Lanzarote fiestas 2022: 12 reasons to visit Lanzarote in 2022 – Lanzarote Retreats
12 reasons to visit Lanzarote in 2022 – Lanzarote Retreats
12 reasons to visit Lanzarote in 2022
We may be biased but we love that Lanzarote is truly a year-round holiday destination. After a couple of quieter years on the island, we’re excited that many of our favourite fiestas and events are set to return in 2022. The Lanzarote Retreats team have curated the highlights of each month to give you plenty of reasons to plan a visit.
January for winter sun and festivities
Where better in the world for some winter sunshine than Lanzarote? A short flight from the UK and all of mainland Europe, it really couldn’t be easier to escape the winter blues. Aside from sunshine, there’s usually plenty going on.
This year sees the return of the Three Kings Parade on 5 January in Arrecife. The event depicts the arrival of the three wise men or ‘los Reyes Magos’ via camel to bring gifts to the baby Jesus, or in this case the children of Lanzarote. The kings throw sweets to the children as they pass along the streets lit up with festive decorations. The following day, 6 January, is a public holiday for Día de Reyes when presents are traditionally opened.
February for scuba diving
While the conditions are good year-round for diving in Lanzarote, the waters are at their calmest and the visibility at its best between September and February. The winter months are also the best time to spot the critically endangered (and harmless) Angel Shark, one of the only places in the world where they can be seen.
March for Carnival
The biggest party of the year, Carnival is a fantastic time to be on the island, with everyone welcome. The dates vary from year to year as the celebrations take place just before Lent, but festivities usually fall sometime between mid to late February and March. The dates for the 2022 Arrecife Carnival are set for 18th February to 2nd March, but each area has its own parade, timings and theme.
April for spring flowers and snorkelling
You’d be forgiven for thinking of Lanzarote as having an arid landscape. But spring brings a magnificent display of native wildflowers including the bright yellow daisy, heavily scented Canarian stock and red and pink poppies. The seas start to warm up at this time of year too, so it’s a great time to grab a snorkel and fins to encounter the many colourful fish and even stingrays just off the beach.
May for Ironman
May is a great month for seeing athletes training around the island in readiness for the legendary Ironman Lanzarote (21st May 2022). The event is one of the world’s toughest triathlons consisting of a 3.8km swim against the Atlantic swell, 180km bike ride climbing over 2,500 metres and 42.2km marathon, usually in searing temperatures.
This year, we’re also going to be dedicating May to a celebration of the island’s most famous son, César Manrique. Watch this space for more information on the LR alternative guide to Manrique.
June for the Wine Run
For a challenge with a difference, limber up for the Lanzarote Wine Run, a gallop through the island’s wine region. Participants are invited to explore the wine region on foot – there’s a 12km for walkers and 23km option for hardier athletes– stopping for wine and tapas along the way. From serious runners who enjoy tackling the gruelling course to wine lovers who wish to visit every bodega and simply stagger home after, this is one of the most popular events on the island. With a children’s race and food festival at the start/ finish line, there’s something for the whole family.
July for kite surfing
The trade winds that help moderate Lanzarote’s temperatures throughout the year predominate in July and August, making them the preferred months for windsurfing and kite surfing. It’s also when the Spanish flee from the stifling mainland in favour of the pleasant heat in Lanzarote. Head to Playa Famara with its near-perfect conditions to participate or simply watch the kite surfing antics.
August for rock pools and harvest
The hottest month in Lanzarote, August is best for just chillaxing on a sunbed, enjoying the sea breeze with a glass of something cold to hand. Then cool down in one of the inviting rock pools dotted around such as Los Charcones at Playa Blanca, the wonderful natural pool at Punta Mujeres or Charco del Palo.
It’s also the time for harvesting wine: Lanzarote boasts the first wine harvest in Europe, running from mid-July through to September. This is when you see the workers picking the grapes by hand to ensure premium quality.
September for sunbathing
September is one of our favourite months when the summer holiday crowds thin out and the weather is just glorious. The heat drops off just as the trade winds die down a little, perfect for relaxing on the beach.
The first week of September also sees the colourful fiesta of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios. This features a traditional pilgrimage to Los Remedios church in Yaiza.
October for surfing
The Atlantic swell starts up in earnest in October, creating perfect conditions for getting out with your surfboard. Surfers of all levels can catch a wave at Famara. While pros should tackle El Quemao, the best wave on the island, producing heavy barrels during the winter season.
November for hiking
We’ll be gearing up for the return of Walk the Rock at the end of November. This eco-adventure offers the chance to explore the island’s most beautiful sights from coast to coast in a small group. Created exclusively for Lanzarote Retreats by Blackstone Treks & Tours, this tour combines the best of two worlds: luxury eco accommodation at Finca de Arrieta and a unique walking adventure.
December for photography
One of the quietest months in Lanzarote (excluding the Christmas holidays), December dishes up lovely weather with fewer people, cheaper prices and the softest light of the entire year, great for photography.
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Lanzarote Carnival Dates – Lanzarote Information
Everyone wants to know the carnival dates!
Lanzarote carnival is a magical time to be on the island, with marching bands, floats, dancers and lots of fun and frolics. Anyone can join in! Each area of the island has its own carnival and parade, and they all choose a theme each year. You can stick with the theme if you want to, but you can also go your own way and do something different. The drink of carnival is the Cuba Libre – Rum and Coke, with a twist of lime.
Read this to find out more about carnival: What is carnival in Lanzarote?
Lanzarote Carnival Dates 2023
Arrecife – 13th to 22nd February – Theme is Tribute to Celia Cruz.
Main Parade Monday 20th February.
Burial of the Sardine Wednesday 22nd February.
San Bartolomé / Playa Honda – 11th to 24th February – Theme is Space.
Pasacalle Entierro del Guachinango Friday 24th February 18:00 (Playa Honda)
Puerto del Carmen – 23rd to 26th February – Theme is Pirates of Puerto del Carmen.
Main parade Saturday 25th February.
La Villa de Teguise (including Costa Teguise & La Graciosa) – Theme is “the world of animation”.
Main parade Saturday 4th March 17:00 (Costa Teguise)
Tinajo – 3rd to 5th March. Main parade Saturday 4th March
Haría – 9th to 12th March. Main parade Saturday 11th March
Playa Blanca – 16th to 19th March. Main parade Saturday 18th March
Arrecife – 20th February & 22nd February (Entierro de la Sardina)
- Playa Honda – 24th February (Quema del Guachinango)
Puerto del Carmen – 25th February
Tinajo – 4th March
Haría – 11th March
Playa Blanca – 18th March
We’ll post full details all the programmes here as soon as they are available.
We’ve highlighted some of the main events from the Arrecife carnival programme.
Friday 10 February 2023
19:00 Pasacalle (street parade) with batucada “Villa Pipol” from Cuatro Esquinas until the Parque Islas Canarias.
Saturday 11 February 2023
11:00 Family carnival in Parque Ramírez Cerdá with children’s entertainment.
12:00 Traditional carnival pasacalle (parade) with giants and big heads from Cuatro Esquinas, Calle Real until the Plaza de Las Palmas with Parranda Los Buches, Los Diabletes & Charanga La Unica.
21:00-04:00 Drag carnival party in Parque Islas Canarias.
Sunday 12 February 2023
20:30 Carnival Queen gala at the Recinto Ferial.
Thursday 16 February 2023
21:00 Drag Queen gala in the Recinto Ferial.
Friday 17 February 2023
23:00-03:00 Masquerade party at the Parque Islas Canarias
Saturday 18 February 2023
11:00-12:00 Pasacalle (parade) Comparsas & Batucadas from the Playa de El Reducto until Parque José Ramírez Cerdá.
12:00-00:00 Carnival Tapas Fair in the Parque Ramírez Cerdá.
00:00-04:00 Fancy dress dance in the Parque Ramírez Cerdá with Orquestas Mambo Latino, Banda Nueva & DJ Ángel Pérez.
Monday 20 February 2023
18:00 Gran desfile de Carrozas (main carnival parade) with murgas, comparsas, batucadas and traditional carnival groups from the Ciudad Deportiva until the Recinto Ferial.
21:00-04:00 Fancy dress dance at the Parque Islas Canarias with Orquestas Mambo Latino, Iván Cacú & DJ Ángel Pérez.
Tuesday 21 February 2023
12:00 Urban dance gala with local dance schools at the Parque Islas Canarias.
17:30 Children’s carnival at the Parque Islas Canarias.
Wednesday 22 February 2023
18:00 Burial of the Sardine procession from the Ayuntamiento de Arrecife until the Parque Maritimo with murgas, comparsas, batucadas and weeping carnival widows. Followed by the burning of the sardine on Playa del Reducto.
The theme is “Space”.
Tuesday 21 February 2023
Day Carnival in San Bartolomé from 12:00 featuring comparsas and batucadas from Lanzarote. Artists include Edwin Rivera, las K-Narias, Grupo Bomba & El Combo Dominicano between 13:00-18:00. Followed by DJ Ángel Pérez until 20:00.
Saturday 18 February 2023
Gran Gala Drag Queen at 21:00 in the Parque Féliz Rodríguez de la Fuente, special invite Vanessa Artiles and entertainment from Dj Alex Ossorio.
Sunday 19 February 2023
Carnaval Chinijo (children’s carnival) from 11:00-14:00 in the Parque Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente with inflatables, face painting, giant games and fancy dress costume competition. At 19:00 the municipal carnival groups will be presented accompanied by ‘Chirimurga del timple’ & ‘Murga Los Simplones’.
Friday 24 February 2023
Traditional pasacalle (parade) at 18:00 on Avenida de Guacimeta (Playa Honda) ending at the beach Juan el curita for the ‘Quema del Guachinango’ (burning of a giant fish) & entertainment from the group Seguridad Social.
Puerto del Carmen:
Thursday 23rd February 2023
-8pm Grand Carnival Gala with performances by the Comparsas Los Guarancheros and Sur Caliente in the Plaza del Varadero
Friday 24th February 2023
-9:30pm Concert by Manny Manuel at Plaza del Varadero.Afterwards, Verbena with DJ Ángel Pérez
Saturday 25th February 2023
-5pm Great Carnival Coso (Parade) in the Avenida de las Playas from Barcarola to Fariones Playa
-9pm Verbena with live music by the Orchestra Acapulco, the Group Bomba and DJ Javi Fajardo in the Plaza del Varadero
Sunday 26th February 2023
-11am Children’s Great Carnival Coso (Parade) from the end of Calle Teide to the Varadero
-11:30am Chidren’s Carnival with the Full Show Pirates of the Caribbean
-1pm Day Carnival with the performances of the Tribute to Juan Luis Guerra with the Orchestra La Sabrosa and the Group Bomba in the Plaza del Varadero.
The carnival programme is from the 27 February to 19 March for the municipality of Teguise.
28 February & 1 March 2023
Encuentro de Mugas at CC Nautical in Costa Teguise
Thursday 2 March 2023
Gala del Carnaval at CC Nautical in Costa Teguise
Friday 3 March 2023
Traditional carnaval in La Villa de Teguise wit Peliquerios (Ourense), Arretrancos de Fuerteventura, Toros de tao, Los Diabletes de Teguise and Los Buches de Arrecife.
Saturday 4 March 2023
17:00 Gran coso del Carnaval (parade) in Costa Teguise
Sunday 5 March 2023
Carnaval de Día pasacalle in La Villa de Teguise
17-19 March 2023
La Graciosa carnival weekend
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Thursday February 2, 2023
Regional public holiday
Monday February 20, 2023 9000
Sveta holiday : Carnival in Tenerife: Adeje, Arafo, Arico, Arona, Candelaria, El Rosario, El Sauzal, Fasnia, Granadilla, Icod, La Guanza, La Matanza, La Orotava, La Victoria, Puerto de la Cruz, la Laguna, San Miguel, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Ъrsula and Tacoronte,
Regional public holiday
Tuesday February 21, 2023
Secular Festival: Carnival in Tenerify
Regional public holiday
Tuesday 21 February, 2023
Samoy holiday: Carnival in Santa Cruz (
Thursday 6 April, 2023
Friday 7 April, 2023
Catholic or Protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.
Monday May 1, 2023
Social holiday: First proclaimed in 1889 by the meeting of the International Socialist Movement in Paris, in honor of the workers’ uprising in Chicago on May 1, 1886. It was supported by the Soviet Union, the Nazis and France.
regional public holiday
Wednesday May 3, 2023
Secular holiday: Santa Cruz Day in Santa Cruz only
Canary Islands Holiday
Tuesday 30 May, 2023
Social Celebration : Commemorates the anniversary of the first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands, in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, held on May 30, 1983, about ten months after publication of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands.
Regional public holiday
Saturday 24 June, 2023
Secular holiday : in Las Palmas only
Regional public holiday
Thursday July 6, 2023
Catholic: Bajada de la Virgen Nuestra Sesora de Los Reyes in El Hierro
Regional Public Festival
Saturday August 5, 2023
Sveta Fest de las Nieves La Palma only
Tuesday 15 August, 2023
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