Sant Joan, the night of fire is coming!
Sant Joan is one of Barcelona’s biggest events. It’s a night of Fire, Fireworks, Coca cakes and Cava!
You will not get much sleep on the night of 23rd June in Barcelona, so you might as well join the party. The following day, the 24th June, is a public holiday, so on this day you can recover from the night before.
Sant Joan festival in Spain marks the start of the summer and is often described by Catalans as the “Nit del Foc” – meaning “Night of Fire”. This is is the midsummer solstice celebration, which is the day that has the longest period of daylight in the year. Midsummer solstice is a tradition from the past. The summer solstice was considered to be the most important event of the year in ancient times. The element of fire was celebrated on this day as the symbol of abundance, purity and fertility and to this day fire and fireworks are one of the central elements.
There is no central fireworks display or specific program for the Sant Joan celebrations in Barcelona. Sant Joan events in Barcelona are organized locally by the districts and civic centres of Barcelona and people just celebrate the evening with dinners, parties, firecrackers and bonfires all over Barcelona and Catalunya. Most of the Catalans celebrate this night with their friends at home or at the beach. The biggest central gathering on the Nit de Sant Joan is on the beaches of Barcelona, which attract crowds of around 75.000 people.
The Feast of Sant Joan is one of the most exciting times of the year to be in Barcelona. Don’t miss it! Book nice and cheap apartments still available in the center of Barcelona or close to Barceloneta beach!