[Teide, Tenerife]


People of Canarias Cultural

Canarias Cultural is a Spanish school in Santa Cruz, Tenerife in the Canary Islands. I spent three weeks there in February of 2003 during Carnaval time. Other than learning lots of Spanish. I also got to practice my German and have lots of fun at the same time.

[Santa Cruz]

My Tenerife Photo Album

General photos taken in Tenerife including Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, La Laguna, Candelaria, Anaga, Teresitas, etc.


Standing at 3718 metres high in the middle of the Tenerife island, Teide is the tallest peak in Spain.


Carnaval 2003 Santa Cruz

Carnaval 2003

Carnaval in Santa Cruz is a month long affair. The Canarias take their partying very seriously. During the final week of the festival (which runs well into lent), there are street parties that go on well into the mornings almost every night in the center of Santa Cruz.

[Pl. de Espana]


The Calbalgata (February 28, 2003) is the parade that marks the beginning of the carnival. With participation of all the carnaval 'Reinas' (queens), comparsas (dancers), Murgas (gingin groups), and other hanger-on. The whole procession takes about 5-6 hours to get from the beginning to the end.


Concurso de Comparsas

Concurso de Comparsas (Competition of Dancers, March 1, 2003).


Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval

Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval (March 4, 2003). This is (yet) another parade on the day of the Carnaval.


Entierro de la Sardina

Entierro de la Sardina (March 5, 2003). The 'last' event of the Carnaval. This bizarre event marks the end of the Carnaval. Literally, it translates to the 'Burial of the Sardine'. Basically, there is a procession of a gigantic sardine with people following (or walking in front of it) all dressed in funeral attire. It is accompanied with crying and wailing. Have never seen anything more bizarre in my life. Not really sure exactly what they do with the sardine at the end.


Ciudades en España: Barcelona, Córdoba, Granada, Sevilla, Tenerife y Valencia.
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