Hats & Horses, a glamorous Ascot to Menorca

Hats and horses will be the protagonists of the 2nd edition of this event, unique in Spain, which will take place on May 4 at the Ciutadella racecourse.

Dazzling hats, daring headdresses, striking coctail dresses … Menorca will become the Spanish capital of glamor on the first Saturday of May to host Hats & Horses for the second year, a unique event that combines hats and horses in the purest British style. A way of giving social relevance to the races ‘at trotting’ of these animals of race that are part of the purest Menorcan essence. All this, surrounded by a village to taste exquisite cuisine, live music, market with pop-up stores, children’s area, betting and hairdressing and makeup, contests to choose the best dresses and vips that will enhance this’ Ascot ‘to the Menorcan.

Menorca is synonymous with pure nature, sustainability, relaxation, beaches, sports, gastronomy … and also glamor! And the best proof of this is in a unique festival in Spain, in which horse racing dresses with the added attraction of an audience dressed with their best models … and hats.

The 2nd edition of Hats & Horses – a private initiative supported by Turismo de Menorca – will turn this Balearic island on Saturday 4 May into the epicenter of elegance. A sporting-recreational event in the style of the British Ascot that is a contemporary nod to the legacy of the English in Minorcan history, not in vain they governed it for a century -the XVIIIth-, leaving a mark on fortifications, watchtowers and walls , like Fort Marlborough, in Es Castell; the Isla del Rey, in Maó; the Torre d’en Quart, in Ciutadella; or the Camino d’en Kane, in Es Mercadal.

The horses are part of one of the great Menorcan traditions, with an autochthonous race that stars in the festivities of its municipalities from Sant Joan, with its striking jaleos. But they also acquire great prominence with very peculiar races, at a trot, in which the riders compete sitting in cars reminiscent of those of the Romans. And if we add to them the stylistic complement of hats and headdresses, the fusion of both becomes a chic social event; an authentic touch of distinction with which Menorca tries to seduce those who choose to visit it in the spring.

If in the first edition the appointment was at the Maó racecourse, this second one will move to the other end of the island, to Ciutadella, in the mythical Torre del Ram racetrack (Cala en Blanes), with almost half a century of history, which will host a total of six races – one every hour from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm – in its two versions: Trote and Trote Montado. The equestrian section will complete the exhibition of different types of dressage, to show off these Menorcan horses.

The glamorous component will come with the Dress Code that marks the styling of the event, in which dazzling hats, bold headdresses and striking coctail dresses will opt for different awards: the best dressed, the best dress and the best dressed couple.

     Other activities … and presence of vips

But Hats & Horses offers the visitor many other attractions. How to taste the delicious cuisine served in the Village by an exclusive catering service; shopping in the Market Zone, with pop-up stores; Children’s Area, for entertainment for the little ones; Betting Zone, for those who focus their interest in sports competitions; and even a Hairdressing and Make-up Area, for women who choose to try a change of look. All this, seasoned with live music, exhibition of a score of old cars and even a golf tournament at the facilities of Son Parc.

The party will take place from 10 am to 9 pm, one of the novelties of this edition being the transfer service – for 11 euros round trip – from any part of the island, with three departure times and another three return. The event will feature the presence of renowned VIPs, such as Carmen Lomana, Carla Royo, the actresses Ana Milán and María León, the television Nuria Roca or the writer Espido Freire.

Hats & Horses is an attractive coctail of culture, sport, gastronomy, nature, traditions and commerce that puts Menorca as a spring tourist destination to visit the island with a leitmotif of glamor … before embarking on discovering the other multiple charms of a island that is also a Biosphere Reserve for a quarter of a century.