Are you ready to get your fiesta on?
Many tourists travel to Spain specifically to hop on the party train.
It’s no wonder, either. Spain has some of the most famous celebrations in the entire world, from Semana Santa in Granada to La Tomatina in Buñol.
However, some of Spain’s best festivities get lost in the shadow of these gigantic affairs.
One of these oft-overlooked holidays is Balearic Day.
This neat little holiday is unique to the Balearic Islands, so it doesn’t get a whole lot of press — but that’s a good thing.
It means you can enjoy the occasion without having to fight through crowds of tourists to get the full experience.
So what’s the story with Balearic Day?
Read on to discover the history of the islands and this special day, as well as fun activities you won’t want to miss.
About the Islands and Balearic Day
The Balearic Islands have a long history of occupation, beginning around 5000 BCE.
They have always been a major port of call, much sought-after because of their superb location in the Mediterranean Sea.
It seems pretty much every early civilization has laid claim to them at one point or another. The Romans, the Phoenicians, and the Carthaginians have all made their mark here.
During the 1700s, control of the islands switched between the British and Spanish. The Spanish ended up gaining permanent control.
It wasn’t until the death of Francisco Franco in 1975 that the Spanish began to implement a system of democracy in the nation. When this happened, the new Spanish Constitution provisioned for states with limited autonomy.
The Islands were finally granted autonomous status, which came into effect on March 1st, 1983. This day came to be celebrated as Balearic Day, or Día de les Illes Balears in Catalan.
The islands have two major languages, Spanish and Catalan. Though Catalan is the official tongue, Spanish is spoken widely throughout the islands.
This archipelago is arguably one of the most beautiful in Spain. Islands include four major and various other minor members:
- Ibiza: Ibiza is generally considered the most popular Island, and it’s for a good reason. It’s a hub of nightlife, with one of the strongest club scenes in the world. Here, you’ll find bars on every street, dotted with exquisite restaurants and high-end shopping.
- Formentera: Formentera is a place of escape. At just 20 kilometers in length, it boasts nearly deserted beaches in the summertime. This is the least developed of the Balearic Islands, and is relatively quiet and relaxed.
- Mallorca: Mallorca is the best of all worlds. Here, you’ll find sprawling gothic churches and monasteries built upon towering sea cliffs. You’ll also find your fair share of excess in Mallorca’s club scene and seaside resorts.
- Menorca: Menorca has stood steadfast in its refusal to accept the economy of tourism. You won’t find many resorts here, as the Isle was made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the early 90s. Instead, you’ll encounter mysterious prehistoric monuments and miles of unspoiled white sand.
How to Enjoy Balearic Day on the Islands
This special day is widely celebrated, but the Balearic Island of Mallorca generally sees the most action.
All government business is conducted from the main city of Palma, and this is where the bulk of the celebration takes places.
However, Balearic Day is celebrated all around the islands — and some pretty cool stuff goes down.
Popular activities include parades and processions down the street, which tourists are welcome to join in on.
There are special sporting events and competitions held each day of the celebration, which typically lasts up to several days.
Photography and art native to and inspired by the islands are on display for all to enjoy, while markets bustle with the buying and selling of native products.
There are public meals eaten together as a community, and the statute of the Balearic Islands’ autonomy is also read publicly.
What to Do in the Islands After Balearic Day
Can’t get enough of the islands? Try out these other activities:
- Visit Cabrera: Cabrera, Balearic Islands is an uninhabited isle which is also a national park. Here you can walk through miles of virgin coastline, exploring native species and taking in the air.
- Castell de Bellver: This 14th century castle is the only circular castle in Spain. It’s worth taking a look at, especially if you’re in Palma.
- Take a Water Tour: There are a number of guided tours you can take throughout the islands based on your interests. These include jetski adventures, boat cruises, and whale watching trips.
The Islands are Waiting for You on Balearic Day
Why not take the adventure of a lifetime this year?
By traveling to the islands, you’ll allow yourself to experience something truly magical. The dynamic culture and smiling people of the Balearic Islands are not to be missed, so what are you waiting for?
Book your trip today.