Puerto de la Cruz Carnival
2017 Puerto de la Cruz Carnival: from February 19th to March 5th
2017 Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz: Main Events (Programme in English: click on "Downloads")
19th February Children Queen Election
23th February Adult Queen Election Gala
25th February Carnival Announcing Parade
27th February Ritual “Matar la Culebra” (Kill the Snake)
28th February Vintage Cars Rally of the Valley
01st March Funeral for the Sardine - Entierro de la Sardina
03rd March "Mascarita Ponte Tacón" Men Marathon in high heels
04th March Grand Puerto de la Cruz International Carnival Parade "Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval" (4 pm)
05th March End of Carnival
Motto of the 2017 Carnival: "The Circus"
The carnival has been declared of international tourist interest, being one of the longest-standing carnivals of the island. Even during the time when the fiesta was banned, it has always managed to find a place in the hearts of the people of Puerto de la Cruz, they even camouflaged the carnival under the name of "winter fiestas" in order not to miss it. The burial of the sardine, held on Ash Wednesday, and the Grand Carnival Parade, on the following Saturday, are quite spectacular, with the participation of many individuals, groups, floats, comparsas, murgas (carnival music groups) and several delegations from the carnivals of other countries, including Germany.