Museo de Fogueres#4 in Best Things To Do in Alicante
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Las Hogueras de San Juan (the Bonfires of Saint John) is a festival that occurs each year in late June, and it's one of the most important events in Alicante. There are mixed notions about the festival's history but many believe it began as a tribute to the summer solstice where bonfires were created to ward off any evil spirits. Nowadays, it's a celebration where family, friends and visitors come together to witness massive bonfires and make merry. The Museo de Fogueres, which is located in the city center near the MACA and MARQ, lets guests experience the festival year round.
The festival features street parties, food stalls, a market, a beauty queen, flower offerings and a lot of drinking. A daily fireworks competition means lots of excitement as well. Similar to Valencia's Las Fallas event, Alicante's version includes a huge parade with elaborate ninots (effigies). The effigies are usually created from papier maché and wood, and they're fed to the massive bonfire's flames at the end of the festival. However, the best ones are saved and preserved in Alicante's free Museo de Fogueres.
Museo de Fogueres also displays mock bonfires and showcases typical festival costumes. The museum also features room that shows video clips of past festivals. Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Weekday hours span from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On the weekends, it's open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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#1 San Juan Beach
You'll find this stretch of shoreline just about 6 miles northeast of Alicante city. Playa de San Juan is known as one of Spain's best beaches; in fact, many recent travelers said it offers a better beach experience than Postiguet. The beach offers designated area for sports like volleyball and football. There's also a skateboarding area if you want to show off some tricks or just watch others. Not to mention, there are plenty of places to rent water sports equipment for surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and jet skiing. The beach also stretches about 2 miles, so you'll surely be able to carve out your own little space in the sand. It's accessible by tram or bus. Visitors recommend taking the L4 tram line to the Londres stop or the L3 tram line to El Campello; if you're on a bus, Costa Blanca, Costa Blanca-Milan and Plaza Coruña are all bus stops close to the beach.
Just behind the beach are restaurants, nightlife venues and even an 18-hole golf course. On a sunny day – most days – the strip is filled with people strolling. A bike path behind the beach makes it easily accessible; there is also a tram line that connects the beach with the city center and Dénia – a nearby coastal town. Public parking spaces and beachside hotels abound in this area as well. Access to the beach is free.
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