Did you know that Spain is one of the best locations in the world to celebrate the Carnival?

If you are looking for colorful parades, extravagant costumes and crazy parties, it is definitely worth planning a trip to some famous cities where you can enjoy the best days ever.

If Carnival is the excess before the Lent, with its 40 days and 40 nights without meat, rich food and alcohol, well… in Spain people celebrate it properly!

Let’s go through the most popular Spanish Carnivals and their typical features.

Tenerife. Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the biggest party in Europe and looks a lot like the Carnival in Rio De Janeiro: sparkling costumes, amazing parades and extravagant floats will astonish you.

Its main features are the several contests like the Carnival Queen, which is far the more famous, but for all of them you will need to get tickets well in advance.

Instead, the Mogollones, open air parties with Latin music, are totally free and definitely the wildest you have ever seen!

Cadiz. More focused on music, the Carnival in Cadiz has a clear Spanish feel and is dedicated to satire and humour: at any points in the street you can find groups playing and singing satirical songs to mock politicians, clergy and celebrities.

Don’t miss the daily fireworks and the funny competitions between musical groups, they will make your day!

Sitges. Definitely the most flamboyant with its outrageous costumes, incredible parties and eccentric pageants, the Carnival that takes place in this small city not far from Barcelona is particularly popular among the LGBTQ community and attracts amazing drag talents from all over Europe.

In addition, a smaller festival is held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where you can enjoy the Latin feel right on the beautiful beach.

Alternatively you can head to Madrid, where you will find a mix of the Venice and Cadiz carnivals.

Also, in Barcelona you can see La Taronjada (The Battle of Oranges), a colorful fight where people throw orange balloons and confetti at the end of a beautiful parade.

You can have a look at these amazing celebrations on our Pinterest board!

If you are going to Spain for Carnival and want to make the most of your holiday, discover some destinations here.

So which festival attracts you the most?