Carnival time in Tenerife in 2014

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Tenerife is one of our most popular destinations. It is also a place where carnivals and festivals happen every month. To help those of you going here – in conjunction with the Tenerife Tourism Corportation  – here is a list of what’s on and when during the first nine mnths of this year.

Tenerife Carnival,  23rd February – 9th March 2014

The Tenerife Carnival, the island’s most awaited event, will be taking place from late February to early March 2014. Most of the island’s towns and villages will be celebrating with lively street parades and parties. The capital city of Tenerife, Santa Cruz, will be hosting the main celebrations – in fact, its carnival is considered the world’s second largest of its kind, just after the one in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Tourists will have the chance to enjoy events such as the Carnival Queen Election Gala (26th February) and “el Coso” (4th March), the carnival’s main parade which will have a “cartoon” theme this year.

Canarias Folk Fest, Arona – Thursdays and Fridays until 15th March 2014

Twice per week until 15th March 2014, different folk groups will be performing at Playa de los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas (Arona) to bring the best of the islands’ music closer to both tourists and locals alike. One of the most popular is the isa, a cheerful and lively type of song and dance which is usually played with the famous timple, a small plucked string guitar popular in the Canary Islands. Samples of typical local food, including the “wrinkled potatoes”, will be available to taste during the festival.

Festival Santa Cruz Extreme, Santa Cruz,  11th – 13th April 2014

The island’s first big sporting event in 2014 will take place in the surroundings of Santa Cruz from 11-13 April. The Festival Santa Cruz Extreme involves three disciplines – trail running, cycling and swimming – and is carried out in Tenerife north, the island’s greenest area. The Anaga Rural Park, with its lush laurisilva forest, will be the base of two of the event’s disciplines: participants will trail run from 10 km (Anaga Trail) to up to 85 km (Anaga Ultra Trail) and will cycle up to 18 km to reach the ‘Pico del Inglés’ (992 metres high). Finally, the swimming part (2 to 5 km) will take place in the idyllic sand beach of Las Teresitas. (Website is only in Spanish)

Fiestas de la Cruz, Los Realejos, 1st – 3rd May 2014

For over 300 years, the northern town of Los Realejos has been celebrating the “Fiestas de la Cruz” (“Holy Cross”), a festivity that sees the town being decorated with more than 300 crosses (indoors and outdoors) made by beautiful flowers and other attractive adornments. The main attraction of this festivity is on 3rd May, when a fireworks competition between two of the town’s streets, ‘Calle del Medio’ and ‘Calle del Sol’, takes place – the largest pyrotechnic exhibition on the Canary Islands.

‘Carboneras’ de Vilaflor, May 2014

Every May Vilaflor, Spain’s highest village at 1,400m, celebrates a peculiar tradition which makes the village come to a halt just for a day, when groups of locals start the “carboneras” (charcoal piles) to recall how traditional charcoal was produced, an art that is almost forgotten. This is followed by the ‘Vilaflor de Chasna Food Fair’, which is devoted to a different product each year. Vilaflor makes the perfect visit in May for those who want to taste the local cuisine and learn about ancient traditions.

Fiestas de San Juan, Puerto de la Cruz, 23rd-24th June 2014

The tranquil fishing village of Puerto de la Cruz becomes alive on the eve of 23rd June (St. John), when locals get together on the beach to set bonfires alight, party and welcome summer. However, the most curious activity of this fiesta is the “bathing of the goats”, an indigenous tradition where shepherds bathe their goats in the sea as it is believed that salt water helps purify and increase the fertility of livestock.

Corpus Christi, La Orotava, 26th June 2014

Since 1847, La Orotava has been celebrating this traditional religious festival which sees different local people and members of the island’s Government parading the streets of the town, which are decorated with carpets made with flower petals and coloured sand from the Teide National Park. The most impressive carpet, which shows different scenes from the Bible, is exhibited in ‘Plaza del Ayuntamiento’. Once the procession is over, a fiesta of music and traditional dances takes place in the town. ( Website only in Spanish.)

Fimucité – Tenerife International Film Music Festival, Santa Cruz, 4th – 12th July 2014

Every summer since 2007, Tenerife becomes the world’s capital of film music with Fimucité, a festival that celebrates the most popular soundtracks in the film industry with concerts, workshops and debates. This year’s edition will be devoted to the music of great international TV series as well as to Batman, one of the biggest superheroes, in the 75th anniversary of its creation. The Tenerife Symphonic Orchestra and the Tenerife Film Choir will also be joining the festival with a couple of concerts which will pay tribute to composer James Newton Howard (13th July) and to Universal Studios (14th July) at the iconic Auditorio de Tenerife.

San Benito Abad Pilgrimage, La Laguna, 13th July 2014

A “romería” (pilgrimage) is one of the most traditional expressions of folklore and culture in the Canary Islands and, the one honouring San Benito Abad, is one of the most emblematic of its kind. The pilgrimage takes place on 13th July and sees many people parading through the streets of the historical centre of La Laguna (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in a festive mood. Its origins go back to a ceremony held by farmers to thank the saint for their summer harvest. Tourists who visit the town during the day will be able to see people in traditional garbs, folk music groups playing and dancing  and also to taste typical local food and drink.

Festival of the Virgin of Carmen, Puerto de la Cruz, 15th July 2014

The Virgin of Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen, is honoured in many of the towns in Tenerife. However, the most important celebration takes place in the fishing village of Puerto de la Cruz, in the north of the island. Here, locals carry the statue of the “Virgen del Carmen” from her chapel to the beach in the fishing harbour. After the release of doves, the statue is put on a boat and taken out for a trip around the bay before it is carried back to her chapel. The celebrations end up with a great firework display.

Canarias InfinityXtreme, Puerto de la Cruz, July 2014

The Canarias InfinityXtreme is an exceptional opportunity to see some of the best professional and amateur athletes from the Canary Islands. This is an extreme race with a wide range of obstacles for the most adventurous participants to overcome: swimming in mud, going through concrete pipes and tyres and under barbed-wire fences, steeplechase, climbing tough walls… to mention a few. The prize? Being hosed down (and a diploma!). is this a rival to the games held in Llanwyrtd Wells? (Website only in Spanish)

Professional Windsurfers Association World Championships, El Médano, 4th – 10th August 2014

El Médano, Tenerife’s longest beach with its three-kilometre stretch, welcomes annually the world’s best male and female windsurfers at the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) World Championships (wave discipline). This golden sand beach in south Tenerife is known as the island’s kite boarding and windsurfing capital due to its regular trade winds that act as a magnet for surfers, ideal conditions for hosting the wave discipline. As well as the competiton, there will be music concerts and recreational activities for the hundreds of people who pop by to see the best windsurfers in action.

Corazones de Tejina’, La Laguna, 24th August 2014

Using beech, fruit, flowers and other items, the “Hearts of Tejina” festival sees the locals competing to build the town’s biggest and most beautiful hearts – most of them are two metres long as they are made by several smaller hearts linked by a stick. These are paraded through the streets and then taken to the church to be offered to Saint Bartholomew, the town’s patron saint. A lively open-air party closes down the festivity.

Arona Summer Festival, Arona, August 2014

The Arona Summer Festival, regarded as one of the top 15 summer festivals in Europe, will be celebrating its fourth edition in August 2014. The best DJs in the international dance music industry will be performing non-stop for more than 12 hours at the Olympic Stadium Antonio Domíngez Alfonso (Playa de las Américas). The line-up for 2014 is still to be confirmed but outstanding artists such as Alesso, RedFoo and Michael Calfan took part in last year’s edition.

Festival of the Christ of La Laguna, La Laguna, 14th September 2014

Every 14th September, Tenerife’s former capital hosts the Festival of the Christ of La Laguna, the island’s oldest religious image. This day starts with a statue of Christ being carried along the streets of the town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ends with a great fireworks display. However, since early September, the whole town is immersed in the festivities which include a comprehensive programme of music, sports and activities for children as well as religious ceremonies.

Tenerife Bluetrail, 18th October 2014

Year after year, the Tenerife Bluetrail has become the island’s most popular long-distance mountain race – and the most extreme. It has four different trails: Trail (51 km), Ultratrail (101 km), MediaTrail (23 km) and an adapted trail so all types of people and abilities are welcome. One of the race’s highlights is the variety of landscapes and contrasts it goes through, including the dryness of the south, the lush green vegetation of the north and the Teide National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and its volcanic landscapes.

For a full list of events and festivals and the latest up-to-date information, click here.



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