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Saint John´s eve Empuriabrava 2019

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Between the 23rd and the 24th of June of each year, Empuriabrava joins the festival of Saint John. The magical night, which is the shortest of the year, welcomes summer.

The prelude to the summer season is celebrated with fireworks on the beach, where tourists and locals gather to share and enjoy the atmosphere while listening to Havana on the seashore. In Empuriabrava, as well as in the rest of Catalonia, everyone enjoys some burned rum or a good cava while watching the bonfires and pyrotechnics. Of course, there is never a lack of "coca", a sweet bread with custard and candied fruit served while the Canigó Flame arrives. People entertain themselves until late in the morning listening to music and dancing to the rhythm.

This farewell to spring is a party that dates back to 5000 BC. One of the stories of its origin states the celebration of San Joan is related to a legend. The Sun, who was in love with Earth, refused to abandon it. To encourage and strengthen the Sun, human beings decided to light fires. In this way, the Sun would become stronger and be purified while it was helped with its journey through the heavens. This is how this legend also corresponds to the superstition that evil spirits can be driven away by the element of fire. The ritual is also supposed to attract good vibrations of love and fertility to everyone involved.

However, the origin of this festival also dates back to the birth of Saint John Baptiste. According to the sacred text of the Bible, the bonfires that are lit during midnight between June 23rd and 24th announce the arrival of the son of Zacarias. The bonfire was the instrument through which the arrival of the Baptist would be announced to the four winds.

In this way, the night of Saint John is both a Christian and a pagan celebration and it is an excellent excuse to end the academic year and take advantage of the good weather to go out on the streets and enjoy the heat of the first summer days.

In almost every place in Spain, a doll is burned at the stake and in Empuriabrava, you spend the night in any of its three magnificent beaches: La Rubina, San Comes and the one that bears the same name as the community. Many decide to dine in the moonlight, while others prefer to adhere to other traditions, such as taking a bath when midnight arrives, to attract good luck.

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The Marina of Empuriabrava is the largest residential marina in the world. Construction began fifty years ago and it has since become an ideal place for lovers of the sea.

The 23km of navigable canals provide 5000 berths for every type of ship. 700 moorings are available for large ships up to 26m in length. Most properties with berths allow guests to moor right outside the door.

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Empuriabrava offers accommodation for every taste. You can rent your property seasonally or buy a place via Engel & Völkers. Maybe you just want to stay for the Summer, or rent for the Winter and sail away in the warmer months. Empuriabrava is ideal for either.

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Empuriabrava belongs to the municipality of Castelló d'Empúries and is one of the most important holiday areas in Europe.
There are primary and secondary schools, as well as a library and a market. In addition, excellent medical and dental services are available. The city is located in a temperate climate, generally warm and sunny.

With a delicious and varied cuisine, an extensive network of public transport and excellent connections to the rest of Europe, Empuriabrava is the ideal city to enjoy life to the fullest.

The Harbour

The berths have electricity and running water. There are also 24-hour-a-day maritime services and a security service, to keep you and your belongings safe. A weather information point provides up to date forecasts.

Around The Harbour

There are excellent services near to the port including a post office, a doctor's surgery with a pharmacy, and a supermarket to satisfy all your needs.

There are over 35 restaurants and leisure facilities, and 6 hotels, such as the Hotel Port Salins with activities including gym, sauna, massages, squash, heated outdoor pools, jacuzzi and steam room.

We have a wide range of properties for rent and sale with or without docks in Empuriabrava. There are also boat rentals so you can enjoy sea cruises.

Nearby there is an airport, golf courses, a casino and all the services you would expect such as laundry, vet, banks and hairdressing salons.


There are many activities to enjoy in Empuriabrava whether you are alone or with friends. For parachuting, the airfield of Empuriabrava is one of the most prolific centres in the world in terms of number of jumps (http://www.skydiveempuriabrava.com/), or you can train in the wind tunnel before you take to the skies (http://www.windoor-realfly.com/).

If you prefer the sea to the air, you can rent a small boat (http://www.canalsimar.com, https://www.marinaferry.es/) without additional permission or learn at the sailing school (https://www.empuriabravasailing.com/ca/) You can surf at the Wave Club (http://www.windoor-realfly.com/es/pages/waveclub) or even try paddling on the sea.

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