Feast of Sant Joan
Want to celebrate the longest day and the start of summer? Head to Barcelona for the Feast of Sant Joan. A little history – also dubbed the “Night of Fire” – the event commemorates the feast of Saint John the Baptist celebrating the solstice. So what can you expect? Each district is likely to have its own celebrations and traditions including the lighting of bonfires and fireworks, and many believe bathing on the night of Saint Joan can be healing, this often ends up as a midnight swim in the sea.
The traditional thing to eat is the Coca de Sant Joan; a delicious flat bread topped with sweet treats. If you are looking for something big then you should probably head to the beaches where the largest gathering usually ends up. The following day is a public holiday so the party is likely to last all night and it can be amazing to watch the sunrise over the sea on the beach.