The Carnival is a well-established, yet surprising tradition in Nerja which gathers more interest and momentum year on year as participants and visitors work on costumes and floats with ever more imagination. The Carnival takes place over a four day period (three days and an evening at least) in the week just before the start of Lent and as with many of the towns events finds its religious basis overspilling with the natural Spanish love of a good fiesta.
The Carnival includes two processions and a number of contests with the four days building up to the final event of the ?Entierro del Bogueron? or Burial of the Anchovy (although it?s often referred to as the burial of the Sardine). Frankly this is a somewhat bizarre tradition but one that seems to be really rather old and is seen throughout Spain. In Nerja a large decorated (fake) Anchovy is paraded through the streets with all manner of pageantry until it reaches one of the towns central beaches, La Calahonda, where it?s blown up as part of a fireworks display!