We cannot be happier that the winter is finally coming to an end and that the sun is shining brighter every day in our beautiful Madrid.
Spring to us means sunny days, streets full of life and many colors, of course! Starting from the 1st of march, Madrid is going mode Carnival :). For those of you who do not know it, Carnival is celebrated every year, 45 days before the Holy Week (Semana Santa) starts. It is, by far, one of the most fun- and colorful festivals that exists. Legend says that the origin of the festival is a 5000-year-old Pagan ceremony and the name “Carnival” comes from the principle of not eating meat during 45-46 days (from Carnival until the Holy Week).
The dress code: Go crazy!
As you can guess, the dress code is “There is no dress code.” You are very welcome to put on your craziest costume and paint your face however you want. There will be a parade on the main streets of Madrid and the townhall offers concerts and several activities for kids during 5 days.
Burial of the sardine
Carnival ends with a very interesting tradition called “El Entierro de la Sardina” which roughly translates as The Burial of the Sardine.
Another legend says that, back in the reign of Carlos III, a school of rotten fish arrived in the city, and because of the reek it created, the monarch ordered to bury it on the banks of the Manzanares River.
So, on 6th of March at Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida at 6 pm, there will be a Sardine Funeral held haha. If you want to witness it, make sure you it is in your calendar :).
Our famous sardine plays another role during carnival; It comes back to life in chocolate form!
Many pastry shops in Madrid make a special chocolate sardine for carnival. If you want to try this yummy treat, we recommend you visit the popular pastry shop “La Mallorquina” which is found right in the heart of the square of Puerta del Sol, on Calle Mayor, number 2.
We are not leaving you without plans for this March
Apart from Carnival, this month is full of events that will satisfy you, in case you have been craving for some art.
We are sure that you are already familiar with the name “Banksy” if you are a street art fanatic. The “anonymous” British artist is known for criticizing politics, or better said the society itself, via his unique style. Love it or hate it, we believe his work is worth more than a glance, compared to your daily graffiti that you can find on the corner of every street.
What we are trying to say is, do not miss the exhibition Banksy: Genius or Vandal? which has its doors open until the 10th of March in IFEMA.
Any LEGO fans?
We have some good news for those who feel nostalgic. In Palacio de Gaviria there is an unusual exhibition that brings you a world built exclusively by pieces of Lego. Yes, it is true. At this exhibition you will see scenes such as Roman Forums, Second World War and even a Game of Thrones castle in the form of a Legolandia. All built by architects and engineers! The entrance fee is 7€ for adults and only 5€ for kids. So, save the date! You can visit until 26th of May.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading our blogpost and that it helps you to have a March full Carnaval- and other fun activities :).
Also, for the ones who need some serenity, we invite you to check our past blogpost on the best parks and gardens of Madrid:
and the best concert venues for those who wonder where to listen to live music:
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