Autumn in Majorca

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Sobrassada

Sobrassada

Majorca is one of our most popular destinations. Hundreds of thousands head there every summer but it is also a year-round destination. The next time large numbers of us head there will be at half-term and then again for a Christmas or new year break. But there is plenty going on in the autumn. Here are a few of the events that will be happeningthis Autumn.

Palma looks forward to hosting the first of the renamed Palma de Mallorca Marathon (formerly known as the Tui Marathon) offering a 10k, a half marathon and a full length marathon on 18 September. The race starts by the sea in the Passeig Marítim, opposite the cathedral and offers one of Europe’s most attractive routes.

On the 19th of Sptember, Palma celebrates La Nit de L’Art, Mallorca’s premier art event with around 15,000 visitors descending on the city to explore and discover some of the most exciting exhibitions, performances, video-installations and urban installations in a mix of traditional art venues such as cafes, private apartments, studios, balconies and facades of historic buildings.

On the last Sunday of September, in Binissalem, they celebrate, Festa des Vermar which is the annual celebration of the grape harvest. There will, as you would expect from any festival in Majorca, processions with floats and music but the highlight might be the grape fight which is held at midday. If you wish to dye your clothes a creamy purplish hue, this is the event for you!.

The Festival Música Mallorca starts on the 10th October until the 7th November offering a series of classical music concerts every Saturday at the Theatre Principal in Palma. Events include the Gala de Opera – Viva L’Opera starting on 10 October featuring the Augsburger Philharmoniker, Chamber concert ‘El sonido de alma’  featuring the works of Vincenco Bellini, Franz Schubert and Frederic  Chopin on 17 October and ‘Magic Violins’ on 31 October where classic music meets pop, featuring the Orchester Rondo Vienna.

Festival Comic Nostrum is Spain’s premier festival dedicated to the art of comics.. Taking place from 6 to 11 October, comic lovers can enjoy special exhibitions, events, debates and discussions. This year, the festival draws on the influence of the circus looking at an art form which is directed both at children and adults alike. Activity will be focused in and around the Bover Circus tent.

October 12th is the national Spanish holiday but it isn’t really about Spain it is a celebration for the discovery by Christopher Columbus of the New World. Although celebrated throughout Spain, Mallorca celebrates with parades, fireworks, eating, dancing right across the island.

Festa de Virgin which is celebrated on October 21st includes festivities and singing. Did I mention that there would be music and singing as well?

Festa dies Butifarro is held on the third Sunday in October is the Festa dies Butifarro which is held in Sant Joan This festival is dominated by the quantity of sausages consumed.

Dilous Bo is celebrated on the third Thursday of November, in Inca, Majorca. For farmers this is an important feast and it is Majorca’s largest fair. Imagine one of our county shows and it something like that. One of the main reasons for going is to sample sobrassada, a raw, cured sausage made from ground pork, paprika, salt and other spices. The sausage is made from porc negre (black pork), which is raised on Majorca’s meadows and woods to make which seems to give the sobrassada a sweetness.

November 24th. The birthday of a Franciscan monk, Junipero Serra, is celebrated all over the in Majorca his birthplace. He left and founded missions in California and, on a trip there, Pope Francis will confirm him as a saint – Majorca’s first -on September 25th  so the celebrations could be long this year.

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