Palma enjoys a week of festivities featuring a giant parade, traditional dancing, folk music, acrobatics and fire displays at the San Sebastian Festival.
- When? TBC January 2018
- Where? Placa Major, Palma
- Price: Most events are free, although you'll need money for food and drinks.
Celebrating Palma's patron saint, the San Sebastian Festival is the most popular event in the city and lasts around a week. There's a packed programme full of concerts, exhibitions and activities while in the evenings bonfires and barbecues are held in the streets and squares where sobrassada and botifarrons (sausages) are roasted.
San Sebastian festivities kick-off on the first day at around 7 p.m., with a parade of giant papier mache figures depicting legendary figures from the past. Later there's a parade which starts in Placa Cort and eventually makes its way to Placa Major, where there will be traditional dancing and local folk music, acrobatics and the lighting of the main bonfire. Palma's squares, Placa Joan Carlos, Placa Cort, San Francesc, Sa Llonja and Placa de l'Olivar play host to live music performances and not to miss is the thrilling Correfoc or "fire parade" which takes place on January 20th. Complete with firework wielding performers in elaborate costumes, it winds its way through the streets in an impressive show of sparks and daring.
- Get there: You'll be able to walk to the festivities if you're staying in central Palma, otherwise hop in a taxi or on a bus.
- Stay: Find a hotel between Placa Major and the beach so you have easy access to both.
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