Santa Cruz Carnival 2018 will be start the 9th of February and will be finish the 17th of February. Are you visiting Tenerife that week? Here we share great tips and tricks to enjoy the second largest Carnival of the world.
Where we celebrate the Santa Cruz Carnival?
First of all, you must be clear about the carnival is celebrated in the streets. For more than a week, the city will be full of colour, extravagance, creativity, freedom and a lot of fun.
To help you, we recommend have to fix in your memory the next streets and squares names:
- Plaza de España, there you have a Tourist Office Information at Plaza de España s/n.
- The most important square to enjoy different shows and the Daytime Carnival will be Plaza de la Candelaria.
- Plaza del Príncipe, interesting shows and Daytime and Nighttime parties.
- The best places to begin the Nighttime parties of the Carnival are Plaza Weyler and Calle Robayna.
- Avenida de Anaga (Avenida Francisco La Roche), the main avenue to enjoy the great parades including the Burial of the Sardine, daytime parties and funny attractions.
- Calle San José and Plaza del Chicharro, great place to dance at day and night parties.
- Calle Castillo, the connection street between the top of the Carnival area (Plaza Weyler) and the maritime area of Plaza de España and Avenida de Anaga.
When happen the most important dates of the Santa Cruz Carnival?
The Carnival starts the 7th of February with the election of the queen on the Wednesday before carnival’s first party weekend.
In case you would like to see beautiful girls wearing awesome costumes which may even weigh up to a hundred kilograms, you could go to the Announcing Parade on the 9th of February at 8 PM.
If you have the opportunity to enjoy the Announcing Parade, you’ll be able to feel the rhythm of the Santa Cruz Carnival with the “comparsas” (groups of dancers, singers and musicians), “murgas” and different groups of people wearing incredible fancy-dress and good vibrations.
Another big parade you could not miss is the “Coso”. You could enjoy the 13th of February at 4 PM in Avenida Francisco La Roche. This huge open-air Carnival party has lots to offer, music, latin dancing and colourful costumes all around.
However, the Tuesday 13th of February is a official public holiday in Santa Cruz, so take in consideration that so many shops, restaurants, banks and another business could be closed.
But one of the most interesting events is the Burial of the Sardine. Dressed in black and with great sorrow, groups of people gather to accompany a giant sardine made from paper and cardboard on its way to being burned. That extravagance event (but very funny at the same time) will be celebrate the 14th of February at 10 PM.
For more information for the day and night parties, check the program at Carnaval de Santa Cruz website.
How to get to the Santa Cruz Carnival?
The best option is book an accommodation in Santa Cruz, in this way, you could forget to take a public transport or drive a car (a lot of streets are closed to the traffic and it’s very difficult find a free parking).
If you don’t like the noise (the party finish at 6 AM), you could book far of the city centre or in La Laguna, for example.
Costumes are a must!
Every year the Santa Cruz Carnival has a different theme, this year is “Fantasy”, so, the whole city will be decorate according this topic.
Do you have any idea for your fancy-dress? We recommend to create by yourself with recycling stuff your own custom but if you don’t have enough time or patience, you could buy wings, wigs, sparkly, swords, etc. in the city centre (Calle Ángel Guimerá and Calle Castillo).
How to take a brake to continue the party?
Book a unique treetop adventure and breathe fresh air at Forestal Park Tenerife. Check availability and book online in advance (special offers).
Remember bring warm sportswear (temperature in February: 10ºC) and you will have a lot of fun in the treetops!
Keep dancing!Keep moving!