Velez-Blanco carnival 2017
Velez-Blanco carnival 2017 will be the first for us in this town. We are looking forward to it very much and would like to invite anyone in the area to enjoy the events too!
The carnival is on from Friday to Sunday thihs week (February 3 to 5) and has a number of activities on offer.
Friday February 3
- Children’s Carnival – starting at 12 noon the children from the Colegio Publico will be touring the streets of Vélez-Blanco in fancy dress.
- Children’s party – this begins at 6pm in the school gym. It’s a party for the children of this town including food and activities.
- Carnival – at 7:30pm, the Pasacalles Carnavalero (people with masks) will be parading the streets of Vélez-Blanco, accompanied by the municipal band.
Saturday February 4
- At 7pm in the municipal theatre, there will be prizes awarded for the carnival participants. This is done with the collaboration of the municipal band.
Sunday February 5
- There is a performance at 7pm in the municipal theatre by the groups Sánta Quitiera and Grupo de Topares. “Consolar y Triste” and “Ojo por Ojo… gato por liebre”.
Also – on Friday and Saturday nights, from 11pm, there is music and dancing in the Salon de Bellavista.
Finding your way about
Teatro Municipal – this is located on Calle Teatro which is located just off the main high street, Calle Corredurs. If heading from the town centre fuente, it is the first turning on the right.
Salon de Bellavista – this is located on the main road into Vélez-Blanco when coming from the direction of Vélez-Rubio. It is one of the first buildings on the left hand side and has clear signage.
While you are here
This is a very traditionally Spanish town (one of the big pulls for us), so please don’t expect to be able to communicate in English in many places. Bring your phrase book and give it a go. You will find the Vélez-Blanco people to be extremely friendly and welcoming. We certainly have!
We can personally recommend stopping off at Bar la Sociedad for some tapas. Sofina’s riñones (braised kidneys) are to die for… as are the patatas bravas and pork skewers. It’s also ridiculously cheap!
The castle – do make the effort to climb up through the beautiful streets to the castle on the top of the hill. The views from up there are phenomenal and it is free entry to enter. It is closed on mondays and does shut for an hour in the afternoon – but you can still enjoy the views if you don’t wish to wait for an hour or so.
If you need to top up on your food shopping, pop into Coviran on Calle Teatro. Ada will give you a warm welcome (she’s one of my favourite people) and you can get all your basic necessities in there. There is also a deli and meat counter, ably manned by Ada’s husband, Dionisio.
If you ARE coming along, and would like to meet me for a bit, or simply say “Hello” – drop a reply to this articles in the comments below and I’ll arrange to join you for a cheeky vino somewhere. I’ll even let you buy me a large vino blanco if you’re nice :o)
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.