The Night of San Juan

A perfect Midsummer’s night.
Sometimes known as the midsummer festival, this night of 23rd June marks the official beginning of the summer season in Spain and especially here in Albir, and to celebrate the eve of St. John
Families look forward to this night and prepare picnics, then bring their chairs and even tables on to the beach as the sun goes down. The cafes and restaurants on the seafront are crowded with diners and revellers adding to the atmosphere.

Around the Anchor sculpture a professional lights gantry is set up and disco music fills the air.

At midnight a bonfire is lit on the beach (carefully monitored by the fire service). This signifies the burning of evil spirits in centuries old pagan beliefs. Then hundreds of people rush into the sea to ‘cleanse’ themselves and they jump over three waves for luck and make a wish. Nobody cares about wet feet – the temperature is still very warm.


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