March is the month there’s a real feel of spring being in the air on Tenerife. The Northern European season is nearly at an end as temperatures start to rise and wild flowers burst into beautiful bloom. Rainfall is still possible and there’s no guarantee winter won’t throw a final tantrum, but the most noticeable weather phenomena in March are the wild seas that pound the northern coast as the seasons change. It’s also one of the prettiest times to go walking in Tenerife.
In fiesta and festival terms, carnival still dominates during March this year. The main northern carnivals hit their stride during the first part of the month whilst southern areas hold their own versions during the second half of the month as the north recovers.
The best fiestas on Tenerife in March
It’s still carnival, carnival or carnival. We gave the dates for the main northern carnivals last month, this month it’s the turn of the south.
Carnival in Granadilla de Abona, El Médano (Theme – Circus)
From 14 to 29 March.
Fancy Dress Ball: El Médano, 14 March, 11pm
Coso Apoteosis (closing parade) and Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine): Granadilla de Abona, 22 March, 5pm
Piñata: El Médano, 23 March, 5pm
Carnival in Guímar (The battle between witches and angels)
Las Burras de Güímar: 7 March, 9pm
Carnival in Los Gigantes (Theme – The 80s)
From 13 to 17 March.
Election of Carnival Queen: 13 March, 9.pm
Dia del Niño: 15 March, 9pm and Masked Ball from 11pm
Coso Apoteosis (closing parade): 16 March, 5pm
Carnival in Los Cristianos, Arona (Theme – Africa)
From 21 to 31 March.
The dates for carnival events in Los Cristianos are always a bit confusing as they aren’t linked to tradition and Easter like the main northern carnivals, so the pattern is completely different. But this year, the council have posted the dates in plenty of time.
Cabalgata (opening parade): 22 March, 8pm
Election of Carnival Queen: 26 March, 9.00pm
Election of Carnival Queen: 28 March, 9.00pm
Coso Apoteosis (closing parade): 30 March, 4pm
Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine): 31 March, 8pm
Music and Other Festivals on Tenerife in March
Amateur Theatre (Adeje; Cultural Centre; 8.30pm, 14, 21 & 28 March)
Three different plays over three Saturday nights brings some Thespian action to one of the south’s old towns. Performances are in Spanish and tickets are €5.
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in March
Sabores del Carnival (Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos, 21 to 31 March)
For the duration of the carnival in Los Cristianos, revellers can also enjoy a tapas route around Las Américas and Los Cristianos. What price and where, we don’t know yet as the council haven’t posted it on their website.
Quédate en La Orotava (till 16 March)
La Orotava is also offering a special carnival menu at special prices in restaurants around the historic northern town during the carnival period. As well as this La Orotava gets the award for the most surreal tapas event – tapas y viudas (tapas and widows) on Wednesday 5 March.
Queso, Especias y Papas de la Comarca: Cheese, Spice and Potatoes (Isla Baja, 1 to 31 March)
It’s not a tapas route but an opportunity for restaurants in El Tanque, Los Silos, Garachico and Beunavista del Norte to get creative with one dish which uses cheese, spice and potatoes during March.
Whilst these are our pick of the most interesting events on Tenerife, there is an overwhelming amount of interesting activities on Tenerife each month. Cultural Centres are excellent places to find out what’s happening wherever you are on Tenerife.
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