Majorcan festivities: Sant Joan
Devils, fire, dance and music. Next Sunday, the 23rd of June, Palma celebrates the solstice with one of the biggest and wildest festivals in Mallorca, Sant Joan. During an almost magical night, the shortest one of the year, citizens welcome summer as every year on this day with popular correfocs and a purifying bath in the sea following a long-standing tradition.
All over Mallorca people celebrate the famous Nit de Sant Joan with drum sounds, masked figures and a bonfire by the sea, the protagonist of the night. It represents renewal and the beginning of a new life cycle. The festival is especially popular in Calvià, Deià, Sant Joan and Palma de Mallorca, where the Pabisa Hotels are located.
The Correfoc sets fire to the Parc de la Mar
Right underneath the capital’s famous cathedral, at the Parc de la Mar, families can enjoy workshops, games and activities for children as well as traditional dances from 18.45h on. Later, around 22:30h you will be able to watch the magical correfocs, a true spectacle you shouldn’t miss! More than 100 demons of several different groups run around with large poles emitting sparks, dance to the beats of drums and follow participants. In addition, there will be two big fire beasts, the dragon of Sant Jordi and the Drac de na Coca.
Around midnight you get to experience the magical ritual. People flock to nearby beaches to celebrate the beginning of summer with a bonfire and take a bath in the moonlight. The beaches near Palma that attract a large number of people every year are those of Cala Major, Can Pere Antoni, Cala Gamba, Ciudad Jardín, Can Pastilla, Playa de Palma, el Molinar and Portitxol.
On the next day, the 24th of June the Sant Joan festivities continue. At the beach of Palma, not far from the Pabisa Hotels, you will find a musical fair with live music while the Pilar y Joan Miró Foundation organises workshops and activities.
If you would like to know more about the Sant Joan festivities or places to celebrate do not hesitate to contact our reception staff, we will gladly provide you with more information.