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.