The summer fiestas run from June to September and are not some contrived tourist event, so are genuine, different and much loved by the islanders and the many visitors to Menorca. The Menorcans love their festivals and especially the chance to show off their stunning native horses. The most eagerly awaited moments are the "Cargols", when riders circle specific points along the route and especially the "Jaleos", where riders bring their horse onto their rear legs.Fiesta Posters
The Summer Fiestas take place on the SAME dates each year
|June||Ciutadella||23rd and 24th June||Sant Joan|
|July||Es Castell||24th, 25th and 26th||Sant Jaume|
|Es Mercadal||3rd weekend||Sant Martí|
|Fornells||Last weekend||Sant Antoni|
|Es Migjorn Gran||5th weekend in July or 1st weekend in August||Sant Cristòfol|
|August||Llumeçanes||1st weekend||Sant Gaietà|
|Alaior||2nd weekend||Sant Llorenç|
|Sant Climent||3rd weekend||Sant Climent|
|Ferreries||23rd, 24th and 25th||Sant Bartomeu|
|Sant Lluís||Last weekend||Sant Lluís|
|Mahon||6th, 7th, 8th and 9th||Mare de Deú de Gràcia|
|Cala'n Porter||3rd weekend|
Each town has it's own flavour and scale but generally all follow the same pattern and will be ceremonial and visual - and always with local traditional riders showing off their horsemanship skills on the famous Menorcan horses with parades and Jaleo's. - "Jaleo"- The young brave hope for good luck by touching the horses heart as the horse 'dances' above them. Note: The riders care too much about their horses for this to be stressing for the horses.
Menorcans love to celebrate and there will be lot's of music and alcohol consumed eg Pomada ( with good humour and behaviour ) as well as events organised by and for residents.
There may well be a fun fair and various live music acts on stage. And often there will be riders 'competitions' or races along the street or road. Street corner dance parties are common, so expect crowds, vibrancy and loud music!
On the last night there is usually a spectacular firework display at midnight ( serious fireworks! )
Oh and it's all free of charge.
No Fiesta is complete without daytime and nightime Jaleos. This is where to excitable music riders will rear up their mounts and walk on horseback through the crowds as the brave try to 'touch the heart' of the horse for good luck. To health and safety worriers this looks a nightmare but if you are comfortable there should be no problems. If you are not good on your feet, or of a nervous disposition best to stay well back and enjoy other parts of the fiesta.
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There are fun fairs and lot's of opportunites to get up close to lots and lots of amazing horses safely.
The dramatic Jaleos can usually all be watched at a safe distance but the usual common sense applies with any large boisterous crowds. Fire crackers will be set off occasionally. The fireworks on final night can be very loud, but superb ( bring ear plugs for children ).
Tip Most Horses and riders rest up in the nearby side streets where children can get close to the horses without the revelry
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Fiestas should be enjoyed for the partying and the last night Fireworks. Evenings visits are much more lively!
Want to visit a Fiesta in the evening, but not be tied to a organised trip?
During Fiesta season there are special "Jaleo Buses" to take revelers from Menorca's towns to and from the Fiestas at night. Buses arrive early evening with returns 1-3 times in the early morning hours allowing you to party! There is usually a ticket hut closeby to the stops - see website ( Jaleo Bus ) for times, prices ( 3-4 Euro 2014 ) and location of stops for your nearest local town ( taxi there from your resort ) - note this info often only appears shortly before the fiesta dates!
Restaurants in the town and village centres stop serving food and set up street bars selling beer and pomada with lot's of party music. To eat visit the stalls that serve traditional fiesta snacks and other fast foods.
Buses services will be different - see bus stops
Note during Ciutadella Fiesta 22-25 June a special timetable and pricing operates for the west coast Download Timetable
Remember you are a guest - this is not a tourist event!