Deep in the middle of winter, after the celebrations of Christmas and the three kings are over, Majorcans from all over the Mediterranean island gather to celebrate the feast of Sant Antoni with bonfires, traditional music and typical food. While fiestas take place across the island, some of the most interesting and deep-rooted traditions are to be discovered and enjoyed in the towns and villages which lie in Mallorca’s attractive and picturesque rural north, which is home to some of the prettiest villas, rural fincas and country houses that the island has to offer.
Sa Pobla: a traditional rural town
St Anthony, the patron saint of farm animals, is one of the most important saints in Mallorca and this festival pays tribute to him - a vital tradition considering most of the islanders worked in agriculture prior to the arrival of tourism, and the surge of interest in owning a house, apartment, finca or flat on the island, in the 20th century. The first, and among the most spectacular, celebrations of Sant Antoni take place in Sa Pobla, famous for its strong agricultural community, which is surrounded by working farms, fincas and country houses with swimming pools. Sa Pobla, which is known as the vegetable basket of Mallorca, is also home to the first international school in the north of the island. My School, which opened its doors in September 2016 in Crestatx, a quiet residential hamlet of family houses, and follows a largely British curriculum.