The arrival of summer is just around the corner, the days are getting warmer and sunnier, and so the whole city prepares to receive one of the most anticipated events of the year: The night of Sant Joan.
Firecrackers, fireworks, music, dancing and fun are part of the essential ingredients of this night, in addition to the popular bonfires that start the festivities of each neighborhood, and the unmissable cherry on the cake, the traditional coca de Sant Joan.
Each neighborhood is ready to have its own celebration. These are some of the plans that will take place on Thursday 23rd in different parts of Barcelona:
- At 12:00 the celebration starts with the Flama del Canigó, in Plaza Sant Jaume. The flame arrives from the Camp Nou and is received by the giants, the big-headed maceros and the eagle of the city to the beat of the song "Muntanyes del Canigó". This is distributed to the representatives of each neighborhood so they can light their own bonfire.
- The traditional dinner takes place at the Casa Orlandai, civic center, at 21:00. During the dinner the flame of the Sarriá neighborhood will arrive and the verbena will begin.
- The Raval celebrates with a fire party, where at 17:00 they gather to pick up the flame from Plaza Sant Jaume, and at 19:00 starts the parade that opens the party.
- After receiving the flame and lighting the bonfire, a popular outdoor dinner is organized in Sagrera, which will also end with dancing and partying with a DJ in Plaça dels Jardins d'Elx.
- Folc de San Juan, folk and roots music in the Plaza del Rei. Admission is free and will be held with dance workshops and musical performances.
La coca de Sant Joan
As we had already mentioned, the coca de Sant Joan can not miss as part of the tradition. It is a doughnut filled with candied fruit, cream, or even chocolate. Here are some places where you can go to get yours:
- Forn de Pa i Pastisseria Gil, elected the best coca of 2022.
- Pastisseria Brunnells in Barcelona, dare to try the chocolate one.
- L'Atelier, winners of the most creative coca.
- Turris, a chain of bakeries that offers from the traditional coca to some variant such as puff pastry.
- Boldú, they offer fun options in the form of little dough men.
The party is on the beach
Finally, the beaches of Barcelona become the meeting place for all those who want to celebrate this day. People gather in groups, prepare some snacks and drinks to share, and with blankets and a lot of illusion they sit on the sand to celebrate this magical night in the light of the fireworks that flash in the sky of Barcelona.
The surrounding bars and nightclubs do the same and celebrate with parties that last all night long.
And you, have you already chosen the plan to celebrate?
Data source: Timeout