Bonfires of Saint John
Bonfires of Saint John (Hogueras de San Juan)(Alicante) – this event dates back to pre-Christian times and marks the arrival of the Summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It is celebrated all over Spain but especially in coastal regions where many people head for the beach, build bonfires and party throughout the night.
The region of Alicante is one of the biggest celebrations of San Juan –taking place there from 20th to 29th June. In the city of Alicante, there are large wooden and papier maché figures (similar to “Las Fallas” in Valencia) which are displayed in the city’s main squares and are burnt down on the night of San Juan (24th). The burning begins at midnight once a palm tree shaped firework display has been released from Alicante Castle.