Festivals on Menorca

The horse takes centre stage

In summer the patron saints’ fiestas follow on from one another in all the villages of Menorca, and horses usually have the starring role. The celebration of Sant Joan de Ciutadella, on 23rd June, inaugurates a string of fiestas that go on until the end of September. These fiestas go back hundreds of years and follow a strict protocol that has come down to our times: the riders or caixers, dressed in black and white, ride through the streets of the villages, and after mass in honour of the patron saint the traditional jaleo takes place. In the jaleo the riders demonstrate their abilities by making the horses jump to the beat of the music played by a local band. Lively fiestas with no lack of other, parallel activities, such as concerts and exhibitions or activities for children. Below is a calendar to ensure you need not miss a single one.

Es Mercadal:
Sant Martí, third weekend in July. www.aj-esmercadal.org

Fornells: Sant Antoni, fourth weekend in July. www.aj-esmercadal.org

Es Migjorn Gran: S
ant Cristòfol, fourth weekend in July. www.ajmigjorngran.org

Es Castell: Sant Jaime, 24th and 25th July. www.aj-escastell.org

Llucmaçanés: Sant Gaietà, first weekend in August. www.ajmao.org

Alaior: Sant Llorenç, second weekend in August. www.alaior.org

Sant Climent:
Sant Climent, third weekend in August. www.ajmao.org

Ferreries: Sant Bartomeu, last week in August. www.ajferreries.org

Sant Lluís: Sant Lluís, last weekend in August. www.ajsantlluis.org

Maó: Verge de Gràcia, second week in September. www.ajmao.org

Es Mercadal:
Sant Nicolau, second weekend in September. www.aj-esmercadal.org

Cala en Porter: third weekend in September. www.alaior.org

PATRIMONI A LES ILLES BALEARS Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears (ATB), Conselleria de Turisme i Esports Illes Balears Institut d'Estudis Balearics Illes Balears