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Es Firo Sóller Festival 2024 in Mallorca

One of the largest festivals on the Balearic Islands will surprise you with its amazing costumes and noisy parties

Dates: May 9-13, 2024

Es Firo Sóller Festival
Es Firo Sóller Festival

Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands and is known for its landscapes and festivals. One of the most popular Mallorca events is called the festival of Es Firó in Port de Sóller. This is a celebration of the region’s defense against Moorish invaders in 1561.

Es Firó draws in thousands of costumed revellers to the Port de Sóller to reenact the unsuccessful Moorish siege of the island. The celebration involves a mix of song, dance, wine, and fireworks. This is definitely one of the noisiest festivals that bring the island to life.

Festival Schedule

The festivities may fall on the second or third weekend of May, culminating on Sunday and the following Monday. The main event, which is the famous beach battle, takes place on Monday afternoon or evening. If you plan to visit Mallorca, be sure to join this energetic event.

The first event of the vibrant fiesta is the ‘Valentes Dones,’ honoring two brave women, Francisca and Catalina Casesnoves, who killed pirates attacking the women in their house. The celebration takes place on Thursday at Sant Bartomeu Church in Sóller´s main square.

On Saturday, the celebration continues with a massive religious procession led by people carrying the statue of Mare de Déu de la Victòria. Also, the Sant Ponc 1561 flag is raised in Soller on this day. On Sunday, the streets of Soller become one colorful marketplace. Sa Fira is the time when locals wear traditional Mallorcan costumes, and farm animals are seen everywhere.

The Final Battle

On Monday, at 3 pm, thousands of people gather at the Port de Sóller to witness the landing of the Turkish ships during the spectacular recreation of the events of May 11, 1561. Naturally, the pirates are welcomed with cannon and gunfire. The battle in the port looks very realistic, thanks to clouds of smoke and dozens of recreators armed with metal swords and other period weapons. The pirates move to Soller's main Plaza, bringing havoc and chaos to the downtown streets. But eventually they get defeated, and Captain Angelats, who led the resistance, announces the victory from the balcony of the Town Hall. This is the culmination of the day and one of the most moving moments of the fiesta. Thousands of locals and guests sing La Balanguera, the anthem of Mallorca.

Es Firo Sóller has been celebrated for the last 120 years. This legendary festival is one of the most significant celebrations in Mallorca and one of the most colorful annual reenactments in Spain.

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