Carnival in Madrid: What to See & Do!

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Spain is the life of the party. Throughout the year, there are numerous festivals and celebrations giving everyone another excuse to let loose. Out of all of these festivals, one of the main ones you don’t want to miss is Carnival.

The Carnival festivities that occur towards the end of February and beginning of March are the wildest ones yet. These celebrations are a Western Christian tradition in Europe, and the country of Spain plays hosts to the best and biggest Carnival celebrations out there. At this festival, you’ll see people walking through the streets of Madrid with very creative and fun costumes. The City Council of Madrid also has different free activities scheduled for everyone to enjoy. Madrid’s tradition of Carnival was temporarily wiped out when dictator Francisco Franco took control of Spain after winning the Spanish Civil War in 1939. Around 40 years later, in 1976, Carnival was revived and the joyous celebration returned to the streets of Madrid.

Carnival in Madrid

This year Carnival in Madrid will take place between the 21st – 26th of February and will offer a wide array of events around the city! The neighbourhood which hosts Carnival changes every year and The 2020 edition is expected to be held around the Madrid Rio (Manzanares). In addition to changing location, every year Madrid chooses a spectacular theme for it’s Carnival celebrations! We’re still waiting to hear what Madrid has chosen for 2020, but we know it will be amazing!

Madrid will host several classic Carnival events during this special week. Some of which include the famous Carnival Parade, The Annual Masquarade Ball at Circulo de Bellas Artes, The Tossing of the Puppet (manteo del pelele) and most importantly – The Burial of the Sardine (entierro de la sardina).

Leah has been living in and exploring Madrid since 2013 when she moved to the city for a simple summer abroad. After falling in love with Madrid, she started the Citylife Blog in 2014 with the goal to share everything there is to know about her favourite place on earth! In her spare time you will find Leah at some of Madrid's many museums and cultural exhibitions.

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