It's this time of year when the locals in Tenerife look forward to one of their favourite holidays - the Carnival.
The origin of Tenerife’s Carnival dates back to the 17th century. A great variety of music genres, lights, radiant colours, spectacular costumes, wonderful floats and dances will invade the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife from the 12th of January to the 18th of February.
During the dictatorship in the 20th century, carnivals were banned in Spain. In order to avoid this prohibition and continue celebrating their tradition the people of Tenerife changed the name to “Winter Holiday”, avoiding the government’s punishment. When this period in Spanish history ended, democracy was settled, and these celebrations were free again, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife decided to transform the festival into a thematic event. Then in 1980, it was given the title of Fiesta of International Tourist Interest by the Secretariat of Tourism of the Government of Spain.
The carnival includes acts such as the murgas contest, the Coso (a traditional parade done every year) and the Carnival Queen Election Gala. A murga is a musical band that uses simple instruments and comical lyrics to criticise political and social circumstances that have occurred over the past year.
Thousands of people take the streets to celebrate the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ranked as one of the best in the world next to those of Rio de Janeiro or Venice. In 1987 it entered the Guinness Book of World Records by having the largest participation in an open aired dance ever registered with 200,000 people.
The theme of this year’s carnival is “Fantasy”, therefore magic, imagination and the use of attractive colours will definitively be seen in the local costumes. There are certain days in which a series of activities are carried on, the exposed below are not to be missed:
Wednesday: on the Wednesday before the weekend of carnival, the queen of the festivities is elected at the Election Gala in the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses.
Carnival Monday: the most important day of all and is usually hosted by both national and international music groups.
Piñata weekend: puts an end to the festivities until next year with the last musical performances of renowned international artists and great fireworks displays.
Given the large number of people who every year experience one of the greatest shows in the world, we recommend you look at our villas and book your trip now.