10 Things to Do at Tenerife Carnival

Tenerife Carnival is the Europe’s biggest party! Here are 10 of our suggestions to having the time of your life!

Tenerife Carnival claims to be the second largest carnival party in the world after Rio de Janeiro! Tenerife Carnival is growing bigger, more vibrant and lively with every passing year! Here are some of our top suggestions to enhance your carnival experience!

Watch The Murgas Competition!


What is a Murgas?

The “Murgas,” are Spanish carnival groups which feature satire artists. They perform satirical songs about current political and world events. The Murgas Competition is one of the most unique and special parts of Tenerife Carnival. The Murgas groups add a lot of humour to carnival and compete in the competition to sing the most entertaining and funniest songs! d and bawdy galas.

See the Election of Carnival Queen

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A Carnival Queen is selected for the Tenerife Carnival. A Carnival Queen is selected from several age groups including children, adults and seniors. The Carnival Queens are always made a focal point during the parades, riding the floats while looking glamorous.

Crowning the Carnival Queens is a popular event that is even broadcast on TV. The contestants take this event very seriously with the costumes being incredibly expensive and they can even weigh up to 200 kilos!.

Watch the Cabalgata!

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The Cabalgata is the opening parade and opens the carnival with a bang. It is a vibrant parade that features the carnival queen, murgas, dance groups and more. The atmosphere is electric as everyone excitedly enjoys the start of carnival.

They ride around the city announcing the start of carnival. It a four hour procession filled with Latin beats, epic costumes and impressive dance groups. All the streets are crowded and filled with joy, colour and rhythm!

Dress up

You absolutely must dress up for carnival in Tenerife! In fact, if you don’t dress up then you will be the odd one out. The costumes at Tenerife are a huge spectacle and people really put in lots of effort!

Lots of people dress up in the carnival theme however you can wear whatever you like. Don’t worry if you arrive unprepared as there are plenty of street vendors selling costumes, wigs and masks all over the place.

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Check out all the Live Music shows

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Carnival Monday is a great day to hit the streets up and see some live music. Many of the main stages feature world class DJs. There were plans to make this day an official electronic music festival, but they didn’t officially go ahead. However, it is still like an electronic music festival.

Carnival Saturday is a more relaxed day where people will go to watch some open-air music concerts. The music ranges from Latin tunes all the way through to DJs. It’s a great day to wander the streets and be part of the crowd. The concert venues are the Plaza de España, Plaza de Príncipe and Plaza de Europa.

Party all day and night at the street parties!

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Every single night of the week during carnival tens of thousands of people take to the streets to party. The street parties are some of the wildest you’ve ever been to! Everyone dresses up in fancy-dress. The parties kick off around midnight and go right through until dawn. The best street parties occur on the opening and closing weekends, as well as carnival Monday.

Attend the Day time carnival

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In 2008 Tenerife City Council had the great idea of making a Daytime Carnival for people of all ages and families to enjoy. A project that was met with scepticism until the next day there were 250,000 people of all ages, since then this carnival is always celebrated! It is a great day for the whole family to come out!

Watch the The Grand Carnival Parade Main Parade also known as Coso Apoteosis

This parade which is known as the Coso Apoteosis announces the end of carnival in Tenerife. The Tenerife Closing Parade is the absolute highlight of the carnival. The parade attracts the most crowds from all over the world who come to witness this spectacle.  The Closing Parade features all the Carnival Queens and all the Carnival Groups. It is an amazing spectacle full of colour, costumes, floats, incredible dance routines and music.

Watch the Burial of the Sardine

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This is the first day of Lent and on this day is an event that officially closes carnival known as the Burial of the Sardine. This is one of the most surreal carnival celebrations that occurs around the world. It sees the burial of a giant papier-mache sardine.

The Sardine is paraded through the streets of Tenerife, followed by men dressed as priests and women dressed as widows, and they all pretend to mourn the sardine. The sardine is then thrown into a huge bonfire, set alight and a huge firework show officially closes the carnival.

Say Goodbye to Don Carnal at Piñata Sunday


On the closing weekend of carnival, the locals bid farewell to Don Carnal also known as Mr Carnival! During Pinata Sunday there are traditional performances and celebrations that are finished off by an awesome firework display!

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