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Carnivals in Gran Canaria

The Spanish island of Gran Canaria is bursting with excitement all year round, especially during the annual celebration of Carnival in February and March. But whatever time of year you're looking to visit, there's usually a festive event happening somewhere on the island, and here are some of the best.

Witness the turn of the season at the Almond Bloom Festival

Gran Canaria's festive year kicks off towards the end of January with the Fiesta del Almendro en Flor.

It's most popular in the centre of the island where the white flowers of the almond trees blossom and create a visual wonderland for you to enjoy while you sample the local almond-based produce.

Traditional folk music provides the backdrop for the festivities as you experience one of Gran Canaria's most natural and stunning celebrations.

Bring out your theatrical side at Maspalomas Carnival

The most significant events on the island coincide with the western Christian season of Carnival, including the Maspalomas celebrations down in the south, which are held annually at the end of February or start of March.

This 10-day festival welcomes flamboyancy and colour to take centre stage with its eccentric parades and performances that exuberate a party atmosphere. Maspalomas is acknowledged as an international Carnival that unites people from all over to let loose and embrace the madness as vibrantly as possible – don't expect much of a break when you're there.

Live, laugh and love at the Carnival of Las Palmas

Given it's the capital of Gran Canaria, it's unsurprising that the Carnival in Las Palmas is the biggest event on the island's calendar. Running for almost a whole month, the Carnival boasts a fantastic array of daily contests and parties for all ages to enjoy and partake in, from costume competitions to musical theatre showdowns.

There's even a contest for body painting and the crowning of the gala queen – and drag queen – is a highlight that many people enjoy. Then a blaze of colour takes to the streets with the unforgettable final parade and lights up the night sky through fireworks.

End the Carnival season the right way in Agaete

Agaete is normally the final part of Gran Canaria where Carnival takes place, and they know how to go out with a bang.

The week-long event has all the quirkiness and glamour of every other Carnival – from the eccentric themes and dress-up to the ritual burial of the sardine at the very end – while also providing a quieter experience for those less comfortable at the bigger celebrations.

Celebrate the traditional way on Canary Islands’ Day

The end of May marks an official holiday for the whole of the Canary Islands, so a trip to Gran Canaria at this time of year is likely to see you surrounded with celebrations wherever you choose to stay.

It's on this holiday that locals tend to embrace their traditions, giving you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture while still being in the party spirit. The festivities vary across the island, from folk music concerts to Canarian wrestling, so there's excitement to find everywhere you go.

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