Party in Puerto de la Cruz
The northern coastal town of Puerto de la Cruz runs a close second to the capital in the size of its celebrations.
It also has characteristic attractions, including the Mascarita Ponte Tacón the High Heels Marathon.
A male drag race with contestants picking their way through obstacles, wearing outrageous high-heeled shoes.
Nothing lower than ankle-busting is allowed.
It’s uproarious, not at all “politically correct”, and fast becoming the most popular event of the Carnaval calendar.
But it’s not for the easily offended. Don’t take your prim great-aunt.
There are smaller celebrations in most towns and villages across Tenerife.
If you have the time, settle in for a couple of weeks, hire a car, and combine Carnaval with a few days’ trips around the island.