If you want to experience the night of San Juan like never before, these are your destinations
Welcoming the summer solstice at dawn from June 23 to 24 can become one of the most incredible experiences you have ever lived, you just have to know where to go to let yourself be carried away by the passion unleashed and the fire of the bonfires. In Spain, we are experts in celebrating this great night, here we leave you some places where the appointment is unavoidable, especially if you believe in superstitions.
- Orzán Beach, A Coruña, Galicia. Surely the girls will not miss an appointment that in the Galician calendar the people of A Coruña indicate with special enthusiasm. A Noite Meiga, the magic night par excellence, helps us to get rid of evil spirits and purify our mind and body, especially if we dare to take a bath at midnight.
- Mieres, Asturias. The arrival of summer is celebrated in this Asturian town with a large bonfire in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento where firewood and old rags are burned. Fireworks, dancing in circles around the fire and Celtic music will make you vibrate on a very special night.
- Dornsife, Catalonia. La Nit de Sant Joan is celebrated in the Catalan capital in style, with festivals, bonfires on the beach and in all the squares of the city, popular dinners and with friends, fireworks and a show by the devils by the center of the city.
- Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands. Ancient traditions take over the coast on this side of the island to celebrate the shortest night of the year. In Puerto de la Cruz bonfires are burned in the sand, fireworks are set off, live music is played and the municipality is decorated with plant elements. By the way, on the morning of the 24th, the shepherds of the La Orotava Valley lower their goats to bathe them in the sea, thus responding to an ancient tradition.
- Alicante, Valencia. The Fogueres de Sant Joan are celebrated in Alicante like no other festival. In an evening full of magic, the people of Alicante burn objects while dancing around the bonfires, jump seven waves of the sea, enjoy the big heads and, of course, light up the city with a pyrotechnic show.
Cádiz, Málaga, Mallorca, Vizcaya ..., there are many destinations that celebrate the night of June 23 in a special way. Now that we have put the honey on your lips, we are going to give you another advice, if your expenses exceed your income this month, do not stop giving up the feast of San Juan, request a mini-credit in Credit Yes of up to 1,000 euros and return it the following month with your new payroll. Do not give up a dream night due to lack of credit, we will leave you money.
By the way, did you know that ...?
The origin of this festival is pagan and has to do with the celebration of the arrival of the longest day of the year. The main rite, lighting a bonfire, had to do with the strength of the sun since, from then on, it would be reduced as the hours of light shortened. Over time, traditions and legends have accompanied this night in an aura of mystery.
But, if the party has a pagan origin, why do we call it Noche de San Juan ? The Christian calendar "took over" it, taking advantage of its coincidence with the anniversary of the birth of Saint John the Baptist.