SPANISH LESSONS AND GREAT TIME
Do you know Alicante's St. John's Bonfires Festival?
They say midsummer brings out the madness in all of us, so don't be surprised if in Alicante in
June you see apparently normal people leaping over bonfires on the beach at the dead of night
and running into the sea.
the summer solstice, is June 21st,
however, the midsummer celebrations take place in Alicante two days later,
coinciding with St John's (San Juan)
day on June 23rd.
•Immense papier mâché statues – known as "hogueras" or "fogueres", which means bonfires -,
adorn the streets from June 19th
onwards. They are fireworks to at the end of the festival, but not until June 24th at midnight.
•Alicante's San Juan celebration is the largest in our region, and you need on taking a stroll
through our streets in June.
The electrifying, colourful end to the "fiesta" starts with a huge firework display from
Santa Bárbara castle.
Legend has it that you should leap over the bonfires and make a wish, you should then run into the
Mediterranean sea and leap over the waves. It is also said that you should write down your heart's
desires on a piece of paper and throw it into the flames. Many locals swear by it, with some
claiming that their dreams, after being reduced to ashes on San Juan night, always come true.