About the Carnival of Madrid
The Carnival starts with a traditional a ceremony normally headed by a celebrity of Madrid’s social and cultural life. Next comes the parade, setting out from El Retiro Park, with a specific theme that dictates the choice of costumes for all participants. The parade draws to an end with a spectacular party at Plaza de Cibeles. Revel in classic costumes, such as medieval ladies or bloodthirsty vampires, dance alongside fun-lovers dressed up as modern-day celebs to the music of the comic Carnival bands known as 'chirigotas'. For five days, you'll find music, fun and good vibes in abundance for adults and kids of all ages throughout the streets of Madrid.
Helpful information about the Carnival of Madrid
The Carnival of Madrid is hosted in the centre of Madrid, Spain. The nearest airport is Madrid Barajas International Airport and is approximately 14 kms to the city centre. From the airport you can take the metro line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios which takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis operating at the airport. By public transport from city centre to the carnival take the metro to station Sol (L1, L2, L3)
Making the most of the Carnival of Madrid
The Carnival also celebrates with a grand ball and a fancy dress competition, you may want to participate in the festival of masks that carries the slogan ‘Carnaval al desnudo’ ('Naked Carnival'), a dance that has already become a tradition during Madrid's Carnival period. Carnival celebrations draw to a close with the burial of the sardine, fancy dresses are put away, fanfares fall silent and the humble fish is buried with honors to indicate that the time has come to quit reveling followed by an impressive bonfire to close the ceremony
Where to stay in Madrid when visiting the Carnival of Madrid
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Things to do near the Carnival of Madrid
Before or after the Carnival, why not enjoy some refreshments and tapas in the area of La Latina, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Madrid. Or try something really different at The Escape Games, also known as escape rooms where you try to breakout of rooms by solving enigmas and following clues.
More information about the Carnival of Madrid
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