Do you find beaches boring? Hands up!
Playa de Coco is said to be the place where the fisherman used to land their catch. It is a nice stroll from Playa del Postiguet (I don’t recommend it when it’s stifling hot however) and if can time your visit to coincide with the San Juan Festival you have a treat in store.
By the way there are no coconut trees – not that I could see anyway!
SAN JUAN FESTIVAL
The festival of San Juan is celebrated on June 23rd all over Spain. It’s a magical night that welcomes the summer season. The celebration is usually held on a beach and there is often roaring bonfires, drinks, food, music, dancing and lots of fun. The atmosphere is fantastic.
Photo of Coconut beach fireworks with the castle of Santa Bárbara castle to the left of the picture. Reproduced by kind permission of Turespaña.
The energetic (or foolish?) can even attempt to jump over the bonfires on the beach if they’re daring enough, and I’ve cringed as I watch them … young, healthy, young men usually. Health and safety has a different meaning in Spain.
INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
From 26th to 29th June an international fireworks competition is held on Alicante’s Coconut beach and hundreds of people make their way to Playa del Postiguet and the environment around not to miss this show of light and colour.
The free shows last about thirty minutes, and as the huge fireworks flood the sky they are accompanied by cleverly choreographed music. You can watch a one-minute video here if you’ve time.
Fuegos Artificiales Playa del Postiguet Alicante
PADDLING AT MIDNIGHT
I promise you that the UK’s November 5th bonfires will never seem the same after you’ve stood scrunching your toes in the warm sand, and watching the 30-minute huge fireworks flooding the sky, especially if you have a glass of sangria in hand.
The last San Juan festival I enjoyed was at Cala de la Fustera beach, near Benissa (an hour or so along the coast). When midnight struck and the fireworks had just finished, everyone linked arms in a row and walked backwards into the lovely warm sea. Then we all threw a sprig of lavender over our shoulders and made a wish. Magic!
There’s one more article in this Alicante series, so coming next there will be:
√Alicante’s accessible beach services for the disabled
√Fougeres Festival Museum. I sometimes feel a bit like a museum piece myself so my passion for visiting museums has waned with each passing year. However this one will make you long to visit Alicante.
√Plus of course The Castle on the hill