Are not held for the benefits of tourists, so are genuine and much loved by the islanders. Each town has it's own but generally will be ceremonial and visual - often with riders showing off their horsemanship skills. Menorcans love to celebrate their patron Saint and each town will have theirs which is celebrated during one or more fiestas each year.

Most fiestas have a a ceremonial religous start, followed by Jaleo ( parade of horses with riders showing off their skills ), then later in the evening there will often be live music followed with closing fire works displays on the last day at mignight.

Menorca Fiesta Tips

During Fiesta season there is a special "jaleo bus" to take revelers to and from the Fiestas at night. Look out for timetables at bus stops and published in local guides and at tourist offices.

Fiesta dates

Ciutadella 23rd and 24th June Sant Joan
Ferreries 23rd, 24th and 25th August Sant Bartomeu
Es Migjorn Gran 5th weeken in July or 1st weekend in August Sant Cristòfol
Es Mercadal 3rd weekend in July Sant Martí
Alaior 2nd weekend in August Sant Llorenç
Cala'n Porter 3rd weekend in September  
Maó 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th in September Mare de Deú de Gràcia
Sant Climent 3rd weekend in August Sant Climent
Llumeçanes 1st weekend in August Sant Gaietà
Sant Lluís Last weekend in August Sant Lluís
Es Castell 24th, 25th and 26th in July Sant Jaume

Es Castell - Fiesta

Es Castell's fiesta runs over a few days with different entertainments around the main square( Placa S'Esplanada) and the two local harbours ( Calas Fonts, Cala Corb.) On the main square ( from 16:00 onwards ) there are funfair rides, big bouncy castles, trampolines and sidestalls. There will also be various live outdoor classical, jazz and youth concerts and a terrific fireworks display on the last evening in Cala Fonts/Mahon Harbour at midnight. All of this is free of charge. Full details (in english) in local papers and local tourist office (on main square) .

Es Castell Fiesta Photos

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