Fiesta de San Juan In Costa Tropical


If you are in Costa Tropical during the month of June, you may hear people speaking of Fiesta de San Juan or Noche de San Juan.  You likely assumed it was some sort of celebration, but it may also leave you with several questions.  Who is San Juan?  What is the fiesta de San Juan in celebration of?  Why do some people say it is June 23rd and other people say it is June 24th?  Let us help you figure it all out!

Fiesta de San Juan In Costa Tropical. Fiesta de San Juan In Costa Tropical is something to experience! It is a beach party full of music, dancing, food, drinks, bonfires and camping. Including Almuñécar, La Herradura, Salobreña and Lanjarón. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Fiesta de San Juan

Fiesta means party or celebration, so that part was easy!  San Juan means Saint John and now we need to put it all together.

When the sun sets on June 23, Saint John’s Eve, is the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist.  The Gospel of Luke states that John was born about six months before Jesus; therefore, the feast of John the Baptist was fixed on June 24, six months before Christmas Eve and the feast day of Christmas.  This feast day is one of the very few saints’ days which commemorates the anniversary of the birth, rather than the death, of the saint being honored.  The Christian holy day is fixed at June 24, but in Spain festivities are mostly held the night before, on Saint John’s Eve.

Religious or not, in Spain San Juan is a magical night which officially kicks off of the summer season!  This occurs every year on the summer solstice, the shortest night of the year.

If you are in Costa Tropical in June, you may hear people speaking of Fiesta de San Juan or Noche de San Juan.  You likely assumed it was some sort of celebration, but it may also leave you with several questions.   Who is San Juan?  What is the fiesta de San Juan in celebration of?  Why do some people say it is June 23rd and other people say it is June 24th?  Let us help you figure it all out!

 

Noche de San Juan – 23 of June

The Noche de San Juan (night of Saint John) on the 23rd is when most of the fiesta activities get started, just after sunset.  Of course people will be out earlier in the day to stake out their spot on the beach and kick things off a bit early.  It is the one night each year, where bonfires and camping are allowed on the beaches.  This celebration usually has roaring bonfires, drinks, food and friends.  Don’t even think you will get any sleep, as the beach parties will go on until dawn.  When San Juan falls on the weekend, it continues a little longer Spanish style.

This is a night full of mystical powers and superstitions.  For a year of good luck, here are some of the activities you may want to try:

  • Jump over a bonfire.
  • Burn a piece of paper with your lover’s name on it.
  • Burn something old and personal to leave behind bad spirits from the past and start a new phase.
  • Swimming in the sea at midnight purifies soul and body.  It is said to bring you beauty and youth.
  • Fountains and natural water resources become magic and have healing properties.

Every region in Spain has different local traditions, however all of them are related to fire and water.

If you are in Costa Tropical in June, you may hear people speaking of Fiesta de San Juan or Noche de San Juan.  You likely assumed it was some sort of celebration, but it may also leave you with several questions.   Who is San Juan?  What is the fiesta de San Juan in celebration of?  Why do some people say it is June 23rd and other people say it is June 24th?  Let us help you figure it all out!

Dia de San Juan – 24 of June

This is a day of feast, family and celebration!  The parties continue on the beach, but it is also time to be with families and friends to honor San Juan.

If you are in Costa Tropical in June, you may hear people speaking of Fiesta de San Juan or Noche de San Juan.  You likely assumed it was some sort of celebration, but it may also leave you with several questions.   Who is San Juan?  What is the fiesta de San Juan in celebration of?  Why do some people say it is June 23rd and other people say it is June 24th?  Let us help you figure it all out!

Let’s see what is going on for 2018 San Juan in Costa Tropical

Over the past few years, people have been releasing the paper lanterns, which illuminate the sky on this magical night.  You may purchase them at the local bazaar stores around town.  Each paper lantern contains a small candle to ignite and the heat from the flame lifts it up into the sky.

Fiesta de San Juan in Almuñécar

Every beach will be filled with people, so stake out your place early on in the day.  Often people will have a large group and send someone out to set up tents and tables, to mark their area.  There will be plenty of good times, music, dancing, parties and bonfires.  One of the biggest bonfires is always on the east side of Playa Puerta del Mar, with many wooden pallets and sticks being burned.  Traditionally Velilla Beach and Puerta del Mar have younger crowds who will party all night long.  Along Cotobro or San Cristobal, you will find more families and it can quiet down around 03:00 or 04:00 in the morning.  No matter where you go you will enjoy the night, even if you are just walking by to see what’s going on.

If you are in Costa Tropical in June, you may hear people speaking of Fiesta de San Juan or Noche de San Juan.  You likely assumed it was some sort of celebration, but it may also leave you with several questions.   Who is San Juan?  What is the fiesta de San Juan in celebration of?  Why do some people say it is June 23rd and other people say it is June 24th?  Let us help you figure it all out!

Fiesta de San Juan in La Herradura

Every beach will be filled with people, so stake out your spot early on in the day.  The “palm islands” can fill up quickly as you have a great landmark for party joiners to find you.  There is also a great event going on at Chiringuito Bambu, with live music and more.  There will be plenty of good times, music, dancing, parties and bonfires.

Fiesta de San Juan in Salobreña

This year it is a 4-day festival from 22-25 June.  Here is the official program of events.

The June 23 celebrations take place on the beach of the Charca de Salobreña (in front of the Salobreña Beach II development).

  • 22: 30 -The Performance Parade ‘Robot Ledman: A different show’, on the Paseo Marítimo (From the Civil Protection Booth to the Beach of the Lanterns).
  • 23:00 – Radio Salobreña 107.1 FM, with the DJ and speaker Moisés Franco has prepared a session with the best dance music, which includes the latest hits that sound on the radio.
  • 00: 00 – The traditional burning of the bonfire and the Fireworks at the Castle will take place.
  • 00: 30 – You can enjoy the live music.

Fiesta de San Juan in Lanjarón

Lanjarón is a small town in Las Alpujarras, just a 35-minute drive inland towards Granada.  If you are up for several days of fun or just a good old-fashioned water fight, this is the place for you!  Obviously this is a mountain town, so there isn’t a beach bonfire involved.  Instead, they have created the Fiestas del Agua y el Jamón en Lanjarón.  As of 2017 they have limited the participation in the water fight and tickets need to be purchased.   Town website here.

How to get your ticket?

You can buy it in Granada, in Bar duende 15 (calle Duende, near corte inglés)
In Lanjarón, in the Town Hall of Lanjarón or in the Tourist Office.
You can also book your ticket at the following phone numbers: 674 134 591 or 674 134 575.
The price of the ticket is € 5

This is a Ham and Water Festival like no other and typically is a 4 day event.  If you want to just show up on June 23 at 23:00 and stay for the water fight, then return to the coast about 01:30, it is easily done.  That said, it is more fun to spend a couple of nights and really take in the festivities.  Here is the official town guide and Fiesta program.

Lanjarón Water Fight, Fiestas del Agua y el Jamón en Lanjarón

Where to stay in Lanjarón

No matter where you stay in town, you will be close to the action!  Below we share with you the highest rated hotels in the town center.

Nuevo Palas – Highly rated 3-Star hotel

This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Lanjarón!  This property is also rated for the best value in Lanjarón!  The rooms are clean and you are close to all of the sights.
Check here for availability and deals.

El Sol – Highly rated 2-Star hotel

Hotel El Sol is situated in the centre of the spa town of Lanjarón, 100m from the thermal baths. It features an on-site spa bath, sauna and fitness centre.  The rooms at El Sol come equipped with a bathroom and TV. Private balconies are also available in rooms.
Check here for availability and deals.

Hotel Paris – Highly rated 1-Star hotel

This small and charming hotel is situated in the centre of Lanjarón – ideal to spend a relaxing break with family or friends.  At the Hotel Paris you can enjoy a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by gardens enjoying plenty of Andalusian sunshine.
Check here for availability and deals.

Hotel Alcadima – Highly rated 3-Star hotel

Hotel Alcadima offers impressive views over the Salao Valley.  This typical country house has indoor and outdoor pools and a sauna.  Some rooms at the Alcadima Hotel have a private balcony, overlooking the countryside or the interior Andalusian courtyards.
Check here for availability and deals.

 

Holidays and Supermarket Closures

Please note grocery stores and supermarkets are usually closed on the Dia de San Juan.  In 2018, this falls on a Sunday, in which stores are already closed, so the holiday will likely be observed on Monday the 25th.  It is also possible stores will close earlier on the 23rd of June, so get your shopping done early on the 23rd and don’t plan to do it again until the 26th of June!

Here is a listing of grocery stores in Almuñécar

Here is the Almuñécar holiday calendar for 2018

 

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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with hubby Alan and their 2 kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at https://wagonersabroad.com

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