Carnival in Tenerife with family and friends

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Carnival in Tenerife with family and friends

When I think of carnival, Rio, Venice and Barranquilla spring to mind. But we’re still in Tenerife, and with our concept of family there’s no better place in the world to celebrate the carnival with children (although there are lots of fun and slightly crazy options for adults too ๐Ÿ˜Š)… Here you have our experience in Tenerife in Carnaval with the family and friends.

After a few years away, we totally enjoyed the carnival with Noah, with our friends and as a couple. As should always be the case, I took advantage of every second of fun and the whole week was really well spent ๐Ÿ˜Š

The plan didn’t start well, as Noah got sick on the first Saturday when we were going to go to Santa Cruz. I wasn’t put off though, and on the Sunday when Noah was feeling better we went to the day carnival in La Orotava. He wasn’t feeling 100%, but he enjoyed seeing other children having fun with the various activities which were going on by the bridge.

Family Travel Secret
The different activities that are organized during the day in the towns across Tenerife are perfect for those families who want to have fun with their children but don't want to be surrounded by big crowds.

There were carnival activities for the little ones in La Orotava again on the Monday and I took Noah to a mask competition. Then we headed home as I had to get ready to go out with Rosi … We were thinking of going to Santa Cruz and that would have been the most lively, crowded option, but I didn’t really feel like driving. We therefore stayed in Puerto de la Cruz, although it was a shame as the carnival there wasn’t as lively as it used to be years ago.

Then came the big day of the carnival … The Tuesday is when the big climax of the carnival takes place in Santa Cruz and La Orotava. In the morning I took Noah to see the start of the vintage car race and in the afternoon we met up with our friends Nely, Goyo and their whole rocker family ๐Ÿ˜Š We had such a wonderful time, at least for as long as the drum was beating in the music. Noah totally succumbed to his inner rocker.

Family Travel Secret
Leave your embarrassment at home, because although the events are fun to see, they are much more fun if you explore, jump, play and sing until you lose your voice ...

And the week continues … On the Wednesday, Sora, Pawel and the charming Olivia (their little baby ๐Ÿ˜Š) arrived from London. After dropping off their things we headed for Quinto Centenario square in La Orotava so that they could see a bit of the burial of the sardine. Our surprise was that we got to enjoy a great Panorama concert. The children used up their energy between merry widows and well-known musical covers.

On the Friday we had wanted to go and see Mascarita Ponte Tacรณn in Puerto de la Cruz, but after dinner Olivia had had enough and wouldn’t have managed the party, so we missed that one. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to go next year ๐Ÿ˜Š

Family Travel Secret
Mascarita Ponte Tacรณn is a race where people compete in costumes, but it's really difficult to run because it's along a cobbled street and they have to wear heels more than 10 centimeters high.

Then the last day of the carnival came, and we gave it our all ๐Ÿ˜Š We went to Santa Cruz so that the children could experience a bit of the day carnival in the capital with its amazing party atmosphere and more people than anywhere else on the island … They especially liked the creativity of the costumes, the atmosphere, everyoneโ€™s good mood and the weather.

I said we gave it our all, and after Santa Cruz we went to Puerto de la Cruz with the children. What an atmosphere, particularly when the techno music truck passed by! If only I was 20 years younger โ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š As a surprise, Fabio turned up dressed as an Arab sheikh.

At 8pm we thought about leaving the children and going to a dinner that Nesy and her friends had invited us to, but then we thought we’d just carry on the party. So off we went and bought some beers, and at midnight we put Noah to bed.

But we said we gave it our all on the last day of carnival, right? So after getting changed into a new costume, at 1am I woke Fabio up and told him, “Let’s go dancing, even if just for an hour” ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š By 1:30 we were at the Baile de Piรฑata de San Juan in La Orotava, jumping around and having fun … ๐Ÿ˜Š

Family Travel Secret
The Baile de Piรฑata is traditionally celebrated on the last Saturday of carnival, and in towns like Teno Alto and La Orotava they still hold a traditional couples dance under the piรฑata.

So our experience of the carnival was family-oriented but shared with friends, and consisted of lots of laughs and partying. As always, we enjoyed ourselves to the maximum as a family and for that reason we recommend you come to the carnival in Tenerife. We’re sure that you’ll find the party and the atmosphere you’re looking for, because at the carnival you can always find what you like the most ๐Ÿ˜Š

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