The “fiestas” (festivals) in Menorca, held during the summer, are prominent events in all the municipalities of the island. Read on for all the details about these festivities, as well as the calendar of celebrations for the year 2023.
These festivals in Menorca are considered the festivities par excellence on the island, not to be missed by residents and visitors alike.
Each festival corresponds to the specific date of the patron saint that each municipality on the island celebrates during the summer. The horses play a leading role in every fiesta. Their origin is religious and dates back to the beginning of the 14th century.
A prominent part of the horse festival is the “jaleo”, in which the “caixers” (traditional Menorcan horseman) enter the main square of the town riding through the crowd and making the horses “dance” to the beat of the popular song known as «jaleo», performed live by the musicians.
If you are thinking of buying a house in Menorca, you should know all the details about the horse festivals on the island and know the specific dates on which they are celebrated in 2023. We give you all the information!
Read on for more details about the horse festivals in Menorca and their specific dates in 2023:
Menorcan Fiestas Calendar 2023
Throughout the summer you can enjoy a wide variety of patron saint festivities in Menorca that begin in June and end at the end of September.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy these amazing festivities if you are planning to visit the island.
To help you plan, here is the calendar of events for the year 2023:
Sant Joan, in Ciutadella (Friday 23 and Saturday 24 June).
Sant Martí, in Es Mercadal (Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July).
Sant Antoni, in Fornells (Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July).
Sant Jaume, in Es Castell (Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 July).
Sant Cristòfol, in Es Migjorn Gran (Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July).
Sant Gaietà, in Llucmaçanes (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August).
Sant LLorenç, in Alaior (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August).
Sant Climent, in Sant Climent (Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August).
Sant Bartomeu, in Ferreries (Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August).
Sant Lluís, in Sant Lluís (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August).
Mare de Déu de Gracia, in Mahón (Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September).
Sant Nicolau, in Es Mercadal and the horse festivals in Cala’n Porter (Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September).
La Festa dels Caixers, in Alaior (Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September). The final festival that closes the season.
A fiesta for all ages
The best part about the island’s traditional fiestas is that they are designed to be enjoyed by all ages, from the oldest to the very young.
If you’re visiting Menorca with your family, it’s lovely to take a stroll through one of the fiesta-hosting towns to admire the horses and enjoy the spectacle of them performing in the town square to the music of the band.
In addition, these popular fiestas also offer events for the little ones, such as parades of giants and fairground attractions.