Sant Antoni Sant Bartomeu Fiestas are in full swing and so time to look at what is happening over the next few days – including the all important and always spectacular firework display
Sant Bartomeu Day
- Nicole Torres
Even though this is not the town’s official patron saint’s day, Sant Bartomeu (Saint Bartholomew) is the most fervently celebrated fiestas in the Sant Antoni de Portmany calendar.
According to legend, the people of Sant Antoni held worship at a Holy Cave before the church was built in Sant Antoni. Sometime around the 17th century the Holy Cave came to be known as the Cave of St. Agnes, due to the fact that a carved wooden figure of this saint was found inside the grotto (when it was placed there is unknown, but legend has it that on the day of Saint Bartholomew a sailor who had nearly died, having prayed to the saint that if he lived he would leave the image at the first port he found, arrived in Sant Antoni and gave the image to the priest who took it up to the Holy Cave). After being found, the icon was taken to the Sant Antoni church but it repeatedly and unexpectedly appeared in the Cave, so the baffled people of town decided to leave it there (today it is the church of Santa Agnes de Corona). So since then, Saint Bartholomew is celebrated in honour of Saint Agnes.
- 8-11pm – Funfair ‘Day of the Children’, Avda Dr Fleming, all rides 1€, 10€ for the slingshot
- 7pm – Science workshop for kids, age 10+, Sant Agusti
Limited places, registration is compulsory via email [email protected]
- 10pm – Jarabe de Palo concert, the courtyard of Cervantes school
A bar serving food and drink will be open with proceeds going to APAAC cancer charity.
- 12/Midnight – Firecracker display at the Plaza España
24th Aug—Sant Bartomeu Day
- 8am – Great Mascletá (firecrackers to welcome the Saints day), Plaza España
- 8.30am – Chocolate party, Plaza España
- 10.30am – Children’s party with Piruleto, Plaza España
- 7pm – Traditional Mass and Procession
- 9pm – Ball Pages (Traditional Ibicenco Dancing) from Sa Colla de Can Bonet, the square behind the church (Carrer Amples) with wine and ‘bunuelos’
- 10pm – ‘Furia Flamenco’ from Adrián Pineda, Passeig de Ses Fonts. A Flamenco extravaganza showcasing different styles of dance and Spanish music, from Boleros to Tangos, Rumba and Soleá
- 11pm – Fire jumping, Passeig de Ses Fonts
12Midnight – Fireworks over the San Antonio Bay
- 0.30am – the Party continues with music from local bands Loquillo, Rosendo, Joaquin Sabina and many more.
If you are on the waterfront, you will be able to see the fireworks, but for the best direct view you need to be able to see the lights of the main s’Arenal paseo. If you can see the bungee ride you’ll be fine.
If you find yourself somewhere with no other people at 11.30pm, you are in the wrong place. All of the beaches and the paseos will be busy.
Many of the Bars and Restaurants around the entire Bay offer excellent vantage points to watch the fireworks – they will also be very busy so advance booking a very good idea.
The S’Arenal beachfront chic and chill ambience we love at Tulp, is a great setting and on the night of Sant Bartomeu they are taking bookings for their prime frontline seating areas.
A minimum spend of 100€ will get you comfy couches from which to watch the display, and between a few people that really is no money at all. For bookings
Villa Mercedes are offering their regular and always excellent range of set and a la carte menus and will also be providing live music to add to the fiesta feeling.
One of the great advantages of Villa Mercedes is that their stepped terrace affords plenty of unobstructed viewing positions but we would still advise to book ASAP