If you have a trip planned to the Canary Islands, be sure to make the most of the year-round entertainment available. With several celebrations to choose from, we’ve rounded up some of the most spectacular firework displays to be sure to go to on your holidays.
Every year in September a procession is held in honour of the Virgen de la Pea, the patron saint of the Canary Islands. This important party, the Fiesta Vega de Rio Palmas, attracts people from across the globe, who descend en-masse on the church of Vega de Rio Palmas bearing candles. Many arrive on foot, following the road between the Costa Antigua and Triqui to arrive just in time for a midnight fireworks display – one of the most magical on the whole island. The date of the festival varies from year to year, so be sure to check in advance so as not to miss out.
Although the dates change each year, if you visit the Canaries between January and March, you’re bound to catch at least some of the carnival season, generally lasts between three to four weeks. Set in the heart of Las Palmas, there are several events to enjoy including the crowning of the carnival queen as well as a children’s carnival, which are complemented by a firework show.
Although the carnival season generally finishes with the Burial of the Sardine, which occurs during the same time frame as Ash Wednesday, in Fuerteventura, the sardine is left to burn, instead of being buried. The fiery show takes place by the harbour near Carralejo beach, and promises a dramatic display that won’t disappoint.
Around the middle of October the Fiesta de la Pea del Mar is held in Caleta de Fuste. Activities on offer range from sports competitions to foam parties and an eclectic programme of entertainment is presented. Acts set to perform include local music groups, a Police tribute band and a variety of dancing school showcases. There’s also a Verbena, or all-night dance, scheduled for 2012. And of course, there’s an amazing midnight firework display – the best views are to be had from the beach.