The legendary Black Madonna history of Guanches as well as Spain
Visiting the archipelago's most famous temple the Basilica of the Patroness of all Canary Islands
Candelaria a destination for pilgrims from all Spanish speaking countries of the world and tourists who are interested in culture
A sunny historical city of welcoming locals by a spectacular bay of the Atlantic ocean
A perfect excuse to have fresh seafood or Paella by a church town square which dates back more than 400 years.
A good break for a traveling dog as well as little kids
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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 Avda.de 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
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