Traditions and holidays

Traditions and holidays

Horses are the main attraction of all public holidays that take place in the summer months in Minorca. Every year, beginning in June and through September, horses and their riders recreate a tradition dating back to the beginning of the 14th century, the former dressed in black and white and the latter adorned with multicoloured ribbons, embroidery and carnations.

The patron saint of the island, Sant Antoni, is celebrated on the 17th of January. On this day in 1287, the troops of the Catalan King Alfonso III the Liberal arrived in Minorca. The feast day commemorates the fact that after almost 400 years of Muslim rule the island became part of the Kingdom of Aragon.