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'Must Do' Fairs & Festivals in Menorca!
 

Menorcans love a good fair or festival and with good reason! With stunning native horse displays, excellent food and drink and an opportunity to showcase their rich culture, Menorca’s variety of firas and fiestas have something for everyone! Take a look at our insider’s guide to the best fairs and festivals you can experience in Menorca this year.

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Dia de Sant Jordi (St George’s Day)

When: 23rd April

Where: The centre of Ciutadella, Ferreries, Sant Lluis or Es Castell

What to Expect: St George’s Day signifies bravery, with the celebration dating back to the legend of St George slaying a dragon to save a princess. St George is the patron saint of Catalonia and so this festival is celebrated across Catalunya, Barcelona and the Balearic Islands.  In Catalonian culture, St George’s Day is the most romantic day of the year – similar to Valentine’s Day in the UK. Expect to see open markets full of roses and books, as this day offers an opportunity to encourage others to read something new!

This celebration is very popular with Menorcans so make sure you head down to soak up the atmosphere – and don’t forget to buy roses if you are visiting with your significant other!
 

18th Century British Heritage Festival

When: 28th - 29th April

Where: Mahon

What to Expect: For a large proportion of the 18th century, Menorca was actually British as the island was captured during the War of Spanish Succession. The influence the British had on the island can still be seen today and this festival celebrates the rich historical ties between Menorca and Britain.

Head to the capital of the island to take part in this fun festival and enjoy local delicacies galore from the food stalls dotted around. 

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Sant Joan Festival

When: 23rd –  24th  June

Where: Ciutadella

What to Expect: The festival of Sant Joan takes place every year on the shortest night of the year celebrating the arrival of the summer solstice. The celebrations of the festival are of pagan origins and people from all over Menorca visit Cituadella for a huge party.

The medieval origins of the fiesta are celebrated by the display of stunning local horses which are paraded and raced through the streets. The horseman will show off their skills with Jaleos, where horses will stand and jump on their hind legs while the brave in the crowd try to ‘touch the heart’ of the horse – it is believed that this will bring good luck!

Street bars will be set up selling traditional food and pomada (traditional Mahon gin and lemonade) and the locals will dance and celebrate in the streets before a huge firework display.
 

Sant Marti Festival

When: 15th – 22nd July

Where: Es Mercadel

What to Expect: Taking place every July, the popular Sant Marti Festival is an exciting spectacle with live entertainment, food and parades. Celebrating Sant Marti, the first day of the festival is brought to a close with a religious ceremony in the beautiful Church of Sant Marti.

Local riders show off their magnificent horses during the week’s festivities and you can expect to enjoy amazing shows and displays of Jaleos. There will also be a spectacular big-headed giant’s parade, local bands playing traditional folk music and fireworks.

If you are planning to enjoy the festivities as a family it is worth noting that the festivities are split between night and day. The days are extremely family friendly, with areas set up especially for children with bouncy castles and other activities. During the night, the festival becomes a wild street party with dancing, loud live music and flowing alcohol, which might not be as suitable!

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