Firo - the battle of the Christians against the Moors - Usually the second Monday in May

In 2019 the festival of the FIRO is 9th - 13th May with the Firo battle on 13th May

Thursday 9th May 2019 'PREGO' - This the evening where all gather in St Bartholomew's Church for the speech of the Firo. This marks the official start of Firo 2019.

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th May 2019 a full programme of community events. A programme will be issued nearer the time including the Musicians for the all night concerts in Soller Square.

Sunday 12th May 2019 FIRA - This is the Fair of the Firo with events and funfair. A family celebration for all.

Monday 13th May 2019 FIRO - The Battle of the Moors and the Christians

Events starting with the 'Call to Arms', Battles on the beaches of the Port of Soller, Final Battle in Soller Square. All events EXCEPT the last battle in Soller square are open to all to enjoy. The final battle requires a free wristband to attend to control the numbers in the square. Nearer the time information about acquiring a wristband will be available. Firo is a state of mind in Soller...

It was the women that repelled the invaders and sent them either to an untimely end or back to sea – grateful to get on their ships and head out of town. We love the valiant women of Soller and every year two young women are elected to hold the office of 'Valiant Dones' for the year.

The re-enactment is always held during the second weekend in May. In the afternoon the first landing by the pirates takes place on the beaches near the Marina. Dressed in the North African Moorish costumes of the period local men women and children, together with their swords and shotguns and faces painted black, arrive by boat to be met by the local townsfolk. They are dressed in traditional Majorcan costumes and carry stone catapults. The battle starts here and the tradition is for the Moors to shoot through the straw hats of the townsfolk. So, if you are wearing a sun hat be prepared for its demise!

The battle then continues on the Repic beach before the grand march into town. When they are at the Monument restaurant, about a third of the way into town, the Valiant Women of the Tamany district come out to start the mother of all battles. The feckless pirates know when they have met their match and either run away or are taken prisoner and marched up to Soller for the final indignation. Soller square is ready for the final battle which will have you reaching for the earplugs. Shooting, fireworks and big crowds are the name of the game for about an hour and then the battle is won. The Moors and the Christians retire to the local bars to inspect their wounds and make plans to do it all again next year.

The fiesta ends with the battle but the week leading up to it finds Soller in expansive mood. Art exhibitions, a concert by Pro Musica, Soller's choir, and performances by the town band are amongst the delights on offer. May is a great month in Soller; there is always something going on.

You are welcome to celebrate our fiesta with us – suspend belief and any theories you might hold on 'health and safety' because it sometimes appears that the rule book has gone out of the window. But it all seems to work and no-one forgets the first time they saw Soller re-enact their proud past.



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