with the manufacturers and additionally, tourists with an interest in all things nautically related. As well as being open for perusing the displays, the event also facilitates direct purchasing from the manufacturers during the opening hours of 8am to 8pm.


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Boat Show Palma de Mallorca
Location
Palma de Mallorca,Majorca
Details of the Palma Boat Show, held every year in Palma de Mallorca. Includes dates, photos and location map.
May
2
Sun
Pollensa Wine Fair Majorca @ Santo Domingo's Cloister
May 2 – May 3 all-day
Pollensa Wine Fair Majorca @ Santo Domingo's Cloister | Pollença | Illes Balears | Spain

Every year the association “Vi Primitiu” and Pollensa’s Town organise a wine fair in Santo Domingo’s Cloister, Pollensa. At this fair you’ll be able to enjoy wine discussions, exhibitions and tastings. If you enjoy any of the wines, you’ll also get a chance to buy them.

At this fair last year, there were 38 exhibitors from Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca. So it is a great opportunity to taste all the different style of wines from the Balearic Islands.

The Santo Domingo Convent of Pollensa was built in the 17th Century, and the centre cloister is the perfect arena for artistic activities.

The Association “Vi Primitiu” (Primitive Wine) was created in 1999 and every month the members of the association organise wine tasting events, visits to wine cellars and conferences. Since 2004 they co-organise the Wine Fair.

Opening Hours: Day 1 from 10.00 to 20.30 and Day 2 from 10.00 to 14.00

Address: Corner of Sant Domingo with Guillem Cifre de Colonya, opposite the Joan March Gardens in Pollensa


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Event
Pollensa Wine Fair Majorca
Location
Pollensa,Majorca
Details of the annual wine fair held in Pollensa, Majorca. Includes location map, event details and photos.
May
8
Sat
Christians and Moors (Moros y Cristianos) Festival Fight in Soller – Majorca @ Soller
May 8 – May 10 all-day
Christians and Moors (Moros y Cristianos) Festival Fight in Soller - Majorca @ Soller | Sóller | Balearic Islands | Spain

If you find yourself around the Soller area of Majorca on the 10th of May,  a trip to the port will give you the experience of a battle between the Christians and the Moors. Don’t worry though because it is the yearly re-enactment of the time when King Jaime of Spain routed the Moors from Majorca. In fact, there are many such occasions on the island, but the Soller ‘battle’ starts off the ‘season’.

The battles themselves are scripted and turns are taken as regards who ‘wins’ but sometimes it is hard to believe there is a plan to the event at all. It is best to be in the port about four o’clock as the battle ‘kicks off’ around five. It is easy to spot who is who at first as the people depicting the ‘Moors’ cover themselves in dark body paint – the ‘Christians’ are dressed in modest clothes, the women wearing headscarves.

It should be noted that a great deal of drinking takes place on these occasions together with the use of hundreds of explosive devices, a bit like the ‘bangers and ‘rip rap’ type of fireworks we are used to around Guy Fawkes night (who incidentally was Spanish). There are also more heavy duty ‘ordinance’ used in the form of blank shotgun cartridges.

The various fireworks can be detonated anywhere around the festivities and very young children can sometimes be seen setting them off, so be aware of this. It also is traditional for those with body paint on to transfer this on to others completely at random, so again be aware of this and do not be offended if some strange ‘Moor’ puts a couple of black stripes on your face or arms etc. as they are passing – it is all part of the day.

Everyone in the town joins in and there are crescent moon and cross of St. George flags on nearly every balcony and house. The children dress up too and many have either straight or curved toy swords depending on who they are depicting. The trams that run into the port are very full today and if you are catching one (for it is best to park out of town) be prepared for a squeeze!

Both during the ‘battle’ and afterwards a copious amount of alcohol is drunk and it is not unusual to see groups of participants with 5 litre water containers full of wine! There was even a group with a barrel on a small cart on the day we attended.

Go and see this or another ‘battle’ if you can – it is well worth it.


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Christians and Moors (Moros y Cristianos) Festival Fight in Soller - Majorca
Location
Soller,Majorca
Details of the annual, traditional festival depicting the fight between the Christians and Moorsin Soller, Majorca. Includes location map and photos.
May
21
Fri
Medieval Fair in Capdepera Majorca @ Medieval Fair in Capdepera
May 21 – May 23 all-day
Medieval Fair in Capdepera Majorca @ Medieval Fair in Capdepera | Capdepera | Illes Balears | Spain

In 2000, the first medieval market was organised for the 700 year commemoration of the foundation of the Capdepera Castle by King Jaume II in 1300 AD. The market repeats every year on the third weekend of May.

During 3 days the town of Capdepera dresses itself with medieval garments, full of colours, sounds and smells which transport the visitor back in time.

The townhall provides wood shields to the families, who paint their heraldic family name representation on them. Then the shields are hung on the front of the houses or from the windows.

As well as the market, you’ll be able to enjoy medieval art demonstrations, traditional musicians, falconers, etc.

The market sellers get into the spirit of things by dressing up in medieval clothing. All the stalls are handcrafted goods. You’ll find traditional herbalists, woodworkers, ironworkers, magicians, musicians, etc. During the market you’ll also be able to enjoy live medieval music.

The market started in the year 2000 and has gradually grown size. Last year there were over 80 stalls opened from 10am till midnight. The market runs from Orient square, through Major Street, all the way to the top of the castle.

Special activities of this year 2011:

Friday:

at 18.00 – Horses show with the medieval lords

at 21.00 – Fire race with the Devils from the Castle to the Square of Sitjar

at 23.00 – Live Music at the Square of Menjua

Saturday and Sunday:

at 10.00 – “Batucada” from the walls of the castle around

at 11.00 – Horses show with the medieval lords

from 20.30 – Live music, devils and fun round town


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Event
Medieval Fair in Capdepera Majorca
Location
Capdepera,Majorca
Details of the annual medieval fair in Capdepera, Majorca. Includes event dates, activities and location map.
May
23
Sun
May Festival at S’Horta Majorca @ S'Horta
May 23 all-day
May Festival at S'Horta Majorca @ S'Horta | S'Horta | Illes Balears | Spain

Located on the south eastern side of the island (about 15 mins drive from Cala D’or) S’Horta (pronounced ‘SORTA’) has its village festival the last week in May. One of the highlights is the fair, which happens on the Sunday of the festival around 23rd of May.

This small inland village, which normally people just pass through on the way to Cala D’or or Porto Colom, sees its main road closed and the stall holders and exhibitions moving in. There is a stage set up in the square where night time activities of a musical nature take place. Stalls of every description offer their wares and you can also sample the delights of a Majorcan snack such as churos (long star shaped sticks of doughnut type pastry, served in a bag and sprinkled with sugar) or Empanadas Carne (meat pies), as well as the usual hot dogs and hamburgers. There are also many tempting cakes are on offer. The bars are always open for a coffee, beer or soft drink, but you may find that it’s ‘standing room only’.

There are basket stalls, pottery stalls, toy stalls and even stalls selling tools. It is usual for musicians to wander about the fair playing the traditional Majorcan pipes and drums – the pipes look somewhat similar to bagpipes but sound very different.

For the mechanically minded, an exhibition of motor transport is located in amongst the stalls. This year the Seat 600 club displayed their many fine examples of this vehicle. The Seat 600 looks very like the Fiat 600 – the reason is quite simple, they are in fact one and the same Seat coming into possession of the jigs and machinery when Fiat replaced this model. The other notable vehicle display was the Mobilette moped exhibits. These auto cycles may look very familiar as they graced the roads of Britain in the 50’ and 60’s. As with the cars, the majority of these mopeds are still fully roadworthy and will have been driven to the fair. You can see the I.T.V. (the equivalent of our M.O.T.) stickers in the windscreens of the cars as testament to their condition, as well as the amount of ‘elbow grease’ evident on the bodywork.

Take the time also to wander down the side streets where the stalls continue, selling the likes of small versions of Spanish guitars (they really play too!) and antiques, woodcarving or clothes. As with any festival or parade etc., make sure you park well away from the venue and walk in. Don’t hurry and make sure you see everything before deciding on a purchase. Pots stalls prices seem particularly reasonable and you can pick up a great souvenir for a good price and, as long as it does not weigh too much, you should be able to get it back home in your suitcase!

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May Festival at S'Horta Majorca
Location
S'Horta,Majorca
Details of the May festival held in S'Horta, Majorca. Includes map and photos.
Jun
1
Tue
Costa Nord Mediterranean Nights Concert in Valldemossa Majorca
Jun 1 all-day
Costa Nord Mediterranean Nights Concert in Valldemossa Majorca @ Valldemossa | Illes Balears | Spain

Costa Nord is an initiative of the actor Michael Douglas encouraging diversity and artistic creation. Every summer they organise a series of concerts free of charge in this old residence of Valldemossa. The concerts are in the open, under the stars. Before the concerts a meal is served, a delicious menu for 25€ per person. If you want to enjoy it you will need to book a table in advance (971.612.425).

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Event
Costa Nord Mediterranean Nights in Majorca
Location
Valldemossa,Majorca
Details of the annual music concerts held in Valldemossa by the Michael Douglas Costa Nord Foundation.