The patron saint of Pollenca, San Antonio, is celebrated on January 17 each year and the day is a big event in many towns and villages across Mallorca. In Puerto Pollenca this starts the evening before, with huge bonfires lit and public barbecues on many streets for the locals.

Bonfire leftovers a day later

On the day itself, all kinds of animals are blessed in front of the Catholic church and a bare pine tree, made slippery with soap, is climbed by the local youth.

Pine tree to be climbed, but not by me

I missed all the fun as I went for a walk with a German group on Thursday, and lunch afterwards took rather long. Yesterday, I went for a stroll along the beach between Colonia San Pere and Can Picafort, much more quiet and less smoky.

Beach between Colonia San Pere and Can Picafort

The weather this week was sunny and warm, now the forecast is for three days of rain before the nice January weather will hopefully return.