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Top Ten Traditional Festivals in Spain


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Top Ten Traditional Festivals in Spain

Carnaval in Tenerife

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On this page you will find information about the Carnival, one of the best festivals in Spain.

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When is Carnival in Spain?

The Spanish Carnaval (or Canival in English) takes place at traditional carnival time - the few days before the start of Lent, culminating in Shrove Tuesday. See the exact dates here: When is Carnival in Spain?

Where are the Best Places to See the Carnival?

Carnival is particularly famous in Tenerife and Cadiz, though it also has a strong tradition in the gay district of Chueca in Madrid and in Sitges, near Barcelona. Ciudad Rodrigo, near Salamanca, also has a popular carnival, though it is quite unlike that seen in other cities.


The Carnival in Spain varies in nature across the country but in Tenerife and (to a lesser extent in Cadiz) is second only to Rio de Janeiro in terms of extravagance.

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