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Hogueras de San Juan: what to see, where and when

Alicante is already preparing to live its biggest festivity: the Hogueras de San Juan (Bonfires of Saint John). The celebrations take place from the 20th to the 24th of June. But, altough these are the central days of the festivity, since June 2, the city is already full of acts and activities.

If you have never seen this celebration, you can not miss the opportunity to visit this year the capital of the Costa Blanca and become enfolded by the atmosphere in the city. The stone carton monuments, called ‘fogueres’ or ‘hogueras’, fill every corner of the city, from the center to the neighborhoods. You will also see the popular ‘racós and barracas’, public spaces in the streets where people gather to eat, dance and enjoy the whole day.

Every day, at 14 hours, from the mythical Plaza de los Luceros, you can enjoy the ‘mascletà’, a unique pyrotechnic show. And on the 24th, at midnight, all the bonfires, those satirical monuments full of color, will burn in the ‘Nit de la Cremà’ (the night of fire).

Here you can check the main events not to be missed, where to see them and when.

  • Monuments close to Be Alicante

Hoguera Oficial del Ayuntamiento (Plaza del Ayuntamiento), Alfonso el Sabio, Mercado, Calderón de la Barca, Benito Pérez Galdós, Carrer Sant Vicent, Diputación Renfe, Explanada, Port d’Alacant and Santa María. To nkow all the monuments around the city, you can visit  https://hogueras.com/.

  • Proclamation ‘Hogueras de San Juan’
Friday, June 2, at 10:00 p.m. From the balconies of the Town Hall of Alicante. You can walk to the City Hall Square to see it, but we recommend you go in time because it is a very attended event.
  • Mascletàs de Fogueres
One of the activities you can not miss in these San Juan Bonfires. They begin on Saturday, June 3, at 2:00 p.m., in the Plaza de los Luceros. It is also advisable to go early to get a good site and enjoy the noise and fireworks. The mascletàs are repeated every weekend, Saturdays and Sundays, until the week of Hogueras. On June 17 will start the official pyrotechnic competition, with one mascletà every day.

  • ‘Ninot’ Parade
Saturday, June 10, at 8:00 p.m. All the commissions of ‘Fogueres’ participate in a parade where they dress their best disguises. Satire, social criticism and fun are guaranteed. The itinerary passes through the center of the city, very close to your accommodation in Be Alicante: Alfonso el Sabio, Rambla de Méndez Núñez, Rafael Altamira and Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • Arribada del Foc (the arrival of the Fire)
Friday, June 16, at 00:00 hours, on the façade of ‘El Corte-Inglés’ (Calle Churruca). It is a show of light, sound and pyrotechnics that begins the festivities of the Bonfires of Saint John.
  • Street Band Parade
Saturday, June 17, at 7:00 p.m. In this parade, all the differents ‘comisiones’, this is, the people that make up the festivity, go through the streets of Alicante with typical regional costumes  . The tour passes very close to Be Alicante: Luceros Square, Alfonso X El Sabio, Rambla de Méndez Núñez, Calle Altamira and Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

hogueras de san juan alicante detalle de la hoguera de senaca autobusos 2016

  • Plantà (Set up)
On Sunday, June 18, at 00:00 hours, children’s monuments begin to be planted in the streets. And on Tuesday 20, it will be the turn of the big bonfires, the barracks and the ‘racós’. That night, all the monuments will have to be already planted and will officially begin the festivity of Hogueras de San Juan.
  • Flower offering
Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June. The parade begins at 7pm on both days. The members of the ‘comsiones’ bring flowers to the patron Virgin of Alicante. The route goes from the Plaza de los Luceros, Alfonso X El Sabio, Rambla de Méndez Núñez, Calle San José and Plaza de Abad Penalva, to the Concatedral de San Nicolás. In the City Hall you can see the flower blanket that is filled with all the offerings.
  • International Parade
Friday, June 23, from 20.30 hours. It is one of the most beloved acts in the Bonfires of San Juan, and the most funny and visited. Representatives from countries around the world parade through the streets of Alicante with their typical costumes and their regional dances. Chile, Peru, Mexico, Brazil … It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the color and the music of all these places. The parade passes through the center of the city, so if you are staying in Be Alicante, you can not miss it!
  • Cremà de les Fogueres (The Burning)
And on the 24th, the most important moment of the festival of Hogueras de San Juan arrives. All the monuments that have been planted burn with the purifying fire and give way to a new era, of renovation and summer days. At 00:00 hours, a monumental Palm of fireworks display is launched from Monte Benacantil, which illuminates the Castle of Santa Barbara from the sky. Then the official bonfire of the Town Hall  is burned, and soon after the rest of the monuments. It’s an amazing show! But… if you are close to the burnings and do not want to get wet, wacht out Because once the monuments are on fire, the ‘banyà’ begins. The firemen throw water to all who are nearby, to quell the heat of the fire. It is a unique tradition of Alicante, especially enjoyed by the children. Do you dare to get under the mantle of water in the Night of Fire?

crema de una hoguera en alicante

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