As every year, we invite you to participate to the Saint-Jean Baptiste Festivities in Collioure.
The origins are linked to sun worship which explain the festivities take place at the summer solstice. The Catholic Church christened these pagan festivities & transformed into Saint-Jean Baptiste Festivities. These festivities have always been accompanied by great bonfires. In Paris, the bonfire was traditionally lit by the king of France on the “Place de Grêve” (now the place of the town hall). These festivities are celebrated in many countries including the Scandinavian countries, Spain, Belgium or Canada.
Every year on 22 June, the villages of Catalonia ascend a small bundle of branches to the cross of Canigou. Three mountaineers of Perpignan are also carry the “Flame of Canigou” from the Castillet (symbolic monument of Perpignan). This flame is then lowered and distributed in every Catalan village. June 23 to 22 hours, all catalan villages with a bonfire lit this flame.
2019 Program in Collioure
The festivities start at 4:00 p.m. with the arrival of the flame of Canigou in Collioure and ends around midnight after the burning of the bonfire on the beach Boramar. Please click on the image below to see the detailed program.
During the evening: aperitif, sell of protective herbs, songs and Sardana dances.
The whole team of the hotel is at your disposal to answer your questions.