Tenerife attractions carnival 2017 -2020
with important reviews

carnival girl santa cruz de tenerife

Tenerife attractions Carnival will go up tremendously for the  2020 agenda, as every year.

Even tours to all Canary Islands will be on.

And, remember carnival flights are cheap Tenerife flights when booked early.

However, aren't carnival celebrations with friends on Tenerife Island priceless?

Look at how the young carnival girl is dressed and you'll understand that one of the biggest Tenerife attractions Carnival as well as in general is the weather and Tenerife climate.

Be very careful to plan your stay...

Book any holiday home in Tenerife early. No rooms will be for rent when Tenerife attractions Carnival have started..
This is most important for the main carnival in the capital with motto The Coquette Fifties from the third of February 03 until the 29th.
More about it in detail further down this page.

Example of Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival popularity

Since 1987 the Carnival "Rave" performance with the Queen of Salsa and the Caracas Boys has been the Guinnes book of records event for maximum attendance in a Plaza. Over 200 000 people (more than all inhabitants of the city at that time) attended this open air show with the Cuban singer Celia Cruz at Plaza de España.
Enjoy Cecilia Cruz with a carnival song of a later event...

The year 2019 kind of surpassed that record by 400 000 Juan Luis Gerra fans dancing the Bachata in several streets around Plaza de España that includes Plaza de Candelaria.

The most important street for the capital's carnival

All Fiestas and posters are planned and organized in the so called Party and Fiesta street La Noria in Santa Cruz.

Provisional Tenerife attractions Carnival 2020 Los Gigantes from March 06 to March 14

Saturday March 08 at 8p.m.at Oasis Park: Carnival Queen Election
Thursday March 12 at 9.p.m.at Oasis Park : Drag Queen Election
Friday March 13: Afternoon Sardine Burial March to a pyre by the ocean followed by fireworks - Dress code is a black funeral outfit
Saturday March 14: Afternoon Gran Coso main street Carnival with queens, chanting groups, musicians and Comparsa glamor girls from Puerto de Santiago to Los Gigantes Plaza de La Bougainvilea.

Los Gigantes carnival is always after the Puerto Cruz and Santa Cruz celebrations while details are often announced "in the last minute".

XI edition of Los Silos Carnival in 2020

Period: February 22 to first of March
Tuesday February 25: Day Carnival to be confirmed
Sunday February 23 at 5p.m.:  Animal carnival disguise contest on Plaza de la Luz Los Silos
Wednesday 26 at 11 a.m.: Burial of the Sardine Silense
Sunday February 29 by 11 a.m.: Third edition of a Wacky Car Race Autos Locos in Avenida de Aregume.
Sunday February,30: Coso Apoteosis de Silense with its time to be announced

Other towns of Tenerife attractions carnival that celebrate disguise with parades and sardine burial or the like

Adeje, Arico, El Rosario, El Sauzal, Fasnija, Candelaria, Granadilla de Abona, La Matanza de Acentejo, La Victoria de Acentejo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Los Silos, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, San Miguel de Abona, Santa Ursula and Tacoronte.
By the way, some remote settlements also celebrate Carnival, as it may be difficult to get to the carnival shows on the island. Even those without a harbor will bury a sardine or an alternative.

Tenerife attractions carnival 2020 Playa de las Americas

Representing: Playa de las Americas, Arona and Los Cristianos
Period and Motto: From March 12 - 23 with Japan as the Motto
Friday March 13: Comparsa Contest
Saturday March 14: Anunciador Carnival introduction with wig party
Thursday March 19: Election of the Carnival Queen
Friday March 20: Election of the Drag Carnival Queen
Saturday March 21: Day Carnival with costume contest
Sunday March 22: Los Cristiano Coso Apoteosis parade
Monday March 23: Burial of Sardine

Mind that more than 25.000 onlookers will be expected.

Tenerife attractions Carnival La Orotava 2020

Period: February 21 until March 01
Date to come: Contest for best carnival costumes
Date to come: Fund raising event for the poor
Date to come: An afternoon obstacle run for kids
Date to come: Folk dance and free Paella
February 25: Day Carnaval Orotava ( To be confirmed)
February 26: Funeral Don Crispin (To be confirmed)
February 27: Don Carnal (To be confirmed)

Tenerife attractions Carnival Icod de Los Vinos events 2020

Period of Icod Los Vinos Carnival: February 14 to 29

Tenerife attractions carnival Puerto de la Cruz Carnival

Mind that all carnival posters of this second important carnival of Tenerife which is Puerto de la Cruz are usually designed by its native Jonás Emanuel who has been creating many carnival themes since 2017 for all Canary Islands  which are featured in an exhibition in his home town in 2020 in La Casa de Juventud  Calle Zamora

Mind that the Puerto carnival  has a summer version also which last was taking place in autumn, though.

Tenerife murgas of carnivalOne of Tenerife Murgas dressed in relation to a theme

What about Tenerife Murgas of Puerto Cruz?

Every Tenerife town has Murgas or Murga as part of the mad season of carnival. Mind that it's the most diplomatic opportunity to voice any political and social grievances.  All groups have competing shows. The one for the North of the island took place in 2016 in Los Realejos. It all  contributed to the success of the trendiest Tenerife attractions of carnival.

Example of previous Tenerife North Murgas competitions

650 participants of which three children groups and twelve of adults in the North contest of Murgas 2016. Imagine how many Murga come together from the entire Island eventually.

The XVIII edition of Tenerife Murga Contests will take place in La Orotava on February 9, 10 with the 15 being the Finals.

Tenerife North Murgas competitions-2016Tenerife North Murgas competitions 2016

Tenerife attractions carnival Los Realejos 2019

Rascayu instead of a Sardine at the Los Realejos Carnival in the following video

The original text which fits the Halloween type music of the strange Rascayú, as it appeared in 2016.  Skeletons clad in blankets dance around the tomb of his widow where he visits every night. A truly unique carnival character that is burned just like the  Sardine. However, not on the ocean, as happens in harbor towns of Tenerife.

Carnival Murgas

Imagine that Murga who go back in Tenerife to last century XX look like clowns according to their theme.  Both male or female groups from all corners of society are a most important part of Tenerife attractions carnival. Murga sing carnival songs based of folk music with an altered text that criticizes anything of society. Hence,  the most witty win the contest on stage, but also take part in parades.

The first Murga surged as a group of seamen in Santa Cruz in 1917. Discover where the most important Murga have their own carnival club house of NiFuNiFa in Santa Cruz and who the renown founder was...In fact, he brought more fame to Tenerife attractions Nifu Nifa
Tel: 922 609 600, 922 609 601,
     922 609 602 and 922 609 603
     Fax: 922 242 366
By the way, Murga  are subsidized by the Cabildo and private people in Tenerife. Subsidizing for all Santa Cruz Carnival groups has been augmented since 2009.

Example of top group of Murga Santa Cruz de Tenerife and their winning topics

The Murga Los Bambones won first prize in 2014 for the presentation of the following topics:

  • Una generación perdida which means a lost generation.
  • Despedida - Dismissed
  • Los que faltaban- Those that were missing (meaning emigrated)
  • Pasacalle - Street hang-outs
  • Siestas Ah! Manifestate! Siestas ah! Declare yourself
  • Hay amores que matan - There is love that can kill
  • And folowing is the video with the famous show of the Bambones.

Congratulations to los Bambones for their awesome, highly intelligent and artistic presentations of Tenerife attractions carnival that will make history.

Where can you see those Tenerife carnival festivals?

Watch Murga events Santa Cruz at the Congress Center Centro de Ferias y Congresos at recintoferialdetenerife.com a web i can't connect to right now but where you can look up the Recinto fair ground's address and more...
Murga shows Santa Cruz are presented in Spanish inside on an area of 1100 square meters which can accommodate 7500 people.

Tenerife Attractions Carnival in Santa Cruz Capital from January 30 to February 29

January 30, January 31 and February 01 at Recinto Ferial at 7 p.m.: Murga contests for kids
Monday, February 02 at Recinto Ferial at 5 p.m.: Festival of Carnival Choreography
February 03, 04, 05 and 07 at the Recinto Ferial at 8.30 p.m., adult Murga contests
Saturday, February 08 at Recinto Ferial at 8 p.m.: Music group carnival contests
Sunday, February 09 Recinto Ferial at 6p.m.: Kids Carnival Queen Gala
Wednesday, February 12 at Recinto Ferial at 5.30 p.m.: Gala election of Elderly Carnival Queen
Friday, February 14 Theater Guïmera 8.30 p.m.: Canción Risa Contest
Saturday, February 15 at Recinto Ferial at 8 p.m.: Comparsas Contest
Sunday, February 16 at Recinto Ferial at 1 a.m.: Disguise contest
Sunday, February 16 at the Auditorio Adan Martin at 5 p.m.: Rondallas music
Tuesday, February 18 at Theater Guïmera at 8.30 p.m.: Nifu-Nifa-Fregolinos show
Wednesday, February 19 at Recinto Ferial at 9.30 p.m.: Gala election Reina Carnival Queen
Thursday, February 20 at Theater Guïmera at 8.30 p.m.: Festival de La Zarzuela
Friday, February 21 Avda La Roche and Marina at 8 p.m.: Cabalgata Anunciadora Introduction street Carnival Parade (Same event in Puerto Cruz on the next day)
Saturday, February 22 in Avda La Roche at 9 p.m.: Ritmo y Armonia parade
Sunday, February 23 at Plaza del Principe at 11 a.m.: Nifu-Nifa Fregolinos and Carnival del Dia from 1p.m.onward until 6p.m.
Monday, February 24: Lunes de Carnaval
Tuesday, February 25 Main Carnival Day with Gran Coso Apoteosis by 4p.m. in Avda La Roche and Nifu-Nifa on Plaza del Principe at 11a.m.
Wednesday, February 26 at 10 p.m.: Burial of Sardine
Thursday, February 18 at 6 p.m. at Parque Sanabria: Gran Coso of children and the Festival Galardonados on Plaza de Candelaria at 8p.m.
Friday, February 19 at 1.p.m.:  Carnival del Dia Day carnival

Children dressed for the 'Burial of the Sardin Tenerife

Tenerife attractions carnival Burying of the Sardine

Don't miss the processions of the burying of the sardine in the capital or in any of Tenerife carnival towns.

Tenerife fantasy never runs out to show her in different colors and decor. Although she looks gay despite dead, her mourners are dressed in black. Indeed, that includes children.

How and when watch Tenerife carnival parades?

Carnival dancer Santa Cruz Tenerife

Carnival parades happen by mid afternoons in the Canary Islands,except for the sardine burial with may be at night.
Best be there on the look out after lunch to find a good front place on parade streets. You can't catch a good shot of a carnival dancer such as depicted beside, or videos when heads obscure your camera lens. Hard chairs can sometimes be rented in the first line along some roadsides for about €2,50. No idea if you could bring your own camping chair if you notice some high up spot beforehand...I never tried this, but believe me there are few chances to get a good lookout...
Follow parades in the capital by the harbor(port) Avenida de Anaga or even near Plaza de España...
You can now book high-stand seats by Plaza Espana to watch the Rythm & Harmony Parade as well as the Coso for €35 as a package deal or just the Coso parade for €27. Tickets are available from


Watch the Tenerife attractions Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz in Avda. Familia Bethencourt y Molina, which was called Generalisimo before... Find this street at the Martianez beach by the 5 star Hotel San Felipe

Carnival street dancing in the Tenerife capital

This is the big Samba workout which lasts right through the nights. Nobody sleeps.
Take part in this carnival frenzy and dance yourself slim ...
Or do you know a more fun way to lose weight quickly than with live Samba music when even masks are allowed?
Main locations are Plaza de Canderlaria/España and Plaza del Principe.

Tenerife parking and shopping during Carnival Santa Cruz

Mind staying over in Santa Cruz or nearby is a good idea. Parking during Carnival Santa Cruz will only be possible in the town outskirts. You can walk or catch a taxi while booking early helps. Most shops and malls may be closed. Therefor, less public transport is to be expected.

witch of Tenerife carnival

The favorite costume of a male youngster are clothes which he borrows from a sister, mother or girl friend.
Just for fun, you know...

Therefore the Santa Cruz Carnival poster shows Frankensteen with a negligent ballerina outfit in pink - and wings on him...

The witch is another carnival theme which goes with the topic. 

Get  Tenerife attractions Carnival or other locations at tips for Tenerife carnival 2009 Santa Cruz for Carnival costumes  and scary make up while the theme horror movies is ideal to fight recession.

High heels obstacle competition event carnival Puerto Cruz

The grown up guys' carnival festival is an extremely hilarious show in Puerto de la Cruz of Tenerife

Brave participants wore shockingly tight and colorful, long dresses and equally grotesque very high heeled (plateau) shoes for the Gay Parade of Puerto de la Cruz carnival.

Today, the fashion has changed.
Carnival fun on the biggest of all Canary Islands is contagious, you know...Europe's gay community is crazy about this sexy carnival event.  Gays adore Tenerife attractions' carnival fun. However, the carnival laughter keeps everybody young. The Spanish would say ' están divertidos'( they are enjoying themselves).

Tenerife carnival Santa Cruz beauty

Female Tenerife carnival splendor is so attractive

The feminine carnival cult which involves all ages is impressive.
The most striking, colorful, glittering, divine and feminine outfits are used for the dress up. Imagination knows no boundary.

Women often make their carnival dresses themselves. That way they have best control to become Tenerife attractions on carnival.
Over centuries they learned to bring out the female beauty and femininity with best dresses perfectly.

Tenerife attractions carnival would not exist without the stunning ladies' costumes.

The feminine carnival cult which involves all ages is impressive.

The most striking, colorful, glittering, divine and feminine outfits are used for the dress up. Imagination knows no boundary.

Tenerife Spain beauty election alias Carnival queen election?

Head decorations of carnival Tenerife

To see the teenage girls at the gala for the carnival queen  election in television is impressive. Their dresses have heavy rods on the bottom to make them swing. The head decorations with feathers but also much metal usually weigh very heavy on a scale. Rumors mention 400 kg. Perhaps that includes the rest of the attire.

This, however,  does not turn such cumbersome  carnival wire
dresses  such as depicted in the photo beside less attractive for the girls.
Mind this is a glamorous carnival fashion turned into Tenerife attractions which were borrowed from the courts of Louis XIV in the 13th century. The dresses were so attractive that they were fashionable for a long time. They've kept on drawing attention with the aristocrats of Spain and elsewhere in Europe for a long time.  It became almost a global rage with the more wealthy women.
The adult Tenerife carnival queen of the mad season doesn't only receive invitations by major carnival cities. Fashion magazines like Elle or Vogue may open doors for her. Of course, her election was broadcast in television, as it is such a popular event. Then  Tenerife females that shine like goddesses of attractions may be seen in other countries also thanks to satellites in the orbit.

Carnival design academy

The design for carnival queen and Comparsa dresses and headgear has been a proud tradition in Tenerife for many decades. Now, there even is an academy where foreigners are welcome to learn.

Tenerife carnival child queen

History of Tenerife Carnival

Tenerife carnival festivities became island attractions by  official support as far back as 1775.
In 1852,  carnival was, for the first time,  funneled through municipal channels. 

Those attractions on the island were needed for escape and illusions such as only offered by carnival.
The disguise fiestas were forbidden when General Franco had the say in Spain. However, Tenerife attractions carnival were still a force to be reckoned with. They survived underground with the Murgas and Fiestas del Invierno. But that is a long story... The wish for freedom of speech which is still so important to the Fufa of Nifu Nifa, to the Fregolinos  as well as to many other Murga groups was too important to give up.
Anyway, when the dictator was gone the disguise returned to the island's streets again. In 1979 the first private companies started to support a total re-organization. Nowadays, a new theme or motto is chosen before new carnival events by year.

Tenerife attractions carnival 1920 and sixty years later

A good example of Tenerife Carnival history of 1920 with masqueraded ladies of Los Realejos with their very unusual hats.

Sometimes, even foreigners are selected by public tenders for the decoration of big humor and masquerading shows.

Posters are newly designed,
printed and distributed every 12 months.

Tenerife attractions the cutest carnival clown

Tenerife attractions carnival for the youngest

The fabulously dressed child on the right with the unusual clown costume is one of countless. Mind many are much younger.  No doubt, kids dressed for carnival are so cute. That's why they have their own queen called Reina Infantil. The masquerading season without this age group wouldn't be half as exciting. 

Tenerife carnival benefits the gay community

In fact, it also offers great escape for expression of the still underprivileged gay people who contribute much to the crazy weeks of the Tenerife winter season. However, there is no official drag queen that represents Tenerife the island.
There are a couple of gay business men where I live. Both work in tourism.
They confirm that Tenerife attractions such as the island's carnival is much loved by the gay community who rocks up from all over Europe to attend the island's carnival.
Also, there is this small, sympathetic open for all sexes gay bar which has German and Spanish flags outside during carnival. It's  called La Barca and it is in  Longuera Los Realejos  in Calle Monturrio in my neighborhood.

La Barca a bistro bar where carnival is celebratedBistro Bar La Barca Toscal Longuera

Nobody is allowed to get harassed, there, not even during carnival.  
It serves best cocktails (also alcohol free) which draws more new comers during the crazy disguise season every year.
It's next to the good La Finca Restaurant which is a red house and almost a landmark on a street corner where you get to the  sports stadium Los Realejos.(Pavillon)

What's got Düsseldorf to do with Tenerife carnival?

German carnival Tenerife Düsseldorf  also made Puerto de la Cruz carnival different apart from its Mascarita Ponte tacon gay Marathon parade.

More honor for Tenerife attractions carnival

By the way, guess who was paying a visit to Santa Cruz in 2014?
The Carriocas a famous Parsas group from Rio de Janeiro took part in the Tenerife disguise events of 2014. In fact, Santa Cruz Carnival is the sister of the Brazilian one.<p>
The Tenerife attractions carnival of the biggest Canary Island remind us much of the famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro which you can see at www.ipanema.com world. Rio carnival is number 1  attraction while Tenerife is in 2nd  position now before London. In the UK they say that their carnival celebration comes 2nd. 

Certainly, each of the former 2 has its particularities which some find more or less attractive with weather being in Tenerife's favor but,  both are great festivals.

The Tenerife carnival has been declared of International Tourism interest in January 18 of 1980. It now thrives to receive the UNESCO distinction of World Heritage Merit i.e. Patrimonio de Humanidad.

A Brazil Comparsa in Tenerife with some music from South Africa

Forgive me to show it here. I am such a fan of both the Rio de Janeiro Samba style and the Zulu rhythms. In fact, Rio de Janeiro is the carnival sister town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The days of Tenerife attractions carnival are announced as events every year but may change slightly. Mind Easter doesn't fall onto the same dates every year either.

Why is Puerto Cruz carnival special?

As you may guess, it is its large foreign community which adores the Tenerife Carnival and all kinds of other holidays.

More important in the context Tenerife attractions Carnival is that Puerto de la Cruz has a very active community for all kinds of arts which is celebrated during the Mueca Tenerife North art festival.

Tenerife girl of Carnival Puerto de la Cruz

El Puerto, surely has its own style and has its own mad ways to spend the nights during its main two weeks of carnival.
It's amazing how many young people are cruising Puerto's hub during its craziest time of the year. Admire a  lovely Tenerife girl (Tenerife chica guapa) from Puerto Cruz area made up with fancy head ornament for carnival in the image beside.

One carnival example Puerto Cruz which sums up much of its spirit

I never forget a hilariously happy group of such youngsters.
One was carrying a miniature clothes stand which covered part of his upper body. The thing had washing lines with the most   embarrassing underwear pegged on it. He paraded with that.
Just figure the picture...
He was wearing a short embroidered roundish apron with frills and checkers. One could still see the pants and his bare knees below. Rest of hairy legs with stockings not quite up to the knee were showing. If not mistaken he also had plaited hair. How the heck he did that, no idea...
I forgot the rest,  but believe me,  there were more ridiculous carnival details with this friendly guy. You see, it's those original accessories and the personality which goes with it that cause laughter. That's what Tenerife attractions carnival Santa Cruz and the rest of the island are all about.
Puerto de la Cruz carnival is 2nd biggest of Tenerife attractions carnival after the Santa Cruz festivals of disguise.

Buy toys and Party supplies for Tenerife attractions carnival

Party supply store Tenerife capital Santa Cruz for carnival and fiestasParty Supply store Carolan Tenerife

Purchase carnival Fiesta and party supply at Toscal Longuera.

Interesting links related to the Tenerife carnival

Casa del Carnaval

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Carnival posters

Classic car shows of Tenerife carnival

Classic car club

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Tenerife Carnaval with unusual photos

About carnival masks

Tenerife carnival queen

Carnival posters open air museum

Stunning Tenerife carnival costumes some of which won awards

Carnaval Tenerife Murgas the best of 2014

Latest Tenerife carnival news 

Restaurant La Casona a carnival restaurant by decoration

Go to Tenerife living where the life of the British Julia would have been meaningless, had there not been carnival of the capital Santa Cruz Tenerife.

Burial of Sardine better known as Entierro de la Sardina in Spanish.

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