Es Firó

Fiesta in Sóller

Around the second weekend of May, Sóller is invaded by a motley crew of Muslim pirates. Known as Es Firó, this conflict (involving about 1200 townsfolk) between pagesos (town and country folk) and Moros (Moors) is full of good-humoured drama and copious drinking. It re-enacts an assault on the town that was repulsed on 11 May 1561.

The centrepiece of this event is remembered as Ses Valentes Dones (Valiant Women). Two sisters, instead of cowering as corsairs barged into their house, took a heavy bar and proceeded to kill several of the pirates, thus contributing to the town’s final victory.