Carnival in Vinaròs.

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Location in Spain

Coordinates: 40°28′07″N 0°28′25″E / 40.46861°N 0.47361°E / 40.46861; 0.47361
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Valencian Community
Province Castelló
Comarca Baix Maestrat
  Mayor Enric Pla Vall
  Total 96.5 km2 (37.3 sq mi)
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2013)
  Total 28,829
  Density 300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Vinarossenc
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Official language(s) Valencian and Spanish

Vinaròs (Valencian pronunciation: [vinaˈɾɔs]) is a town and municipality in eastern Spain, in the province of Castellón and part of the autonomous Valencian Community. The town is on the Gulf of Valencia coast of the western Mediterranean Sea, Vinaròs is a fishing harbour and tourist destination.


The "Carnaval de Vinaroz" will take place from 17 until 27 February 2017. This event usually take place during January, February or Mars. There are 33 troupes that are composed by lots of people (The biggest troupes is formed by around 500 components). Each troupe is represented by a queen that creates an espectacular costume.


1st day (Friday): in the Town Hall, Carnival starts by a performance decorated with the Carnival's topic (In 2016 "The Circus") and the "Carnestoltes" presentation ("Carnestoltes" is a huge man made by a wood structure and dressed by a costume suitable with the Carnival's Topic). Then, the Mayor and the queens open the Carnival's hutts enclosure (Placed in the Fóra Forat Walk where all nights parties take place in, each troupe has got a hut where you can go into by free and enjoy nights parties).

2nd day (Saturday): The Queen's Presentation, where they show their fantastic costumes to all the people (Until this day, anyone knows how queen's costumes will be like). It's located on the old football pitch (Boverals H street / Football pitch street. It's placed in front of the river).

3rd day (Sunday): Flour's battle and Disguised pets Competition in the Carnival's hutts enclosure (Fóra Forat Walk), placed in the Fóra Forat Walk both.

4th day (Monday): elderlies' dinner.

5th day (Tuesday): troupes fight for be the winner in a Karaoke Contest.

6th day (Wednesday): people dress up with thematic costumes that are suitable with the Carnivbal's Topic and enjoy the night in the Carnival's hutts enclosure (Fóra Forat Walk).

7th day (Thursday): all people dress up with pyjamas and enjoy the night in the Carnival's hutts enclosure (Fóra Forat Walk)

8th day (Friday): people dress costumes (There are people who, instead of buying a normal costume, designs, make and sew up their own one) and enjoy the night in the Carnival's hutts enclosure (Fóra Forat Walk).

9th day (Saturday) and 10th day (Sunday): on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (6 p.m.), troupes parade around the main streets in a closed route (Calle Pilar, Calle Pablo Ruiz Picaso, Calle San Francisco, Calle País Valencià, Calle Arcipreste Bono, Plaza 1º de Mayo, Calle Costa y Borrás, Calle País Valencià, Calle Arcipreste Bono, Calle Socorro, Plaza Jovellar y Calle Pilar).

11th day (Monday): Carnival ends on the Town Hall and then the "Carnestoltes" is burned in the beach or in a waste ground.

Moreover, in August there's the Summer Carnival with The Queen's Presentation to show the tourists what Carnival is like in Vinaròs.


The first historical record of Vinaròs is in 1233, when the Moorish hamlet of Binarlaros-Ibn Arus in eastern al-Andaluz was captured by King James I of Aragon. It was under rule of the Knights templar order between 1294 and 1311, and of the order of Montesa during the 14th century.

The town grew during the 16th and 17th centuries, when fortifications and navy yards were built, and attained great prosperity during the following two centuries, due to its involvement in ship building and Valencian wine trade. The town suffered a strong decline in the early 20th century as a consequence of the spread of phylloxera in the regions vineyards, which devastated wine production.

Today, the prosperity of Vinaròs is bound to tourism and fishing, it is renowned for its tasty prawns. Vinaròs is part of the Taula del Sénia free association of municipalities.

Main sights

Sights in Vinaròs is the fortress-like Església Arxiprestal de l'Assumpció (Archpriestal Church of the Assumption of Our Lady), built in the prevailing Renaissance architectural style during 1583-1596, with a 'new' Baroque portal added during 1698–1702.

Baroque facade of San Gregorio de Vinaroz.



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Parade in Vinaròs.
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