Everyone likes a party but Es Firó in Sóller is the mother of all parties on Mallorca!
Three days of history and pageantry played out in the colourful re-enactment of the invasion by Turkish and Algerian pirates of Sóller and their successful defeat in May 1561, the pleasure for the spectator is seeing history brought alive with a fiesta that is now one of best-known in Mallorca attracting huge numbers from all over the island and beyond.
The Firó takes place on the second or third weekend in May each year. The main event, the battle, is always on the Monday but the fiesta begins on the previous Thursday with the investiture of the `Valentes Dones´ (two brave sisters who successfully beat off an attack on their house by the pirates) and an opening speech at the spectacular Sant Bartomeu Church in Sóller´s main square.
On Saturday there is a solemn procession of hundreds of people through the streets of Sóller carrying the statue of ‘Mare de Déu de la Victòria’ (Our Lady of the Victory) to the church, flowers are offered and the Sant Ponc 1561 flag is hung.
On Sunday is “Sa Fira” (The Fair) when all the streets in and around Sóller are pedestrianised, market stalls are set up, farm animals coralled and again hundreds of people turn out in their traditional Mallorcan dress.
Then the real noise begins on Monday with “Es Firó”. Starting with Mass at Can Tamany (the house where the pirates were repulsed by the ´Valentes Dones´) a call then signals that enemy ships have been spotted and the peasants set off for battle. At around 3pm thousands gather at the Port de Sóller to witness the landing of the Turkish ships. The raiders are met with cannon and gunfire.
The scene is clouded of smoke, swords clash with scimitars and the din of battle is truly realistic.
The leader of the heroic defenders, Captain Angelats, announces the victory from the balcony of the Town Hall and the citizens of Sóller, numbering in their thousands drop to their knees and sing the official anthem of Mallorca,´La Balanguera´! The scene is intensely emotional and it really is a privilege to experience it.
Needless to say, the party continues into the early hours!
Why book a luxury hotel and come on over and join in the party!