The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is considered as the second most popular and internationally known carnival in the world, after those held in Rio de Janeiro. In fact, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro for this reason.

During this event, the streets welcome all kind of performances and parades of ‘Murgas’ (groups of singers with lyrics describing political life of Tenerife in a satirical way) or ‘Rondallas’ (small Philharmonics) accompanied by cavalcades, thousands of costumes, spectacular floats, dancers and musicians dressed in their finery.  The best part is that everything takes place in the street so you can live it to the full!

The ‘fiesta’ in the streets of Santa Cruz starts on the Friday before Carnival Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) with a spectacular opening procession. The party continues night after night around the island until Ash Wednesday and the ‘Burial of the sardine’. It consists of a procession with a huge model fish which is finally cremated. The last weekend, festivities come to an end in a huge ball.

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