Canary Island Festivals you can’t afford to miss in 2019
In addition to their picturesque coastlines and tropical sceneries, the Canary Islands are famous for hosting a multitude of colourful and energetic festivals throughout the year. There’s usually at least one festival happening every single month of the year, so what better way to kick off 2019 than exploring the island’s hottest events that you can’t afford to miss? Certain festivals are very popular, so it’s best to grab your hotel and event tickets early so you don’t miss out!
Canary Island Festivals: The Canary Islands Music Festival
The Canary Islands Music Festival takes place simultaneously on the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and also on stages around the other islands. It is also the only European festival to be held in winter, thanks to the islands’ excellent climate. The classical music festival has been celebrated on all of the islands since 1985 and hosts concerts including internationally renowned names, such as top-level international artists; both orchestras and soloists. The festival will take place between 10th January – 10th February and is one you can’t afford to miss!
As well as it’s volcanic landscapes and sheer island beauty, Tenerife is renowned for hosting a multitude of colorful, energetic and lively festivals throughout the year. Check out all of the hottest festivals that you can’t afford to miss in 2019, and book your stay at the exceptional only Barceló Santiago which offers exceptional views of La Gomera and the cliffs at Los Gigantes.
Canary Island Festivals: Santa de Cruz Carnival
Every year, tens of thousands of people from all over the world become a part of this spectacular fiesta, held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Between 27 February – 10 March 2019, don’t miss your chance to take part in the most colourful and crazy open-air party of the Canary Islands, where the whole city gets caught up in a whirlwind of music and celebrations. Wear your most exuberant, festive clothing and costumes or purchase wigs and masks from the street vendors. Each year is a different theme which is chosen by a public vote, and the theme for 2019 is ‘The Deep Sea’. Expect streets of spectacular colour, incredible dancing and picturesque parades.
Canary Island Festivals: Semana Santa
Known as Easter Holy Week, Semana Santa is a religious holy week that takes place between 14-21 April 2019. While there are many religious celebrations held all over Spain and Tenerife, La Laguna is considered Tenerife’s cultural and religious hub with the most renowned celebrations. Good Friday provides the most anticipated events with the afternoon ‘Procesion Magna’ followed by the evening ‘Procesion del Silencio’. The town goes silent, streetlights are turned off and the whole town is lit by candles. Experience some of the most beautiful processions and admire the entire city whilst they indulge in the festivities.
Canary Island Festivals: Festival of San Andrés
Food and wine lovers rejoice, as this is the perfect festival for you! Traditionally served to celebrate Saint Andrés, this festival occurs on the 19th and 20th of November, unveiling the new season’s wine. Producers from vineyards open wines for sampling at the harbor of Puerto de la Cruz, whilst street kiosks offer plenty of culinary delights, including roasted chestnuts and barbecued pork kebabs. Expect to see the local youth honoring San Andrés by running around the town banging pots, dragging strings of tin cans, and sliding down the steep streets on greased wooden sleds. Enjoy this unique tradition which can only be experienced in Tenerife!
Fuerteventura will certainly be celebrating carnival and festival season, with celebrations taking place all over the island – from Corralejo and Caleta to Fuste, to Puerto del Rosario and Morro Jable. If you’re looking for an hotel in paradise for your island getaway, the adults only Barceló Corralejo Bay is the perfect choice for you. Located in an unparalleled location 80 metres from the beach and 3 kilometres from the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park in the north of Fuerteventura, you can enjoy your festivities amidst unbeatable surroundings.
Here are the all-important dates and events in Fuerteventura 2019…
Canary Island Festivals: Puerto del Rosario Carnival
Where better to indulge in the Fuerteventura festivities than in the island’s capital of Puerto del Rosario? The theme for this year’s carnival will be ‘video games’, with the official day for the Carnival Tuesday being February 9th 2019. As always, the event will consist of several days of partying, with music and activities throughout the day and night.
Canary Island Festivals: Morro Jable Carnival
The popular Morro Jable Carnival will take place between on 22-30 March 2019, with festivities including a bustling parade, live music, funfair, food and drink stalls, plus a late-night disco. Party into the early hours of the morning, and experience the incredible culture of the island whilst mingling with the locals.
Gran Canaria is renowned for being a hot spot for partying, so it’s no wonder thousands of people flock over to the island to indulge in the festivities. Check out all the hottest events in 2019 and book your stay at the tropical Occidental Margaritas for a luxury island stay.
Canary Island Festivals: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria occurs 15th February – 10th March, with this year’s theme being ‘One night in Rio’. Expect one big party with Latin American music, brass brands, clowns, magicians, acrobats, fireworks and colourful fancy-dress parades. As usual, the main events are the big parade, which will take place on March 9th, and the Burial of the Sardine, which occurs the following day on March 10th.
Lanzarote is home to numerous annual festivals where locals and tourists alike get involved in the festivities, dressing up in mesmerizing costumes and partying all night long. February and March are the popular carnival seasons on the island and are a great to be on the island. Check out all of the hottest festivals that you can’t afford to miss in 2019, and book your stay at the popular, adults only Barceló Teguise Beach located in one of the best areas of Costa Teguise.
Canary Island Festivals: Lanzarote Carnival
One of the highlights of the island’s annual calendar is the Carnival – a joyful yearly event with a parade, concerts and big fireworks, with spectators dressing up in inventive costumes. Each carnival usually lasts for several days so there are endless processions and parties that you can get involved in. The celebrations will kick off in the city of Arrecife on 4th March 2019, followed by Puerto del Carmen on 9th March 2019, Costa Teguise on 16th March and Playa Blanca on 30th March 2019.