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Firó de Sóller, a piece of living history

06 | 05 | 2016

The battle between Christians and Moors. Learn more about the funniest festivity of Sóller.

If you have ever visited Majorca, probably you have heard or even been to Sóller, a charming village in the heart of Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, famous for its beautiful setting and the original wooden train that connects Sóller with Palma. It is a great place to visit at any time, but if you can make it to go there in May, it is even more special. It is when the village and its locals celebrate its festivity and the emotion runs through the veins of Solleric residents.

“Firó”, as we call it, recreates the defense of the valley where the village is situated and the victory of the local people over the Muslim invaders which took place on the 11th of May 1561. It is not a simple battle with no control between the villagers, there are certain historical characters represented by the locals, like for example the Muslim King or the captains of the villages which helped Soller to win. The clothing and characterization are essential for this festivity. The village divides and some locals represent Christians and the other half the Moors. The Christians are dressed in typical peasant clothes, the Moors wear pirates´ outfits and they paint black their faces.

The battle takes place on the second Monday of May and it attracts a lot of Majorcans and tourists. “Sa Fira”, which means the village festivity, begins on weekend before this Monday. It starts on Saturday with a solemn procession that ends with floral offering and typical dance “ball de bot”. On Sunday you can have a walk on the market: many craftsmen proudly show their goods, breeders bring their animals and you also have a chance to try delicious typical food that can be bought in one of many stands. You can also take advantage of free entrance and visit the Botanical Garden or Balearic Museum of Natural Science.

“Firó” is an outrageous, multitudinous and extremely funny festivity. An important piece of the history that is brought to life year after year and that Solleric people are very proud of.