When you think about going to the Canaries, you might be thinking of the beaches, mountains, and moon like terrain. This archipelago is truly majestic and blessed by mother nature. But did you know that the Islands are also famous for their festivals? The Canary Islands festivals are known for their epic fiestas and celebrations happen all year round ranging from music concerts to religious festivals.
Let’s take a look at the six best festivals that you should not miss in the Canary Islands.
Who doesn’t like kites? They’re the ones that both kids and adults love to play. Every year, Fuerteventura celebrates the International Kite Festival at the Dunes of Corralejo Natural Park. The festival came to be when kite aficionados organized a get-together in this site because of the strong winds. Since then, people flock to the area to attend the event. The festival runs for three days every November.
Date: 8-11 November, 2018
Location: Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Also known as “Dance of the Devil” this festival is among the famous festivals of La Palma. The celebration is held every year on September 8 to honor the Virgin of Candelaria. Starting at 3 am, the people sing about a devil coming. After which the Devil appears covered in lit fireworks. The whole crowd then proceeds to dance in the town’s main square.
Date: 8 November, 2018
Location: Tirajafe, La Palma
Celebrated in May, the Corpus Christi is one of the Canary islands most awaited festivals. Beautiful flower carpets fill the town streets while multi-colored sands cover the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The fiesta was made for La Ortova’s Eucharist or the Holy Communion. People reenact different biblical scenes.
Date: May 31, 2018
Location: Villa de Mazo, La Palma
One of the best months to visit for Canary Islands Festivals is February or March just in time for the Carnival. It is one of Europe’s most famous festivals with a grand street party. Lavish costumes and Latin dance music is what defines the festivities. Around the islands, the most elaborate celebrations occur in Tenerife in Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz.
Date: February TBA
Location: Santa Cruz, Tenerife
The carnival is widely known for its fun, humor and talcum powder. It relives the emigration of Canarians in the early 20th century. Thousands of travelers dress in elegant dresses and suits during that time and throw talcum powder in the streets. The festivity takes place in the street of Triana in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Date: 12 February, 2019
Location: Santa Cruz de La Palma
In Agaete, the Branch Festival, also known as La Rama is one of the most popular festivals that take place every year on the 4th of August. Here, thousands of tourists and locals bring one branch and dance to live music. The festival originates from the island’s natives when they ask the gods for rains during the drought.
Date: 4 August, 2018
Location: Agaete, Gran Canaria
The Canaries are full of unique, glamorous and religious festivities that make the islands more enticing for all visitors. The next time you plan on going to the Canary Islands, attend one, if not all, of these festivals.
Feature image: Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Photo Credit: Jose MesaLast updated on Apr 17, 2018