Puerto de la Cruz Carnival
2020 Puerto de la Cruz Carnival: February 16th to March 1st
Program (click on Downloads)
16 February: Gala for the election of Child Carnival Queen
20 February: Gala for the election of Adult Carnival Queen
22 February: Carnival Parade
23 February: Fancy Dress Contest
24 February: Carnival Monday
25 February: Vintage cars Rally of the Valley
26 February: Funeral for the Sardine
28 February: Men Marathon “Mascarita Ponte Tacon” in high heels
29 February: Grand International Carnival Parade Puerto de la Cruz
01 March: End of 2020 Carnival
The carnival has been declared of international tourist interest, being one of the longest-standing carnivals of the island. Even during the time when the fiesta was banned, it has always managed to find a place in the hearts of the people of Puerto de la Cruz, they even camouflaged the carnival under the name of "winter fiestas" in order not to miss it. The burial of the sardine, held on Ash Wednesday, and the Grand Carnival Parade (COSO DEL CARNAVAL), on the following Saturday, are quite spectacular, with the participation of many individuals, groups, floats, comparsas, murgas (carnival music groups) and several delegations from the carnivals of other countries, including Germany.
A very popular and unique act of the carnival is the "Mascarita Ponte Tacón" male marathon, in which every year hundreds of men, with heels at least 8 centimeters, walk the cobbled streets and obstacles encountered during the playful and funny race.