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 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Fiestas de Carnaval

Tenerife Carnival

February 3 to 14, 2016

Rhythm, colour, flamboyance, luxury and of course the most brilliant spectacle. The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival is the most “Brazilian” of all the Spanish carnivals. Fifteen days of joy, freedom and extravagance in the streets of the Tenerife, in The Canary Isles, Spain.

The Carnival Queen is elected on the Wednesday of the first week and is of the carnival’s main events.   A hugely glamorous event and visually spectacular competition as all the candidates parade in all their glamorous finery on a 1,200 metre square stage wearing the most fantastic costumes which have to be seen to be believed.

After the election of the Queen a parade announcing the start of the Carnival takes place on the Fridayas thousands of people and dozens of musical groups fill the streets for hours in a breathtaking multi-coloured chain of merrymaking and devil-may-care joy. Over the three next days, the city gives itself up to music and fun as the different carnival groups perform. The witty and ironic lyrics of the songs take current social and political themes as their subject, all treated with a good dose of humour.

And the climax comes on Carnival Tuesday with “el Coso”, a spectacular parade which will amaze everyone who sees it. The next day the Burial of the Sardine marks the end of the festivities: the spirit of Carnival, symbolised by the sardine, is carried through the streets on a funeral bier, and is then set on fire and consumed by the flames to the despair of the entourage of inconsolable and “grief-stricken” widows, widowers and mourners. The final ending, however, is really the celebration of the “Piñata Chica” at the weekend, with shows, dances and parades. If you are planning to come to the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival you should make your arrangements well in advance. This already popular destination, with its year-round attraction of sun and beautiful beaches, is in even greater demand at this time.


Canary Islands
Tourist Office:

Plaza de España,

s/n - 38003

Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tel. +34 922239811

+34 922239592



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