Sant Joan is one of Barcelona’s most celebrated festivals, filled with impressive fireworks and processions. On the eve of Sant Joan, the city of Barcelona flocks to the beach to enjoy an endless party by the sea and celebrate the shortest night of the year. The evening also offers more traditional celebrations with the procession of the Canigó Flame. Since 1955, the ritual of the Canigó Flame has been part of Catalan culture. The flame is paraded across the city’s main streets, beginning at Carrer d’Arístides Maillol and traveling through Plaça d’Espanya, Gran Via, La Rambla, Via Laietana and more, lighting up Sant Joan bonfires along the way. Once arriving at its destination at Plaça de Sant Jaume, dancing and gegants (giants) fill the square, often accompanied by the typical coca pastry and other Catalan feasts.The procession lasts about an hour, and is a sure way to set the mood for a night of music, magic and myth.