The site was very full. I asked for a large beer to start diving me into that partying atmosphere (although still did not know the reason) that was floating around the city. When was waiting for that I serve, I asked the boy’s next door, which I expected as I do, the reason for so much excitement among the locals, and told me that it was the feast of San Juan, the shortest night of the year.Two hours later not knew very well where it was. The boy that had conversed some minutes earlier, Sergio, invited me to sit with his friends, and had to replace beer with whiskey and tequila shots. When you exit the bar seemed to know them in life, although I do not imagine the show we gave, singing the hymn of Barca (well, I accompanied them tatareando a kind of melody that I half invented) and compliments to each girl who passed in front of our.
We also encourage us with firecrackers, we began to pull in the middle of the square. San Juan home of an envelope Barcelones 22.00 took me home from a friend who was a party. Thanks to dinner we got out a little drunk. We ate tortilla potato and a few real good sausages, and for dessert a coca de Sant Joan, apparently typical of the feast. Era sponge cake with some sweet fruit above, very original and quite rich. During dinner I was talking to a very nice girl who told me that on the night of San Juan, a magical night, celebrates the arrival of summer, and that fire, water and herbs are symbols of this celebration, although currently the fire, symbol of purification, is the element that most stays. Cava and wine no shortage at any time, as it is customary in the celebrations of the city.
The party crowd on the beach just the night on the beach of Barceloneta, which llegamso with the line yellow subway (I was surprised when I was told that the subway was open all night). The amount of people that were in front of the sea was incalculable, all making bonfires, throwing firecrackers, dancing and, as no, drinking.Finally, I had an unforgettable night unexpectedly and without knowing anything of this Catalan tradition, although the feast is also celebrated in different ways in the rest of Spain. If you have the opportunity, do not miss this summer festival that the locals celebrate big throughout the city. The color of the fireworks show is beautiful and very friendly locals!