“La revetlla de Sant Joan” is the night of Saint John in Barcelona, which is the the midsummer solstice celebration on 23rd June. The day after, on 24th June, is “El día de Sant Joan“, that is is a public holiday in Barcelona and Spain.
Sant Joan in Spain marks the start of the summer. This is is the midsummer solstice celebration, which is the day that has the longest period of daylight in the year. Sant Joan maybe is the biggest party in Barcelona. Since it is the longest day of the year, on the 23rd of June there are huge parties all over Barcelona.
The most important element of the festival of Sant Joan is fire. The traditonal flame to light the bonfires is called “La Flama del Canigó“. You can participate in the rituals of fire purification on Sant Joan: you have to burn something in the Sant Joan fire, and it will cleanse your sins and rid you of bad luck. Old furniture is often used for the bonfire to symbolise a gesture of “out with the old – in with the new!”.
Each barrio in Barcelona has its own firework display along with local all-night bonfires fuelled by collections of old furniture! In the barrios you will find dancing and celebrations in the plazas, street parties, music and entertainment.
Most people go to the beach and stay up partying until the early hours of the morning. There are fireworks and bonfires and lots of drunk people. So head down to the Barcelona Beaches and get your party on! You will certainly not be the only one having a midnight-sin-swim.
The Barcelona metro is open all night on 23rd June. The beaches will be closed at 06:00 in the morning of 24/6 for cleaning.
We can suggest you one of our luxury aparments with sea views, very close to the beaches (Mar Bella, Nva Mar Bella and Bogatell) or our holiday apartments, even for groups, in the city center, as Las Ramblas or Born apartments, from wich you can quickly reach the Barceloneta beach.