THE biggest party Palma has ever seen returns on January 19 to celebrate the city’s patron saint Sebastian.
Celebrations start with a parade of Drac Na Coca, the legendary dragon, along with giants and creatures dancing around town to traditional bagpipe sounds from 6pm.
The iconic bonfire than many jump across will be lit at 8pm in placa Major.
Live music- the ‘revetlla’- kicks off at 9pm across the city in placa Major, placa de Cort, placa del Rei Joan Carles I, placa de la Porta de Santa Catalina, placa de la Reina, placa d’Espanya, placa de I’Olivar and Carrer Jacint Verdaguer.
In total, 34 different singers and bands will perform around town for the capital’s annual celebrations.
The following day, Saint Sebastian’s actual feast day, hosts many activities including football and handball matches for the sporty celebrators.
The day after, January 21, sees the annual Correfoc fiesta where demons and fire conquer the city- live music kicks-off the event on Carrer Juame III at 5:30pm.
The bridge of La Riera turns into the gates of hell, with fire demons dancing and parading around Palma all night. Last year almost 500 people joined in the fiery events.
Sant Sebastian Tips:
Don’t like big crowds? Book a table at a local restaurant to ensure a calmer evening.
Head in early to get a good spot for watching live music.
Know where you want to go- which squares or events do you want to see?
Be wary of pickpockets- don’t be an easy target, only take out what you need and keep it close.
Stay hydrated and stay safe- EMT has set up a special night bus for all the celebrations.
Don’t bring your own fireworks at they are strictly forbidden, and long sleeves and trousers are recommended for attending Correfoc.