Carnival Las Palmas
It is an annual event to rival Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival.
Performers dance in flamboyant costumes bringing colour and richness to one of the island’s oldest festivities.
More about the Las Palmas Carnival
Carnaval has been celebrated in Las Palmas in one way or another over the last five centuries.
The carnival theme for 2018 is ‘Magic and fantastic creatures’.
One of the island’s major tourist attraction, it reinvents itself, surprising visitors with new acts and events each year.
International visitors and locals alike get into the party spirit, taking it to the streets.
Carnival Las Palmas is a series of Galas and Carnivals, with the Drag Queen Gala – the first in Spain in 1998 – being one of its most extravagant and theatrical.
There are competitions for best costumes, with one lucky winner being crowned Queen of the Carnival.
The Great Carnival Parade takes place on the last Saturday and follows a route of over 7 kilometres.
Children get in on the act with lots of designated festivities for the little ones culminating in a children’s parade towards the end of Carnival Las Palmas.
Where to stay during the Las Palmas Carnival?
If you are looking for an exceptional stay just 550 meters from the beach, you can’t go past Hotel Casa Mozart.
This boutique hotel offers free WiFi and has an airport shuttle.
Plenty of options to choose from, but as it’s a busy time of year, so we suggest that you book early in advance.
Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria, one of the Spanish Canary Islands off northwestern Africa.
Flying is the easiest way to reach the island and many holiday flight companies offer flights.
If you feel like setting a slower pace, you can take a ferry from Huelva to Gran Canaria.
It’s seasonal, departing once a week, and at around 34 hours each way, it’s more of a mini-cruise than a ferry crossing.
More about Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is considered the capital of the Canaries.
It’s a major cruise ship stop, known for its duty-free shopping and white sandy beaches.
You’ll encounter steep mountains in the north, with green cliffs and gorges, while in the south, it’s drier and flatter.
Filled with charming villages, one we recommend visiting is beautiful Tejeda, up in the hills in the centre of the islands.
It’s adorable in February (Carnaval time) when the almond trees are in blossom.
The Canary Islands are a volcanic archipelago situated off northwestern Africa and consist of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro.
These lesser-known Spanish islands have a perfect year-round climate – not too hot, not too cold, just right!