Midsummer Festival of St John in Malaga: Night of Fire & Witches

This Saturday, June 23, thousands of people of all ages will celebrate along the coast of Malaga the shortest night of the year at the summer solstice known as the festival of St. John. As you can see in the picture, the coastal beaches are floodlit at night with hundreds of bonfires and campfires to spend an evening with friends and family celebrating, eating, drinking, singing and dancing.

It almost doesn´t matter in which coastal town you are staying during this night; you just have to approach the sea shore and you’re in the middle of the party. Many people prepare for that night the “complete kit” for the summer solstice: A bathing suit under your clothes (important, we explain later why), paper, pencil, food and drink, barbecues, many people and even more eagerness to have fun.

At the most popular beaches of the Costa del Sol are organized events and concerts, which are also listed below:

  • In Malaga city, the epicenter of fun is the beach La Malagueta, where there will be two concerts of live music starting at 11 pm.
  • In Torremolinos, the party takes place on the beach of La Carihuela.
  • In Benalmadena, the most popular beaches to celebrate are the central beaches of Santa Ana and Bil-Bil.
  • In Fuengirola takes place this year the second edition of the White Night of San Juan, at the playa del Castillo. The event will begin at 2 pm with Paella, grilled sardines and will last until dawn, with cocktails, DJs and salsa music. The organizers recommend dressing in white, in tune with the decor and atmosphere.
  • In Marbella is set up a stage for a concert and DJs at Pinillo Beach, starting at 8 pm. In San Pedro de Alcantara the stage will be placed on the beach of La Salida, also with a concert and DJs. This beach will also feature a children’s area with inflatable attractions and entertainment for children.
  • In Estepona gather a large number of people on the playa del Cristo.
  • And in Torre del Mar on the eastern Costa del Sol, on the beach of El Copo, there are grilled sardines after 9 pm, entertainment and DJs.

However, these are the most popular and busy beaches; in fact everywhere there are fires all along the coast; if you have not experienced yet, you should join in, it is very impressive.
Now, the details of this night: Related to the shortest night of the year in each municipality there are a number of superstitions related to fire and water. If you like, join in to burn things you want to forget (written on a piece of paper), acquire eternal beauty taking a bath in the waves at midnight (It is worth to take the bathing suit because there are many people who jump into the water at midnight and it’s great fun!) or jump over the fire for good luck throughout the year (not like me as I did when I was 6 years old and burned my leg, so be careful). It is certainly a unique experience in Malaga.

Those who prefer to celebrate the night a little more distinguished by the sea, have a vast range of exclusive beach clubs (Nikki Beach, Marbella) and top-class hotels offering midsummer dinners and parties.

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