Culture of the Canary Islands Festivals in the Canary Islands
From Carnival to fantastic walking festivals, there are many interesting cultural events you shouldn’t miss in the Canary Islands.
Image: Gran Canaria Walking Festival.
Carnival is the biggest and most spectacular festival in the Canary Islands. Most of the islands have colourful and dazzling parades each year but Santa Cruz de Tenerife is probably the best known.
Easter or Semana Santa (Holy Week) is celebrated across Spain and also in the Canary Islands where Tenerife hosts the most important processions.
Tenerife Walking Festival takes place each May for a few days and gathers walkers from many different countries.
30th May is Dia de Canarias: Canary Day!
Nuestra Señora del Carmen is the patron of fishermen and widely celebrated across the Canary Islands, the second half of July including various events such as music and processions.
Jazz & Más is a jazz festival hosted across the Canary Islands each year featuring international musicians.
La Rama, the Branch Festival, takes place in the town of Agaete, Gran Canaria, each 4th of August. Locals and visitors dance to live music waving a branch, which dates back to when the island’s natives asked gods for rain in the dry Summer months.
San Roque is the patron saint of Garachico and the town hosts its local fiesta to honour San Roque in mid-August, pilgrimage included.
Each October the Gran Canaria Walking Festival gathers walking enthusiasts from all over the world to enjoy some of the island’s best tracks together. For more information, visit their website: Gran Canaria Walking Festival.
Fiesta de San Andres is a traditional wine tasting festival taking place in Tenerife each 29th November.
World of Music, Arts and Dance in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
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