Traditional fiestas, performances and shows in the Balearic Islands.
The Illes Balears offer a wide variety of activities for all types of holidaymaker and all types of interests. Its traditional fiestas provide a unique range of celebrations to help you really get to know the local culture. There is also a wide variety of cultural activities: theatres, classical, jazz, opera and pop music concerts, and much more. The choice is very varied and it could be said that the Illes Balears are one of the most active cultural centres in the Mediterranean.
Les Valentes Dones
The town of Sóller celebrates its most popular festival in May. This is the Fires i Festes de Maig, many days of festivities during which the role of the ¿Valentes dones¿ (Brave women) is recalled.
In the 16th Century, the coast of Majorca underwent one of the worst moments in its history. In Sóller, at the foot of a valley of the majestic Sierra de Tramuntana, the raids by pirates were constant and the population lived in fear of being plundered again. According to legend, on the 11th May 1561 pirates arrived at the coast and entered the house of the sisters Catalina and Francisca Casesnoves. Far from being terrified, they took the bar which was used for barring the door and managed to kill the corsairs with it, contributing to the town¿s victory.
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