Cadiz Carnival – The start of Spring
An uneasy calm silences the streets of Cadiz. The gusty seaside breeze falls on deaf ears. A bundle of locals nervously recite verses amongst themselves on a park bench. Behind the walls however, excitement builds. The Gaditanos, key-holders of the oldest city in Europe, are busy preparing for their most important calendar week: Carnival is coming!
Whether it be for the fancy dress, the street displays, or simply the gran borrachera, this post-xmas extravaganza will surely have something to entice you away from your desk job
In February each year, the spit that constitutes the Cadiz casco antiguo hosts one of the most exciting fiestas of the year. This is the home of parody and farce. Of satire and jest. Whether it be for the fancy dress, the street displays, or simply the gran borrachera, this post-xmas extravaganza will surely have something to entice you away from your desk job.
Themes of music and laughter take centre stage for the week. Satire and jest make up the official festival tag-lines. The renowned chirigota competition takes place on the Friday in the Gran Teatro Fallo, tying up months of lyric, verse, and wit battles. A little by-the-book for us however, so we suggest you blindly hit the streets armed with booze and much reason to smile: a city alight with performance, song, and dance. The main display parade takes place on the Sunday and is followed by a grand fire work display from the La Caleta beach area. The carnival continues through into the following week as the tourists disperse and the locals regain their city. This is the time to see the roots of this fiesta week, and meet the real people behind all the fun.
We would normally recommend Casa Caracol as the place to rest your head in Cadiz, however during Carnival beds are both expensive and hard to come by. If you are after a quick break we propose the all-nighter; get in, get lost, get out… and don’t forget a face full of salt water to ensure you pass the public transport soberness test on the way home.
Dress up, get involved!
SBT says dine on: Supermarket bocadillos.
SBT says wine on: very much BYOB (Bring your own booze!).