Viva the Carnival!
For one year more we celebrate in Spain, one of the most traditional and extended holidays of the country, the Carnival, it’s a festival with religious origin, that marks the beginning of Lent. During these days, the costumes, the masks, the music and the fun invade the streets of the cities.
¿Do you want to know what happens in our destinations?
Canary Islands is one of the regions where Carnival is more intensely experienced. There is a popular belief that Lanzarote has the most ancient carnival of the archipelago, whether true or not, what we do know is that it’s one of the most entrenched and expected throughout the year.
The Lanzarote party is especially concentrated in the capital, Arrecife, where we enjoy ten days of costumes, parades and fun on the streets. This year, the main theme is the Olympic Games. The great parade of floats will be on March 3, but there is much more: “Gala de la Reina”, “Gala Drag”, the Port Carnival, the Traditional Carnival, Procession of Floats and Batucadas and Children’s Carnival.
In Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol, the Carnival is celebrated from February 22nd to March 2nd. With the previous contests of “coplillas carnavalescas” (typical humoristic carnival’s songs), the city already prepares for big celebration. On 21st is held the grand finale and officially starts the party in the streets, from there on, the Children Speach, “Murgas”, cavalcades… that will have its climax on March 1st: the Saturday of Costumes. You can download the Events Guide at this link (in Spanish).
Torremolinos also has its own celebration, the festivities begin on February 22nd with child costume contest, followed by the traditional passacaglia and the adults contest. The party ends on Sunday in the neighborhood of San Miguel with the “burial of the sardine”, orchestra and lots of fun. After the Carnival, the city is ready for the Europe Dance Championship.
In Benidorm the Carnival has also a sports sense, a Swimming Crossing and a popular race are held prior to the festivities. This healthy begining is followed a few weeks later by parades and contests, that will have their great day this year on Sunday, March 2nd.
A curious fact, did you know that Benidorm celebrates a Carnival for the British and foreign visitors? Is held at the end of the summer and has a lot of participation. Here you have some photos of last edition of the Benidorm Fancy Dress Festival: