Candelaria Tenerife for the ideal car travel break

Candelaria Tenerife is highly recommended as optional stop-over to all travelers who go by car from the South Airport on the TF1 freeway toward the TF5 to Puerto de la Cruz.

Six reasons for an ideal break at Candelaria Tenerife

  1. Half way between the Tenerife South airport after 45km and a total of 91 km to Puerto de la Cruz
  2. The legendary Black Madonna history of Guanches as well as Spain
  3. Visiting the archipelago's most famous temple the Basilica of the Patroness of all Canary Islands
  4. Candelaria a destination for pilgrims from all Spanish speaking countries of the world and tourists who are interested in culture
  5. A sunny historical city of welcoming locals by a spectacular bay of the Atlantic ocean
  6. A perfect excuse to have fresh seafood or Paella by a church town square which dates back more than 400 years.
  7. A good break for a traveling dog as well as little kids

Swimming dog in Atlantic watersSwimming dog
Admire our swimming dog in the ocean by a sandy beach of Candelaria Tenerife. This incidence can't be on the above list, unfortunately. We noticed too late that animals were not welcome by this seaside.

A leisure walk of about 300 meters takes you along Calle Obispo Pérez Cáceres to the famous Plaza de Candelaria. This is the perfect spot for a meal by this huge town square of the town Basilica.

A toy airplane on Plaza de CandelariaToy airplane
There, we also helped a little visitor of ours to enjoy a toy airplane, while we were waiting for our food to be served by the 'Restaurante Plaza'.

By the way, a nearby souvenir shop called Casa de las Imagenes more of which find on Facebook attracts people of all ages.

Religious images in a souvenir shopReligious images of Candelaria
Calendars, religious images, figurines and motives fill the large shop from bottom to ceiling. Miniature Black Madonnas sculptures and tiny figurines of the Tenerife Saint Hermano Pedro, sea shells and all sorts of other crafts in bright colors also draw the attention of little kids.

Miniature town Candelaria by the waysideMiniature town of the black Madonna
You may also show toddlers an enticing reproduction of the miniature Candelaria town under two huge shady trees by the wayside during Christmas holidays. That spot is even closer to the car park.

More in Candelaria Tenerife

Other nice places for chilling off or for having a relaxing walk with your dog in Candelaria can be seen in the following photo gallery.

Eating out Vegan in the town of the Tenerife Black Madonna

The temple of three naves with upper floor choir podium  has space for 5000 worshippers but this is strictly prevented for security reasons among others by the looks of it. Safety measures are extreme on main pilgrimage days like August 14 and August 15 at Candelaria Tenerife. Mind the other Dia de Candelaria pilgrimage days Dia de las Candelas on February 01 and 02. This is also the day when Baby Jesus Christ the son of our Lady of Candelaria had to be presented by law in the temple in Jerusalem as told by the Holy scriptures. Candels are carried through dark streets of Candelaria at night when the Rosary is prayed.

Fishing has always been a long time income provider of the town of the Black Madonna. 

Shopping in Candelaria Tenerife

The main shopping center is Centro Comercial Playa Punta Larga on the long Avenida de los Menceyes where most of the town's business with shops, bars,cafes and more is found.

Besides, you can even buy ecological baby clothes as well as many stunning Tenerife craftworks and antique looking toys  in Calle Obispo Perez the town shopping street for tourists near the Basilica. Also look out for ancient clay pots that are made the Guanche way without a turner wheels.  

Of course, Candelaria also has a farmer's market.

Special Titsa bus Fiesta de Candelaria Tenerife August 14 and 14

The Titsa Tenerife line 122 from the capital Santa Cruz and from La Laguna to Candelaria operates right through both nights. Good walking shoes are a must, as seating space has been found restricted by overcrowded buses. Also, the treck from the terminal on los Menceyes to the Basilica is a good 1,5km with a short steep ascent.

Regions of Candelaria Tenerife

  • Araya with its public forest park for barbecues and pick-nicks and children playground at Los Brezos
  • Barranco Hondo with its ancient village houses and traditional balconies and the nearby lookout Mirador del Picacho
  • Arafo for its views and its Guanche pilgrimage route to The Orotava Caldera where I once saw a sign pointing to Candelaria
  • Cuevecitas another of Candelaria's agricultural jewels
  • Igueste with remnants of one of most ancient post conquest settlements and the picturesque hamlet Caserio de Jiménez with its red clay roof tops
  • Nature Reserve of Las Lagunetas besides the Corona Forestal del Teide both popular for forest nature walks
  •  Nature Reserve El Paisaje Protegido de las Siete Lomas
  •  Las Caletillas with hotels and new beach fronts as well as sailing school
  • Playa de la Viuda

The Mass Misa Santa that was so hard to get into

Extraordinary Candelaria Tenerife Events

  • Carnival in Candelaria in February or March is known for an extra. That is the festival of Murgas when the winners from both Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife repeat theirs shows
  • A famous yearly Candelaria reality show song contest  that had taken place in the middle of August since 1996. Its last and 17th edition took place in 2016    

Click the photo above to learn more about the reenactment of the most important Folk tale of Tenerife that became history and is a must see within a general detailed Folklore article

More about the Town of the Black Madonna in Tenerife

About the black Madonna legend and Guanche Candelaria caves as well as some anthropology in case you forgot to click the picture link.


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