Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Midsummer Magic of San Juan 2022

Puerto de la Cruz extols the traditions from June 21 to 24 in the San Juan festivities

Puerto de la Cruz is where to find many of the customs for midsummer in Tenerife and this year those celebrations are back, including the music and bonfires on the beach. The Department of Culture of the City Council of Puerto de la Cruz has designed a festive program with the aim of publicizing the ancient traditions of the San Juan festivities and encouraging the participation of residents and visitors on one of the key dates in the calendar of city celebrations.

Every year, in time for the festivities of San Juan (Saint John), all of the water fountains in the town are decorated with flowers, fruit and vegetables. The Chorros Enramados (Decorated Fountains) - similar to well dressing in England - begins on the evening of 22 June, with the 23 June being the one day to view these ephemeral displays. These water sources were very important when they were installed in the 19th Century and, as such, are celebrated. Map of the locations.

On the evening of 23rd June, on Playa JardinNoche de San Juan (Eve of San Juan) is celebrated, which brings together pagan rituals and the Hogueras de San Juan (Bonfires of Saint John) with an open-air festival on the beach. For this year, Grupo Caracoles will begin the entertainment at 8:30 p.m. and the bonfires will be lit at 9:30 p.m. Grupo Tigaray will carry on the party from 10:30 p.m. Another stage will be set up on the esplanade of the Casa de la Aduana (Old Customs House) where the public will be able to enjoy a live performance by Arístides Moreno and the 101 Brass Band from 9:00 p.m.

Closing the festive circle, at 8 a.m. in the morning Friday, 24th June 2022, watch the baño de las cabras as 300+ goats get their annual, ritual bath in the waters of the old fishing port, one of the most identifying traditions in Puerto's history and also one of the oldest in the Canary Islands; a ritual of Guanche origin that was recovered at the beginning of the eighties and that the Department of Culture supports year after year with the celebration of multiple activities, not only on the beach but in the rest of the municipality. Folklore, traditional games, examples of native sports will be the culmination of a few days in which identity and traditions take on more importance than ever and are reinforced from Puerto de la Cruz.

Puerto de la Cruz ensalza las tradiciones del 21 al 24 de junio en las fiestas de San Juan

Download the San Juan 2022 program (PDF)