Málaga Carnival is a week-long festival that ends with a giant boquerone being paraded through the city to La Malaqueta beach
By Nick Nutter | Updated 6 Oct 2023 | Málaga | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read LaterThis article has been visited 14,509 times
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Málaga tends to go over the top with every event; Málaga Carnival is no exception. Preparations for the carnival start with the carnival lights, added to the Christmas lights in Calle Larios a harlequin is put in place under the Marqués de Larios statue and a giant stage is erected in Plaza de la Constitución.
Málaga Carnival lasts for two weeks, normally at the end of February beginning of March.
In 2024, the Málaga Carnival will take place from 3rd to 11th February.
Málaga Carnival starts with the selection of the god and goddess of the carnival. You can expect children’s parties, music, dancing, street food in abundance, parades, concerts, a ‘Battle of the Flowers’, and, finally, a boquerone fest in Plaza de la Constitución. The carnival ends with a giant boquerone being paraded through the city to La Malaqueta beach, where it takes centre place on a huge bonfire. a symbolic end of Carnival and the beginning of Lent.
Málaga Carnival is a huge party and a major event in the Malaga calendar. With so many visitors coming to the city for Carnival, it's highly recommended that you book your place to stay early to avoid disappointment!
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While in Malaga for Carnival, be sure to check out the city's main attractions! Read our guide to Malaga for information on what to do and see.
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