Lanzarote boasts a good amount of exclusive festivals and fiestas that are really worth visiting. Virtually all of the events are religious in origin - nevertheless, you don't have to be considered a Catholic or a Conejero to become involved.

We've featured a few of the biggest and best occasions below. These are additional augmented by Spanish nationwide holidays and even more localised fiestas in particular villages, towns and municipalities over summer and winter. So if you´re planning to book one of our Lanzarote villas or apartments you might want to coincide your visit with one of these events,


Dia De Los Reyes - January 5th/6th

In Spain it's the Three Wise men who come bearing gifts, not Santa Claus. And as a result Twelfth Night, or Epiphany, is one of the most important events on the festival calendar. Especially if you are a kid - as this is when (officially anyway ) you get your Christmas presents.

The event is marked with a colourful camel back procession as the Three Kings dispense sweets to children throughout the main towns on the island.

The best place to watch the festivities is in the island's capital Arrecife, where a large scale and well attended procession takes place on the evening of January 5th, usually commencing at 6pm.

The procession is also repeated later in Puerto del Carmen along the main Avenida de las Playas, normally from 9pm.

Processions also make their way through every town and village on the island.


Carnival

Carnival in the Canary Islands is a serious business. After Rio de Janeiro these seven specks of Spain host some of the biggest and most riotous celebrations in the world, especially on the island of Tenerife.

Lanzarote does it's bit too though - and many holiday makers time their visit to coincide with this annual event, which traditionally kicks off in the last week or so of Februrary.

Carnival takes place on different dates in different locations - but the best places to catch the action are in Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen. In Arrecife the event stretches across a week or so - building up to the main procession, which features brilliantly decorated floats, fantastic plenty and costumes of riotous music and dancing.

Smaller scale variations of the event happen in Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca also.


Corpus Christi: Mid-June

After Carnival, Corpus Christi needs to be Lanzarote's most colourful event.

As with many fiestas and festivals on the island the very best location to ingest the celebrations can be in the administrative centre, Arrecife.

Saturday afternoon pursuing Corpus Christi islanders create extremely intricate carpets of ocean salt On the, in elaborate and colourful styles, all along the roads and pavements around the Church of San Ginés ( next to the El Charco Region ).

The next day a significant procession arises from the Church over the carpets of salt. So these ongoing works of art are noticeable for one day only.

The date of the fiesta changes each year - so monitor the Events portion of the Lanzarote Guidebook homepage.


Canarian Day - Dia de Canarias - May 30th

May 30th marks the date when the Canaries first gained autonomy from Spain, back in 1983. And now it’s an annual holiday across all of the seven islands in the archipelago.

The fiesta is a celebration of Canarian culture and events are held across the island. School kids don traditional dress, tuck into local dishes and dance to folklore music. The Canarian flag (white, blue and yellow ) flies just about everywhere and the Cabildo organises angling, Canarian video game and wrestling hunting competitions.

Even the neighborhood supermarkets enter on the work with plenty of free wine and meals tastings. & most hotels mark the function, usually with themed food and folklore celebrations - so everyone has an opportunity to celebrate the event.


Nuestra Señora del Carmen - mid to late July

The actual official Saints day of Nuestra Señora del Carmen is 16th July. From this date onwards a variety of events and celebrations are held in various towns around Lanzarote, including Teguise, Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen.

The most impressive aspect of this saint’s day is the maritime procession, when the effigy of Saint Carmen is usually paraded out of the church and carried through the town, down to the water’s edge. Where a boat festooned with flowers transports the saint out onto the waves. The boat carrying her likeness is surrounded by a flotilla of fishing vessels, as the fishermen make their annual blessing of the sea and pray for a bountiful catch during the coming year.

Both Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen have churches dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Carmen. A repetition which testifies to both towns’ origins as small fishing villages, when many local families survival would have depended on the haul they could bring in from the sea.

The historical significance of the fiesta can be traced back all the way to the maritime town of Haifa in Israel. Which is where the cult of Carmen (or Carmel, as she is known there) began.

Its emergence as a focal point in the Roman Catholic calendar occurred over centuries, but certainly by the eighteenth century, the current style of festival had begun.

An admiral, Antonio Barcélo Pont de la Terra, native of Mallorca introduced a gala amongst his ship’s crew in honour of Carmen. Today on this Balearic island the same commemoration still takes place , in the town of Port d’Andratx.

On the mainland, in areas such as Fuengirola, similar processions occur, with the effigy of Carmen at their centre. Likewise Tenerife also has its own Fiesta of Sra. Del Carmen, except that it is celebrated in September, sunday of the month on the first. However the same traditions are found nonetheless.


August Fiesta de San Gines - 15th-25th

This major fiesta is certainly in honour of Arrecife's patron saint San Gines.

San Gines was the Bishop of Clermont formerly. Through the 16th century he was accountable for the construction of a little hermitage, the Church de San Gines now, that ministered to the close by population of the tiny inland port area, called El Charco (also known locally as the puddle).

Legend provides it that through the 1700's a portrait of the Bishop made an appearance, floating on the waters of El Charco. And from that second on the "porteños" (port dwellers) proclaimed him the Patron Saint of the town.

Whatever the reality of the legend it’s an excellent excuse for a fiesta. And through the daytime much of the experience is concentrated around the El Charco region itself, where traditional island sports activities such as for example Canarian sailing and wrestling are celebrated and a fresh Miss Lanzarote is certainly elected annually.

The complete event then culminates within an impressive and intensely well attended fireworks screen on the primary beach promenade following to the Arrecife Gran Resort on the night time of the 25th, beginning at around 23 generally. 30 hrs.


September Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores -

Celebrating Los DoloresFantastic fiesta celebrating the island's patron saint and marking the main point where the movement of lava from yet another volcanic eruption miraculously came to a halt in 1824 just outside the village of Mancha Blanca.

This attracts serious crowds - most in traditional Canarian dress - with many walking on foot to Mancha Blanca from all over the island as a form of pilgrimage. Often accompanied by supermarket trolleys full of ‘refreshments’.

In Mancha Blanca itself the action revolves around the church, where Dolores is usually paraded - as well as around the huge array of mobile bars and food stalls that spring up especially for the event.

Mike White
Author: Mike WhiteWebsite: www.lanzaroteflare.com
Writer, thinker and rider of the deep blue waves. However, a frequent traveller when time allows being part of Lanzarote since 2013.
You can find me running around Costa Teguise in the morning flare or feasting on local tapas in the afternoon.
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