On the night of June 23 each year, neighborhoods in Barcelona organize celebrations with bonfires where people burn old furniture and unwanted items and hold firework displays. Bands play and people dance the night away. Traditionally, everyone eats a special kind of cake called coca, made of pine nuts and dried fruits. It was originally a pagan festival that celebrated the summer solstice (shortest night/longest day of the year). Many places hold private parties and celebrations, but it's more fun to attend the traditional public outdoor festivities in plazas throughout the city. It's free.
- Type: Festivals & Fairs
- Nearest Train: Plaça de Catalunya
- Venue Description:
Plaza de Cataluña once stood outside the city walls, between what is now Eixample and Ciutat Vella (Old City). This square, considered the city center, is the meeting place of many important streets, and you will find many hotels and shopping centers here. Here you'll also find wonderful sculptures like Joseph Clarà's Deessa and Pablo Gargallo's Pastor de Pau. If you're not a fan of pigeons, steer clear. If you're here in the spring, you'll find concerts taking place for the Festival Internacional de Jazz Terrassa.