June 23rd brings with it the shortest night of the year… and one of the most magical! We refer, no more and no less, to the Night of San Xuan (Midsummer’s Eve), which officially opens the summer season in Gijón. From then on, it only remains to enjoy the good weather and heaps of activities and festivities.
If you decide on visiting at this time of the year, then here is a short list of recommendations to help you make the most of this festivity brimming with deep-rooted traditions among the people of Gijón.
Although the fiesta is held at different places in the city, you will find the main bonfire on Poniente Beach. It’s a good idea to get there early so as to find a good spot to enjoy traditional Asturian and Celtic music while seeing that everyone is expectantly waiting for the bonfire to be lit, for the firework display to start and, of course, to dance the ancient danza prima.
If you are going to spend a few days here, we recommend you visit the Botanical Gardens, which, year after year, celebrate the summer solstice, a very special activity that includes children’s workshops, guided tours and entertainment provided by mythological creatures.
We look forward to seeing you!