The Canary Islands Guide #WeekendTips San Juan June 23-26, 2022: The Canary Islands
Summer officially began with the June solstice on Tuesday and now the fundamental festivities of San Juan are upon us, celebrating 544 years since the Castilian army set up its first camp on the banks of the freshwater stream of Guineguada , in what is now the old quarter of our capital, Vegueta! It’s a long “puente” weekend with one of the biggest and most magical celebrations in Gran Canaria and all of Spain, involving many traditional parties, midnight baths in the sea and various rituals with smoke, bonfires and fireworks.
Each municipality and neighborhood is likely to have its own official bonfire event, and there are strict rules to follow, especially at this time of year when we are always alert to the dangers of wildfires to our island, so in case you are planning your own event, always check with your local town hall for specific rules and regulations.
This weekend offers so much beside San Juan, including the Patron Saint festivities and the “Romeria” pilgrimage offerings. There is also a harvest fair in El Tablero, a 90s music festival in Barranco del Aguila, a romantic night in Tejeda and much more!
“Remember that San Juan festivities also mean fireworks, so make sure your pets are safe inside and safe as they can easily get spooked and try to escape. any perceived danger. Keep an eye out for panicking animals outside”
This Friday, June 24 is a local holiday in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, telde, Arucas, Aldea de San Nicolas, Teror.
Founding festivals of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, festivals in honor of San Juan Bautista in Telde, Arucas and La Aldea and Festividad del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús in Teror.