Tenerife I hear you cry? Tenerife Carnival? Why yes. Tenerife has a Carnival, an amazing carnival that is… wait for it…

The second biggest carnival after Rio! Whaaaat?!

I know I was just as shocked as you when I found out. I thought Tenerife was all beach bods and family holidays, but in fact come February Tenerife is all bright colours, flamboyant dancing and fun fun fun!

A couple of weeks ago I got to experience a taster of what Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival has to offer with a ridiculously fun event hosted by Thomas Cook Airlines. We made cocktails, we learnt to dance the samba (a little bit), we covered our faces in glitter and bright make-up, we made our own carnival masks and we learnt everything we needed to know about why we should be adding Tenerife Carnival to our bucket lists.

So with everything I learnt here are my 22 reasons why I am now desperate to visit Tenerife during Carnival season.

1.  For the bright colours

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook 2. and the glitter

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

3. and dressing up in fabulous outfits

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

4. and trying to dance the samba

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

5. and failing to dance the samba but having a brilliant time in the process

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

6. For the mojitos

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

7. and the caipirinhas

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

8 To make my own headdress

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

9. and wear it through the streets

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

10. To party like it’s Carnival…

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

11. because it IS Carnival!

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

12. To fly with Thomas Cook

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

13. and meet the lovely staff like Nicola

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

14. To enjoy some winter sun

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

15. To party like its 1999 … or 2016 which will be just as cool!

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

16. To whack the pinata like your life depends on it

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

17. and then celebrate with more mojitos when you knock it down

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

18. and eat all the sweets that are scattered across the floor

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

19. To eat tasty Spanish food

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

20. and wash it down with more mojitos

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

21. To remind myself of the amazing fun I had at Thomas Cook’s event in London

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

22. and most importantly to have the best holiday ever celebrating Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife!

Santa de Cruz Tenerife’s Carnival, Thomas Cook

So have I persuaded you? Well I have certainly persuaded myself. If I get to go with Thomas Cook next year I will be sure to report on at least 22 more reasons why you should visit! I dare say I won’t be disappointed.

Thanks Thomas Cook for a brilliant evening… fingers crossed the fun doesn’t stop here! 

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