On the shortest and most magical night of the year (23rd of June) the people of Ibiza celebrate the night of San Juan (Nit de San Joan). Here we propose some activities to include in your plan for the night, so as to get the maximum enjoyment our of the night of fire and officially welcome the beginning of summer.
1Make it an authentic Night of San Juan of Ibiza.
Where: Sant Joan de Labritja Municipal Hall
What: The municipality of Sant Joan de Labritija celebrates their beig night with everything it’s got. Live music, Artisan Markets, and many more activities, starting at mid night. In Sant Joan they light the new fires, which tradition dictates you must leap across, so as to leave behind the old times and welcome the new. The less adventurous (or more self-protecting) can drink payés wine and eat the typical “bunyols” all the while taking in the spectacle.
Make yourself a part of the big crowd.
Where: Talamanca beach
What: From early evening 100s of people gather on Talamanca beach with the expectation of a fantastic night ahead. Live music, superstitions, the water and fire are the main protagonists on this, the most special night of the year. Along the shoreline you will come across a long line of bonfires, around which we see families and friends gather to prepare a special dinner under the stars. Also, it’s tradition to enjoy the Sant Joan macaroon, a typical treat for the occasion. They tend to give free try on this beach throughout the afternoon.
Where: Figuertas Beach
What: At Figuertas beach you’ll find the epicentre of the night of San Joan, a high bonfire, around which you’ll find an endless list of activities, from which you’ll see the ultimate rays of sunshine fall. Live music, local markets, kids and adult workshops, and of course the traditional “Correfocs”: an original pyrotechnic show, featuring demonic beasts parading throughout the grows, spewing fire and sowing fear into those in their path.
If you’ve made up your mind on where to spend the night of San Joan, don’t miss out on the article where we tell you about all the typical rituals you’ll need to take part in to truly guarantee yourself a prosperous new year.
Original text by: Alba Garcia