Experience the vibrant and fun Nerja Carnival in Malaga province and its unique "burial of the boquerones" from 8 to 11 February 2024!
By Liza S. | Updated 30 Jan 2024 | Málaga | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read LaterThis article has been visited 2,607 times
Welcome to the vibrant world of Andalucia's festivals! In this guide, we'll dive into the colourful and lively Nerja Carnival. Nestled in the heart of Spain's southern coast, Nerja bursts to life with this annual extravaganza, blending tradition, fun, and culture. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned festival-goer, our guide will equip you with all the essentials - from the carnival's history to practical tips for enjoying the festivities. So, pack your spirit of adventure, and let's explore what makes the Nerja Carnival a must-visit event!
The Nerja Carnival (also known as Carnavales de Nerja) is an annual event, but its dates aren't set in stone. Typically, it unfolds over three to four days in February or early March, just before the Lent season begins.
In 2024, Nerja Carnival will take place from 8 to 11 February 2024 so get ready for a weekend of fun and revelry!
Let's time-travel back to understand the roots of the Nerja Carnival.
Originally, this festival was a local affair, a spirited expression of joy and liberation before the solemnity of Lent. Over the centuries, it transformed, mirroring the changing tides of Spanish history. Today, it's not just a local festivity; it's a vibrant celebration of Andalucia's rich cultural heritage.
Imagine the streets of Nerja, quiet and subdued during the Franco regime, when public celebrations were often subdued. But as Spain embraced democracy, the Nerja Carnival re-emerged, brighter and more boisterous than ever. It's a testament to the resilient spirit of the local community, who revived their cherished traditions with newfound enthusiasm.
Each year, the carnival weaves together stories from the past with contemporary themes. It's like a living museum, showcasing traditional Andalucian customs alongside modern artistic expressions. From the flamboyant costumes that echo historical attire to the pulsating rhythms of modern-day music, the carnival is a delightful blend of the old and the new.
The Nerja Carnival isn't just about having a good time. It's a celebration of identity and community, a time when locals and visitors alike come together to share in the joyous spirit of Andalucia. This festival is a vibrant reminder of the power of community, tradition, and joy - a true cultural gem in the heart of southern Spain.
So, as you step into the world of the Nerja Carnival, you're not just attending a festival; you're becoming part of a living, breathing story that continues to evolve and enchant with each passing year. Get ready to experience a slice of history, wrapped in a fiesta of colour and joy!
Nerja Carnival kicks off on Thursday and the celebrations continue all weekend until Sunday. The Nerja Carnival has a curious tradition, the burial of the boquerones.
The carnival begins on the Thursday with the official opening. On Friday, there is a costume contest, children's contests and in the evening around 9:00 p.m. is the Momo Carnival Presentation and the election of the Carnival Nymph.
The Great Carnival Parade takes place on Saturday afternoon, ending the day with the awards ceremony in the Plaza de España. On Sunday, the festivities end with the massive Entierro del Chanquete in which people dress in mourning, ending with the fireworks display.
During the carnival, Nerja transforms into a kaleidoscope of colour and sound. Streets are adorned with decorations, and music fills the air, creating an atmosphere of unbridled joy. Every corner of the town, from the main squares to the narrow alleys, becomes part of the carnival canvas.
Key venues of the Nerja Carnival are:
As you step into the streets of Nerja during the carnival, you're greeted by a riot of colours and an infectious energy that's uniquely Andalucian. The Nerja Carnival is a distinctive blend of traditional Spanish fiesta elements and local cultural quirks, creating an experience that's both familiar and wonderfully unique.Here are some Nerja Carnival highlights you shouldn't miss:
While the nights are for partying, the daytime events are family-friendly, with activities and performances catering to younger audiences. It's a delightful way for children to experience Spanish culture.
If you're visiting Nerja for Carnival, be sure to dress up and join the parades! Whether you're in a simple mask or a full costume, immersing yourself in the carnival spirit is the best way to experience it. Be prepared to dance, laugh, and celebrate in a way that only Nerja knows how!
To make the most of your time in Nerja, be sure to read our visitors guide to Nerja for more information.
Here are some of Nerja's top attractions and activities:
Carnival is a popular festival in Spain and many visitors come specifically to enjoy these festivities. If you’re planning to visit Nerja during this time, it’s highly recommended to book your accommodations in advance!
Here are some hotels to consider:
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