Nerja Carnival

Carnival is held mostly in February (but as it is the week before Shrove Tuesday it does move)  which means that 2014’s  Carnaval procession  in Nerja will be Saturday 1st March.
The Carnaval procession for 2015 is  Saturday 14 February
2016 – 6 February
2017 – 25 February
2018 – 10 February
2019 – 2 March
2020 – 22 February
Friday: Fancy dress costume competition in Plaza de Espana behind the town hall from 6.30pm.

Saturday: Nerja’s version of  Mardigras (Carnaval)  is simply brilliant, where many hundreds of people go to extraordinary lengths to dress up in costumes (and political correctness hasn’t arrived here!) and make floats for the procession that starts around 5pm Saturday and leaves Verano Azul then meets on Castilla Perez, then along El Barrio, Calle Granada, Calle San Miguel, Plaza Cantarero then down Calle Pintada to the Plaza de Espana behind the town hall.

The Funeral of the Chanquete from Plaza Espana behind the town hall.
Things start around 2pm then at 4.30 the municipal band will entertain followed at 5pm with the procession along C/Carmen, Granada, Plaza Ermita, La cruz, Pintada, Puerta del Mar and down to Calahonda beach where the Sardine will be ceremoniously burned (exploded with fireworks!)

Many thanks to Michael Hunt for these pics:

Pics from 2014

Pics from 2013

Pics from 2012

Previous Processions


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  2. I’ve got to admit this is my favourite! I never laughed so much. Just find a nice bar on the route and enjoy. I can’t wait tell 2011 for the next one

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