The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The inhabitants of Tenerife celebrate the period leading up to the Lenten fast about a month before Easter. The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival has been celebrated since the 16th century; however, it was officially established as a public celebration in 1920 with occasional breaks.

The people of Tenerife clearly feel pride that an event of such magnitude is held annually on the island. Therefore, each year they try to make sure that they contribute in the best possible way to all the celebrations. In fact, many of them participate in each of the important events, wearing costumes or not!

When is the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife?

The Santa Cruz Carnival normally takes place every February. But, on what date will the Tenerife Carnival take place this year? According to the latest announcements, the carnival is scheduled to be held in June 2022, due to the sanitary measures taken on the island as a result of Covid-19.

One of the recommendations, in case you are in the mood to participate in some additional cultural events, is the Canary Islands music festival held in the city of Santa Cruz. For a long time it has become a big hit with tourists and locals.

Where is Tenerife Carnival celebrated?

The carnival in the capital of Tenerife usually lasts around two weeks. This year, the city that hosts the carnival is once again the capital of the island, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Most of the events take place in the streets of downtown Santa Cruz. In addition, there are three venues that host celebrations simultaneously, called Plaza Weyler, Príncipe and Candelaria.

What is the best place to stay in Tenerife during carnival?

Although all the main carnival events take place in the center of Santa Cruz, many visitors decide to rent villas or apartments outside the city center, since the distances are not very long. During the days of carnival, the streets tend to fill with people, which is why the best option is to book your accommodation near the capital. If you are looking for accommodation contact us, we offer you the best place to enjoy your vacation.

How to get around during Tenerife Carnival?

If you decide to stay outside of Santa Cruz, you will have to take the bus or a coach that will take you to the night spots where you can enjoy the Carnival. We recommend this option as it can be difficult to find parking during the festivities. However, the best way to get around is on foot.

There are also local bus lines that cross Santa Cruz and connect the capital with other points on the island. Also, there are private buses that can give you a tour of Santa Cruz for a reasonable fee. Last but not least, there are several buses that can take you to the Carnival grounds until midnight.

What happens at the carnival in Tenerife?

Each year the Santa Cruz Carnival has a different theme, which is decided at the beginning of the preparations. For 2022, the selected theme is Science Fiction. The exact schedule for the Spanish carnival has yet to be announced, so be sure to check the official website of the Municipality of Santa Cruz for the latest updates.

The opening night of the Carnival hosts one of the most significant acts of the celebrations, which is the election of the Carnival Queen. Later in the evening, the gigantic and colorful parade (Cabalgata) takes place in the streets of Santa Cruz. Thousands of people of all ages along with various musical groups roam the welcoming capital, officially starting the long-awaited event.

The act that marks the end of the Carnival is the Burial of the Sardine. A grotesque parade of mourners carries a paper sardine which is then burned as a symbol of purification on the occasion of Easter. Carnival officially ends on Piñata weekend, with a spectacular fireworks display.

Carnival fans should keep in mind that Santa Cruz has a museum dedicated to this emblematic Canarian carnival, La Casa del Carnaval. If you decide to visit it, you will be able to admire some of the most impressive costumes of the Carnival Queen, carnival posters and videos of past festivals.

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