Why put up with the annual April showers when you can jet off to Majorca? Within a couple of hours you could be driving away from a sun-soaked airport in your Palma rental car and be on your way to enjoy any of these spring events:
What: Walking Tour of Palma’s Historic Sights
When: 1st – 27th April
There are two options on this tour of Palma. One will take you on a simple stroll around some of the city’s historic highlights including the Jewish Quarter, the Convent of the Capuchin Nuns and the Santa Eulalia Church and will cost you around 12€.
But, by spending a little more and paying around 25€, your tour will be extended to include admission to these venues.
What: Fira del Ram Funfair
When: 1st – 15th April: 5pm-11pm or 2am on Fridays.
Roll up! Roll up! This huge funfair visits Palma every spring and has more than 70 rides suitable for all ages. Among the rollercoasters, tea-cups and ferris wheel, you’ll find more than a hundred stalls offering a selection of games where you can test your skills to win prizes, or sample some local foods including everything from savoury dishes to sickly-sweet treats This makes it a great place for the whole family to spend a fun-filled evening.
What: Inca Market
When: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th April: 8am-1pm
If you’re more of a haggler than a thrill-seeker then you’ll love this large market in the town of Inca. Hundreds of stalls set up every Thursday to sell handcrafted goods including lace, carved wooden furniture and ornaments and an almost overwhelming selection of the region’s speciality; leather. You can pick up some great bargains or simply watch local craftsmen at work. Either way, this pretty town just a 30 minute drive from Palma is well worth a visit.
What: Santa Maria del Cami Market
Where: Santa Maria del Cami
When: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th April: 8am – 2pm
While the market in Inca specialises in leather and handicrafts, this market in Santa Maria del Cami which is just 20 minutes’ drive away from Palma is a paradise for food-lovers. Here, you’ll find row upon row of stalls selling delicious, fresh, local produce which makes it a great place to stop and pick up supplies for a picnic or even do your weekly shop if you’re staying in self-catering accommodation. Aside from foods, you’ll also find clothing, footwear and souvenirs.
What: Festival of Sant Francesc
When: 6th & 7th April
This traditional festival takes places annually and sees the streets of Muro filled with craft and food sellers, classic cars, street performers and live music late into the evening. Be sure not to miss the time honoured event of ‘grabbing the rabbit’ which involves locals building a sort of human ladder in order to climb a long greasy pole and snatch a rabbit from the top. Mad, but brilliant! The evenings draw to a close with a big, colourful fireworks display.
What: Pollença Wine Fair
When: 20th & 21st April
Wine growers from each of the Canary Islands gather here in Pollença every April, a small port town in the north of Majorca to show off, and of course sell their produce. The event runs for two days and Pollença itself is well worth a couple of days visit so why not book overnight accommodation and enjoy some time on this part of the island?
What: Majorca 312 Cycle Race
Where: Port d’Alcudia
When: 27th April: 12am
This event is perfect for cycling enthusiasts. All are welcome to compete or spectate as rider’s race along this 312km route, the longest cycling competition in Spain. If you want to participate, you’ll find all the information you need regarding registration here. Applications and fees must be paid by 27th April.
If you’ve already made plans for a European spring, where are you going? Let us know about any other events and we’ll make sure they get reviewed and added to our guide.