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Hogueras de San Juan 2024 in Alicante
June 10, 2024

Hogueras de San Juan 2024 in Alicante

If you are looking for a truly unforgettable cultural experience, look no further than the San Juan Festival in Alicante. It's a time when the city comes alive with music, traditional costumes, and the irresistible aroma of local cuisine. Whether you are a solo traveler, part of a family, or exploring with friends, the festival offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich traditions and community spirit of Alicante. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary celebration that attracts visitors from all over the world.

What is Hogueres de Sant Juan?

The Bonfires of San Juan, known locally as Hogueras de San Juan, is a vibrant and deeply rooted cultural festival celebrated annually in Alicante, Spain. This event, starting on June 20th and continuing until June 24th in 2024, marks the arrival of summer with spectacular bonfires, parades, and fireworks. Throughout this period, roughly 1 million tourists descend upon the city to join in the festivities. Yet, it's crucial to mention that the celebration can be quite loud, with fireworks igniting both day and night. This may unsettle pets, making it less than ideal for elderly individuals or tourists with animals to visit Alicante during this time.

Les Hogueres is not just a festival but a grand display of Alicante's culture, combining art, tradition, and community spirit. The event includes a series of activities like the Mascletà, daily firework displays, and the grand La Palmera fireworks show on June 24th, signaling the beginning of the cremà, where the hogueras are burned. Music, parades, traditional costumes, and local gastronomy play essential roles, making it a comprehensive cultural experience. Visitors can explore and photograph these artistic bonfires in the late afternoon before they are set ablaze in the evening.

History of the Origin Hogueras de San Juan

The origins of Hogueras de San Juan trace back to ancient pagan rituals celebrating the summer solstice. Traditionally, bonfires were lit to ward off evil spirits and to purify and renew the land. With time, these customs merged with Christian traditions, and the festival became a tribute to Saint John the Baptist. In Alicante, this celebration evolved and was officially recognized in 1928, transforming into the grand event it is today. The festival now combines historical traditions with local culture, art, and community participation, making it a cornerstone of Alicante’s identity.

The Hogueras de San Juan festival in Alicante is similar to Las Fallas in Valencia, which is celebrated in March. Both festivals feature elaborate artistic creations made of wood and papier-mâché, which are ceremoniously burned as part of the celebrations. Each festival highlights regional culture, creativity, and community involvement, drawing large crowds of locals and tourists who revel in the unique spectacle and festive atmosphere.

Program Hogueras 2024 in Alicante

The calendar describes the events that will take place in the city of Alicante. Still, please note that the celebration of Las Hogueras will also take place in other nearby towns, such as San Vicente del Raspeig, El Campello, San Juan de Alicante, Torrevieja, and Villajoyosa.

Thursday, June 20

  • 14:00 – Third session of the Mascletà fireworks competition at Luceros.
  • 17:00 – Announcement of awards for the children's bonfires.
  • 17:30 – Official visit to the winning children's bonfire.
  • 22:30 – Inauguration of the barracas and racós.
  • TBD – Nighttime Mascletà, pending confirmation.

Friday, June 21

  • 09:00 – Jury visit for the bonfires, barraca decorations, and decorated streets.
  • 12:00 – Tribute to Gabriel Miró at Gabriel Miró Square.
  • 13:00 – Tribute to José Mª Py on Jose Mª Py Street.
  • 14:00 – Fourth session of the Mascletà fireworks competition at Luceros.
  • 17:00 – Announcement of awards for the bonfires, barraca decorations, and decorated streets.
  • 17:30 – Official visit to the winning bonfire and barraca.
  • 18:30 – First session of the Flower Offering to the Virgin of Remedio. Route: Alfonso El Sabio, Rambla de Méndez Núñez, San José Street, Co-cathedral San Nicolás, Rafael Altamira, and Town Hall Square.
  • 22:30 – Evening dances at the barracas and racós.

Saturday, June 22

  • 11:00 – Award ceremony parade. Route: From Town Hall Square to the official stand on Rambla.
  • 13:00 – Parade of the Nanos i Gegants (giant figures and dwarfs) of Alicante. Route: Altamira, Rambla, and Alfonso el Sabio.
  • 14:00 – Fifth session of the Mascletà fireworks competition at Luceros.
  • 18:30 – Second session of the Flower Offering to the Virgin of Remedio. Route: Alfonso El Sabio, Rambla de Méndez Núñez, San José Street, Co-cathedral San Nicolás, Rafael Altamira, and Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 22:30 – Evening dances at the barracas and racós.

Sunday, June 23

  • 12:30 – Award ceremony for the Flower Offering at the Fogueres Market.
  • 13:00 – Parade of the Nanos i Gegants (giant figures and dwarfs) of Alicante. Route: Altamira, Rambla, and Alfonso el Sabio.
  • 14:00 – Sixth session of the Mascletà fireworks competition at Luceros.
  • 19:00 – Traditional Dansà d’Alacant dance around the Official Bonfire at Town Hall Square.
  • 20:00 – 66th International Folkloric Parade showcasing Valencian, other regional, and international traditions. Route: Alfonso El Sabio, Rambla de Méndez Núñez, Rafael Altamira, and Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
  • 22:30 – Evening dances at the barracas and racós.

Monday, June 24

  • 13:00 – Parade of the Nanos i Gegants (giant figures and dwarfs) of Alicante. Route: Altamira, Rambla, and Alfonso el Sabio.
  • 14:00 – Seventh session of the Mascletà fireworks competition at Luceros.
  • 20:00 – Official Fogueres Mass at the Co-cathedral of San Nicolás.
  • 00:00 – Monumental Palmera firework display from the summit of Mount Benacantil by Pirotecnia Hermanos Sirvent (comprising 1200 rockets with a 300-meter radius). This is followed by the Nit de la Cremà, starting with the Official Bonfire at Town Hall Square, then the burning of all remaining bonfires throughout the city's districts.

Practical Information for Visitors During the San Juan Festival (Alicante) 2024

Accommodation

Early booking is the rule of thumb as hotels and apartments fill up quickly. As the festival approaches, vacancies are rapidly becoming fewer, so save yourself the stress and start looking for accommodation earlier. Location plays a key role in optimizing your festival experience. Since about a million tourists come to the city during the San Juan Festival (Alicante) 2024, it is worth choosing the right accommodation option, since in some areas of the city it will be very loud and noisy during the day and night. For example, the area where Apart hotel Happy life is located is ideal for a restful sleep and rest after busy days of the festival. In addition, many roads will be closed during the festival, and you can easily get to the center by taxi or car without wandering along unfamiliar routes.

Transportation

Navigating Alicante during the festival is relatively straightforward:

  • Getting to Alicante: The city is well-connected by air, with Alicante-Elche Airport serving many international and domestic flights. From the airport, you can take a bus, taxi, or rental car to reach the city center.
  • Public Transport: Alicante's public transportation includes buses and trams, which are efficient and affordable. The TRAM network is particularly useful for getting around the city and to nearby beaches.
  • Walking: Many of the festival events are located in the city center, making walking a convenient option.
  • Traffic Restrictions: Be aware that some streets may be closed or have restricted access during the festival, so plan your routes accordingly.

During the San Juan Festival in Alicante, traffic will be restricted on several streets. From 7:00 AM on June 17, 2024, to 8:00 AM on June 25, 2024, the restricted streets include Avda. Doctor Gadea, Av. Federico Soto, Av. General Marvá, Av. Benito Pérez Galdós, Músico Óscar Tordera Iñesta, Poeta Carmelo Calvo, Padre Mariana, Plaza de Santa Teresa, Cuesta de la Fábrica, Vázquez de Mella, Doña Violante, Juan Bautista Lafora, and Av. Doctor Ramón y Cajal. There will also be a general closure of Av. Alfonso El Sabio and Av. Estación.

Food and Drink

Alicante's local cuisine and special festival foods are highlights of the San Juan Festival:

  • Traditional Dishes: Sample local delicacies such as paella, arroz a banda, and various seafood dishes. Many restaurants offer special menus during the festival.
  • Festival Treats: Don't miss trying "coca amb tonyina" (a savory pastry with tuna) and "brevas" (figs), which are traditional treats during the festival.
  • Street Food: Numerous food stalls are set up around the city offering a variety of snacks and drinks, providing an authentic taste of local flavors.
  • Drinks: Enjoy local wines and the famous Spanish "horchata" (a sweet, nutty drink) to cool down from the summer heat.

By planning your accommodation and transportation in advance, and knowing where to find the best local food, you can fully enjoy the vibrant San Juan Festival in Alicante.

We encourage you to join the locals in celebrating the arrival of summer in the most spectacular way possible. Immerse yourself in the traditions, savor the delicious food, and take part in the joyous atmosphere that defines the San Juan Festival. This is more than just a festival—it's a celebration of life, culture, and community that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

So, mark your calendars for June 20-24, 2024, and experience the magic of the Hogueras de San Juan. Let the vibrant energy of Alicante captivate you and make your summer truly extraordinary.

For more detailed information on the festival's schedule, events, and tips for visitors, you can visit the following official resources:

  • Official Alicante Tourism Website provides comprehensive details on the Hogueras de San Juan, including historical insights, key events, and practical travel information.
  • Hogueras Official Website offers a detailed calendar of events, background on the festival's traditions, and updates on various activities taking place during the celebration.
  • Spain's Official Tourism Website provides an overview of the festival, highlighting its significance and major attractions, as well as additional travel tips for those visiting Alicante.

By exploring these resources, you can ensure that you are well-prepared to fully immerse yourself in the lively festivities and cultural heritage of the San Juan Festival in Alicante. Don't miss out on this extraordinary celebration—plan your visit today and create unforgettable summer memories!

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