Sant Joan Costa Brava
Saint John´s Eve
Sant Joan Night (known as Saint John´s Eve in English-speaking world) is coming on June 23-24, this is a magical night that is also known as the Night of Fire or the Night of Witches. It's time when we say goodbye to spring and hello to summer! For an amazing stay on the Costa Brava, BE APARTMENT offers you the most elegant Luxury Apartments in various towns of the Coast.
On the Costa Brava and in the Girona Pyrenees, as in the rest of Catalonia, Sant Joan Night or revetlla, forms part of the festive heritage. In every town people gather around bonfires with their family and friends, following ancient (probably pagan) rituals. In many other countries the shortest night of the year is also celebrated with fire taking centre stage. This purifying element is accompanied by music and dancing until the early hours, fireworks aplenty and (in the case of Catalonia) the traditional Coca de Sant Joan, a sweet bread with custard and candied fruit.
There's nothing quite like enjoying a slice of Sant Joan coca around a bonfire. But you can make the night even more of an experience if you join in the celebrations of the arrival of the famous Flama del Canigó (Canigó Flame), that takes place in Girona. Since 1955, the Flama de Canigó holds the tradition where the bonfires across are lit by torches kindled in the large fire lit at the summit of the Canigó mountain at the altitude of 2,784 metres and carried down the mountain in relay. The Sant Joan torch bearers take the flame to every county in Catalonia as a symbol of the survival and vitality of Catalan culture.
Wherever you spend Saint John’s Eve, you'll have a great time! Just wander around streets of any town in Costa Brava and let the music and firecrackers guide you to one of the open-air celebrations, where you'll find a warm welcome. If you´ve decided to spend few days at Costa Brava in the province of Girona you can always stay in our Luxury Apartments by BE APARTMENT, the best luxury apartments at Costa Brava.