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Fiestas de San Juan Coruña, Spain - 23 June 2017

Where

Getting There

Getting There

Buses
nearest bus station:
Rúa Caballeros Bus Stop

shuttle bus:
Rúa Caballeros to Orzán beach is 2.5 km walk (or taxi)

Other
nearest airport:
A Coruña (LCG)

nearest train station:
Coruña Station - Joaquín Planells Riera: RENFE & FEVE - Madrid, BCN, Bilbao, Paris & Porto

harbor:
Cruise Terminal & Port: Puerto de A Coruña

 

 

Tickets

  


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1-day pass0Street grilled sardine sharing - FREE
1-day pass0Beach bonfires & partying - FREE
1-day pass0Concerts & beach after-party - FREE
1-day pass0Viewing the parade (cabalgata) - FREE
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Fiestas de San Juan

Fiestas de San Juan

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Coruña, Spain

Riazor & Orzán Beach
43.369067, -8.407976
type of festival
culture
parades, rituals & traditions, beach party, street party, world-class multigenre, holiday
other events
music: electronic, folk, world, acoustic & instrumental, brass & marching band, traditional; dance: dancing, modern, folk, traditional; art: creative, visual arts & installations; theatre: street performance; food: tapas, cocktails, beer, wine, seafood, traditional
start Fri, 23 June 2017
end Sat, 24 June 2017

Fiestas de San Juan: Night of Fire

Las Fiestas de San Juan, officially 11 days, build-up slowly, then explode in a one-night crescendo on June 23rd amidst a wild dizzying bang of blazes. City streets, up till now packed with parades, swinging jazz ensembles & entertainers, empty as revellers funnel down to the Paseo de Riazor - a crescent shaped street curving around Riazor & Orzán beach. This is where the fun begins, the sizzling crown of San Juan traditions: FIRE. A lot of fire. Bonfires, burning pyres, twirling fire dancers, and a night sky filled with paper lanterns & fireworks. Silhouettes cast long shadows as partiers dance & leap to the blasting music of beachfront concerts. And that’s just the 1st hour of la quema de la falla (latin for torch) in La Coruña, Galicia.

About

Fiestas de San Juan: Night of Fire

The actual Dia de San Juan (St. John’s Day) is June 24th, the summer solstice, but the big celebration takes place on the night before and rides out til morning. Boasting an attendance almost seven times larger than Thailand’s Full Moon Party, Coruña doesn’t mess around. Often called “witch’s night”, the festival’s obsession with fire dates back to pre-Christian times when bonfires were lit to protect against evil spirits believed to be roam the world. Today, it’s more to cast off bad vibes and have a good time. Groups of friends, after each lighting their own bonfires, maintain the tradition of of taking turns jumping over it seven times.

Food & Drink

On the night of fire, the Galicians accordingly drink Queimada, the “fire drink”. Prepared in a special claypot, Queimada is a unique blend of orujo (pomace brandy), herbs, coffee beans, and lemon, known for its distinctive blue flame and usually accompanied with a Galician spell. The night’s menu traditionally consists of sardines and boiled potatoes known as “cachelos.”

Midsummer - Litha

St. John’s Eve is celebrated all over the world under the denominations of Midsummer or Litha.  Scandinavian countries are famous for their Midsummer parties, most notably in Sweden where the festival is so big that the country is pushing to turn Midsummer’s Eve into the National Day of Sweden , but celebrations can be found everywhere from Canada to Brazil and Iran to Ireland.

Fiesta de San Juan is a whirlwind of music, food, dancing & blazing bonfires in Coruña!

contributor: Festinga
published: 11 February 2016
updated: 05 September 2016
Age: Family, an event with no age restrictions, but things can get rather wild!
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Details

Details

General: biggest in the world, popular, best in the world
Ambiance: outdoor, urban, beach
Features: bizzare, rituals, debauchery, partying, romance, live music & shows, street parties

Las Fiesta de San Juan Details

  • 200,000 partiers attend Fiesta de San Juan - most on end up on the beach.
  • There’s no entrance fees for music concerts, parade or the final beach party.
  • Bonfire pyres burn through the night across both Riazor & Orzán Beaches.

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Beds & Eats

Accommodation

Fiesta de San Juan Coruña Accommodation 
  • Camping on the beach is not allowed.

Amenities

Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Food Stalls, Food BYO, BYOB, Water
Fresh & Clean: no
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: Chill Zone
Accessibility: no
Fiestas de San Juan Amenities
  • Coruña is a vibrant beach city with everything!
  • It’s the capital of A Coruña province in Galicia.
  • On the eve of the hogueras (bonfires), there’s a tradition of grilling (parilla) sardines everywhere, in front of houses, bars, restaurants & small community zones, and everyone is welcome to share. The smell of grilled fish veritably fills the evening air; tasting the “sardinas asadas” is a must before heading off to Riazor y Orzán beaches to add wood, or even old cardboard boxes, to giant seaside bonfires.
  • Yes. Bonfires are allowed and encouraged.
  • Eats & drinks are available everywhere throughout the evening, but if you plan to celebrate after-hours, and want to BYOB, then be sure to buy adequate liquid provisions early in the day because it can be hard to buy alcohol from stores in Spain after 10pm.
  • No WCs. Just a few public urinals (and the ocean).

When

Dates

start Fri, 23 June 2017
end Sat, 24 June 2017
Fiesta de San Juan Dates
  • There’s a debate in Spain about the date of bonfire night.
  • Some say it’s the eve of June 24th, others say the 23rd.
  • In Coruña the "hogueras" are on the eve of June 23rd.

Season & Weather

Season: Summer
Temperature: 11 to 21 °C

Coruña weather in June is warm to hot with plenty of sunshine by day and coolish temperatures in the evenings, but surprisingly chilly at night. In fact, the hogueras de San Juan, marks the beginning of summer since the official summer solstice is June 21. For a Spanish beach city, Coruña can still be quite cool in June, especially outdoors, so prepare with a light jacket to enjoy the bonfires & seaside partying without shivering too much. Unfortunately, the ocean is probably still going to be too cold for pleasant swims, at least while sober.

Contact

Contact

Tel: +34 881 990 321

Promoter

Ayuntamiento de A Coruña: Plaza de María Pita, 1. A Coruña, Spain.

Comisión Promotora de las Hogueras de San Juan de La Coruña, departamento de coordinación: Aptdo. de Correos, 159, A Coruña, Spain.

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