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Spain’s Carnival festivities

  • Woman in disguise at the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tenerife © Turespaña

    Woman in disguise at the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tenerife © Turespaña

  
  


"During the days of carnival, the streets of Spain's towns and villages are bursting with high spirits, humour, parodies and exuberance. ..."

During the days of carnival, the streets of Spain's towns and villages are bursting with high spirits, humour, parodies and exuberance. The most spectacular celebrations –in Cadiz, in Andalusia, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. These festivities and the Águilas carnival, in the Murcia region, have all been declared to be of International Tourist Interest.

The hallmarks of the Cadiz carnival are the typical songs and ditties sung by a variety of music bands: these songs are full of irony and social criticism and are composed by the various popular clubs and associations that take part in the festivities. Why not take a walk around the centre of town and let yourself be swept up in the atmosphere of fun and abandon? Don't forget the parade on the Sunday known as the “domingo de Piñata”, with plenty of high spirits and good humour to delight both young and old.

Meanwhile the capital of the island of Tenerife hosts one of the most important carnivals in the world. Experience the glamour to be seen all over the city, take part in parades where imagination, fantasy and the spectacular costumes of the carnival queen hopefuls will amaze everyone, let yourself be carried away by the music, the beat and the high spirits of this celebration which attracts people from all corners of the world. This jubilant explosion of vitality will leave you with an indelible memory.

Another very well-known carnival is the one in Águilas, in the Murcia region. This colourful event features numerous parades, and competitions for the most spectacular disguises. Two of its traditions are particularly famous. One is the tossing of eggshells (eggs filled mostly with confetti), and the other is drinking "cuerva", a drink described by many as the "magic potion" that awakens the spirit of carnival.

But there are many other Carnival festivities in Spain, almost all of them original and all of them guaranteeing generous doses of fun, humour, creativity and group participation. Why not see for yourself?

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