Autumn is also a time of revelry. A time of dancing, of races, of demons. Of old rites and new customs. All of the above feature prominently in the festivities held every year in honour of St Charles, the patron saint of the village of Sant Carles de Peralta. Here is one event you won’t want to miss if you seek to experience the real Ibiza: Ibiza as it is lived by the islanders themselves.
Every 4th November, the village of Sant Carles de Peralta celebrates its patron saint, St Charles. On that day, as custom dictates, the image of the saint is taken out in solemn procession, the traditional folkdance (ball pagès) is performed in his honour and a sampling of local gastronomy is offered round. Come the night, following an open-air concert, pyrotechnics take centre stage with a correfoc, in which a troupe of devils, demons and assorted imps rush the streets wielding flares and other flaming accoutrements.
But the village festival is not limited to the big day only. The celebrations span the whole month, during which time numerous open air concerts are organized as well as gastronomic events, exhibitions, contests and sports competitions. Autumn’s other important festival takes place in Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, whose big day is celebrated on 16th November.