Noche de San Juan in Marbella

Noche de San Juan was celebrated as usual on June 23 (the longest day of the year in Spain) on many of Marbella’s beaches, where it’s traditional to build a bonfire on the beach, make a wish for the coming year, jump over the fire and run into the sea.

Noche de San Juan at La Red 2017

As usual, chiringuitos along Marbella’s 27 kilometres of coastline took advantage of the annual occasion. visited La Red on the Playa Fontanilla to provide images of this event.

Noche de San Juan 2015

Noche de San Juan (the night of San Juan) is on June 23 every year. It is a celebration of the summer solstice and it takes place on Marbella’s beaches with roaring bonfires and plenty of food and drink. It can be a memorable, surrealistic scene and it is one that just has to be experienced.

Water and Fire are the basic elements and it is believed that these counterparts create a mythical connection.It is said to be a magical night when strange occurrences happen on this the shortest night of the year. For example, certain pagan gods are said to make themselves visible.

Fire and the buring of ‘júas’ (rag dolls/guys) symbolise the disappearance of bad and negative energy and burning something old and personal to chase away bad spiritsThe muñecos (dolls) that are burnt at midnight originally were supposed to represent Judas Iscariot, sometimes they represent local or national personalities supposedly to bring good luck but now is more of an enjoyment factor.

According to tradition, if people jump over a bonfire  three times, they will be cleansed and purified and their problems will disappear.



Also taking a swim in the sea at midnight is supposed to be a way to wash away evil spirits as well as washing your faces and feet three times in order to be granted three wishes. Many of the bars and restaurants on the paseo and beaches will be offering entertainment on this special night, the dress code is wear white. So be entranced by the spectacle that is San Juan and enjoy.

San Juan 070


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