On the Nit de Sant Joan (St John's night) on 23rd June the usually reserved population of Catalonia goes barking mad for one night only! We've seen it in both Barcelona and Sitges and both were wild! We didn't know about it the first time we went to Barcelona and the first inkling we got of it was when some local residents started building a massive bonfire in the middle of the busy junction outside our hotel! We thought it was the start of a revolt but it turned out to be one of the biggest celebrations of the year so we headed out and got lost in the revelry. There were bonfires everywhere, people were handing out free food, and every bar had set up a stall on the street. As the night wore on everyone headed down to the beaches at Barceloneta where there were more bonfires, children racing round with sparklers, a huge firework display at midnight, and entire families from toddlers to grannies running into the sea for a swim at two in the morning! It was chaotic, boisterous and huge fun and it didn't end until dawn!
Anywhere in Catalonia on 23rd June
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