The night of San Juan, which takes place from June 23rd to June 24th, is one of the most awaited moments of the whole year in Valencia! Why? … because it’s the official ‘welcome’ to summer!
To celebrate it, the typical tradition is to go to the beach during the evening with family and friends. People usually have dinner there taking their own food and drinks while sitting around a bonfire, and also start special rituals and traditions.
The most common one is to go into the sea at midnight and jump 7 waves! This is for good luck and to make a wish. Some people prefer to jump over the fire 7 times to make a wish after midnight. All in all, the best thing about San Juan is to have fun and share this celebration with relatives and friends.
San Juan in Valencia
Valencia loves San Juan and to aid the celebrations the local government give out between 20 and 35 tonnes of firewood, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm!
If you want to get involved in this special tradition, we must warn you that not all beaches are open to bonfires. To prevent fires in the natural Park of “La Dehesa”, bonfires and fireworks are banned in “Playa del Saler”, “Pinedo” and “El Perellonet”.
If you prefer to stay in the city and you’re not a big fan of fires, don’t worry! The city is full of parties with live music and DJ’s in most neighborhoods!