6 Canary Island Festivals You Should Check Out

by - 25 June

6 Canary Island Festivals You Should Check Out Banner with various festival photos.
 *This post is sponsored by Holiday Gems. All opinions are my own.

I have been to various places in the Canary Islands many times before but I have never had the chance to check out any of their yearly festivals. Here is a list of the '6 Canary Island Festivals You Should Check Out' which I will definitely be looking into visiting myself. You can book these places through https://www.holidaygems.co.uk
Woman with a huge feathered headdress on.woman with a huge feathered headdress on.

The Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife is held every February for 15 days. It is the Capitals most iconic celebration which sees the streets filled with fancy dress, lots of music and tonnes of colour! It has loads of events including competitions, dancing and parades. If you plan on going, it is advised to book in advance because the area is in great demand at Carnival time.

A holy walk through a street.
Flowers creating an image.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday and is held in La Orotava in Tenerife. It is celebrated with folklore music and parades. For this holiday the streets and squares are closed so that they can be covered with colourful carpets made with various types of flowers and coloured sand. Then a religious parade pass over the carpets followed by a huge fiesta of traditional music and dance with everyone dressed in traditional clothes.

On the beach with various kites flying.

International Kite Flying Festival

The International Kite Flying Festival is exactly what it sounds like. It started in 1987 as a group of people who were passionate about flying kites and is now a huge recognised event. It is held in Corralejo in Tenerife each year. There is kite exhibitions, workshops and competitions. 

Baile De Magos

Baile De Magos is a folklore street party with performances from many different groups. It is based in Tenerife and everyone wears traditional clothing and enjoys traditional music and cuisine. Mago means peasant or country people.

Fiesta Del Diablo

Fiesta Del Diablo means The Devil's Fiesta and is held every year on the 8th September in the early hours of the morning where people gather to dance on the streets of Tijarafe on La Palma island and wait for the devil to appear. Around 3am the standard carnival characters appear and then everyone starts singing something along the lines of  'tra-la-la-la, the devil's coming soon' until he appears amid a chaos of sparks, flames and fireworks. 

Lots of people wearing white throwing talcum powder.

 Los Indianos

 Los Indianos is actually part of The Carnaval Santa Cruz De Tenerife that I mentioned earlier in the post. The origins of this are from the Indianos (Indians) who returned from Latin Ameria with great wealth. The tradition has now become people wearing white and throwing talcum powder about while carrying briefcases around full of fake cash, which sounds like a whole lot of fun.

Have you ever been to any of these festivals? If so which and if not which one sounds the most interesting to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Wow so much to see in the Canary Islands, I have been to Tenerife which I'm still enchanted by it.

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