Cádiz has one of the oldest Carnivals in the world thanks to its historical port that saw its sailors return home from afar with fashions and trinkets that would be worn during street parties. Groups continue this tradition by dressing as today's celebrities while singing songs about current news topics. They are surrounded by other revelers, who are also dressed up, resembling a massive British stag do party. The atmosphere, however, is far more jubilant and set within this beautiful city with its narrow cobbled alleys and tiny bars serving delicious Andalucian food, make this a free and democratic street party that cannot be missed.
If you enjoy a carnival atmosphere, but Brazil is too far to go, I recommend taking a trip to Cadiz in the Costa de la Luz area of Spain as the town goes carnival crazy and is host to one of the most spectacular and famous carnivals in the whole of Spain. People flock here from all over the country to enjoy this four day event packed full of music, parades and street theatre. Be prepared for late nights and lots of refuelling at one of the many tapas bars. What makes it so special, this is true Spanish culture and as far removed from the other Costa's diluted tourist traps as possible. Vámonos.
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