Tenerife travel guide


Tenerife Travel Guide

Carnival in Tenerife

The island of Tenerife is quite popular in the Spain and the rest of the world because it has one of the most spectacular, biggest, important, cultural and attractive carnivals around the entire Spain. The carnival of Tenerife has been recognized internationally due to its touristic interest and historical legacy.

The carnival in Tenerife is a magical moment where beautiful girls, professional bands, elegant costumes, exquisite food, good beverages and friendly people gather. This Carnival is, in fact, the second most popular, colorful and shinning after the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro.

Carnival - Tenerife The port of Tenerife is the perfect place for local people who choose it in order to celebrate the carnival. Without a doubt, the central part of the carnival is the large parade that is, in fact, the perfect excuse to wear fancy, stunning and colorful costumes.

During the last years, there were a lot of themes that local people chose to make the carnival more attractive and fun. For example, in 1987 the theme was Rome, in 1999 it was the world of comics, and in 2009 it was the horror films. Furthermore, the carnival of Tenerife is characterized for the diverse participation of local bands, comparsas, murgas and plenty of delegations from different parts of the planet. This important celebration is held each February, In 1980, The Secretariat of State for the local Tourism declared the carnival as an International Festival with a huge tourist interest. Nowadays, the central government is working to propose the Carnival as an outstanding candidate to become a World Heritage site.

Spain Carnival This recognition is only given by the UNESCO. Throughout the carnival, people enjoy some of the most amusing and interesting festivities such as street bands competitions, processions, the election of the beauty queen and the popular Burial of the Sardine (Entierro de la sardina.)

The burial of the Sardine is one of the most important rituals at the end of the carnival. It consists of carrying out a big sardine around different places in order to commemorate the completion of sardine fishing and start eating meat. In fact, there are different ways to represent the Burial of the sardine. For instance, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a big sardine is placed on a big throne and it is carried out all the way through the principal streets followed by poor and miserable people. The celebrations end on Sunday with the Piņata Chica that includes exhibitions and shows.

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