We know `Carnival´ big-style in Mallorca ! With the start of Lent looming on Ash Wednesday, Shove Tuesday (this year 28th February) is the culmination of the Carnival festivities on the island.
Known in Mallorca as `Els Darrers Dies´(the Last Days ) in reference to the fact that these are the last days of meat-eaing and celebrating prior to the 40 days of Lent, towns and villages across the island celebrate by putting on one of the biggest fiestas of the year.
Central to the celebration is the Carnival parade (there are in fact two, the children´s parade ´Sa Rueta´ and the grown-up´s parade ´Sa Rua´ ) which involves bands, floats, costumes, masks and lots of dancing. It is a riot of colour and merry-making. The biggest and most exuberant parade of course takes place in Palma.
Taken very seriously by each town council Carnival parade routes are plotted, advertising posters go up, road closures are set up and arrangements made with local schools and organisations. No detail is overlooked to make sure everyone has a good time and there is even a Bank Holiday so there is extra time to party (and recover !).
Don´t think however that Mallorca goes to sleep during Lent. Far from it ! As an antidote to the self-denial of meat (and other pleasures), the City of Palma hosts the Fira del Ram, an enormous annual Funfair which lasts until easter weekend. So, if you are a lover if fairgrounds then Palma is the place to be.
With some 200 attractions of amusement rides, tombolas, bars and traditional stalls, this is big ! The fair is located at Son Fusteret, has parking for over 2,000 cars or the No. 10 bus passes right by from the Palma bus Station.
So if you fancy a party then come and indulge your senses. Visit Mallorca for Carnival!
February is a perfect time to visit. Almost always 10 degrees warmer than most Northern European countries and longer daylight hours. Plus you get to see Mallorca wearing its very best `dress´ the four million almond trees in blossom, a sight to behold.
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