The 8th of February marks the arrival of the Ibiza Carnival, filling streets, pubs, bars and bars full of music, colour and fun. We’re here to lay out the 5 keys to having your best Carnival de Ibiza yet.

1 Jueves Lardero

El Jueves Lardero (Dijous Llarder) is the official kick start to Carnival de Ibiza (This year falling on the 8th of February). El Jueves Lardero also sees the Mariol contest being celebrated. The contestants dress themselves up in every manner of vintage clothing, to later parade around the city showing off their wares, to be in with a chance of emerging as the champ. There are a number of categories to participate in: Best Float, Best Group, Best school Group, Best neighbourhood association, Best adult, and Best child.

Ibiza carnival
Ibiza carnival – Photo: Hugo García

2 Spanish Omelette

Tradition dictates that on Jueves Lardero, from 5:30 pm, everyone goes to Paseo Vara del Rey, to chow down on some Spanish Omelette. The Sa Capelleta neighbourhood association prepares all the omelettes available and hands them out free of charge under the big top. Surrounded by the best team efforts of the Mariol Contest, coming from all across Spain.

Ibiza carnival
Ibiza carnival – Photo: Hugo García

3Rúa de Carnaval 

Every town on the island makes the most of the Rúa de Carnaval. Boasting huge numbers of costume competition participants, as well as any number of people, big and small, enjoying the live music, floats, and grabbing a bote of some of the typical carnival dishes such as matanza rice.

Ibiza carnival
Ibiza carnival – Photo:  Panoramio

4 Carnawest

On Saturday the 10th of February from 11 pm they will be celebrating San Antonio’s most famous costume competition: Carnawest (the carnival of the west end). Anyone over the age of 18 can participate, with a chance of winning different prizes. If you wish to participate, you need to sign up at any one of the organising establishments (Dune, La Noche, Casanova, Bar Colón, Chicago, La Sirenita, Entice, Black Pearl, Xtreme rock, El Reencuentro.). Each bar puts forward a judge who will rate participants. Minimum entry fee.

Ibiza carnival
Ibiza carnival – Photo: Hugo García

5 Burying the Sardine

All good things must come to an end, and the Carnaval of Ibiza is not an exception. During the burial of the sardine, all manner of people line, all dressed in black line up to carry the traditional figure of the sardine. To say goodbye to the carnival, at Parque de la Paz takes place a “sardinada” accompanied with payés wine.

Ibiza carnival
Ibiza carnival – Photo:  J.A.Riera Diario de Ibiza

If you like to enjoy more things to do in Ibiza in winter check this link or try to complete the 50 essential things to do in Ibiza.

Original text by: Alba Garcia

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