From 25th February to 27th March the Balearic Government is planning a multitude of activities based on leisure, culture and local gastronomy on each of the islands. The Premis Ramon Llull and the Medalles d’Or of the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands will be presented today

The official Balearic holiday is celebrated every 1 March and commemorates the date on which the Statute of Autonomy came into force in 1983, which also coincides with the date of its last reform in 2007. This year with a special celebration: it commemorates its 40th anniversary by programming 267 activities in which each of the islands are the protagonists.

The celebrations were attended by thousands of people on their first day, although they have had to be postponed due to the passage through Mallorca of storm Juliette.
Dia de les Illes Balears is a celebration of the unique cultural and social heritage of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, which stand out from all the cultures of the Mediterranean and the world.

Awarding of the Medalles d’Or and the Premis Ramon Llull

Among the most popular activities is the traditional market of island artisans in the area of Antoni Maura, Passeig Sagrera and Drassanes, which was revived last year after the pandemic. The institutional ceremony for the awarding of the Medalles d’Or and the Premis Ramon Llull, which take place on 28th February in Palma’s Lonja, also take centre stage. Medalles d’Or recognize work in defence of the institutions and general interests of the autonomous community, with a special echo outside the islands. Premis Ramon Llull distinguish those who have stood out on the islands for their services in the cultural, sporting, legal, business, civic, humanitarian, research, education and linguistic fields.

Medallas Oro 2023 Dia Illes Balears

Medalles d’Or 2023. Dia de les Illes Balears. Photo: Govern de les Illes Balears.

Agustí Villaronga, Medalla d’Or 2023

The writers Antònia Vicens and Gabriel Janer Manila, as well as the film director Agustí Villaronga posthumously, are the recipients of the 2023  Medalles d’Or de les Illes Balears. The Premis Ramon Llull will be awarded to Marià Castelló, Marià Torres, Trinitàries de Santa Eulària, Club Vidalba, Llorenç Capellà, Moviment ‘Feminisme a l’escola’, Quely, Joana Mascaró, Salut Deudero, Mavi García, Asociación de Amigos del Pueblo Saharaui, 3Salut Mental, Tamib, Joan F. López Casasnovas and the group of public servants of the Estatut d’Autonomia.

Programme of the Dia de les Illes Balears

Govern balear celebrates this day in style with a wide variety of activities in a journey through the culture, leisure, music, art, sports, gastronomy, heritage and folklore of each island. Although the Dia de les Illes Balears is on the 1st of March, which is when most of the activities take place, the Government is presenting a wide-ranging programme that runs until the 27th of March.

One of the most popular activities is the traditional Balearic Islands Day Market. As every year, it will be held in Passeig de Sagrera, Avinguda d’Antoni Maura and Plaça de la Drassana. The Fira del Producte de Qualitat DO will be held in the Parc de la Mar. Likewise, the area of sa Feixina will be consolidated as a gastronomic area with the Fira de les Cases Regionals and the Mostra de Cuina de les Illes Balears.

The cultural part will be very important in this edition, and the central event will be the Diada concert in Palma’s Born. Tomeu Penya and Avalanx will be taking part. As well as the concert by the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, in the Consolat de Mar.


Programme from 25 February to 27 March

This year, 2023, the Dia de les Illes Balears focuses on the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, through a photographic exhibition extolling the beauty of this natural environment. The programme also includes free visits for residents to Mallorca Cathedral, the Museu del Palau March and the Museu Històric Militar de Sant Carles or dramatised routes in the Palau del Consell. As well as the traditional open day at the Parliament of the Balearic Islands, with guided tours and free entry.

For its part, the Balearic products are also present through gastronomic walks around Palma, rice tastings and a tasting of wines from the four islands.

Sport is not to be missed. From chess tournaments, agility exhibitions, jumping competitions to yoga and meditation, holistic therapies and workshops and activities related to wellbeing and health. Nor the commitment to sustainability and the environment. The ATP Tennis Mallorca Championships challenges you to fill a container with tennis and paddle balls that aims to raise awareness about protecting the Planet. In addition, your participation will be rewarded.


Programa Consolat Dia Illes Balears

Open days at the Consolat de Mar. Dia de les Illes Balears.

Family activities and tradition

This year’s programme does not forget the youngest members of the family, who can spend fun days with fun, artistic and educational activities that highlight the history, traditions and colours of the Balearic Islands.

If you love folklore, you can enjoy horse shows in Menorca, dancing by the Colla de Sant Rafel and representatives of the Federació de Colles de Ball i Cultura Popular d’Eivissa. Through the workshop: ‘Indians and Romans. Ancient rituals in the Balearic Islands’ you will be able to travel and learn about the history of the islands. Studying the details of the architecture in the streets of Palma or a guided tour of the ‘mestres d’aixa’ workshop are also some of the proposals.

Cinema and music on the four islands

In addition, the Dia de les Illes Balears brings you a wide range of films and music with the screening of short films by director Toni Bestard and a musical performance by Lost in Translation. There will also be literature, a gamming experience – with the most popular games of the moment – and urban sketchers from Mallorca, who will meet in Plaça del Mercat to draw different scenes of this area of Palma.


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Tomeu Penya performing on the Dia de les Illes Balears 2022.

Open day at the Consolat de Mar

For its part, the Consolat de Mar, the headquarters of the Presidency of the Balearic Islands, will open its doors to the public with a series of cultural and leisure activities to celebrate the Dia de les Illes Balears.

From next Saturday 25th February until Wednesday 1st March, the traditional open days will be organised to visit the historical complex of the Consolat de Mar and the Lonja.

In addition, from this Saturday onwards, there will be various fun activities for children, storytelling and creative writing workshops, dramatised visits and music concerts.

Proposals at the Consolat de Mar

Some of these activities require prior booking:

  • Open days at the Consolat de Mar: 25 February and 1 March, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 26 February and 27 February, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Play area “Recordant el passat, jugam el present” (Remembering the past, playing the present). 25 February, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. Free admission.
  • Literart storytelling workshop. 26 and 28 February, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon, 5 to 8 years old. Limited places by reservation.
  • Literart creative writing workshop. 26 and 28 February, from 12 noon to 1.30 p.m., from 8 to 12 years old. Limited places by reservation.
  • Sa Ludo d’en David. 26th and 27th February, from 10 am to 1 pm. Free admission.
  • Dramatised guided tours. 26th and 27th February, 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Limited places by reservation.
  • String Quartet Concert (Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands). 25th February and 1st March, at 8.30 pm. Limited seating by reservation.
  • Vermouth and Emboirats concert. 26th February, at 13.00. Free admission.
  • 4 Islas Concert. 1st March, at 11.30 am. Free admission.
  • Vermouth and concert by Valnou. 1st March, at 13.30 h. Free admission.