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Insider's guide to Sant Joan - Nit del Foc 2018

One of the fieriest celebrations in Mallorca

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Jose Rains | Mallorca Reporter | Published: 20 Jun 2018


Insider's guide to Sant Joan - Nit del Foc 2018

If you are in Mallorca this week, you might notice how the island is gearing up for one of its biggest fiestas of the year. Each June, the locals get together to celebrate in honour of Sant Joan (John the Baptist). Whilst the official day of San Juan is on the 24th, it’s the evening of the 23rd when many of the festivities take place. On this evening, you will see locals gathering for beach and street parties, bonfires, concerts, BBQs, fireworks, devil dancing and more.

So if you are looking to get involved, there are various celebrations taking place all around the island. Here are just some of them.

Beach parties


For many, the beach is the place to be to mark the occasion. As this fiesta falls around the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, you can really make the most of enjoying the warm evening on the beach. Beaches all across the island will be filled with people setting up bonfires (as bans are lifted) and picnics. Playa de Palma, Palma Nova and Playa de Alcudia are some of the liveliest spots if you are looking for the best atmosphere to enjoy the celebrations. A word of warning - the beaches fill up so, if you are a large group, then do get down early to get a big enough area to spread out.

Also see: Beaches in Mallorca, Majorca

Towns & villages


Wherever you are on the island, there should be a party of some sort within close range. If you are inland, then many of the island's villages put on an array of entertainment for both adults and children. Music fills the streets while parades, ceremonial fires and fireworks bring each municipality to life. Some of the most famous parties are in Muro, Alcúdia, Santa Ponça, and Manacor

Also see: Towns & Villages in Mallorca, Majorca

Palma celebrations


As per usual, Palma puts on the biggest and best spectacle on the island. BBQs fill the streets and Parc de la Mar, by the cathedral, is where many congregate in the early evening. Live concerts will take place in many of the city’s squares and, as darkness eventually falls, the city will light up before it hosts ‘Nit del Foc’ (often known as the ‘Night of Fire’) where bonfires are lit and you can watch the legendary fire runs as locals dressed as demons penetrate the streets along with fireworks. The customary correfoc fire dancing is accompanied by the sound of drum performances in the streets. If you want to get involved, the main event tends to start in Parc de la Mar so we recommend heading here after dark.

Beach clubs


If you want to put your glad rags on, then Nikki Beach in Magaluf will be putting on a glamorous San Juan party starting at 20:00. Expect first-class entertainment including fire shows, guest DJs and other spectacular performances. For a slightly quieter affair, the Gran Folies Beach Club in Cala Llamp is hosting a magical dinner with a set menu for €40 in honour of the occasion. In the north of the island, Ponderosa Beach is hosting a Chef’s Night on San Juan with guest chef Joney Hernandez from Restaurante La Vieja a in Palma and Restaurante Flor de Sal in Andratx.

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Nit del Foc rituals


Wherever you might find yourself, there are many rituals that take place over the course of the evening. One of them is to write down a wish on a piece of paper and burn it exactly at midnight in a bonfire. Another is to jump over a bonfire fire three times. Or perhaps you might like the idea of getting into the sea to purify body and soul at midnight. If you don’t fancy taking a dip in the sea, apparently throwing three coins in the water is another way to make a wish.

Any way you want to celebrate, you're sure to spend a magical night in Mallorca this Saturday.

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