San Juan Festival (Noche de San Juan)
The Summer Solstice (longest day / shortest night) in Ibiza is, of course, a reason for celebration. The day, but mostly the night, is known as the fiesta of San Juan as well as Noche de San Juan (San Juan night)
In 2017 the longest day is Friday 23rd June
In 2018 the longest day will be Thursday 21st June
Many towns & villages in Ibiza celebrate this night, including Santa Eulalia, Santa Gertrudis & San Juan. If you are in Ibiza then a great place to hear do is either Talamanca or Figueretas, the sandy bays on either side of Ibiza Town
At sundown the locals light small bonfires on the beach (normally not allowed!)
Music, fire, dancing, drinking & eating are the order of the day. If you plan on eating in a restaurant then we recommend booking early as restaurants get very busy as the locals come out to celebrate this day. Many restaurants run special events and menus. As with any Spanish fiesta there is always a great atmosphere.
In addition, San Juan village (also known as Sant Joan) they take a week to celebrate their Patron Saint.
The festival originates as a celebration to ward off evil spirits and is mostly celebrated in the eastern half of Spain and the area’s most closest linked to Catalunya.