Festivals









The following dates that are Public Holidays in Spain are observed in Menorca as Festivals

  • 1st of January - New Year's Day (Año Nuevo)
  • 5th of January - Epiphany Day (Epifanía)

  • 19th of March - St. Joseph’s Day (Dia de San José)

  • Late March or early April - Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo)

  • Late March or early April - Good Friday (Viernes Santo)

  • 1st of May - Labor Day (Fiesta del Trabajo)

  • 15th of August - Feast of the Assumption (Fiesta de La Asunción)

  • 12th of October - National Day of Spain (Nacional de España)

  • 1st of November - All Saints' Day (Todos los Santos)

  • 6th of December - Constitution Day (Dia de la Constitución)

  • 8th of December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception (La Inmaculada Concepción)

  • 25th of December - Christmas Day (Navidad)

Town Festivals

Aditionally Menorca has festivals that are uniquely their own. In fact, The already hectic social calendar of Menorca is constantly being added with newer festivities. The following list of the local Menorca celebrations will give you a flavour

January
Revelta i Beneides de Sant Antoni Abat

Celebrated on 16 and 17 January. Processo dels Tres Tocs

Held on the 17th of January in Ciutadella, Menorca, this procession celebrates the victory of Alfonso III over the Muslims in 1287.

February

Carnival Parades Observed on the months of February and March, many fancy dress balls mark the end of the Carnival before Lent.

March

Semana Santa (Holy Week) Held on Maundy Thursday, on Good Friday many other processions are held in towns including Mahon in Menorca

April

Festa Sant Francesc Held on April 2nd, a popular feast of St. Francis is celebrated throughout the Island

Festa Sant Jordi Held on April 23rd, this feast day of the patron saint of many towns and villages is celebrated widely.

May

Festa de Maig Not a menorcan festival but this spring flower festival is one of the most colorful fiestas in the entire Balearic islands. It is held in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza.

June

Sant Joan Observed on the 24th of June in Ciutadella, Menorca, horses are a major part of the event, which is King Juan Carlos's name day.

July

Día de Virgen de Carmen Held on July 15th to 16th, and observed all over the Balearic islands, the feast of the patron saint of sailors includes parades and the blessing of fishing boats.

August

Festa de Sant Lorenc Held on the second week of August, in Alaior, Menorca, with riding displays in the streets. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary on 15 August is the celebration throughout Spain.

September

Diada de Catalunya On 11 September this national holiday is observed throughout the islands.

October

Día de la Hispanidad 12 October is a national Spanish holiday, held to commemorate the discovery of the New World by Christopher Colombus in 1492.

November

Birthday of Junipero Serra 24 November, the birthday of this Franciscan monk, is celebrated throughout the region.

December

Nochebuena 24 December Christmas Eve celebrations, including nativity plays and midnight masses are held throughout the islands.

Santos Inocentes 28 December 28th is a Spanish equivalent of April Fool's day.

Town Festivals

Each Menorca town has its own Patron Saint that they pay homage to every year. Each town’s fiesta takes place on or near the day of its Patron Saint. The first fiesta of the year and probably the biggest is held in Ciutadella to celebrate Sant Joan - Saint John. On the average, every fiesta lasts for three days and the townsfolk normally consider this as a holiday with only the bars and restaurants remaining open. To the locals of Menorca, the word ‘fiesta’ automatically brings up images of stunningly groomed horses, as these animals play a chief part in the scheduled major events of the town. The “Pomada” or the local fiesta drink (a concoction of gin and lemon) surely will not be absent in the joyous dining tables of the townsfolk throughout the celebration.

  • Alaior First Fortnight of August
  • Cala’n Porter September 17th / 18th / 19th
  • Ciutadella June 23rd / 24th
  • Es Castell July 24th / 25th / 26th
  • Ferreries August 23rd / 24th
  • Fornells 4th Saturday & Sunday of July

  • Mahón September 7th / 8th / 9th
  • Mercadal 3rd Saturday and Sunday of July
  • Migjorn Gran Last weekend of July & first weekend of August
  • San Luis End of August
  • Sant Climent 3rd Weekend of August

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