Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Although Majorca’s reputation paints a peaceful scene to relax and sunbathe on one of its endless beaches and crystal-clear coves, Majorca is also home to numerous world-renowned festivals and cultural events. Majorca's summer nights are the ideal setting for art, culture and sporting activities. Tradition and music sweep over Majorca during the summer. Music festivals, concerts in castles or night marches to reach the Lluc Monastery are just some of the highlights for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the island’s culture.
Over the 60 years that the festival has been held, more than 800 musicians have performed in the Claustre de Sant Domingo de Pollença. A cultural standpoint and an unmissable event for lovers of world-class music, this classical concert is hosted in the town of Pollença. First conceived by the famous English violinist Philip Newman in 1962, the festival has since then featured artists such as Ainhoa Arteta, José Mercé and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sa Pobla Jazz Festival
Started in 1995, the jazz festival presents a packed programme of concerts and complementary activities over five days where gastronomy and music come together in the streets of Sa Pobla. Headlined by artists of both international and national repute, the festival seeks to offer a unique experience amongst a plethora of cultural events on the Majorcan island. The town's centre, Plaça Major, is the main stage where musicians such as John Scofield, Pedro Iturralde and Max Sunyer have played to crowds.
Torrent de Pareis Concert
Another annual event on Majorca's cultural summer calendar is the Torrent de Pareis concert. This open-air performance draws on the beauty of the surroundings, located in the northwest of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range. The acoustics of the location help project the melodies of one of the season’s most spectacular concerts. The first recital was organised in 1964 by the Catalan painter Josep Coll Bardolet, and has seen musical genres such as gospel, jazz and classical music capture audiences.
Summer Serenades at Bellver Castle
Majorca’s iconic Bellver Castle has become a stage for music and art, taking advantage of the warm Mediterranean summer nights. The 'Summer Concerts in Bellver' take place in the 14th century Gothic fortification, 112 metres above sea level, and offer the perfect combination: reeling in music and culture whilst soaking up the breathtaking views over Palma.
International Chopin Festival
The historic Valldemossa Charterhouse provides the stage for a festival that honours Polish composer Frédéric Chopin's time on the island. In 1930, Majorcan composer Joan Maria Thomàs created one of the first International Chopin Festivals as a tribute to the legendary musician. Today, Valldemossa sees prestigious pianists and rising stars perform Chopin's greatest works in its halls. These concerts are accompanied by art exhibitions and other activities.
"Del Güell a Lluc a peu" March
The March of Güell to Lluc on foot is another of the island's traditions during the summer season. Held on the first Saturday of August in Majorca, the route starts in Plaça Güell and ends at the Monastery of Lluc, in the centre of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range. The 46 kilometres that separate these two points are covered during the night. The route was started in 1974 when a group of friends made the journey to thank the Virgin Mary for the fact that a little girl had escaped unharmed from an accident.
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