Minorca's Weekend Flower Festival to Save Our Bees

Updated on June 9, 2018
ethel smith profile image

Eileen loves to travel as much as possible both at home in the U.K. and abroad with local places of interest high on her to visit list.

Source

Save the Bees Flower Festival

We were lucky enough to be able to take a two-week vacation in Minorca—also known as Menorca—at the end of May 2017 and May 2018. In 2017, we simply enjoyed the sights and sounds of the weekend flower festival, but we did not have a clue what it was all about!

The streets, shops, bars and restaurants were all decorated with a flower theme, and it was a sight to behold. It was imaginative and creative, and thankfully the sun shone. With so many paper-based displays, I doubt even Minorcans would have coped well if the heavens had opened and unleashed a torrent of rain.

There was music on offer dotted around the city at various venues, and tourists from various resorts flooded to the island and packed the streets and venues. But we were fascinated to see so many locals all walking around carrying potted plants in their hands. We wondered what that was all about, and in 2018 we discovered the answer.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Looking up was the order of the day in Mahon. May Flower Festival Menorca 2017.Pretty displays in Mahon. This fake arch looked so good a friend asked where it was in Mahon.Flowers everywhere at the May Flower Festival in 2017.Poppy display in Mahon. Pained bikes and flowers looked great.Some roads were closed off as flowers took over.Old cart looking pretty as a picture in Mahon.Mahon.Duo at the American Bar in Mahon.
Looking up was the order of the day in Mahon. May Flower Festival Menorca 2017.
Looking up was the order of the day in Mahon. May Flower Festival Menorca 2017.
Pretty displays in Mahon.
Pretty displays in Mahon.
This fake arch looked so good a friend asked where it was in Mahon.
This fake arch looked so good a friend asked where it was in Mahon.
Flowers everywhere at the May Flower Festival in 2017.
Flowers everywhere at the May Flower Festival in 2017.
Poppy display in Mahon.
Poppy display in Mahon.
Pained bikes and flowers looked great.
Pained bikes and flowers looked great.
Some roads were closed off as flowers took over.
Some roads were closed off as flowers took over.
Old cart looking pretty as a picture in Mahon.
Old cart looking pretty as a picture in Mahon.
Mahon.
Mahon.
Duo at the American Bar in Mahon.
Duo at the American Bar in Mahon.

World Save the Bees Day

In 2017 the United Nations declared May 20 World Bee Day, and Minorcans embraced the news by launching a flower festival weekend.

The World Bee Day website explains:

Slovenia proposed that the United Nations (UN) proclaim 20 May as World Bee Day. On 20 December 2017, following three years of efforts at the international level, the UN Member States unanimously approved Slovenia’s proposal, thus proclaiming 20 May as World Bee Day.

The purpose of the www.worldbeeday.org website is to present the initiative and its implementation, raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping, inform the public of major beekeeping events around the world and celebrate World Bee Day.

In 2018, May 20 was a Sunday and the flower festival ran all weekend.

On Saturday, there was a free outdoor rock festival held in the square or plaza of Es Castell. The bands were belting it out from 12 am until midnight with refreshments (including alcohol) on sale and people selling vinyl and CDs.

We popped along to this music fest late afternoon but it was much smaller than anticipated. Still, the music was good, the day warm and the mood chilled.

We arrived in Menorca on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, and by Friday, tempting glimpses of what the weekend would offer were spotted here and there.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
City Hall, where the potted plants were given away.Inside the foyer of the municipal hall.Old poster in the Municipal Hall.Queuing for a free potted plant.
City Hall, where the potted plants were given away.
City Hall, where the potted plants were given away. | Source
Inside the foyer of the municipal hall.
Inside the foyer of the municipal hall.
Old poster in the Municipal Hall.
Old poster in the Municipal Hall.
Queuing for a free potted plant.
Queuing for a free potted plant.

Free Potted Plants

The potted plants were given to locals, and we decided to join in. We chatted with an ex-pat who has lived in Menorca since 1999 and she explained the free plants. The idea is everyone will take a potted plant and nurture it, planting it outdoors if appropriate. The plants are specifically selected as ones that will encourage those always-so-busy bees to drop on by.

The plant stalls were located up some steps and in the outside foyer of Mahon town or city hall. It is a magnificent building which we have never entered previously. The doors were wide open and so we explored what was open to the public. We cheekily queued up and took two free plants to give to whoever at the hotel. We would have been happy for the hotel to keep them and plant them out but when we handed them to Maria at reception, she asked if she could have them and of course we said yes.

Like so many Minorcans who work in hospitality, such events tend to be closed by the time they finish their day's work. If not, most staff are just so tired after a long shift at work that all they want to do is sleep.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Entrace to the indoor market in Mahon. Menorca flower festival May 2018.Along the steps down to or up from the harbour in Mahon.Sand sculpture being created.Mannequin with flowers outside of Mahon church.On the waterfront.In the indoor market.The indoor market.Outside the church, there was more from the flower festival as wedding guests arrived.Wedding guests.Along a busy area of shops in Mahon.Outside of the church in Mahon.Sculpture near the indoor market in Mahon.Flowers near the cathedral.Ancient tree near where you reach the top of the harbour steps.
Entrace to the indoor market in Mahon. Menorca flower festival May 2018.
Entrace to the indoor market in Mahon. Menorca flower festival May 2018.
Along the steps down to or up from the harbour in Mahon.
Along the steps down to or up from the harbour in Mahon.
Sand sculpture being created.
Sand sculpture being created.
Mannequin with flowers outside of Mahon church.
Mannequin with flowers outside of Mahon church.
On the waterfront.
On the waterfront.
In the indoor market.
In the indoor market.
The indoor market.
The indoor market.
Outside the church, there was more from the flower festival as wedding guests arrived.
Outside the church, there was more from the flower festival as wedding guests arrived.
Wedding guests.
Wedding guests.
Along a busy area of shops in Mahon.
Along a busy area of shops in Mahon.
Outside of the church in Mahon.
Outside of the church in Mahon.
Sculpture near the indoor market in Mahon.
Sculpture near the indoor market in Mahon.
Flowers near the cathedral.
Flowers near the cathedral.
Ancient tree near where you reach the top of the harbour steps.
Ancient tree near where you reach the top of the harbour steps.

Here Comes the Bride

It was Saturday, May 19, 2018, when we snapped the images of the flower festival.

We walked into Mahon along the harbourfront thinking there may be some flower decorations, but the first we glimpsed was as we mounted the steps leading up from the waterfront. Also walking up the steps was what looked like a local family all dressed in their finest clothes. In spite of the many steps, the glamorous young woman in red was wearing killer heels.

As we and they arrived at the top of the steps, we parted ways. We stopped at a nearby cafe for much-needed refreshment while the Menorcan family joined others gathering outside of the main church. There was a wedding scheduled for 11 am. We were lucky enough to catch the guests and bride arriving for the wedding.

Tourists being tourists—that is having no shame—we all hung around outside of the church to catch a glimpse of the bride when she arrived. It was, of course, the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot over in Windsor in the United Kingdom.

The wedding in Mahon was a classy affair with guests arriving dressed fit for any royal wedding. Most of the female guests wore killer heels to accompany their bright and stunning gowns. The bride kept everyone waiting, and arrived traditionally late. She looked stylish and almost understated in a gold-coloured gown. As the wedding march began and she entered the church, the crowds began to disperse but I for one wish them a long and happy marriage.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
A Spanish wedding, here comes the bride.Notice some people watching have hold of a potted plant.
A Spanish wedding, here comes the bride.
A Spanish wedding, here comes the bride.
Notice some people watching have hold of a potted plant.
Notice some people watching have hold of a potted plant.
Relaxing Menorca style. This dog is much larger than he looks as he relaxes in the doorway of his owner's shop close to the flower arrangements and tourists.
Relaxing Menorca style. This dog is much larger than he looks as he relaxes in the doorway of his owner's shop close to the flower arrangements and tourists.

Do you think the flower festival is a good initiative?

See results

Mahon

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Ethel Smith

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        Eileen 

        4 months ago

        Thanks Audrey. We love this place as you can tell. The flower festival is a great idea to encourage people to grow bee friendly plants. In such a hot climate it can be tricky. As for the shaggy dog he is huge and a familiar sight

      • vocalcoach profile image

        Audrey Hunt 

        4 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        You must have enjoyed this trip and your photos are exquisite. Such a nice gesture to give out potted plants. Love the photo of the shaggy dog!

      • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

        Ethel Smith 

        5 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        We do thanks RedElf

      • RedElf profile image

        RedElf 

        5 months ago from Canada

        Fabulous photos. We need more flower festivals everywhere. Thanks for sharing your fantastic trip.

      • Eurofile profile image

        Liz Westwood 

        5 months ago from UK

        I enjoyed reading this article and the photos are great. It looks like your map has defaulted to the USA. I've had this problem recently. You might want to adjust it a little. I've not been to Menorca, but, having enjoyed a visit to Mallorca 18 months ago, I would like to go to the smaller island.

      • Peggy W profile image

        Peggy Woods 

        5 months ago from Houston, Texas

        This was great! Thanks to all of your photos I almost feel as though I was staying in Menorca for the May weekend flower festival. That ancient tree you photographed is amazing! Encouraging bees is a great idea. I will bet that getting free potted plants is very popular each year.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, wanderwisdom.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://wanderwisdom.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)