Spain is a country with long established Catholic traditions and carnaval is celebrated before the 40 days of Lent as a way of letting loose before the prohibitions of Lent begin. Most Andalucian towns stage a parade, and a dance and a “Carnival Queen” and other singing contests. The Carnaval traditionally centres around Shrove Tuesday (better known in the UK as Pancake Day), which is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday.  

Anyone who knows Marbella will not be surprised that Marbella celebrates Carnaval in style!  

This year the carnaval starts on 15 February and runs until 7 March 2020. As ever the Carnaval ends with the Entierro de la Sardinathe burial of the sardine where there is a playful funeral procession before the sardine is buried to mark the end of the celebrations and the beginning of Lent. 

The Marbella Carnaval promises fun and entertainment in four different areas of the city; Marbella Old Town, San Pedro de Alcantara, Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas.  

This truly is a celebration for the entire family.  It is traditional to dress up in costume and participate in activities such as dancing and singing around the city.  Carnival-style songs called “comparsas” and “chirigotas” can be heard on every corner. You can buy costumes in all the major supermarkets, costume shops and flamenco stores (and of course the Chinese bazaars). 

Highlights of the carnival this year are; 

Saturday 22 February 2020 

The Comedy Parade and Children’s Costume Contest take place. Starting at Plaza Santo Cristo, the parade winds through the streets of Marbella Old Town and finishes at Parque de la Alameda. This will be followed by a Children’s Carnival Party. 

February 24th to March 1st 2020 

In Parque de la Alameda, there is free entertainment for children every day from 1200 to 2000 including bouncy castles, amusement rides and workshops. 

Saturday 7 March 2020 

At 1730, the final parade of the Carnival starts at Av Ricardo Soriano near Parque de la Alameda and goes on until very late! It will end with fireworks and some sore heads! 

Join in on the fun and contact us for your dream holiday home!