December is means Christmas lights and shopping hauls, but it also means partridge hunting, especially if you head to the heart of Mallorca, namely Montuïri. One of the most local traditions you will find on this island, is the partridge fair held every December. It is an event that gathers hunters, bird lovers and farmers from all over the island and from the mainland. The main event of this fair, is the partridge hunt held on December 4th.
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Program of this year’s partridge fair
The program for the 2017 partridge fair coincides with the Christmas market in Montuïri. Many of the events held throughout the fair, are in Catalan and mainly aimed to please the locals of Montuïri, but there is a joyful atmosphere in the little medieval village on top of the mountain.
Saturday, November 25 at 18:00h
Concert in the Sant Bartomeu church with the Montuïri band and choir.
Sunday, November 26 at 10:00h
Duathlon starting at the Bar & Restaurant Cent 80.
Friday, December 1st
18:30h Wine tasting of local wines from Montuïri at Celler Can Rei.
20:30h Society of Hunters of Montuïri talks about the history of partridge hunting with decoys.
21:00h Poetry reading accompanied by autistic music held in the old flour mill, Moli d’en Nofre.
Saturday, December 2nd
18:30h Inauguration of the Christmas market in Montuïri. Exhibitions and booths will be on the display in Plaça Major. In the ground floor of the town hall you can see some local art works exhibited. You can see some traditional dance and music performances at this ceremony.
There will also be performances of modern dancing.
Sunday, December 4th, day of the main event
All day will be stalls and booths in the centre of the village where you can sample local delicacies, ecological products and traditional foods. You can also see native animals from Mallorca and shop for artisan products.
8:00h – 10:00h Inscription for participation in the partridge hunt.
9:00h Checking and approval of guns and decoys for the partridge hunting contest.
10:00h The official inauguration and start of the hunting contest at Plaça Major.
13:30h Award ceremony where we find and celebrate the winner of the partridge hunt.
Wednesday, December 6
9:00h 10km race for children begins at Bar s’Hostal.
11:00h 10km race for adults begin at Bar s’Hostal.
Thursday, December 7
19:00h Information and lectures about the olive groves in the es Pla region, held in the Sala de Plens.
Friday, December 8
10:30h Basketball match in the Es Revolt hall.
20:30h Presentation of the trinomial nomenclature of the Balearic islands, held in the Sala de Plens.
Saturday, December 9
10:30h Christmas workshop held in the ground floor of the town hall.
Friday, December 15th
17:30h Demonstrations of traditional dances performed by the children of Montuïri.
Mallorca's Top sightseeing attractions
Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.
The Antique Train
The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.
Castell de Bellver
Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.
Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.
Santuari de Lluc
Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.
A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.
Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.
The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.