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Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote and it's quite a busy town, where not many tourists venture during their holidays.
But the carnival in Arrecife is a large and animated event, popular among locals and a great way to experience a night of fiesta among the island's residents.
The carnival is organized each year usually between the months of February and March and lasts for around 2 weeks. There are several events organized throughout this period, from the usual parade to the Burning of the Sardine and if you're in Lanzarote during this time we recommend that you attend the party if you have the occasion (or you can participate in some of the other carnivals in Lanzarote, if it's more convenient to you). The carnival in Arrecife usually starts first and then the festivals in the resorts will follow.
During the carnival events, Arrecife becomes a colorful town and each year you can see lots of colorful costumes and a wonderful display of comparsas - organized groups, which put into play a really interesting parade, according to each year's theme.
Everyone hopes that the carnival will be back in full force in 2023 after its celebration has been affected by the Covid pandemic.
In 2023, the carnival in Arrecife, Lanzarote's capital, will be dedicated to Celia Cruz's musical career.
This page will be updated with info about the upcoming edition of Arrecife Carnival as soon as more details on the matter are announced. Please check back.