Fire night in the best company! Make your wish on Saint John´s Eve…
You are about to experience one of the shortest nights of the year… and one of the most magical ones. The bonfires give off their heat, the fireworks paint the sky with colors on Saint Johns Eve. We are not only commemorating the arrival of summer. The night in June, 23rd has become an exciting and magical night, especially in Spain. No doubt, you are lucky to live it during your stay with us. Are you coming?
Thousands of people come together to enjoy this special night alone or in company. However, many of us might not know the origins of this celebration. The birth of St. John the Baptist near the solstice date of June, 21st seems to be the main reason for it. The fires were burning to welcome the summer and this way "give more power to the sun," as shorter days are arriving and thus the sun starts to weaken. These ancient traditions and customs linked the birth of St. John the Baptist to Saint John´s Eve, although this tradition dates back long before the advent of Christianity.
As the night falls, we come together, light the bonfires and wait with excitement the spectacular fireworks. In Gran Canaria, Las Canteras has become one of the meeting points par excellence for this celebration. In Lanzarote, one of the preferred places is Playa Honda, and in Fuerteventura, the great bonfire takes place in Puerto del Rosario. In Tenerife, the big night is celebrated at Puerto de la Cruz. Taking a dip in the waters of Zahara de los Atunes or at Playa de los Lances after making your wish is pure enjoyment. Naturally, these are only a few places where the tradition is celebrated. There are so much more towns and municipalities that join the party in St. John´s Eve. Skipping the bonfires, dropping herbs to the fire and going into the water by jumping over the waves are rituals you will have to do if you want your wish become true. The ingredients for a great night: a bathing suit, your wish and willing to have fun. And, of course, falling into a deep sleep in the bed of our hotel while you are smiling!