One of the most magic and animated nights of the year is getting closer: the Noche de San Juan (The Sant Joan Night). In order to enjoy it, one of the best Spanish cities is Barcelona, where you can feel the festive atmosphere not only at the beach, but also in the city centre with the traditional bonfires and open-air dances.
The 23rd of June night, also called the “Nit de les Bruixes” (the witches night) or “Nit del Foc” (the fire night) in Barcelona, celebrates the arrival of the summer solstice. During this night bonfires are lit up to give more strength to the sun and it is a tradition to burn paper notes with the things you want to leave behind and the desires you would like to fulfil.
In the cities by the sea, such as Barcelona, people go to the beach with their family and friends to enjoy this magic night. The bonfires, around which people gathered to dine, drink and above all to share the moment, are lit up. At midnight, the tradition requires to bathe at least your feet, because in this way, your desires will fulfilled and your health ensured. Moreover, along the beach of Barceloneta beach bars are installed, the typical open-air dances are performed and the common bars with music create more atmosphere.
The beach is not the only place where you can live the San Juan night in Barcelona, because every year other open-air dances, the so-called revetllas, and bonfires are prepared in the city centre to bring the atmosphere in all the neighbourhoods. One of the epicentres of the party is the place of Sant Jaume, where every year a bonfire is lit up with the llama del Canigó, the fire that later on the representatives of the different barrios (neighbourhoods) use to lit up their own bonfires.
Then the party is held in the various revetllas that are installed in the places, accompanied by popular dinners, fireworks, dances… An endless festive night, during which everybody has fun, no matter one’s tastes or age.
In addition, both at the beach and in the city, there are fireworks that light up the sky of Barcelona, as well as “tracas” of petards and gunpowder by the traditional devils through the city centre.
Something will never miss during this night in Barcelona: the cava to toast and the very good coca de Sant Joan (San Juan in Catalan), a cake filled with cream, custard or chocolate and often with pine nuts or candied fruit.
If you want to enjoy the magic night of San Juan in the Catalan capital, we recommend you to book your accommodation in some of the Petit Palace Hotels in Barcelona from where you will comfortably visit the main attractions of Barcelona such as Paseo de Gracia or Gran Teatro Liceo.