Puerto de la Cruz carnival.

Puerto de la Cruz carnival in Tenerife which has been declared international is indeed special.


It takes place in surroundings that look truly subtropical.

News for 2018: Its dates have been set between February 3 and February 18 while the last week will have the most important events that are preferred by tourists.

  • Exhibition of classic Mercedes cars: February Saturday 03 at 11a.m. on Avenida Colón
  • Election Carnival child Queen: February 04 at 6p.m.on Plaza de Europa (entrance ticket for €5 sold on Plaza Europa)
  • Gala election adult queen on Plaza Europa: Febr.08 at 9p.m.at night with tickets of €10 sold on Plaza Europa
  • Opening Parade Cabalgata Anunciadora: Saturday Febr.10 at 8.p.m.at night departing Avda.José Maria del Campo Llarena.
  • Dressed like carnivalesque Cuban and back in Calle Cólogan: Monday Febr.12 from 11a.m. to 3p.m.
  • Celebration of the snake cult "Matar la Culebra": Febr.12 at 7p.m. in the Puerto old Quarters
  • Competitions of masqueraded Celebrity impersonifications: Febr.12 at 9.p.m. at Plaza Europa at €5 entrance fee
  • Rally del Valle Classic car parade through the Orotava Valley departing Avda. Colón: Febr.13 at 2p.m.
  • Entierro de Sardine the burial of Sardine: Wednesday Febr.14,2018 at 9p.m.at night departing on Avda. Colon and ending at the Muelle port
  • Murga shows: Febr.15 at 9p.m. on Plaza Europa
  • Carnival Man Marathon gay parade Puerto Cruz: Friday Febr.16 at 8p.m.at night with changed place of inscription at Plaza Reyes Católicos with Plaza del Charco dance from 11.30 p.m. onward
  • Main Parade Coso Apotheosis of the Puerto de la Cruz Carnival: Saturday afternoon Febr. 17, 2018 at 6p.m.
  • Piñata: Sunday 18, 2018

The following photos of the Puerto de la Cruz carnival  will give you an idea of what to expect, although the new theme is Greek and is named Carnival on Mount Olympus (Carnaval en el Olimpo).

The best scenes of 2017 were captured at the Costa Martianes where palms, dragon trees and many flowers abound.
    A few paces further on was also the spot of the town's street funeral parlor of the Sardine which see here.

More beautiful Costa Martianez carnival photos.

Underneath, admire an enchanting former Carnival theme at Calle Zamora by the town hall.

History of the Tenerife Puerto de la Cruz carnival.

Carnival  celebrations at the oldest Tenerife resort never really stopped. It continued slightly more low key dubbed as winter festivals.
    This is what Don Francisco of the ancient Estanco by Puerto's little harbor said to the Tenerife holiday home insider.

Don Francisco also mentioned the classic car parade which was already a Puerto carnival feature,  way back last century.

Secret Puerto Carnivals?

We are told by the elderly gentleman from the Estanco that not all such masquerading events were behind closed doors. Not even after General Franco's law of 1936 that forebode all disguise in public... Happy street shows, such as the flower festivals, followed suite.
Also, related celebrations were staged inside the old Recova of Santa Cruz.

But that was in the capital, of course.

Don Francisco emphasized that his late photographer brother had quite a few carnival photos.

We may assume that they were from the Sixties when they represented the Winter Festivals. 

The images were lost later on, unfortunately.

Otherwise, the estanco owner has a good point, as there is also a known street Carnaval photo of 1920 of Cruz Santa which was captured before Franco's regime.

Modern photo gallery Puerto de la Cruz Carnival.

Depicted above are the 2017 international as well as the child carnival queen called Reina infantil in Spanish.

Tenerife history of Puerto's carnival.

Carnival parties were already the rage in the days of Puerto's wealthy Irish merchants. Besides, the Italian bankers introduced the Carnival masks to Tenerife which were so famous in Venice.

When a family joins the carnival parade

Nowadays, there are smaller families that join in to the parade fun. All are welcome, you know...

The German Puerto de la Cruz carnival alliance.

Returning immigrants from South America added the figurative killing of the Culebra snake from Cuba. This began in the Seventies when tourists started to arrive by air from Düsseldorf on Los Rhodeos airport. The German carnival alliance  followed suite, soon after.
     Those were also the days after Franco. Then, sponsors, such as local beer brewers, Loro Park and other business owners could afford to contribute financially.
     By the way, fraternities and march bands joined already in earlier decades. This was followed by the crazy vehicle rally event eventually.

Mascarita Ponte Tacon.

This idea of a mascarita with high heels was most probably another way of celebrating the Gay carnival of Las Palmas in the oldest Tenerife resort.

Second poster carnival 2018 Puerto Cruz

Later,  another carnival  Puerto Cruz event was added. It's called Mascarita te conozco. In 2018, it takes place on Plaza Europa at 9p.m. on February 12.  It received publicity by a poster as big as that of the main theme of 2018.  It's all about a reality show competition by drag queens or any other persons. The participants have to impersonate a character that's bound to be known by the public. Want to be one of the competitors?

Put your name down here.

A repeat of the summer carnival of Puerto de la Cruz 2016.

The celebration of the September Carnival in the island's oldest resort is meant to be a warm up for the main event of 2018. Also, it serves the public to vote for the new poster and have late summer fun.

Tenerife summer carnival 2017 Puerto de la Cruz news.

  • September carnival poster theme: A cockatoo
  • Official start: September 15, at noon at Loro Parque
  • Events where? Plaza Europa, Lago Martianez and San Telmo coast
  • 2nd event? September 15, Exhibitions of Carnival costumes,
    a small carnival parade and percussion workshops
    by the hotels H10 Tenerife Playa, Valle Mar and Las Vegas
  • Night event September 15? A Murga show by Los Bambones on Plaza de Europe at 9.p.m.
  • Saturday September 16? Night event at 8 p.m. gay parade Mascarita Ponte Tacon (no prizes)from Costa Martianez to Plaza de Europa
    followed by a "float" street party
  • Repeat activities: Carnival make-up workshops, kids disco dancing
    afternoon fanfares march music- and choreographic parades

You may also love to see photos of the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos the most important Christmas event and parade Puerto de la Cruz.

About the Venice carnival more here.

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