Miguelturra Carnival

Miguelturra Carnival
It celebrates: From 17th February to 26th February
Place: Miguelturra (Ciudad Real)
Category: Carnival
Popularity: (****) 4/5
Ideal for children
Organize: The Cultural Association of Peñas del Carnaval de Miguelturra and Miguelturra Town Council.
Known start date: Since 1898
Figure of protection: Festival of National Tourist Interest (since 2018), Festival of Regional Tourist Interest (since 1983), and Festival of Costumbrista and Cultural Interest (since 1984).
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To experience the Miguelturra Carnival is synonymous with joy. Come and share with thousands of people this festival, which is a demonstration of the high cultural value of the region, in which everyone can participate and be part of the colourful spectacle.

Why go to the Miguelturra Carnival?

For many, the essence of the Miguelturra Carnival lies in the well-known Street Mask, which consists of a disguise made of rags or old clothes, and the face covered by a mask or mask that makes it difficult to be recognised. This character wanders the streets and makes war on whoever he meets and tells everyone in a very annoying voice, "Don't you know me?"

A sample of the lively Carnival in Miguelturra

There are other typical characters, such as the Alhigui, who wears a mask with a long stick on which a pepper or a fig is hung, approaches groups of people and throws sweets.

And not to be missed are the decorated streets, lively music, the proclamations, the children's carnival, murgas and chirigotas, the parade of troupes and floats on Piñata Sunday and the Burial of the Sardine. All with a special character typical of the lands of La Mancha.

Origin of the Miguelturra Carnival

Comparsas and chirigotas in the theatre
Comparsas and chirigotas in the theatre

The first time the Miguelturra Carnival was documented was in 1898. Originally, two carnivals were celebrated in this town, one religious and the other secular, which coexisted in harmony.

The religious carnival could not overcome the prohibitions that were imposed during the Civil War. However, the secular carnival is the one that has managed to stay alive over time, becoming a reference point for this town.

If you go to Miguelturra, don't miss ...

If you are going to enjoy the Miguelturra Carnival, one of the obligatory visits is to the Carnival Museum, but this town offers other options.

  • Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción: this church dates from the Renaissance, and is in transitional Gothic style. It has undergone reforms and reconstructions, which have turned it into the magnificent piece of architecture it is today.
  • Rivas Moreno Park: it is a park located next to Plaza de la Virgen, a natural space where you will enjoy its gardens and its relaxing water channels.

Gastronomy in Miguelturra

The best way to get to know a town is to try its gastronomy. Miguelturra offers exquisite dishes, but during Carnival, you can't miss these delicacies.

  • Frutas en sartén: their name is very peculiar, because they are not obtained from a tree. In fact, they are sweets made with dough and then fried. There is a variety, such as rosquillos, roscapiñas, canutos, among others.
  • Pisto Manchego: this dish is a fried dish made with garden produce, but green peppers, tomatoes and olive oil should not be missing. A real delicacy!

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