We always say that Ibiza is more than beautiful beaches, good food, and a buzzing clubbing scene. It is also an island with rich culture, and if you want to discover a bit more about its history and tradition, make sure not to miss the spectacular fiestas celebrating folklore & the patron saints of the island villages.
Virgen del Carmen – Celebrating the Patron Saint of all fishermen and seafarers. In honor of the Virgen del Carmen, a public holiday is observed every year on July 16th in Ibiza Town, San Antonio, and Formentera. A statue of the Virgin is carried through the streets by the local fishermen and placed in a boat, which then leads a colourful floating procession of vessels adorned with flags and flowers all around the harbour. With music and the sound of ships horns blaring as the island’s sailors, in full uniform, celebrate their Patron Saint’s Day, Nuestra Señora del Carmen is one of Ibiza’ most popular fiestas, enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Fiesta de St Ciriac – The 8th of August Ibiza celebrates the islands patron saint, with an impressive firework show starting at midnight. Go to Marina Botafoch, book a front-row table in a good restaurant or bring your picnic blanket to enjoy the phenomenal setting with the fireworks and Dalt Vila on its backdrop.
San Augusti – On the 28th of August every summer the picturesque village of Sant Augusti celebrate its Patron Saint with a buzzing fiesta featuring tradition, culture, music and sports. If you haven’t visited it yet, we recommend do it as San Augustí is truly a village where seems time has stood still. The celebration stretches out for a week and most of the activities take place in the church square and car park. There are various events such as processions, live music by local bands, performances of folk dancing and, of course, sampling traditional Ibiza gastronomy.