San Juan Festival, Barcelona 2019: The most magical night of the year

Are you ready for the summer to begin? It’s time to prepare for the arrival of the San Juan Festival in Barcelona, so in this post you will find all the information you’ll need on this huge event.

If you still don’t know for certain the dates you are coming to Barcelona for your next holiday, then hesitate no more. You must come during Sant Juan, we know you’ll love it!

San Juan is celebrated nationally, but most of all in the Catalan capital. Its beaches, climate and cultural amenities make Barcelona one of the favourite cities for experiencing what the most magical night of the year has to offer.

What are the main traditions of the Sant Juan Festival in Barcelona?

On this day the arrival of summer is celebrated; what better day than the longest day of the year, also known as the Solsticio de Verano (Summer Solstice)?. Throughout the day and night people invade the streets.

· La coca de San Juan

As you will already know, Barcelona is characterised by its spectacular gastronomy. If you too like getting to know your new destinations through food, then we’ve got what you need.

Among the wide range of experiences that we offer, we have the definitive gourmet tour . Get ready to discover the most typical Catalan food through a walking tour of Barcelona’s streets.

On this journey you will find a large selection of dishes, but it is on this very day that you must try the coca de San Juan. This pastry is served both sweet and savoury, but it always has a flavour of Anise. 100% recommendable!

· Fireworks in Barcelona

The Fireworks, one of the best parts. At WeBarcelona we recommend two different places to watch this show. Which one do you like best?

1. The beach: the meeting point for many from the early afternoon to the early hours of the morning.

2. Montjuïc: Recommended if you are going with small children. Watching the fireworks from these viewpoints will give you a memorable perspective of the city and the celebrations

🚨 WARNING: If you are in charge of a pet, it’s best to leave it at home. Try not to expose it to the fireworks due to the high levels of stress that fireworks can cause in pets.

· Jumping over bonfires on the beach

The icing on the cake. During Sant Juan, fire has many meanings one of which is represented by purity.

The tradition states that you must jump over the fire an odd number of times to protect yourself throughout the year and to drive away all the bad spirits.

It doesn’t matter which neighbourhood you find yourself in. Poblenou, Gràcia, Eixample, Born… You only have to go for a short walk down its streets and you’ll soon find your own bonfire, although the beach always ends up being everybody’s favourite place.

Are you ready to jump yet?