Fiesta de San Juan or Noche de San Juan, originally a Christian celebration with pagan roots being associated with the birth of St. John (which is believed to have been about six months before Christmas day, close to the summer solstice) is celebrated by a few European and Latin American countries.
Valencian people celebrate la Noche de San Juan by gathering on the beach building up huge bonfires undertaking different typical rituals for this holiday but mostly drinking. The city has three beaches wich were packed last night with party and superstitious people burning the wood the town hall kindly provided for this event. My friends and I chose to make our own bonfire on a secluded beach nearby Valencia in order to avoid the crowds gathered on the main beach. It was a lovely evening, we had dinner on the beach, had a swim at 11pm and then dried out by the fire.
I woke up today with the thought of checking out Malvarossa beach, two minutes away from my house, hoping to see the aftermath of the holiday. Instead, I found a completely cleaned beach and quite a few treasure hunters. (Respect for the Valencian community town hall)