LateRooms.com - Head to Palma for the Festa de l'Estendard

November 24, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Holidaymakers seeking a new year celebration with a difference may like to visit Palma for the Festa de l'Estendard.
 
Celebrated on December 31st each year, this festival commemorates the Christian conquest of the Majorcan capital in 1229.
 
The troops of King James I entered the city after a lengthy siege and brought an end to Muslim rule, with the island then becoming incorporated into Europe's Christian kingdoms.
 
As it dates back to the 13th century, the Festa de l'Estendard is one of the oldest secular holidays on the continent.
 
The celebrations traditionally include a festive street procession, followed by a special thanksgiving mass at Palma's famous La Seu Cathedral.
 
A speech is given at the city hall and floral offerings are placed at the statue of James I in the Plaza de Espana.
 
Holidaymakers who visit the city at this time of year will also have an opportunity to enjoy traditional Mallorquin costume, music and dancing.
 
LateRooms.com recommends a wide range of hotels in Palma that could appeal to festive travellers, including the Hotel Roc Leo.
 
This three-star property is located close to Ca'n Pastilla Beach and within easy reach of Palma's airport and most popular nightspots.

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