This past weekends was one of those weekends that I think I will always look back on and be able to say “wow, I celebrated Carnaval in Cadiz”, which for those of you that don’t know, is one of the biggest Carnaval celebrations in the world. Cadiz is a itty-bitty, teeny-tiny beach town that transforms into a HUGE party and celebration.
Check out those awesome costumes…a Mexican superhero, a rabbit and a bunny (so, so good), and Mother Nature.We have a 3 day weekend this weekend (4 day for some of us.. 😉 ) and since my roommates and friends all had plans and I didn’t want to be alone, I messaged a friend I haven’t seen in a while and asked if she wanted to go to Carnaval for 3 days. She said yes…and the rest is history haha.
Anyway, it was a whirlwind weekend and while I had fun, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. If I am being completely honest, I’ll say that Carnaval in Cadiz was a bit………………………………….underwhelming. That’s not to say that it isn’t an awesome party with people dressed in absolutely incredible costumes..because it is. We saw the most creative costumes…school girls (boys), Where’s Waldo, women (men) in showers (they literally carried showers around with them), priests, terrorists (one group actually threw a small bomb that exploded and scared me half to death….not funny), and more. But I was expecting to SEE more of a show? I’m not sure…maybe a parade? Or some acrobatics…Anything, really. We did see a concert, which was my favorite part of the day. No, scratch that. My favorite part was the BEACH. and the warm weather.
On Friday, we took a bus alllllllllllllllllll the way from Madrid to Cadiz and while it was the cheaper way to do it…oh my gosh it was so, so hard. We were on the bus for almost 12 hours since the bus driver got lost. We did take a couple of breaks in the middle of no where, which made it easier. I also slept for almost the entire time Once we arrived, we quickly headed to dinner and then went back to the room to get dress and go to a “club” with the entire group. Not exactly a club but I really, really had fun that night. Costumes were optional, but we thought we should dress up. Apparently NO ONE else did. Hahahaha
The trip itself was fun and probably the most exhausting weekend I have had since arriving in Spain, but I am so glad I went and got to be a part of it. Will I ever go back? Probably. I think there are things to SEE at Carnaval, but we weren’t there at the right time. Ya live and learn.
Anyway, if you plan on heading to Carnaval in Cadiz, here are some survival tips:
- Bring alcohol, chasers and cups to the party. You can buy it there from various alimentacions and chinos, but it’s cheaper to bring it.
- Bring food. Bring sandwiches and snacks and carry them with you.
- Bring WATER. You will be thirsty haha.
- Bring something warm to wear when it gets cold later. It’s warm during the day, but when the sun goes down, it gets windy and cold.
- Wear comfortable shoes…you’ll be standing all day.
- Wear a costume.
- Have fun!
**Everything I just mentioned you should bring, you can also purchase it. It’s just more expensive that way.