Carnival time on Mallorca
Dijous gras/Dijous Llardes/Sa Rua is here, a time of sweets and celebration all around Mallorca. Carnival, is for all to enjoy and celebrate, and is known to be a children-friendly celebration.
On Mallorca, this Catholic tradition goes back more than 300 years. Back then, this was a time of losing all norms and behavioral guidelines for the people. The Carnival, allowed for people to drink and eat and indulge in sexual desires. This is how the dressing up tradition was born. People wore masks and costumes to have a new identity during this week of the Carnival.
This is the first celebration of the summertime, and it marks the transition from the dark time to the light time.
The food traditionally eaten in the run-up to Lent is the ensaïmada “de tallades” (covered with sobrassada and candied pumpkin) and the “casserole of the last days”. The burial of the sardine marks the end of the festival and the beginning of Lent. It is traditional on this day to roast sardines. Also, the Catalan Bunyols, are eaten here.
Carnival on Mallorca, is celebrated by dancing and music performances in the streets, cross-dressing of course and traditional Mallorcan fire runs and fireworks.
The carnival parades typically starts around 6-7 o’clock pm (18:00-19:00).
Town and villages that celebrates Carnival on Mallorca:
Algaida: February 18th – 25th
Andratx: February 25
Arta: February 23
Cala Ratjada: February 24
Campanet: February 23
Capdepera: February 25
Palma: February 20th – 24th
Pina: February 26
Porreres: February 23
Sant Joan: Last Saturday of the Carnival
Santa Maria del Cami: February 23rd
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.