Drumbeats filled the streets of Palma this morning. Attracting the children who soon lined the Plaça Cort with their parents. Eager to watch the awakening of the dragon. With the Drac de na Coca coming to life the festivities of Sant Sebastià begin. Two weeks full of music, dance, games, exhibitions and guided tours. And much more, most of the events taking place open air and free of charge.
All celebrating the patron saint of Palma. Until the dragon lifts its head once more and, accompanied by fellow beasts and demons, roams the street of old town. This year, the traditional fire run correfoc will take place again for the first time after the pandemic.
In Palma, everybody knows the story of the Drac de na Coca. Legend has it that at the end of the 18th century, a fierce dragon lived in the narrow streets behind the cathedral. It came out at night to attack late passers-by.
Finally, a brave knight managed to kill the monster with a determined stroke of his sword. The beast that had terrified the entire neighborhood turned out to be a crocodile. That, unknown how, had come to the island and survived in the sewers of Palma. The reptile was stuffed and is preserved in the diocesan museum.
Find the program of the Sant Sebastià celebrations right here.