- Carnival; February/March: Arrecife becomes a sea of sequins, samba music and street parties as carnival fever grips the capital. Between spectacular parades, you’ll find all kinds of quirky local rituals getting underway. Just beware the Parranda de los Buches, a tribe of seafarers that belt out traditional tunes whilst hitting bystanders with fish bladders. If you can’t get to the capital city, mini carnivals arrive in each of the major towns and resorts.
- Canarian Day; May 30: This public holiday marks the moment the Canary Islands first gained autonomy from the Spanish mainland back in 1983. It’s a proud and colourful celebration of all things Canarian, with traditional dress, public feasts, Canarian wrestling and folk music.
- Festival of San Juan; June: This knees-up celebrates the beginning of summer with bonfires, roasted corncobs, processions and folk dancing from dusk ‘til dawn. It’s a pagan festival all about new beginnings and Haría is the place to feel the magic at full throttle, as Saint John (San Juan) is the area’s patron saint.
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