Dia de la Virgen del Carmen is a major Spanish festival celebrated in July across the Balearic Islands. Majorca hotels offer visitors a wide selection of places to join in the traditional celebrations during their holiday trip.
The Dia de la Virgen festival honours the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, the patroness and protector of all seamen. The festivities consist of parades, the blessing of fishing boats and a culminating procession of fishermen carrying a statue of the Virgin through the village to be brought onto their boats. The celebration is often accompanied by fireworks.
Palma is one of the major port areas where the festival is celebrated. It is the commercial centre of Majorca and home to almost half of the island’s inhabitants. It offers a good range of Majorca hotels from value-for-money to five-star accommodation catering to various traveller types and tastes.
In addition to the festival along the Bay of Palma, tourists can enjoy its booming cultural scene and vibrant nightlife with an array of trendy bars and restaurants. This city has no beach of its own but travellers can easily escape to neighbouring beach resorts such as C’an Pastilla using Palma’s efficient public transport system.
Porto Colom is a small coastal resort town in Majorca good for those seeking a quiet, low-key holiday affair. As a traditional fishing village, its main feature is the natural harbour where small boats still reside. Visitors can join the local fishing community here in celebrating the Dia de la Virgen del Carmen festival.
Hotels in Porto Colom range from three and four-starred hotels to self-catered apartments. Most offer beautiful seafront views from cliff-top settings. The harbour’s promenade also has great views of the bay and fine restaurants. The area near the Cala Marsal beach is a trendy part of town worth exploring with its own bars and restaurants.
Dia de la Virgen del Carmen is an important celebration for Cala Ratjada as a former small fishing port. But currently it is a thriving resort region with over 40 hotels and reportedly 12,000 beds to choose from. German and French tourists are the most popular frequent travellers to the resort.
The diverse beaches near Cala Ratjada give tourists a variety of places to enjoy the Dia de la Virgen del Carmen festival parades, parties and other local festivities.
Cala Ratjada has some of the best seaside luxury hotels in Majorca such as the five-star Serrano Palace Hotel. This extravagant family-friendly resort is located directly on Cata Ratjada’s main beach Son Moll. Its promenade runs from the port to the centre of the village with plenty of sights, attractions, shops, and restaurants along the way.
Cala Ratjada’s pristine sandy coves and dramatic jagged coastline beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag status by the European Union for their cleanliness and clear water quality.