February is known for many events such as Valentine’s Day or White Week, without forgetting one of the most important events of the year, Carnival!
Carnival is a festival full of music, dance and costumes that will surprise you. At Xior, you can also dress up in whatever you like, buy the costume or make it yourself. Each city has its own tradition and its typical celebrations, what do you think about discovering it with us?
In many parts of the world this festivity is a spectacle, if you are staying in any of our residences you can take a trip to some of the places we are going to talk about in this blog. We are going to show you some of the most famous places in Spain where you can celebrate Carnival.
Places to celebrate Carnival in Spain
Carnival in Cadiz (Andalusia): It is one of the most fun carnivals you will find in Spain, where you will be able to enjoy comparsas, choirs and chirigotas, musical groups that are identified with the Cadiz carnival. These types of musical performances are full of social criticism and irony, mainly represented by those who participate in the festival/competitions. It’s a fresh air of good vibes and good humour that you won’t want to miss.
Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands): this Carnival is one of the most important in the world, and obviously in Spain. So, if you are a resident of one of our Xior residences you could catch a flight this weekend and witness this spectacular carnival. They have some magnificent parades of floats, very colourful and bright where fantasy and rhythm abound.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival (Canary Islands): One of the most historic festivities is the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Full of joy, colour, feathers, dance and music. The gala is held to see who will be chosen as Queen of the Carnival, which is also broadcast on television.
Pontevedra Carnival (Galicia): this is a very special one, full of comparsas, costumes, charangas and other groups that parade through the streets of Rias Baixas. Another thing you can’t miss in this Carnival is the burial of the parrot Ravachol, in honour of a true story.
Carnival of Badajoz (Extremadura): it is considered a Festival of International Tourist Interest since last year, this year a famous comedian in Spain will be present as the town crier of the festivity. It is a 10-day carnival, so you have time to get organised and be able to attend one of the most popular carnivals.
Sitges Carnival (Catalonia): One of the most famous and frequented carnivals in Catalonia, the parades in this town are made up of huge floats in which theatrical scenes are represented. There is a character known as “Carnestoltes” who arrives along with the Carnival Queen.