The San Juan Festival
In Spain, you'll find active celebrations of Saint John's day (San Juan) with a night full of bonfires and fireworks. The tradition stems from pagan origins when their festivals would involve fire and water, representing a cleansing as we enter the shortest night of the year. Now part of the Christian calendar, this night is celebrated on on the night of 23rd - 24th June corresponding with the summer solstice on the 21st June.
For generations, the towns of Pals, Portbou, Sant Joan les Fonts and Foixà have celebrated this night with a parade of the younger generation, dances, shows, concerts, public feasts, and of course, fireworks and bonfires on the beaches.
For the Foodies
Food for San Juan has its tradition firm, and that is cake. Salty or sweet, cake gets eaten. The cakes that you'll encounter on this day are made from a dough that's similar to pizza, and are thinly sliced. The sweet cakes have a similar base but with cream and candied fruit. The typical drink is cava.
- When: All night from 23 to 24 June
- Where: On the beaches of the Costa Brava