The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is organized every year in one of the capitals of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is a well known festival that can only be compared to the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It usually lasts 2 weeks and various festivities and activities take place during the day and the night. If you plan to travel to Tenerife or other Canary Islands that time of the year, consider visiting this spectacular carnival of Tenerife in 2020!
What is the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife?
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is held every February and includes various events. The Carnival theme differs each time (for 2020, the theme is Return of the 50s). On the first day, the Queen of the Carnival is elected, which is broadcasted to the whole region. Τhen, every night and day for the next two weeks, the streets of Tenerife are full of parades, concerts and huge parties. The ending signal for the Carnival is the Burial of the Sardine on Ash Wednesday and the Piñata Weekend.
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020: Location and Schedule
The main festival of the Canary Islands takes place in Tenerife around February. More specifically:
Where is the Carnival of Tenerife?
For 2020, like every year, the city that hosts the carnival is the Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife, one of the biggest islands in the Canary Archipelago, and is located in the northeastern part of it. You can find carnival events throughout the whole city and especially in the Plaza del Principe, right next to the city port.
When is the Carnival of Tenerife?
The preparations for the carnival for 2020 have already begun since January, with the selection of the parade floats and troupes. The official start of the Tenerife Carnival is on Wednesday, February 19th and the festivities continue until Sunday of Piñata, March 1st.
What is the entrance fee for the Carnival events?
The Carnival has two parts:
- The main official events with well organized parades including floats, concerts, DJs and dancing groups.
- The street festival where you can participate and have fun at the impromptu parties on the street.
You can enjoy the carnival for free since almost every party and event takes place at open spaces. However, there are competitions, like the crowing of the Carnival Queen at Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos, for which you need to purchase a ticket. In that case, due to the popularity of these events, we strongly recommend that you book your tickets in advance.
How to get to the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Tenerife is connected with the port of Huelva or Cadiz with regular weekly ferry crossings. Taking a ferry from mainland Spain to the Canary Islands is ideal if you want to transport your car, carry heavy luggage or travel with your pet. On the other hand, if you are already on a different Canary Island and want to participate in the Carnival of Tenerife, there are multiple ferry routes to the capital.
The direct ferry connections between Tenerife and the rest of the Canary Islands are:
- Tenerife - Gran Canaria: You can get to Santa Cruz de Tenerife from the ports of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or Agaete.
- Tenerife - Fuerteventura: The ports of Puerto del Rosario and Morro Jable are connected with Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Tenerife - Lanzarote: You can also reach the port of Santa Cruz from the port of Arrecife in Lanzarote
- Tenerife - La Gomera: The island of La Gomera is connected with the port of Los Cristianos to the South of Tenerife, through the ports of San Sebastian and Valle Gran Rey.
- Tenerife - La Palma: There are ferry routes from Santa Cruz de la Palma to Los Cristianos
- Tenerife - El Hierro: The port of Valverde in El Hierro is connected with the port of Los Cristianos.
It is worth mentioning that Tenerife has two airports: the Tenerife North Airport, which is located around 12 km from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Tenerife South Airport, near the port of Los Cristianos.
Useful information about the Carnival of Tenerife
Some additional information about the the Carnival and the city of Tenerife:
What is the History of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival ?
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is being held since the 16th century, while it was officially established in 1920 with occasional breaks. It is celebrated almost a month before Easter. This Carnival is one of the biggest in the world alongside the carnival of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with spectacular, flashy costumes and parade floats.
Where can you stay in Tenerife?
Tenerife is the second most populated island of the Canary complex and, especially during the Carnival, it is full of visitors. Despite the many alternatives, it is highly suggested that you book your accommodation long before your visit, if you want to stay near the city center and the carnival.
What is the best transportation option during the Carnival of Tenerife?
The best way to get around and enjoy the carnival and the various events is on foot, since the streets will be extremely crowded. However there are local bus lines that go through the city or connect it with other regions in Tenerife. In addition, there are private buses that can give you a tour around Santa Cruz for a fee.
Tip: The Town Council of Santa Cruz sets up and operates the Carnival Hospital, where first aid is provided to the visitors if needed. The location of the Hospital is in the center of the main events and you can find it by following the signs or by asking for directions.
Where to find more information about Tenerife?
If you want to extend your holidays in Tenerife, you can find all the information you need about the island and the ways to reach it by ferry on Ferryhopper. Check our updated platform, organize your vacation and have the time of your life at the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2020!