Carnaval Time!

  • Claire B & Rhian G

It’s carnival time again! The main towns in Ibiza celebrate carnival (‘carnaval’ in Spanish or Mardi Gras as it’s also known in other parts of the world) with a parade. It is the festive season that takes place before Lent in many countries and is usually characterised by a celebration and parade through the streets before the seriousness of fasting or giving up of something for Lent begins. It might not rival carnival in Rio, but it’s taken very seriously in Ibiza. Many of the local schools, dance schools and associations take part in the parade, alongside individuals who compete for prizes for the best costumes, choreography and artistic direction. It’s also an excuse for the locals to dress up and participate in the fun, which many do.

Ibiza Town


In Ibiza Town a programme of festivities has been planned, including competitions, a movie marathon, workshops, food, a concert and DJs, beginning on Thursday Feb 4.

  • Saturday Feb 6

sees activities for children from 17.00 in the Vara de Rey. Then from 21.30 DJ Javi Box will be playing music – expect disco, soul, funk, reggae, surf and rock n’ roll – plus there’ll be an acrobatic show from Acrobati-K.

  • Sunday Feb 7

is the main event, the Carnaval Parade, which starts at 11.30am in Av. Santa Eulária in the port. It passes through the main streets of the town on its way to Vara de Rey where a huge paella will be cooked (2€) and the prize-giving ceremonies take place. Food and drink stalls will on hand and at 18.00 there’ll be a concert from the Banda Simfònica. It’s a great day out – the streets are filled with people and music.

  • Wednesday Feb 10

on Ash Wednesday the partying closes with the ‘Burial of the sardine’ (Entierro de la sardina), which symbolises the end of Carnival and takes place in the Parque de la Paz from 18.00. Grilled sardines will be served and a large effigy of a sardine will be cremated after a song and dance performance. It’s a slightly bizarre but hugely enjoyable event. All free.

Programme for Ibiza Town Carnaval activities: carnawest-flyer-816

Sant Antonio


  • Thursday Feb 4

is Mardi Gras in Portmany, held in the Marquee by the fountains with traditional carnival games, masks and makeup workshops suitable for all the family from 18:00 then from 20:30 – ‘The funniest dance of the Year’ – performed by groups from Sant Antonio.

  • Saturday Feb 6

from 22:00 is the Grand Masked Ball held in the Marquee by the fountains followed by Carnawest from 23:00, the West ends very own Carnival with prizes for the best dressed.

Visit their facebook page for more details and venues taking part.


  • Tuesday Feb 9

is the main event, the Carnival Parade. 16:30 is the meeting time at the main car park of Avda. Dr Fleming, then from 17:30 the procession begins, with awards for best costumes given in the marquee after.

Inscription is in the Centro d’Informacio Jove (near shouting man) and ends 5th Feb.

Santa Eulalia

  • Tuesday Feb 9

sees the Carnival Parade meeting at 16:00 in Avda. Cesar Puget. Then from 17:00  the Carnival Procession procedes through C/Jose Guasch Vich, C/Sant Jaume and finishing after the Placa Espana where floats will be judged and awards given.

Inscription ends Monday 8th Feb in the Santa Eulalia Town Hall.

Sant Jose /Sant Jordisant-jose-carnival-flyer

This year the carnival will only be taking place in Sant Jordi.

  • Saturday Feb 6

is the Carnival Parade meeting at 10:00 in Carrer de Cas Sac (where the street meets Carrer de les Campanetes). At 11:00, the Carnival procession begins, down C/ de Can Mariano Palerm, C/ de l’Aeroport, Avda de Vicente Serra and C/ de la Placa Major with prizes and music following the parade.

Inscription has now closed for this event.