Practical Guide to enjoy the Carnival of Tenerife 2020

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A lot of rhythm, color, humor and imagination is what we will find in the streets during the Carnival of Tenerife 2020. Internationally famous, it is considered the second most popular carnival in the world. It’s no surprise that it was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest in 1980. 

Originally, the Carnival of Tenerife it consisted of a parade where participants dressed up and wore masks and other types of decorations. But with the passing of time, it has become a great party without comparison, with an important follow-up and with the celebration of different competitions and open-air events for all tastes and ages.

WHEN IT HAPPENS

Carnival is a celebration that takes place just before Lent. The dates usually vary between February and March. In this edition the carnival of Santa Cruz will be between January 24 and March 1.

WHAT YOU MUST NOT MISS

The inauguration of the carnival began on 24 January, and throughout the month of February different events and competitions take place, but the main events that you should not miss are:

On 19 February the great Gala Election of the Queen of Carnival of Tenerife 2020 takes place, a contest in which the candidates parade wearing costumes called “fantasy” that can exceed three meters in height and 100 kg. They’re true works of art, the result of the work carried out by members of the different teams throughout the year, and which are assessed and chosen by a jury to represent the carnival throughout the year. This is one of the star events of the Tenerife carnival.

The next essential date takes place on Friday 21st. La gran Cabalgata Anunciadora will flood the streets of Santa Cruz with colour, batucadas and the best possible atmosphere. A huge parade in which the Queen of the Carnival, thousands of people and dozens of carnival groups take part and tour around the streets for hours. When it ends, the party begins with dancing and performances by great orchestras.

Carnival in the streets

From Saturday 22 February to 1 March, the carnival begins in the street and can be at night or during the day. The party consists of the celebration of dances and performances on the different stages that are usually spread around the city. The live performances, the kiosks and the decorated cars or floats, offer a great variety of music for all tastes. From here, the population of Tenerife, the carnival par excellence, gathers together with other carnival-goers from other islands, the rest of the country or the world around the most legendary carnival meeting places, such as El Corinto or El Águila. Check the programme, mark the days on the calendar and all that remains is to enjoy and dance!

The culmination of the carnival will take place on March 1st. There will be a series of concerts and performances, an antique car competition, a tour of the streets of the city by all the groups participating in the carnival and for the final closing, there is a great pyrotechnic exhibition that you cannot miss.

DON’T FORGET YOUR COSTUME

For the people of Tenerife, the making of costumes is a tradition. They meet in groups for long sessions of sewing and creativity to develop the designs. Others, on the other hand, with little time to do so, decide to improvise and be more practical, although no less colourful. The fantasy of the costumes (this year dedicated to ‘Los coquetos años 50’) and the cheekiness of those who wear them offer a unique spectacle. If you don’t want to be out of tune, you’ll have no choice but to dress up. Put on some brightly colored fabric, some funny wig or a funny mask. The important thing is to feel comfortable and free to dance and enjoy yourself all night or day.

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SOME TIPS

  • Carnival days are long and intense and uncomfortable shoes can take their toll. Use the most comfortable footwear you have and don’t mind getting them dirty.
  • Don’t neglect the weather and adapt your costume to it. Use warm and waterproof clothing.
  • Don’t neglect your belongings and always keep the essentials well stored: money, documents and telephone.
  • Use public transport. The services are reinforced on the occasion of the carnival and you do not have to worry about parking in a Santa Cruz saturated with traffic and people.

Now we are ready to enjoy the Carnival of Tenerife 2020. Let the fun begin!

EXTRA

If you don’t want to go all the way to Santa Cruz, the carnival doesn’t end there. In Arona, very close to Vanilla Garden, the Arona Carnival is celebrated. Los Cristianos, one of the most important tourist areas of the island, also celebrates its own carnival from March 12th to 23rd. As usual, the streets of the municipality host the election of the queen of the festivities and an attractive carnival program. Check out the programme for Arona’s carnival and don’t miss out on the opportunity to get to know the essence of the island’s carnival.

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The best golf courses in Tenerife

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Enjoying golf in Tenerife is one of the favorite experiences of golf lovers. From Vanilla Garden we encourage you to practice it and go from hole to hole enjoying the landscapes that give the best golf courses in Tenerife. There is nothing like playing matches on any of the existing pitches and with ideal temperatures all year round. The island is one of the most privileged places to play, with such a magnificent infrastructure that makes it one of the main destinations due to the golf offer.

South Zone

GOLF LAS AMERICAS

Very close to our hotel and in the heart of Playa de Las Americas, one of the best known tourist centres in the south of Tenerife, is Golf Las Americas. Your club has a terrace area where you can enjoy the course and follow the game in total comfort. The 18-hole course is par 72 and has a total distance of 6,051 metres. Without a doubt, it is one of the most stimulating courses due to its magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and, on clear days, of the island of La Gomera. Its route will gladly encourage you to live an unrepeatable experience.

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AMARILLA GOLF

Facing the sea, Amarilla Golf presents an 18-hole course with impressive views. Playing here is an experience for the senses. Its 5th hole stands out, without a doubt, as one of the most spectacular on the course due to its proximity to the sea. A real jewel for golf lovers, where palm trees, Canary Island pines and water obstacles animate a course that also offers fantastic views of Mount Teide. This is an absolutely unique environment for golf.

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LOS PALOS GOLF CENTER

Located in Arona, Los Palos Golf Course, with 9 holes and Par 27, is ideal for beginners, players who want to improve their short game or for complete families. Practically without unevenness and animated by refreshing water obstacles, it is a real garden with lots of vegetation. Its pleasant terrace makes it easy to see the whole course.

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North Zone

ROYAL GOLF CLUB OF TENERIFE

The Real Club de Golf de Tenerife is one of the most important golf courses in Tenerife. Founded in 1932, it is the second oldest club in Spain and still retains a typically British feel. It’s 600 meters above sea level and has a total of 18 holes, with a total course length of 5740 meters and a par of 71 strokes. It stands out for its undulating terrain and its spectacular view of the Teide. The ravines come into play in several holes and the abundant native trees give the course great beauty.

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BUENAVISTA GOLF

Designed by Severiano Ballesteros, it is one of the most visited golf courses in Tenerife. Located very close to spectacular cliffs and practically in the Teno Rural Park, Buenavista Golf is ideal for golfers who are looking for a real golf experience very close to nature. The course has 18 holes, par 72 and a total length of 6,150 meters. Some of these holes are so close to the coast and they give the player the feeling of hitting the ball directly into the ocean. A large central lake and a waterfall animate this unique course in the north of Tenerife.

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We hope we helped you schedule your golf vacation in Tenerife! Our main goal at Vanilla Garden is to make sure that you spend a complete vacation staying with us. Our entire team is at your disposal to ensure that you enjoy your golfing experience in Tenerife. Don’t hesitate to ask us, we can help you!

Boat trips during your holidays in Tenerife

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We know that you are already working to schedule your paradisiacal vacation on the sunny island of Tenerife. The countdown is already underway, do you let us show you some amazing boat trips to enjoy even more your stay?

We are sure that you already know that one of the biggest attractions of Tenerife are its crystal and clear waters where sail, its beautiful coastline, the beaches that can’t be reached on foot or its extensive and exotic marine fauna. So, if you are thinking about an amazing boat trip during your holidays in Tenerife, today we bring you some ideas.

Boats to see marine fauna

Many of these boats depart from Los Gigantes, as Flipper Uno. They are specialists in dolphin and whale sightings on the coasts of Tenerife, they will give you the opportunity to photograph them and you will travel with a guide that will tell you the secrets of the Canary seabed. In addition, this tour has lunch included and time to relax with a refreshing swim in the sea.

Where you can not get there by car

Perhaps what you are looking for is a boat trip to get to some of the best beaches in Tenerife, which, unfortunately, you can’t reach on foot. Today we bring you our two favorites.

Masca

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If you want a different holiday, we recommend you the walking tour through Masca ravine. An authentic treasure of nature hidden among the rocks that flow into a spectacular beach of black sand. In general, the most exciting option is to go to El Caserío de Masca, by taxi or bus, and descend by walking along a route of just over 3 hours. When you get to the beach, you can take a break, enjoy a refreshing swim and then return by one of the boats that await you there (we recommend booking it before). Another possibility that adventurers use is to go back in a kayak, although it requires a good physical shape. One of the companies which you can carry out this activity is Teno Activo.

Antequera Beach

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This is undoubtedly one of the most recognized beaches in Tenerife. It’s a beach that is difficult to access, hence its charm is also born. There are many boat trips that go from Santa Cruz and San Andrés. Another possibility is to reach this beautiful beach with gray sand on foot, you must do it following the path, although we realize it is quite complicated and you need a good physical condition and hiking experience. If you are determined to spend the day on this beach, Náutica Nivaria is a tour company and taxi boat you can count on.

La Gomera

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Enjoy a day at one of our little neighbors! La Gomera island is only 50 minutes by boat from the pier of Los Cristianos. We encourage you to spend a different day of your holidays and discover the charms of this Island. Let yourself be enveloped by the magic of this natural Biosphere reserve. Here you will discover species already disappeared in other parts of the world. For this excursion, consult the services of Fred Olsen company.

Party on a boat

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We know that it is possible that, what you are really looking for, is a party boat with your group of friends. Don’t worry! We also bring you a plan that adapts perfectly to your needs. Boat Party Tenerife offers you a unique experience in a boat of up to 150 people, DJ’s, live singer, saxophonist, free bar time and barbecue with the best electronic techno house and dance music.

Don’t hesitate! Enjoy a vacation that you will remember for a long time thanks to our Hotel Vanilla Garden and you are unparalleled boat experiences during your holidays in Tenerife.