Saint John's Bonfires (Moros y Cristianos)

23 Jun 2017
Alicante

Alicante's celebration of Saint John is all about bonfires, fireworks, dancing and a lively atmosphere.

  • When? 23rd June 2017
  • Where? El Postiguet Beach, Alicante
  • Price: Free

For hundreds of years the people of Alicante have celebrated Moros y Cristianos, an important local event that pays homage to Saint John.

Bonfires light up the city streets in a ceremony that dates back to 1928 and large satirical monuments made of paper mache are set on fire on the night of 'San Juan' to mark the end of the event.

Saint John's ceremony is all about encouraging a positive, party atmosphere, with large tents ('barracas') serving as public dance floors as processions featuring dance troupes cruise along the city's cobbled streets.

This lively celebration reaches its peak on June 23rd when El Postiguet beach hosts a fireworks show that visitors won't forget in a hurry.

  • Get there: There are plenty of bus stops close by and the tram is in walking distance of the waterfront.
  • Stay: Find somewhere to stay close to the beach for great views and close proximity to the festivities.

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