Category Archives: Beach

The five most spectacular beach sunsets in Tenerife

Sometimes we get lost in our search for the perfect beach sunset; that ideal moment to share with you. It is easy to forget that it is our visitors who best know which corners of our island to visit. So, instead of giving you our selection, we decided to highlight the  beach sunsets that are most recommended by travelers to Tenerife.

Benijo Beach

“There is no other spot like it, so magical, exciting, so wild and so surprising. It is a mythical beach” says Julián. We get it; Benijo is one of those beaches with a unique magnetism that makes locals and strangers alike fall in love with it. 

Julian, one of hundreds of travelers to recommend Benijo, gives some good advice: “To go and enjoy it, it is mandatory to check the tides; especially the low tides, which is when the beach is at its biggest and widest”. 

Las Vistas Beach 

Although we have cheated a bit and visited  at dawn, Las Vistas shines at both ends of the day and is  one of south Tenerife’s flagship beaches. You’ll see why after watching the sun rise and set from the same spot.  

When the sun rises, the sky is flooded with gold, while on special occasions, it dyes the entire horizon purple. For Mali, Las Vistas beach is “the best of Tenerife. Fine white sand and crystal clear water. I’ve been coming to this beach for about 15 years. I repeat almost every year”.

El Médano Beach

Isabel García accurately describes El Médano in the Ocho Leguas blog as “the town with the most kites in Tenerife”. Kite flyers join windsurfers, kitesurfers and other wind-based sports enthusiasts to create a playful dance over the ocean. Montaña Roja, the Red Mountain, is the perfect backdrop to sunset at El Medano. 

Garden Beach


If Tenerife in itself is a paradise, Puerto de la Cruz is a mini paradise within. It’s a city that retains its genuine seaside friendliness and draws visitors back year after year to pretty Playa Jardín.

 Jordi describes it as “one of the best beaches in Tenerife, with fine black sand .. Very long and wide to play ball, tennis, etc…”. Maria agrees, stating that, “I loved this beach because of how black it is and the contrast of the gardens. It is a very nice place to swim or just to take a walk.”

El Duque Beach


To finish, we visit what is perhaps one of the most paradisiacal beaches in Tenerife. Sophianne says that, “if you want to relax in paradise, this is your beach. Whenever I can, I go in the morning to take an early dip in the transparent waters. It’s also a beautiful place to walk at sunset and take photos.” 

So there you have it. The five best beach sunset spots in Tenerife. All that’s left is to invite you to visit them and see if you can take that perfect photo to match. It’s not that difficult! 

September holidays in Tenerife

Are you going to spend your September holidays in Tenerife? We welcome you to an island full of adventures, where you and your family can fill your album with memories for a lifetime. Will you join us?

Cosmopolitan cities with their own identityPuerto de la Cruz Vacaciones de septiembre en Tenerife

Who doesn’t like to discover unique places? Puerto de la Cruz combines the modernity of an open-air museum, Puerto Street Art, with the identity of a city that has not lost its peculiarities.

Stroll through the La Ranilla neighborhood with its murals, take a dip in the Atlantic ocean at the beautiful beaches of San Telmo and Playa Jardín, or relax in idyllic surroundings such as Lago Martiánez. Puerto de la Cruz is a miniature universe with a small treasure on every corner.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Vacaciones de Septiembre

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, avant-garde and history takes you to places such as the Guimerá Theatre, the oldest theatre in the Canary Islands, or the Tenerife Auditorium, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, which is part of the city’s landmark.

The capital of the Island is fortunate to host one of our visitors’ favourite beaches, Las Teresitas, as well as the César Manrique Maritime Park, a large swimming pool complex in the shade of El Palmetum, the largest collection of tropical palm trees in Europe. No matter what you choose, we assure you that in Santa Cruz you can find a place you will always want to return to.

Rural getaways in Tenerife – get to know the villages and hamlets

Masca Tenerife Vacaciones

If you are looking for a rural getaway, we can also give you some recommendations. In Tenerife you won’t get tired of seeing all the different places!

One of the most famous places is the hamlet Masca in Buenavista del Norte. It is framed in a spectacular setting, in the shadow of an imposing rock. It is one of the most popular places in the Teno Rural Park, where you can not only enjoy the breathtaking scenery, but also try local food.

Taganana Santa Cruz de Tenerife

In the northeast of the island you will find Taganana. You look from above on countless white houses, which meander to the coast.  If you are looking for breathtaking views, then you must visit the viewpoint El Bailadero. We assure you that the trip is worthwhile.

Parque Rural de Teno Tenerife

Do you want to see Los Gigantes as you have never seen the cliffs before, maybe even a beautiful panorama of our neighbor island La Gomera? Punta de Teno is our recommendation for a very different perspective.

Tenerife nature routes

Now that we’ve presented you to the towns and hamlets of Tenerife, how about submerging into the most curious and most spectacular nature of our island?

Tenerife – whale sanctuary

Delfines en Tenerife

One of the favourite activities by our visitors is whale watching. If you want to explore the southwest coast of Tenerife and admire these beautiful animals, remember to embark with one of the companies of the Sustainability Charter. You will ensure a respectful experience with the environment, as well as the guidance of the best professionals.

A charming valley

Valle de la Orotava

Finally, the north of Tenerife deserves part of your time on the island. Small municipalities, each with its own magic, populate the entire Orotava Valley. If you continue your journey to the northwest you will find some natural wonders such as The Millenary Dragon Tree, the oldest in the whole archipelago.

Cueva del Viento Tenerife

Among these wonders we must also highlight the Cueva del Viento, the largest volcanic tube in Europe. You can do guided tours to discover the underground of Tenerife.

A wonderful September is waiting for you on our island. So, what are you waiting for?

Our favourite beaches in Tenerife for 2019  

The beaches of Tenerife are undoubtedly a must for 2019. Whether you are looking for water sports, places to relax and unwind or you prefer lively beaches where you can have fun… In Tenerife you will find exactly what you are looking for.

Beaches for sports enthusiasts

We recently released Tenerife’s “Sports Calendar” for 2019, with many events for every taste and discipline, some even on beaches like El Medano or Las Americas!

El Médano, the favourite beach for windsurfing

Playa De Tenerife El Medano

On this famous beach in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, the World PWA Windsurfing Championship will be held. Last year participated more than 70 professionals. If you love windsurfing then El Médano is your place to go. It is one of the most colourful and peculiar landscapes in the south of Tenerife.

Beach Playa de Las AméricasPlaya De Tenerife Las Americas

Perhaps the best known place for water sports lovers is the “Izquierda de la Palmera”. It’s one of the island’s famous waves, therefore the Las Americas Pro attracts professional surfers from around the world to attend the WSL World Surf League event in February. Some interesting beaches you can find in this area are El Camisón beach and Las Vistas beach.

Family beaches

For a child there is nothing better than spending a great day on the beach. Building sand castles, playing ball games or just swimming in the sea turn a simple day in the sun into an oasis of fun. In Tenerife, there is a big variety of family beaches.

Beach Playa de La Pinta

Playa De Tenerife La Pinta

With a calm swell thanks to its breakwater and a wide range of activities (inflatable trampoline castles in the water, jet skiing, diving …), La Pinta beach is one of the most popular beaches to enjoy with the family in the south of Tenerife. A great option if you are in Costa Adeje!

Beach Playa de Las Teresitas

Playa De Tenerife Las Teresitas

One of the favourite beaches for locals and tourists alike is undoubtedly the beach Las Teresitas. There is hardly any waves on the main beach and its size invites to enjoy long walks with the family. You can even rent a boat and enjoy the beach from the water.

Beaches for hiking

If you would like to explore the natural trails of Tenerife (or even participate in the Tenerife Walking Festival), then many hiking trails have a refreshing reward for the sweaty effort: a natural beach.

Beach Playa de Antequera

Playa De Tenerife Antequera

This beach can only be reached via a difficult path starting from the hostel Albergue de Montes de Anaga or by boat in a trip of almost an hour from Santa Cruz. Its clear and calm waters, in harmony with the imposing rock of Antequera, offering impressive views that are a real treat after the strenuous walk.

Beach Playa de Los Roques

Playa De Tenerife Los Roques

At the end of the path of Rambla de Castro (easier than the previous one of Antequera) you reach this curious stone beach: the beach Los Roques. If you are a lover of photography, then you should not miss the sunset, very impressive!

Beaches to relax

Sometimes we just need rest and relaxation, we have to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities and just take refuge in a natural sanctuary, only accompanied by the sound of the sea.

Beach Playa de Benijo

Playas De Tenerife Benijo

Playa Benijo is possibly the most photogenic beach in Tenerife. You have to see this fantastic colour spectacle of the sunset, how well it harmonises with the famous rocks. This sight is a true stress killer.

Beach Playa de El Bollullo

Playas De Tenerife El Bollullo

This small beach in La Orotava is located in one of the quietest corners in the north of Tenerife. Only 200 metres wide, it is a perfect retreat, where you will change the noise of the city by the sound of the sea.

And you? What kind of beach do you prefer?

Must-see places in Tenerife (part 1)

The most important places in Tenerife? There are so many cool corners… Therefore it’s really difficult to choose the best places to visit. If you don’t know where to go and what to do, no problem! Here we will give you a little summary of some of the must-see places and sights.

The cliffs of Los Gigantes

One of the most impressive places in Tenerife are the cliffs of Los Gigantes, a huge rocky colossus and also volcano that reach a height of 600 metres. The Guanches, the natives of Tenerife, called the cliffs the “wall of hell”. By the way, nature lovers will find up to 21 different species of cetaceans in the surrounding waters, such as the bottlenose dolphin or theshort-finned pilot whale (pilot whale).

Whale and dolphin watching

Cetáceos Tenerife

As mentioned before, Los Gigantes is one of the best areas to spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. You shouldn’t miss this activity! If you book a trip on a boat, make sure that it has our Quality Charter. This guarantees not only a great excursion, but also environmental protection with regard to our marine environment.

The millennial dragon tree

Drago Tenerife

The thousand-year-old dragon tree (which actually dates back some 800 years) stands proudly in Icod de los Vinos as one of the most imposing natural sites of northern Tenerife. With a height of 16 metres and a circumference of 20 metres, a garden with different native plants such as small dragon trees, cardones and tabaibas has been created around it.

Mount Teide National Park

Teide Tenerife

In a list of the must-visits or must-sees of Tenerife, Mount Teide can’t be missed. Perhaps it is the most recognisable and emblematic silhouette that makes our island unique with its majestic appearance. World Heritage and the highest peak in Spain, it is worth spending a whole day (or even more) to explore the beauty of the national park. Surely, you will never forget the unique and colourful flora, as well as one of the most beautiful sunrises you can witness in Tenerife from the summit of Mount Teide.

Anaga Rural Park

Anaga Tenerife

Anaga Rural Park, declared a green Biosphere Reserve, will awaken all your senses with its unique corners and trails. The landscapes seem to be drawn from fairy tales. The laurel forest (Laurisilva) is a living fossil because it is from the Tertiary and is the best preserved of the island. You can also visit remote villages like Taganana with its long fishing tradition.

Teno Rural Park

Teno Tenerife

To finish the list of natural landscapes in Tenerife, we go to the other side of the island, to the extreme northwest. Here we find the Teno Rural Park. Its great attraction are the spectacular landscapes of Isla Baja with the small villages and the high mountains, as well as Punta de Teno with the old lighthouse. Here you can enjoy one of the best views of the cliffs of Los Gigantes and the most romantic sunsets.

The best leisure parks in the world

Ocio en Tenerife

If you do not know what to do in Tenerife first, how about starting with the best water park and the best zoo in the world? Siam Park and Loro Parque have been awarded with this grandiose title by Tripadvisor users. An oasis of guaranteed fun!

The beaches in the south of Tenerife

Playas en Tenerife

Costa Adeje, Playa de Los Cristianos beach, El Médano beach… Sounds good, right? Some of the best coves are located in the south of the island, in municipalities such as Arona, Adeje, Santiago del Teide or Granadilla de Abona. All you have to do is explore the south coast and find your favourite spot to relax.

Now you have a list of the most important places in Tenerife! Let’s start planning your trip for a fantastic holiday on our island.

Best beaches for families in Tenerife – part 2

On our island you will find a great variety of beaches… This might cause some questions. For example, what are the best family beaches in Tenerife? If, even after searching, you still couldn’t find your ideal corner, don’t worry. Today we present you more family friendly beaches! So you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Beach Playa del Bobo

Playa Bobo Tenerife

Just 10 minutes walk from the bus station (estación de guaguas) you will find the beach Playa El Bobo. It is ideal for spending the whole day with your children at the beach, as there is even a small playground nearby, small supermarkets, numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cozy seating areas.

Beach Playa de La Pinta

Playa La Pinta Tenerife

Are you looking for a beach with calm swell and colourful sunsets? Then Playa La Pinta is your beach. There is also an incredible offer of water activities, ranging from thrilling jet ski rides, scuba diving, parascending, to ocean bouncy castles. Kids (and of course adults) love this beach!

Beach Playa de Las Galletas

Playa Galletas Tenerife

As soon as you arrive at the beach Playa de Las Galletas, you can already feel the fishing atmosphere. In the harbour there are different types of boats and even fishermen occasionally fish at the jetty. If you are looking for excursions or want to try the local cuisine, then we recommend you to visit the nearby Marina del Sur. There is fresh fish and the possibility of taking a short boat ride.

Beach Playa de Arenisco

Playa Arenisco Tenerife

It is the reference beach if you want to experience marine customs and local fishing atmosphere. The Playa Arenisco beach is located in Punta del Hidalgo, which belongs to the municipality of San Cristobal de La Laguna. Here at this beach, families like to meet and refresh themselves in the natural lava pools.

After the obligatory dip you can take a walk around and if you stay until sunset and the day is clear, you will have one of the most beautiful views of the north coast with Mount Teide in the background.

Beach Playa de San Juan

Playa San Juan Tenerife

This beach is a great family beach, which is connected to the urban centre of the same name. Thanks to the fishing port and the nearby jetty, which gives it an attractive traditional touch, the beach is sheltered from waves and wind. It is very popular with tourists and locals alike.

Beach Playa de San Marcos

Playa San Marcos Tenerife

The beach of Playa San Marcos in Icod de los Vinos is always guarded by the majestic silhouette of Mount Teide. The black volcanic sand is a nice contrast to the fine, golden sandy beaches of the south. In the summer months there is a nice family atmosphere here. There are also several restaurants with stunning views of the coast. Here you can spend a great day with your family and relax well.

Beach Playa del Puertito de Güímar

Playa Puertito de Güímar Tenerife

The last family beach we present you today is in Güímar, more precisely in the modest fishing port. This beach has a swimming area especially for dogs, perfect for romping with your best friend in the water. Along the coast you can take a long walk. It is definitely a great beach to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean, coastal walks and the local cuisine in one of the nearby restaurants.

Did you like our selection? Do not forget to visit our blog for more recommendations. And if you have already decided to come to Tenerife, plan your trip with the virtual guide.

Best beaches for families in Tenerife – part 1

You may have wondered which are the best family beaches in Tenerife. First of all, there are some requirements that a family-friendly beach should fulfill: a place to have fun, safe and easily accessible, kiosks or restaurants, toilets… No problem! We suggest you some of the best beaches in Tenerife, so you can spend with your children extensive and most of all unforgettable beach days.

Beach Playa Las Teresitas

It is THE beach that is often used to promote the island by tour operators, airlines, etc… It’s the typical postcard motif of Tenerife (next to Mount Teide). The beach is located very close to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of Tenerife and it is quite easy to get here. You can take the bus, the TITSA line 910, or even go by bike along the coast. But most of you probably travel by car. You do not have to worry about parking as there is a large parking lot directly behind the beach.

The beach has a golden fine sand and thanks to the breakwater, there is hardly any waves. About 1,300 metres long, it’s the perfect place to relax, walk or build castles in the sand. It has the Blue Flag, which guarantees water quality and services (Red Cross, toilets, changing rooms, sun loungers, parasols, children’s area, kiosks…). A good choice if you are in the metropolitan area of Tenerife!

Beach Playa La Arena

Playa Arena Tenerife

More than 20 years in a row achieving the distinctive Blue Flag make this beach very popular to both, our visitors and the local people.

It has all the services you need, including loungers, restaurants nearby, a tourist office and even an area for diving and snorkelling with an interesting underwater world.

If you plan to stay until the afternoon, then it is worthwhile to watch the sunset – a great experience when the sun sinks into the sea overlooking the neighboring island of La Gomera.

Beach Playa El Camisón

Playa Camison Tenerife

Let’s visit this Blue Flag beach in the municipality of Arona. It is very centrally located and a variety of leisure options are offered.

From sun loungers for relaxing sunbathing to fun boat trips, El Camisón beach offers many activities that will fascinate the little ones.

Try Stand Up Paddling (SUP). It’s a simpler way of surfing, standing on a board with the help of a paddle and moving forward. Don’t worry about the waves. The two breakwaters keep the tides calm.

Beach Playa Jardín

Playa Jardín Tenerife

From the south of the island we drive directly to the north. We go to the beach Playa Jardín, which is also awarded with the Blue Flag. Located in the tourist town of Puerto de la Cruz, you can easily walk from the city centre (and have a look at the works of Puerto Street Art).

Playa Jardín is a complex of three small beaches whose surroundings were designed by the Canarian artist César Manrique. The beach is lined with gardens, playgrounds, terraces and cafes. That is why it’s called “Playa Jardín” (beach of the garden). Oh yes, and Loro Parque is very close, so you could combine your visit right away.

Beach Playa Fañabé

Playa Fañabe Tenerife

The last beach we present you today takes us back to the south, more specifically to Fañabé, which has a fun paradise for the little ones: inflatable castles in the water, jet skis, parascending, inflatable banana boats…

For the parents there are also Balinese beds, beach bars and hammocks for resting. It is a very accessible beach with plenty of parking nearby.

Seawater pool of Bajamar

Playa Bajamar Tenerife

From the south, it goes straight back to the north to Bajamar. There are seawater pools (and a nearby beach), which are very popular with families. Maybe you already know La Laguna and its historical and cultural heritage, but of course its coastline is also worth a visit. Particularly impressive are the months of September and October, when the “Mareas del Pino“ waves break on the coast.

These were our recommendations for you to spend great beach days with your family. Although there are still many more beaches to discover (what we will do very soon). Meanwhile, you can have a look here.

Tenerife beaches in winter

The first image that comes to our minds when we think of Tenerife is Mount Teide, the sun and of course the intense blue sea.

Indeed, Tenerife is a holiday destination with brilliant beaches surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. We think of unspoilt landscapes with black lava sand. By the way, the black colour is due to the minerals such as basalt.

Tenerife is the perfect place to escape the cold winter, to feel the warmth of the sun on our skin and enjoy the sea breeze. Undoubtedly a luxury destination that will delight those holidaymakers who want to soak up the sun and refill their vitamin D storage.

The island is pleased by a privileged climate. The winter temperatures can easily reach 24º, enough for a day at the beach. We invite you on a little tour to some of these beautiful beaches with exotic volcanic sand.

Las Gaviotas

The beach Las Gaviotas, which is located near the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is not only ideal for sunbathing, but also for enjoying nature – definitely worth a visit.

It’s easy to get there by car. You first go to San Andrés and then to Igueste de San Andrés. As the beach is very accessible, it is also suitable for children.

El Socorro

The beach in Los Realejos, a municipality in the north of Tenerife, is the perfect beach for surfers who want to conquer the sea all day long.

This black lava-sand beach offers an unbeatable view of the rugged coastline of Tenerife north. Our insider tip are the beautiful sunsets which can be seen from here.

In addition, it is easy to reach, its waters have a good quality and sanitary facilities are available. Therefore, the Socorro has also been awarded with the Blue Flag.

Punta Larga

The beach Punta Larga is made of black sand and stones, its waters are clear and calm. Additionally, it has a great beach promenade that leads to Candelaria along the coast. Restaurants, shops and ice cream parlors invite for a long walk with small breaks.

You can sunbathe in one of the three bays that form the beach of Las Caletillas, or linger on the small floating woody islands.


To get to these beaches, take the road from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Taganana. They are a bit far from the capital, but definitely worth a visit. First you come to the beach El Roque de las Bodegas with the rock formations of Anaga. It’s black, dark lava-sand is unprecedented. After the beach El Roque de las Bodegas you reach the beach of Almáciga.

It is a beach for nature fans and surfer lovers. The landscape of Anaga is a jewel still to be discovered; untouched wild nature.

Playa Jardin

The Playa Jardín complex, consisting of the beaches Playa Jardín, Playa Chica and Punta Brava, is one of the most emblematic places of Puerto de la Cruz and of the island Tenerife.

Playa Jardín was designed by the great artist César Manrique.

A garden landscape with exotic plant species, waterfalls and stone caves framed by the La Orotava Valley and sometimes event Mount Teide can be seen in the background. In addition, this unique black lava beach is right next to the world-famous Loro Parque. The three beaches also are awarded with the Blue Flag.

El Bollullo

The Bollullo beach, in the municipality La Orotava, is an unspoilt natural beach that captivates us with its wild charm, the black sand and volcanic formations. It is the perfect place to recover from our hectic life. Due to its strong swell, it is popular for surfing, but beach guests should enjoy it with caution; pay attention to the flag!

Playa de El Medano

El Médano is one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Tenerife and is located in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona. This beach is characterised by the beauty of the fine, gray sand and the majestic view of the volcanic cone Montaña Roja, which is the closest to the city and especially suitable for families.

The area furthest from the town is ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. This beach usually hosts world-renowned championships such as the windsurfing and kitesurfing World Cups.

Playa de Ajabo

This beach has recently been prepared for swimming. The black sand and the volcanic rock gardens form an interesting contrast with the sea. There are umbrellas, loungers, showers, kiosks, toilets and changing rooms. It is a very quiet beach with moderate waves, all year round.

Turismo de Tenerife joins campaign for prevention of drowning and swimming accidents


Turismo de Tenerife joins the campaign launched by the Royal Spanish Federation of Rescue and Lifesaving for the prevention of accidents in aquatic facilities and natural aquatic spaces. The initiative aims to reduce the number of drowning deaths that occur each year in Spain which is already over one hundred people in 2017. The Royal Federation, together with the European Federation and the World Federation of Rescue and Lifesaving, has launched the campaign #StopAhogados. The campaign includes informative flyers with simple tips to prevent accidents. The flyers can be downloaded at the Royal Federation’s website in the section on Prevention.

The Magic of Carnival

February fills Tenerife with colour and joy especially the capital Santa Cruz


Reina del Carnaval de Tenerife 2012
A previous Santa Cruz Carnaval Queen

Think of February and you always think of a cold, sombre month but that image has nothing to do with February in Tenerife, where, as well as enjoying spring temperatures, they celebrate one of the funniest parties in the world: Carnival. The colour, the music and, above all, the good atmosphere and safety, make this an unmissable event for anyone who loves having fun and I mean FUN.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival is a Festival of International Tourist Interest and is undoubtedly the most famous, with its galas and competitions between the different groups, the crowd-pulling dances every night and the Day Carnival, perfect to enjoy with the family. Although other municipalities on the Island also join in the party and celebrate their own smaller carnivals. The key to experiencing Carnival one hundred per cent is to get dressed up and let the reigning revelry and joy carry you away….


Day Carnival  photo: Jesús D’Sousa


Design your Carnival plan


Carnival gala photo: Jesús D’Sousa

If you have not experienced the Carnival in Tenerife before, it is not unusual to get a bit confused when choosing the best dates to come to the island and enjoy this party to the full. Here are some important details that will help you to plan.

Although the official Carnival begins with the contests between the different groups (murgas, comparsas, rondallas), the real show begins with the Gala to elect the Carnival Queen. The event always falls on a Wednesday, and two days later, on Carnival Friday, the streets overflow with joy at the colourful, light-hearted Opening Cavalcade. You should be on the island for this.

From that same night the streets of downtown Santa Cruz are filled with music and costumes. Although this is not an official figure, maybe only one person in a thousand or ten thousand will be at those dances in normal dress. So if you want to go unnoticed among the crowd, get a disguise as soon as you can.


Cheerleaders with hairy legs


Photo: Jesús D’Sousa.

It is normal to meet groups of hairy men dressed as cheerleaders or someone wearing a spectacular costume inspired by a fantastic film. In fact, there are as many disguises as people taking to the streets to enjoy themselves, running into the hundreds of thousands and I’m not exaggerating. Did you know that Santa Cruz holds the Guinness Record for the number of people dancing under the stars? It happened in 1987 when Cuban salsa star Celia Cruz got a crowd of over 250,000 to shake their hips in the central plaza and surrounding areas (the figure remains unbeaten).

For almost two weeks of Carnival, in Santa Cruz a charming mix of good fun and craziness is unleashed – another thing that make this party unmistakable. This is in spite of the huge crowd that meets at the dances of by night and the Day Carnival, which by the way is ideal for the whole family.


El Coso, La Sardina and La Piñata


Photo: Jesús D’Sousa

On Carnival Tuesday, the Grand Parade, El Coso, along Avenida Anaga represents the high point of the celebrations. The procession attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees including those taking part in the cavalcade and the public.

The night of Ash Wednesday is another date for your diary. The Burial of the Sardine is by far the most amusing funeral you will ever attend in your life. The finishing touch to the “sad” event is a massive dance in the streets of Santa Cruz until the wee hours of the morning.

And then the following weekend (called Piñata), the dances transform the city again with the Day Carnival and the night dances. But everything that begins must end and on Sunday the party says good bye until the following year … but only in the capital. Many other places on the island are about to start their own peculiar carnival, just as lively and surprising.


Join in and mingle with the crowds


Photo: Jesus D’Sousa

It is really easy to join in the carnival atmosphere. It’s as simple as getting g yourself a costume that suits your taste. You can find disguises at affordable prices in specialty stores, which offer whatever you need to become a superhero, gladiator or sexy nurse, including wigs, ornaments and all kinds of extravagant makeup.

Just add one more ingredient: your desire to have fun. Fool around by exaggerating the character that you are playing in your fancy dress. The key is to laugh and make people laugh with your feather boa, your huge fake eyelashes and your glittering face. That’s all!

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