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Experience gunpowder, colour and music at the “Hogueras de San Juan”
Publishing date 17/06/2013
Make the most of the new AVE Madrid-Alicante high speed rail link and come to the Region of Valencia to discover one of its best festivals, the "Hogueras de San Juan". Alicante's biggest festival takes place from 20 to 24 June and has been declared a Festival of International Interest. A different atmosphere pervades the city during the festival, with the sounds and smells of firecrackers, street decorations and band music putting locals and visitors in a lively fiesta mood. Don't miss this festival, you'll love it!
The “Hogueras de San Juan” is the main annual festival in the city of Alicante. Declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest, the event dates back to the tradition of burning items that were no longer useful with the arrival of the summer solstice.
More than two thousand “hogueras” or bonfire monuments made from papier maché are set up around the city, usually with a satirical message or theme. All of them will be set alight on 24 June during the spectacular night of the "Cremà", accompanied by the popular "Banyà" (a soaking with water) applied by the local fire fighters to dampen the flames.
The festival programme includes events such as the “Mascletàs” (an impressive firecracker competition held in Plaza de los Luceros from 20 to 24 June at 2pm), the Pregón (the call to take part in the festival), the “Plantà” (when all the monuments are put in place), the Cabalgata del Ninot plus processions and parades, the most spectacular being the Ofrenda de Flores a la Virgen del Remedio (flower offering to the Virgin). A different atmosphere pervades the city during the festival, with the sounds and smells of firecrackers, street decorations and band music putting locals and visitors in a lively fiesta mood.
Make the most of the special offers on the AVE Madrid-Alicante high speed rail link!
From 18 June, Madrid is even closer to the beach with the new AVE Madrid-Alicante high speed rail link. More than 1,000 extra seats every day connecting you with Alicante, the capital of the Costa Blanca, only 2 hours and 25 minutes away. You can get discounts of up to 50% on your fare if you purchase your ticket in advance. You have until 25 June to get your ticket for only 32.45 euros. Make the most of this offer - come to Alicante and enjoy the “Hogueras”.
Don’t think twice, book your seat now... the beach has never been so close!
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