Hail the Snail

Today, April 25th, Mallorca celebrates the Day of Sant Marc (Mark the Evangelist). For some reason, the saint is associated with the eating of snails. Thus, today is the day when true Mallorcans eat snails and many of them join in celebrations of Caragoladas or snail eating banquets. Legend has it that the eating of snails […]

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The Drama of the Passion Play

The celebrations of Lent and Easter in Mallorca have been following the traditions of the Catholic church for centuries. Divendres Sant (Good Friday) is the date for the beginning of the Easter weekend and is marked in many pueblos with a reenactment of the Sant Sopar (Last Supper) and the crucifixion of Jesus on the […]

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Mallorca Classic Car Rallying

The Mallorca Classic Car Rally got underway last night in Puerto Portals for the eleventh year running. A record number of one hundred participants are taking part in this three day race which takes cars and their teams to Andratx, Capdellà, Calvià, Estellencs, Sa Calobra, Puig Major, Pollença, Sóller, Lluc, Sineu and a few others […]

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Alcúdia Calling

One of the finest examples of remnants of a fortified Mediaeval city wall can be found in the old town of Alcúdia. The fortifications were built during the 14th century and modified during the 16th century. The Southern and Western fragments of this bulwark are still largely intact; one can climb up and walk along […]

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The Sant Antoni Pine Tree

One of the most spectacular Sant Antoni traditions here in Mallorca happens in Pollença every year on January 17th when the saint is celebrated. The ritual is called the Pi de Sant Antoni and there are two places where you can watch it and participate. There is a lunchtime event in Port de Pollença and there is […]

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Sant Antoni de Viana

There are a lot of saints in Spain. Sant Antoni, for instance, whose saint’s day is being celebrated on January 17th (today), is invariably referred to as Sant Antoni de Viana, or Sant Antoni Abat or even Sant Antoniet. I can’t give you an explanation for that. I just know that they hold him dear, […]

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