La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival 2024

Get ready for costumes, masquerade, parades, singing, dancing, music, activities, food & drink.
It’s time to celebrate La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival!  The parades begin at one location and end with a party at another location. This year the party locations are at the Rio Verde Fairgrounds in Almuñécar (near Rio Verde Park) and at the Plaza del Centro Civico in La Herradura.  Keep on reading for detailed events and locations.

La Herradura and Almuñécar Carnival Costumes, masquerade, parades, singing, dancing, music, activities, food and drink.  This is what you will experience when you celebrate La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival! Read more at

What is Carnival?

Carnival is typically an annual Christian feast time leading up to Lent.  This is the time to eat, drink and be merry.  It is often celebrated in style with costumes, masquerade, parades, singing, dancing, music, activities, food and drink.  The biggest Carnival event in the world is in Rio de Janeiro.  There is also a very large Carnival celebration right here in Spain too, with 10 days of fun at Carnaval in Cádiz.  The final night is the biggest parade and costume contests.

You may have also heard of Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.  Fat Tuesday is the last night to indulge in rich and fatty foods, before lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  Lent is the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter (Semana Santa).  This is a period of 40 days and changes each year according to the date of Easter on Christian calendar.  Lent is the time for reflection, awareness, “fasting” or giving up something indulgent, as well as preparation for Easter celebrations.  These 40 days of Lent are intended to have Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.

Other terms used:  Carnivale, Carnivals, Carnavals, Carnavales

Please see holiday calendar here

La Herradura & Almuñécar Agenda 2024

Almuñécar & La Herradura Carnival group costume contest

Almuñécar Carnival 2024

This is always great fun and you can enjoy an intimate celebration in La Herradura or a slightly bigger festival in Almuñécar.  Either way you are in for a treat and will enjoy the experience!  The Carnaval de Almuñecar main party location is held at the Río Verde fairgrounds.
Concejalía de Cultura y Fiestas de Almuñécar


Almuñécar Children’s Carnaval – Friday, February 09

The Carnival will start on Friday the 17th for the children. In the morning each of the children’s centers / schools will hold a big party, with a tribute to Disney.

11:00  Infantil Carnival party in Almuñécar

Carnival Children’s Centers In the Tent of the Río Verde fairgrounds

17:00  Children’s Carnival party in Almuñécar

In the afternoon, from 17:00, the Children’s Carnival party begins!  Be prepared for the kids to have so much fun, with inflatables, face painting, crafts and animation.  This will be a tribute to Toy Story and Barbie!
Held in Río Verde fairgrounds.

19:00  Children’s Carnival Stories Almuñécar

Presentation of the book “5 Phases of Love” by Anal Calvo. Organize and Collaborate: Arte Sur. Free entry until capacity is reached Conference Room of the Almuñécar Casa de la Cultura

19:30  Children’s Carnival Stories Almuñécar

Concert. Trumpet and percussion recital by Santiago Rosales Romera and José Manuel Casas. Organized by Musical Youth of Almuñécar.  Almuñécar Casa de la Cultura Auditorium.
Advance tickets: Casa de la Cultura Box Office, Viajes Azulmarino Almuñécar and Librería Contreras.


The parties will be held in Río Verde fairgrounds.

Almuñécar Carnaval 2024

Almuñécar Carnaval  – Saturday, February 10

Painting exhibition

Until Saturday the 10th. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Painting exhibition by Fernán Aristizabal
‘Rowland Fade’ exhibition hall of the Casa de la Cultura.

18:00  Carnival Bike Parade in Almuñécar

Urban bike parade for adults and kids.  Departing from the Municipal Stadium and finishing at the Río Verde fairgrounds.

The participants will gather at the gate of the “Francisco Bonet” Municipal Sports Stadium and depart at 18:00 with the following route:
departure from Puerto de la Cruz street (Municipal Stadium) to access Mariana Pineda street from Baracoa street and Hurtado de Mendoza, arrive at Plaza Madrid. Then the entourage will go along Paseo del Altillo and Paseo Prieto Moreno to Paseo San Cristóbal, and take a detour along Calle Guadix, to Avenida Costa del Sol, Carrera de la Concepción, Avenida Rey Juan Carlos I, Calle Hurtado de Mendoza, Plaza Madrid , Paseo del Altillo, Paseo Prieto Moreno, Paseo San Cristóbal, Calle Guadix, and access via Calle Vélez to the Rio Verde Fairgrounds, where gifts will be distributed to the participants.

Get on your best costume and bring your bike.  This is a fun event for children and adults, as you parade around town in costume riding your bicycles.  The parade departs from the Stadium at 18:00, but show up about 30 minutes early to register for the event.

Almuñécar Carnival 2024


20:00 Carnival Parade!

Then the “Carnival Parade” will arrive, at 20:00, with the Greatest Showman. It will also leave from the stadium and walk through the streets of the center arriving at the Rio Verde Fairgrounds.

21:30Carnaval Costume Contest!

Costume Contest with €2,000 in prizes and Carnival Fest with guest artists Pedro Calderón and José Peibol.
In the Tent of the Río Verde fairgrounds

    The Costume Contest and the Jury’s decision will be held during the Carnival festival, which will take place at the “Río Verde” Fairgrounds, Saturday, February 10, starting at 10:00 p.m.
    The use of pyrotechnic devices such as flares, firecrackers, rockets, fireworks, animals, fires, torches… is completely prohibited.
    In the Costume Contest there are the following categories:

    • Individual Category
    • Short Group Category (3 to 5 members)
    • Long Group Category (more than 6 members)

The groups will put together their choreographies and songs and must perform them on the stage of the tent at the Río Verde Fairgrounds.  The minimum age to participate in the contest will be 14 years old.
Almuñécar & La Herradura Carnival group costume contest

23:00 Carnival Party!

Following the costume contests The carnival day will end with our “Carnaval Fest”. It will be a carnival party dedicated to the general public and the youngest in particular, with guest artists such as Pedro Calderón and José Peibol, two prominent DJs who are successful on Spotify Spain with several gold and platinum records. They will be in charge of animating the Great Carnival Festival of Almuñécar 2024. Río Verde fairgrounds


Almuñécar Carnaval  – Sunday, February 11

11:00  Tribute to Frozen.

The origin of ice Auditorium of the Casa de la Cultura
Advance ticket sales at the House of Culture and Viajes Azulmarino.


Almuñécar Carnival parade


‼️THIS IS CARNIVAL from the past‼️

Almuñécar Carnival costume contest



Almuñécar Carnival parade



La Herradura Carnival 2024
February 16-17

La Herradura will celebrate two big Carnival parties next weekend.
On February 9, the CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL will be celebrated
February 10 will be the ADULT CARNIVAL.
Both include parades, games, costume, and song contests, and lots of fun.
The Plaza de la Independencia will be the epicenter of both festivals


La Herradura Carnaval – Friday, February 16, 2024  

16 Feb La Herradura Carnaval 2024

17:00 Infantil Carnival in La Herradura

The La Herradura Children’s Carnaval parade will start at 17:00.  It will be departing from the Las Tejas futbol field and continue down the paseo and over to the Plaza Independencia.

La Herradura Carnival Children’s Party!

Following the parade will be The Carnival party, with bouncy houses, activities and more. Plaza del Centro Civico!  Where the costume contest will take place, for both individuals and groups.

The events will take place at the Plaza Independencia, including parades, costume contests, workshops, parties and performances!



La Herradura Carnaval – Saturday, February 17 2024  

20:00  The La Herradura Carnaval parade will start at 20:00.  It will be departing from the Las Tejas futbol field and continue down the paseo and over to Plaza Independencia  for the Parade and Party!

17 Feb La Herradura Carnaval 2024

 La Herradura Chirigotas  and Costume Contest

Following the parade, you may enjoy the chirigotas singing and costume contest.  Come see who will win the prizes this year!

La Herradura Carnaval Party

Following the contests, the night will end with a Guateque Carnival Party that will be inspired by DJ Moisés Franco.

Almuñécar & La Herradura Carnival group costume contest





La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival Image Gallery


Guide to Carnivales in Andalucia

Read more about the various events in Andalucia here.


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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and has experienced the world with her family. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view her travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at

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