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Friday, March 20, 2015

Tenerife Carnaval Dates for 2016

Carnival 2016 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

With Los Cristianos ending their carnaval events earlier this week, that about wraps up Carnaval 2015, so it's time to take stock and decide if there's stuff you really must do again or stuff you didn't get to do this year that you would like to do next year and mark your diary with dates of Carnaval 2016, which by our calculations should be as follows:

Santa Cruz
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 - Election of the Carnaval Queen
  • Friday, February 5th, 2016 - Carnaval Opening Parade
  • Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 - Main Parade
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Saturday, February 13th, 2016 - Daytime Carnaval
  • Sunday, February 14th, 2016 - Parade of Vintage Cars

Puerto de la Cruz
  • Thursday, February 4th, 2016 - Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Saturday, February 6th, 2016 - Proclamatory Parade
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Friday, February 12th, 2016 - Men´s Marathon in High Heels
  • Saturday, February 13th, 2016 - Main Parade

Los Gigantes

We calculate that the 4 main days of the Los Gigantes Carnaval 2016 should run from Friday, 19th February 2016 to Monday, 22nd February 2016, thus: 
  • Friday, February 19th, 2016: Election of the Queen, Infant and/or Adult. 
  • Saturday, February 20th, 2016: Kid’s activities
  • Sunday, February 21st, 2016: Main parade from 5pm.
  • Monday, February 22nd, 2016: Burial of the Sardine from 9pm.

Güímar 
  • Friday, February 12th, 2016 - Las Burras de Güímar

Los Cristianos (Arona)


We've attempted to come up with a way of predicting the dates of the Los Cristianos (Arona) carnaval before and been unable to do so because it does not publish information in advance and it doesn't stick to a regular program either. Until 2008, the main parade of carnaval in Los Cristianos had 'usually' happened on the Sunday, 12 days after Shrove Tuesday. Then in 2009, it was 19 days after.

We've tried again now we have more years to calculate with, but still no regular pattern emerges, with some years that gap being as much as 26 days after Shrove Tuesday.

Confirmation of details for 2015 came just 2 days before events began, so for 2016, we can't even guess. Los Cristianos Carnaval events run from the 4th to 14th of March 2016. See detials. Los Cristianos International Carnival Programme 2016

NB: We provide these dates so you can plan ahead, with the usual disclaimer that they follow the usual schedule, but we cannot be held responsible for changes made that are beyond our control.

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