Get into the carnival spirit

  • This weekend there's loads of family fun activities happening around Spain to celebrate the carnival and coincide with the Semana Blanca holidays.

    On the Costa Blanca, there are celebrations and parades taking place on Saturday 22nd of February.

    In Javea's Old Town there's a kids' parade 17.00 which leaves from Benaire street and ends in the Plaza Consitucion for a mini disco. There's an adult's parade as well starting at 23.30 and following the same route as the kids, ending with a big party with a DJ until the early hours.

    In Calpe everything kicks off from 12.00, with music and a bar area. The kids parade starts at 17.00 and returns at 17.30 for some refreshments, workshops, bouncy castles and minidisco. A DJ will be playing from 7pm and the best costumes will be presented with prizes at 10pm.

    Specsavers in Javea and Calpe are getting into the spirit and rewarding those people who get dressed up by holding a costume competition. 

    To enter the competition, simply visit either of the stores in fancy dress on 22 February between 9.30am and 1.30pm, to pick up your goodie bag and 50% discount voucher. You will then be entered into the competition to win a pair of designer glasses worth up to 229€, or a pair of Polaroid sunglasses of your choice. There will also be prizes for the runners-up. The winners will be announced on the 26th of February.

    There's lots going on in the Costa del Sol as well!

    In Fuengirola there is lots going on for the Carnival and the Semana Blanca holiday week under the slogan “Vive Fuengirola en Familia”. Highlights include a big Carnival party in the Plaza de la Constitución on the 22nd of February where the best fancy dress costumes can win some great prices from 8pm. There is also a rock festival on the 23rd of February to raise money for animals in the Fuengirola area, and a carnival kids’ party on the same day in the Plaza de España from 12. 

    In Marbella, on the Paseo de la Alameda, there are free kids’ activities from 12.00-20.00 every day from the 24th of February, with bouncy castles, carnival workshops and much more family fun.

    On the 7th of March from 5.30pm there will be a Carnival parade through Marbella with music, floats, a great atmosphere and lots of people in fancy dress. It starts by the copper tower (Pirulí close to the Palacio de Congresos and heads down the high street (Avenida Ramón y Cajal), ending at the cross roads with Avenida Nabeul. 

    Check out your local Town Hall website, or pop into a local tourist office to pick up the full carnival programme for your area.