The lovely town of Soller, spectacularly located in Mallorca's Tramuntana Mountains celebrates its annual fiesta
The lovely town of Soller, spectacularly located in Mallorca's Tramuntana Mountains celebrates its annual fiesta this coming Monday, 13th May. It's a multitudinous reenactement of the events of
11th May 1561 when local people repelled a Muslim invasion on the beaches of Puerto Soller, a few kilometres away from the main town.
Traditionally held on the second Monday of May, this year's fiesta starts in Soller at 15.00 when the church bells toll as a warning of the invasion and by 17.00 the action has shifted down to the
beaches of the port and then back to the town for about 20.00 ish.
Our video shows the traditional sequence of events which has changed little in over 450 years – a rag-tag crew of dancing peasants armed only with flutes are no match for scimitar wielding Saracen
Infidels until two blokes with radio microphones whip up musket-toting, rip-rap throwing farm boys into a blood lusting frenzy. Stopping only for a barbecued pork lunch accompanied by lashings of
alcohol they stroll down to the beach, roll around with boat loads of Saracens, and after much pretend throat slashing and disemboweling, all go back to Soller for a sing song and bop about.
It's loads of fun as you can see, and if you're going and want to be on the winning team, don't forget your straw hat, and don't, whatever you do, black up and wear