Top ChoiceSports in Península de Jandía

Windsurfing World Championship

For 10 hyperactive days each July (and sometimes into early August), the drowsy Fuerteventura calm is shattered by daytime action and frantic nightlife as Playa de la Barca hosts a leg of the Windsurfing World...

Saint’s Day in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves

The Feast Day of Our Lady of the Snows is the island’s principal fiesta. The highlight in Santa Cruz is the parade of giants and ‘fat heads’ (fanciful, squat characters with exceptionally large heads), and the...

Cultural in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnaval

Channelling a true Carnaval spirit of exuberance and mayhem, Santa Cruz' own Carnaval is a nonstop, 24-hour party-orgy. Festivities generally kick off in early February and last about three weeks. Many of the...

Carnival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Carnaval

Two to three weeks of madness and fancy dress mark the first rupture with winter in February. The bulk of the action takes place around Parque de Santa Catalina, where a giant outdoor stage goes up, along with a...

Religious in El Hierro

Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes

El Hierro's fiesta par excellence, the 'Descent of the Virgin' has been held every four years since 1745 (next in 2021, 2025 etc). Most of the island’s population gathers to witness or join a procession parading...

Religious in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Bajada de la Virgen de Guadalupe

Every five years (2023, 2028 etc) the island celebrates its patron saint with a flotilla of fishing boats escorting a statue of the Virgin Mary southwards from the chapel at Puntallana to San Sebastián's Iglesia...

Wine in Lanzarote’s Wine Country

Fiesta de la Vendimia

Lanzarote's largest and best-established wine festival is the jolly Fiesta de la Vendimia, hosted by long-running Bodega La Geria. Newly harvested grapes are poured into a vast vat for everyone to have a good...

Religious in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Fiesta de San Juan

This Las Palmas festival honours the city’s patron saint. Cultural events are staged across the city, while fireworks and concerts draw crowds to Playa de las Canteras, along with the tradition of jumping over...

Religious in La Orotava

Corpus Christi

Celebrated with extravagance in La Orotava (the date changes annually, but it’s always in June), when an intricately designed, colourful floral carpet (made from petals, leaves and branches) is laid on the...

Cultural in Puerto de la Cruz

Fiesta de los Cacharros

Held in Puerto de la Cruz (as well as Taganana and Icod de los Vinos), this is a quaint festival where children rush through the streets, dragging behind them a string of old pots, kettles, pans, car spares, tin...

Religious in Teror

Fiesta de la Virgen del Pino

Teror is the religious capital of Gran Canaria and the Virgen del Pino is the patron of the island, so this festival is not only a big event in town, it’s the most important religious feast day on the island’s...

Religious in La Laguna

Corpus Christi

Celebrated with gusto in La Laguna (and also La Orotava), where mammoth floral carpets, using tons of volcanic dirt, flower petals, leaves and branches, are used to painstakingly create intricate biblical scenes...

Religious in Arrecife

Día de San Ginés

The day of the island’s patron saint is celebrated with a major fiesta in even the smallest village, and celebrations build up over two weeks beforehand. In Arrecife, the streets surrounding the Iglesia de San...

Fiesta in La Restinga

Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen

La Restinga’s patron saint is celebrated on the weekend closest to 16 July: a town dance and dinner on Saturday, and a religious boat procession on Sunday, plus live music, theatre, dancing, a fishing competition...

Carnival in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Carnaval

This is a riotous two-week celebration with music, dancing and drinking, including that infamous crazy night of talcum-powder-throwing mayhem, known as Día de Los Indianos.

Religious in Garachico

Romería de San Roque

This is Garachico’s most important annual festival, when the town fills with pilgrims (and partygoers) from all over Tenerife. San Roque (St Roch), the town’s patron, was credited with saving the town from the...

Religious in Puerto de la Cruz

San Juan

Held on the eve of the saint’s day. Bonfires light the sky and, in a throwback to Guanche times, goats (and other animals) are dragged to the sea off Playa Jardín for a ritual bathing, in a practice that some...

Religious in La Palma

Fiesta de las Cruces

Commemorating the quest by St Helen (the mother of Roman emperor Constantine I), to find the actual cross that Jesus was crucified upon, the island’s crosses are bedecked in jewellery, flowers and rich clothes in...

Fiesta in Valverde

Fiestas de la Concepción

Concerts, fireworks and cultural acts build over a couple of weeks into Valverde’s major festival on 8 December, which honours the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción with religious celebrations and a big town party.

Fiesta in Northern La Palma

Fiesta del Almendro en Flor

A celebration of the beauty of the almond blossom in Puntagorda and of the town’s patron saint, San Mauro Abad. Festivities include music, dance, the consumption of almond delicacies and much blossom photographing.