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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Traditional Fiestas in La Guancha

Charco de Viento on the coast of La Guancha, Tenerfe

The municipality of La Guancha extends from the slopes of Mount Teide to the sea. As in other localities in the north of Tenerife, the Fiesta de San Andrés, on 30th November, with the opening of the bodegas, is an important date in the festival calendar.

Fiestas celebrated in the district include:

18th January - Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza
23rd April - San Jorge in El Farrobo
Last week of May - Virgen del Coromoto in Guancha de Abajo
23rd June - Noche de San Juan in the Barranco de la Asomada
Third Sunday in June - Corpus Christi
Last Sunday in June - San Antonio de Padua in El Pinalete
Second - third week of July - Virgen del Carmen in Santo Domingo
Second Saturday in August - Bajada de Las Hayas
17th August - Fiestas in honour of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza
Forth Sunday in August - Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Second half of August - Fiestas Patronales
Second half of October - San Lucas in Las Cucharas
22th - 24th of October - Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza
Third week of October - Nuestra Señora del Rosario in the centre of the municipality
Third Sunday in November - Santa Catalina
29th - 30th November - Fiestas de San Andrés

Photo: By Al3x dybala21 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tenerife Carnival 2017 Reaches Its Climax In Los Cristianos



This weekend sees the climax of Los Cristianos' Carnival with the Drag Queen Gala this evening, Friday, 24th March 2017; the Daytime Carnival events tomorrow, Saturday, 25th March 2017 and the Carnaval Main Parade, starting from the Arona Gran Hotel in Los Cristianos, from around 4pm on Sunday, 26th March 2017.

On Monday, 27th March 2017, carnival for this year, in Los Cristianos and on the island as a whole, comes to an end with the Burial of the Sardine from 9pm.

Los Cristianos Carnival Program 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Carnival Grand Opening Parade in Los Cristianos



Los Gigantes Carnival 2017 bids farewell to their sardine tonight, Friday, 17th March, while the Los Cristianos Carnival Program 2017 kicks off with the presentation of the candidates for the carnival queens this evening. The Grand Opening Parade in Los Cristianos - here's a video from last year's event - takes place from 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, 18th March.

Carnaval 2016 Cabalgata Arona Las Americas Los Cristianos

Friday, March 10, 2017

Los Gigantes Carnival 2017



Los Gigantes Carnival 2017 begins this evening, Friday, 10th March, with the Election of the Carnival Queen from 9pm in the Plaza Buganvilla. Kid's activities follow on Saturday, 11th March - with dancing to various bands in the evening, starting at 11:30pm - and the Carnival Main Parade takes place in the afternoon of Sunday, 12th March at 5pm. The end of carnival Burial of the Sardine Parade has been moved to the following week, on Friday, 17th March, from 9pm, followed by fireworks and the customary knees up.

Here's some coverage of last year's carnival events in Los Gigantes.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Pagan, bestial, and mystical Witches’ Sabbath in Güímar



This Friday, 10th March, Las Burras de Güímar – a Witches’ Sabbath in Güímar takes place. "Las Burras de Güímar are the witches who disguised themselves as donkey mares (burras) to carry out acts of black magic in honour of their Lord, the Devil himself." This video, Las Burras 2015 Carnaval de Güímar, from a couple of years ago, has coverage of the event.  

Monday, March 06, 2017

Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2018

The biggest party of Tenerife's year in 2018 starts here!

That's it again for carnival for another year in the island's capital and the north of Tenerife and before it moves off to the south of the island, here, for the serious forward planners amongst you, are the expected dates for Tenerife carnival in 2018.

Santa Cruz

  • Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 - Election of the Carnaval Queen
  • Friday, February 9th, 2018 - Carnaval Opening Parade
  • Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 - Main Parade
  • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - Daytime Carnaval
  • Sunday, February 18th, 2018 - Parade of Vintage Cars

Puerto de la Cruz
  • Thursday, February 8th, 2018 - Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - Proclamatory Parade
  • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Friday, February 16th, 2018 - Men´s Marathon in High Heels
  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - Main Parade

Güímar 

  • Friday, February 16th, 2018 - Las Burras de Güímar

Los Gigantes

Using the any year schedule for Los Gigantes carnival, we calculate that their carnival should start on Friday, 23rd February 2018, with their main parade being held on Sunday, 25th February 2018. Whether it will all be held on the one weekend, or split into two, as in 2017, we cannot speculate, but will update when we get any information. 

 Los Cristianos  

As ever, we won't even guess when Los Cristianos carnival will be held in 2018. We will update when any information becomes available from the authorities in Arona.

All dates are liable to change beyond our control.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Parade of Vintage and Classic Cars Santa Cruz de Tenerife



On the morning of Sunday, 5th March 2017, in Santa Cruz are the exhibitions of Classic and Vintage Cars on the final Sunday of Carnaval. The Automóviles Antiguos (Vintage Cars) gather in and around the Parque García Sanabria and then parade around the city from mid-day. For the last couple of years there has also been an Exposición de Coches Clásicos (Exhibition of Classic Cars) in the Avenida Marítima, alongside the Plaza de España.

EL CARNAVAL DE SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE CON LOS CLASICOS 2016

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Main Parade of Carnival in Puerto de La Cruz



We've reached the climax of carnival in Puerto de la Cruz with the main parade taking place in the late afternoon today. Here's a 5 minute taster to give you an idea of what to expect.

Carnival Puerto de la Cruz 2016

Daytime events on the final weekend of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife



Saturday, 4th March 2017 - Sábado de Piñata (Piñata Saturday) - is time for the second day of Carnaval De Día (Daytime Carnival) events: many and varied musical performances in the streets and squares of Santa Cruz, held in the daytime to be accessible by all the family.

Santa Cruz De Tenerife Carnaval De Dia Sabado De Piñata 13-02-2016

Friday, March 03, 2017

Men's High Heels Marathon in Puerto de la Cruz



Probably the biggest and certainly the most fun event of carnival in Puerto de la Cruz takes place on Friday, 3rd March 2017: the Mascarita Ponte Tacón (Men's High Heels Marathon) in which blokes in drag navigate the cobbled streets of the town and added obstacles in high heels that must be at least 15cm high. We already saw a taster of this at last year's Summer Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz and here is coverage of last year's main carnival event.

Vivir en Canarias | Mascarita ponte tacón, 21/02/16
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