The San Juan Fiesta in Alicante
Fiestas in Spain are renowned throughout the world and are a great way to learn about Spanish culture and enjoy the Spanish way of life. It sometimes seems that there are fiestas or a holiday somewhere in Spain every day of the year! Certainly every week over the Summer months there will something going on near you and visitors are welcomed with open arms by the locals. Most towns, even the small villages, will have their own festival, usually a couple of days long, celebrating their patron saint. They will have some funding from their local Ayuntamiento (town hall) and residents may add to the fund to make the fiesta extra special!
Some famous fiestas which you may have heard of include the San Fermin Fiesta in Pamplona and the Tomatina Fiesta in Valencia but even the fiestas in the smaller villages can be great fun. Everywhere will also celebrate for Holy Week with everyone dressing up to enjoy the processions.
If you are considering a trip to Spain, especially to visit the Alicante region, whether for a holiday or to possibly looking to buy a Spanish property, then it is well worth trying to visit the city of Alicante during one of the most famous fiestas which is the San Juan fiesta. This fiesta, paying homage to fire, is celebrated with fireworks (even in daylight!) and bonfires in the street.
Towns and cities along the Costa Blanca coastline celebrate this fiesta. In Alicante there is a week long celebration including processions, music and dancing, and outdoor concerts culminating on the 24th June with a traditional Spanish dinner and with bonfires (that the residents will have spent weeks making!) burning throughout the night from midnight to welcome the Summer. There will be dancing around the fires and happy revellers often take to the sea for a dip! Thousands of people throng the streets and the atmosphere is amazing. If you are staying in Alicante itself, think twice before booking a city centre hotel if you want any sleep at all!
Needless to say it is very quiet in Alicante on the 25th, with even some of the National Police taking the day off to recover!
If you are visiting Alicante to sort out some important Spanish paperwork, eg obtaining your NIE number at the National Police Station, visiting the Extranjeria or the Embassy, it is worth taking note that a lot of offices, even if they are based in the Police station, will close on the day of the 25th for a holiday. Contact us at www.niein1day.co.uk or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on National Police holidays and closure days as well as for further information on how we can help you obtaining your Spanish paperwork.