The traditional horse fiestas in Menorca, “Fiestas de Caballo”

Menorcan Fiesta Calendar 

The traditional horse fiestas in Menorca are by far, the most popular festivals on the island. Ones which neither residents nor visitors should miss.

Each of the festivals 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.

Menorcan Fiesta Calendar 

From June through to September, Menorca hosts its annual fiestas throughout the summer.

If you come on holiday to Menorca, you won’t want to miss them.

June is when the fiestas begin. Please review the following dates so you don’t miss anything:

• Sant Joan, in Ciutadella (23rd and 24th June).

• Sant Martí, in Es Mercadal (16th and 17th July).

• Sant Jaume, in Es Castell (24th and 25th July).

• Sant Antoni, in Fornells (23rd and 24th July).

• Sant Cristòfol, in Es Migjorn Gran (30th and 31stJuly).

• Sant Gaietà, in Llucmaçanes (6th and 7thAugust). A fiesta in a small village on the outskirts of Mahon.

• Sant LLorenç, in Alaior (13th and 14thAugust).

• Sant Climent, in Sant Climent (20th and 21stAugust).

• Sant Bartomeu, in Ferreries (23rd and 24th August).

• Sant Lluís, in Sant Lluís (27th and 28th August).

• Mare de Déu de Gracia, in Mahón (7th and 8th September).

• Sant Nicolau, in Es Mercadal (10th and 11thSeptember). These are the final celebrations of the summer in Menorca, where riders and their horses ascend Monte Toro to celebrate the “Jaleo.”

A fiesta for everyone

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 rearing in the town square to the music of the band.

In addition, these popular fiestas also offer events for the little ones, such as the parades of giants and fairground attractions.

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