Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2023

8:00pm 07 Feb - 8:00pm 01 Mar, 2023

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2023: The Biggest Winter Event in the Canary Islands

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival is back bigger than ever. The three-week-long event has been celebrated for over 50 years and has grown to become one of the island’s major tourist attractions. It is an annual celebration held in Spain’s Canary Islands.

Rivalling Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, the carnival consists of colours, costumes and of course, parades! A number of events and parades take place throughout the streets daily, including the Daytime Carnival, Martes de Carnival, Queen Gala and Adult Costume Competition. It is also the cheapest carnival in the world, with no tickets required and food and drink prices remaining on the low during carnival season. 

“Choose your best costume and enjoy the freedom and fun of the carnival spirit!” 

Your experience at the Gran Canaria Carnival

Featuring a wide variety of parties and little to no cost, and perfect weather year-round, Las Palmas is the perfect carnival destination. Not only is the event filled with entertainment, it is also interactive.

Visitors can dress up and take part in the carnival, walking alongside the carnival buses; or purchasing a ticket to ride the bus throughout the parade. 

Best views of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival takes place in the Canary Islands capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Santa Catalina Park (located between the Cruise Ship Pier and Las Canteras Beach) is home to the main attractions and activities. 

How to get around Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands are accessible by both plane and boat. The nearest airport is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport and most major and budget airlines operate throughout it. A seasonal ferry departing from Huelva, Spain is also available. The route departs once a week and the journey takes approximately 34 hours each way. 

Getting around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is quick and easy thanks to their frequent and reliable public transport services. While there are only two bus companies on Gran Canaria, the buses run 24/7 to just about every corner of the island.

The yellow buses (Guaguas Municipales) operates in the city centre; while the blue buses (Global) will transport visitors to anywhere on the island. A popular alternative is a taxi. Officially licensed taxis are readily available throughout the entire island and fares are approximately 5 euros. 

Where to Stay in Las Palmas

There are many nearby accommodation options available in the Island’s capital; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Hostel and hotel options are available both in the heart of the city as well as along the water.

Visitors often stay in or around the Parque de Santa Catalina area; to be as close as possible to the action. Nearby affordable options can be explored below. 

Things to do in the Canary Islands

Located just off the coast of northwestern Africa, the Canary Islands have the perfect climate all year round; making it the perfect travel destination. The island offers plenty of things to see, do and experience. One of the most popular destinations is Las Canteras Beach; known for its golden sand and popular for snorkelling.

The botanical garden Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo is a popular place for visitors of all ages to enjoy the natural beauty of island. Over 500 native plant species are on display for visitors to view. Historical landmarks such as the Las Palmas Cathedral and the Casa de Colón museum are also popular attractions frequented by tourists.

Finally, the Bandama Caldera volcanic crater features a number of hiking trails and is a popular place to trek or cycle. 

Top Tips

With almost a month of festivities, it can be difficult to pick out what to see and do. Here’s Rad’s bucket list of events for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival. 

Vegueta Carnival – The Carnaval de Día en Vegueta is one of the most popular events. Bursting with both locals and tourists, dress up in a fancy costume and head down to the historic town centre for the exciting free event. 

Drag Queen Gala – The Drag Queen Gala is one the most famous and high profile events of the entire carnival. Hosted on the main stage at Santa Catalina, the ticketed event sells out fast and is one you won’t want to miss.

The Burial of the Sardine – The final event of the carnival, the parade is lead by a giant model sardine; starting from Pueblo Canario and ending at the northern end of Las Canteras beach. Visitors often wear black to mourn the end of the carnival as the sardine is set alight and pushed out into the sea. A breathtaking fireworks display officials marks the end of the carnival. 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2023 Dates

The 2022 Carnival goes from February 7 – March 1, 2023.  

Photo Credit: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival, Gran Canaria

Spain Travel Tips:

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