The Festival of St. John is one of the most important in A Coruña. It takes place on June 23 on the eve of St. John, with a great celebration featuring musical bands, troupes of giant and big-headed dolls, bagpipe bands and many folkloric groups.
They tour the city entertaining visitors and tourists and encouraging them to purchase traditional bouquets of wild flowers.
As part of the tradition, these bouquets of flowers are hung in the air so that they can dry and, thus, last all year with the aim of scaring away evil beings and witches, as well as protecting homes.
When night falls, the celebration explodes with the preparation of sardines that invades the entire city with a smell of burnt wood.
The Festival of St. John can gather up to 100,000 people on the coast alone. In addition, the celebration is intense in the streets of all the neighbourhoods, waiting for the arrival of night to light the bonfires. That is why it is called “Noite da queima”.
The popularity of this celebration is so enormous that it was declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest.