A Coruña , in the Region of Galicia, becomes one huge bonfire to celebrate the arrival of summer on the night of San Juan.
Different activities related to this fiesta get underway as early as May, and throughout June there are a large number of cultural, social, sporting and traditional events. Chamber music concerts, recitals, exhibitions, ballet and regional dances can be seen at customary locations around the city. The long-awaited day, however, is 23 June. Over the course of the day there are successive parades and street performances with music bands, bagpipes and traditional dances, as well as groups of “giants and big-heads” that fill the streets of A Coruña with colour, joy and festive sounds. Plaza de María Pita Square is the stage for a musical festival, and the smell of roasting sardines fills the whole city at dinnertime, with a multitude of “sardiñadas” on the streets of its many neighbourhoods.