The Fiesta of Sant Antoni is a large two-day celebration held around Mallorca honouring the patron saint of animals and marking the winter solstice. Held on 16th and 17th January, the locals celebrate in typical Catalan style - with huge street bonfires, dancing throughout the night and an abundance of spectacular firework displays. The festival is most popular in the town of Sa Pobla, where the day is a local holiday and where it’s common to see animals being blessed in the churches. A key feature of the festival is the dance of the demons - watch the streets come alive with locals dressed as demons setting off fireworks.
The Fiesta of Sant Antoni is held on 16th and 17th January 2017 in Sa Pobla, Arta and Sant Joan. However, most villages and towns throughout Mallorca celebrate the festival but some do so the following weekend. If you’re heading to Mallorca for the festival, your best bet would be to head to Sa Pobla’s main square where you’re sure to encounter some demons and giant puppet-heads (Mallorcan folk characters) and bars open until the very early hours. The nearest airport to Sa Pobla is Palma de Mallorca airport which is served by Vueling, EasyJet and Ryanair.
A key element of most of the festivals held in Mallorca, including Sant Antoni, are the bonfires. On 16th January, the eve of the local festival, most town and cities on the island will hold a large bonfire in the main square and you’ll witness the amazing sight of the locals dressed up and singing passionately around the fires. The party goes on into the early hours of the next morning with processions, devil-chasing and live music to keep you entertained. Make sure you wear long-sleeved clothes to protect yourself as setting off fireworks in the middle of crowds is part of the local tradition.
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Palma has an amazing array of historical and cultural points of interest so make sure you find some time to see some of the island’s gorgeous sights, including: Castell de Bellver, Basilica de Sant Francesc and the architecturally stunning Palma Cathedral Le Seu. Don’t forget to check out the island’s first class beaches, such as the Playa de S’Amarador.
To find out more information about the festival of Sant Antoni, please look at the official website for Sa Pobla, where you’ll be able to look at the official programme of events, find out more about the history of the demon-chasing and watch videos of last year’s festival.
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