Sitges Carnaval, Spain.
18 – 26 February 2020
18 – 26 February 2020
Every year, just before the commencement of Lent, the Barcelona-adjacent seaside resort of Sitges goes absolutely troppo – It’s carnaval !!
Not as famous, or as grandiose, as its Rio de Janeiro cousin, and offering a classier type of hedonism than Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
You can enjoy parades on Sunday and Tuesday.
A fun “Midday Bed-Race” on Saturday.
On the first Tuesday there is a shorter procession-parade.
Martes Gordo, or Dimarts de Greix in Catalan, is when the week long’s festivities culminate in an almost-all-nighter of parades, dancing in the street, too much drinking and celebrating in the uniquely carnaval way.
The main event of the evening is the Rúa de Extermini, a parade that winds through Sitges narrow, picturesque laneways and down to the seaside.
From there the night gets wilder and wilder, with DJs and bands playing, and revellers letting their masks hide their identity and tear away their inhibitions.
Sitges has for a long time been a LGBTQIA capital of Europe, and offers experiences for everybody willing to party and play with an open mind.
Carnaval has also traditionally been a week of release and letting one’s hair really down before the 40 days and 40 nights of Lent’s abstinence.
Combine the occasion and the location and you’ve really got the perfect ingredients for a wild night.
Stoke Travel every year transports and guides 100s of revellers from Barcelona city centre to Sitges’ carnaval, helping travellers and students avoid the difficult commute on public transport, as well as providing a huge group of likeminded party-people to celebrate with.
They’ll also throw a pre-party in downtown Barcelona, and provide you with sangria to get the party started.
Face painters will be on hand to make sure you look your most fabulous, too.
If you’re in Europe this coming March, make sure you make your way to Barcelona to take advantage of the continent’s most spectacular carnaval.
And join Stoke Travel for the journey – not only will they make your arrival and departure easier, they’ll also ensure you’re absolutely equipped to run wild in Sitges streets for carnaval.