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The night of San Juan

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The night of San Juan

The night of San Juan

The city welcomes the summer in Málaga with a magical festival: the night of San Juan, which is celebrated on the night of 23 June. During this festival, it is traditional to go to the beaches to light bonfires and enjoy different traditions.

The rituals begin around midnight. The most deeply rooted traditions include dipping one's feet in the seashore. It is also the right time to light the bonfires. One of the classic elements that are burnt in these bonfires in Málaga are the 'júas': dolls made of rags or other materials, usually decorated with symbolism, which are set alight.

The beaches of La Malagueta or La Misericordia are some of those that host concerts and special activities, such as fireworks displays. But others further away from the city centre are also chosen by the locals to spend the night.