Candelaria – the place of pilgrimage of the black Madonna “Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria“
The town Candelaria is located on the sunny south coast of Tenerife, about 20km south of Santa Cruz, and is the most important place of pilgrimage on the Canary Islands.
In the church Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, which can be seen from a far distance, the figure of the patron saint, the Virgen de la Candelaria, is kept.
Every year on 2nd of February and on 14th and 15th of August, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the church of Candelaria.
In August you can experience parades, fireworks and a fiesta.
Candelaria is a naturally grown fishing town. In its town centre there are narrow streets and whitewashed houses and for the most parts it remained unspoilt. Being here on vacation means therefore enjoying the original Canary life. The town offers everything the heart desires. There are also a lot of shopping facilities, bars and restaurants.
Near the church, at the seaside, there are nine larger-than-life bronze statues of the Guanche kings, also called Menceys, that reigned on Tenerife before the Spanish conquest.
In Candelaria there are a small fishing port, two bathing bays with fine dark sand and a diving station.
• Activities in the area of Candelaria:
- Sea water bathing pool Calle la Piscina
- Park Los Brezos with barbecue area
- Virgen de la Candelaria – goddess figure of a patron saint
- Conjunto escultórico de los Menceyes – massive bronze statues
- Museum Centro Alfarero „Casa de las Miquelas” – museum of ceramic art
- Musum Antiguo Ayuntamiento o Casa Cabildo – museum of art in the former townhall