“Xenerais da Ulla” – Traditional Rural Carnival
“Xenerais da Ulla” – Traditional Rural Carnival
13/02/2022 - 01/03/2022
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Santiago de Compostela
Very close to Santiago: Boqueixón, A Estrada, Silleda, Touro, Vedra, Vila de Cruces

The “Xenerais da Ulla” is the most outstanding feature of the Ulla region’s traditional Carnival. It has been held in the surroundings of Santiago since the first half of the 19th century: the “Xenerais” (generals) ride on horseback, dressed in colourful military garments similar to those of that time, but they also include purely carnivalesque adornments, which the horses also wear.

The finery, of both the “Xenerais” and their horses, stand out due to their tradition, originality, colours and degree of elaboration, making them highly valuable.

The “Entroido da Ulla” (Carnival) originated in the first half of the 19th century and is based on the combats that took place in the region during that century: the invasion of Napoleon’s army, the 1846 revolution and the Carlist wars. Its main characters are therefore brightly coloured figures that recreate those historical episodes.

“Xenerais” and adorned dispatch riders make up the spectacular nature of this authentic expression of Galicia’s traditional Carnival.

In view of its great interest, in September 2013 it was declared a Festival of Galician Tourist Interest.

The traveling photographic exhibition of the 'Xenerais da Ulla' will be present this year in Santiago. It is an exhibition of selected photographs, full of colour, that reflect the essence and character of the traditional rural entroido of the 'Xenerais da Ulla'. The sample brings together a total of 60 images, accompanied by coplas or 'atranques'.


+ info: www.xeneraisdaulla.com


Although the “Xenerais” go around parishes, villages and hamlets throughout the day, “cheering” residents and visitors, accompanied by an “army” of standard bearers, choirs and carnival groups, and even infant Xenerais, the “altos” or “atranques”, the highlights of the celebration, are: 

Carnival Menus in the region of the Xenerais da Ulla
Information provided by Turismo de Galicia

January 23rd- February 6th

Photographic exhibition Xenerais da Ulla
Área Central (Santiago de Compostela)

Saturday, February 1

- 17:30 h. Presentación do 'Entroido dos Xenerais da Ulla 2020'. Santiago de Compostela
Praza de Europa (Área Central)


Saturday, February 8

- 19:00 h. Vilanova (Vedra)
Campo da Festa de Picón
 GPS: 42º 47’17.28” / 8º 26’ 34.98”

- 19.30 h. Castiñeiriño (Santiago de Compostela)
Campo da Festa - detrás da Igrexa
GPS: 42° 51' 38.4" / 8° 32' 21.4"


Sunday, February 9

- 20:00 h. Rarís (Teo)
Campo da Festa 
GPS: 42º 46' 51.28" / 8º 33' 48"


Saturday, February 15

- 18:00 h. Lamela (Silleda)
Campo da Festa
 GPS: 42º 44’ 15’’ / 8º 19’ 21’’

- 19:00 h. Marrozos (Santiago de Compostela)
Campo da Festa
 GPS: 42º 50’ 22’’ / 8º 29’ 50’’

- 19:30 h. Reis (Teo)
Campo da Festa
 GPS: 42º 46’ 17.9’’ / 8º 33’ 10.1’’


Sunday, February 16

- 16.30 h. Bama (Touro)
 Campo da Festa
 GPS: 42º 50’ 53’’ / 8º 17’ 58’’

- 16:30 h. Merza (Vila de Cruces)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 46’ 9’’ / 8º 15’ 34’’

- 19:00 h. Angrois (Santiago de Compostela)
 Campo da Festa de Soutiño 
GPS: 42º 51’ 35’’ / 8º 31’ 41’’

- 19:30 h. Reis (Teo) 
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 46’ 17.9’’ / 8º 33’ 10.1’’ 


 "Entroido" Saturday, February 22

- 17:30 h. A Bandeira (Silleda)
Praza de Juan Salgueiro (antiga Praza da Feira)
GPS: 42º 43’ 49’’ /8º 18’ 1’’

- 18:30 h. Aríns (Santiago de Compostela)
Campo da Festa - r/ San Martiño
GPS: 42º 51’ 50’’ / 8º 30’ 14’’

- 19:30 h. Santa María de Teo (Teo)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 45´ 52.5" / 8º 31´ 14.3"


 "Entroido" Sunday, February 23

- 16:30 h. Piloño (Vila de Cruces)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 47´55” / 8º 15´31”

- 19:00 h. Sergude (Boqueixón)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 49´38" / 8º 27´48"

- 19:00 h. O Eixo (Santiago de Compostela)
Carballeira do Souto - Santa Lucía
GPS: 42º 50’ 52.74’’ / 8º 31’ 25.36’’

- 19:00 h. Santa Cristina de Vea (A Estrada)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42°44’01.2”/ 8°31’11.1”


 "Entroido" Tuesday, February 25

- 16.00 h. Fao (Touro)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 50’ 53’’ / 8º 17’ 58’’

- 19.00 h. Entroido Municipal (A Estrada)
Campo da Feira
GPS: 42º 41’ 25.43’’ / 8º 29’ 11.83’’


  "Piñata" Saturday, February 29

- 18:00 h. Arnois (A Estrada)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42°45’51.4”/ 8°24’28.0”

- 19:00 h. San Xián de Sales (Vedra)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 48’ 55.1’’ / 8º 30’ 41.4’’


"Piñata" Sunday, March 1

XXXVII Festa da Filloa - Lestedo (Boqueixón)
- 12:30 h. V Gran Desfile dos Xenerais da Ulla
- 17:30 h. Atranque dos Xenerais
GPS: 42º 47´55" / 8º 28´11"

- 16:00 h. Salgueiros (Vila de Cruces)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 49’ 2’’ / 8º 15’ 42’’

- 19:00 h. Santeles (A Estrada)
Campo da Festa
GPS: 42º 44´24.8” / 8º 29´27.8”

Thursday, March 5

 - 12:00 h. “Feira do 5” - Fonte Díaz (Touro)
Rúas principais
GPS: 42º 51’ 5’’ / 8º 18’ 55’’



A Ulla is a natural region of inland Galicia. The magnificent River Ulla, rich in trout, salmon and lamprey, forms the backbone of this beautiful region, dominated by the silhouette of Pico Sacro, Galicia’s most mythical peak.
Apart from Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage City and destination of the Way of St. James, which crosses the entire region, it also features the beautiful “pazos” (country manors) of Oca and Ribadulla. Their gardens, declared “Historical-Artistic Monuments,” are especially striking at Carnival time, blooming with camellias.
But there is a lot more. A green landscape of hills and valleys criss-crossed with rivers and trails, ancient churches and monasteries, traditional architecture and the genuineness of its inhabitants make this a highly interesting territory.

The region of A Ulla exemplifies all the traditional and gastronomic variety of Galician cuisine, admired due to the outstanding quality of its ingredients. The region’s gastronomy is therefore one of its main attractions; it also produces cheeses, Albariño wines, eau-de-vies and liqueurs with a Protected Designation of Origin.

Variety and quality are the main characteristics of the accommodation in the region of A Ulla, including monument-hotels, boarding houses, tourist hostels, camper areas and, of course, charming rural tourism establishments…

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