The festival of Sant Joan in Barcelona takes place the night of June 23. Coming to Barcelona at that time is very cool as the whole city is celebrating in style. There are many people who come every year to celebrate the feast of San Juan in Barcelona, if you want to integrate in that tradition, we offer accommodation for San Juan 2011.

San Juan activities 2011 highlight is the celebration of the eve of San Juan on the beach. Many people gather in the several kilometres of urban beaches in Barcelona to celebrate until dawn. In the evening, which is also known as “Nit del Foc” or the night of the fire, many fires are lit, there are plenty of fireworks and people dance until dawn.

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The crux of the celebration is when it’s midnight: Many people come to take a sea bath at 12 o’clock, to ensure they will have good luck in the coming year.

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Coca de Sant Joan. Photo by jordi_hdz via Flickr

With the festival of Sant Joan the summer solstice is celebrated, this is the arrival of summer in the northern hemisphere. In fact, it is the shortest night of the year and probably one of the liveliest. Note that all the celebrations make there is quite some noise caused by music,  dancing and fireworks which will make the evening of June 23 not exactly a good night to sleep, but rather a night to celebrate and have a good time.

Finally, do not forget to try the traditional Cocas of Sant Joan during this holiday. It is a kind of very thin cake, with different covers (almonds, pine nuts, candied fruits, etc) made for the occasion. They are delicious!

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