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Guide to live the Bonfires of Alicante and not die trying

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I've been to San Fermín de Pamplona, ​​the Fallas in Valencia, San Isidro in Madrid, the Fiestas of the Barrio de Gracia from Barcelona, he Harvest Festival in Mendoza (Argentina), St. Patrick in Dublin, New Year's Eve in Sydney ... And many other parties in the world. Well, call me a villager or tied to my land, but none surpasses the mythical Bonfires of San Juan de Alicante. And if not ... Stop it!

Between June 20 and 24, Alicante is the place you should be.

Many factors come together to make that happen. It is my hometown, there are my family and friends ... Yes, two very obvious ... But there is also the perfect summer weather of Alicante, the Alicante beach, good food, the desire to mess people, the blessed outdoor party ... It is an unbeatable cocktail.

Definitely: You cannot miss the Bonfires of Alicante. Just don't come to enjoy the Bonfires of San Juan in any way. Print this guide and follow its steps closely:

Bonfires in Alicante

It is more complicated to find a fresh day in the Bonfires of Alicante than an honest politician in Valencia. I leave it there.

It's going to be hot. On some occasions, hellish heat. Shorts, t-shirts and flip flops they form the general outfit for the boys while skirts, mini-pants and dresses They are their favorite uniforms.

Here a controversial discussion opens. What do I hydrate with? The heat squeezes and your eyes filter the panorama and only perceive beer taps and summer reds. The temptation is great, but there are some who resist it and rush for water and other soft drinks. Perhaps in the balance lies the answer.

If the thing gets too tight - and it will be bundled - your brain will start sending you false signals that will state that gin tonic or rum cola are also liquid and, consequently, hydrate. Do not fight your brain. He is always right. Or not.

Mascletá

The mascletà is sacred. For those who have never witnessed one, it is the unequivocal proof that in Alicante - and Valencia - we have a bad head. That has happened to many of the American students that my mother welcomes each year. You can not believe that we like to burst the eardrums based on detonations of giant cartridges of compressed gunpowder.

But let's not be hard. That is a poor and crude definition of what a mascletà is.

The mascletà is a symphony of gunpowder. Firecrackers detonate at a pace set by the pyrotechnic teacher on duty. They are the artists, become directors of an orchestra that plays the greatest hits of a Third World War.

The scent of gunpowder gets into your body and the hair on your skin bristles without remission. When that happens to you, you have no escape. Your soul will belong to the Bonfires of San Juan de Alicante forever. Y the pyrotechnic will be your new shaman.

Rice to make base

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