A walk around the historic quarter of Candelaria

A walking route in southern Tenerife
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This southern town is home to the basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, the patron saint of the Canary Islands. Attracting islanders and tourists alike, this neoclassical basilica, with its Mudejar-inspired ceilings, is crowned with a 25 m diameter cupola. The façade of the central tower is beautifully adorned with a typical Canarian balcony.

Inside, you will find a small figure of the Virgin of Candelaria, also known as "La Morenita" (meaning "The Brunette"), carrying the baby Jesus in her right arm and a candle in her left hand. The figure is a copy of the original version, which disappeared in 1826 and was originally said to have been found on the beach by the Island's ancient inhabitants, the Guanche people. 
A good place to begin your tour of Candelaria is Calle Obispo Pérez Cáceres, more popularly known as Calle de La Arena (Sand Street). All along this entirely pedestrianised street are a great many shops and restaurants. The street opens out onto the great Plaza de la Patrona square, just outside the main door to the basilica.  Standing proudly at the side of the basilica are nine imposing statues of the leaders of the Guanche people, who each reigned in a different area of Tenerife before the Island was conquered.
Carry on down that same side of the square, next to the beach, until you reach Calle de San Blas. This street will lead you to the Achbinico cave, better known as the San Blas cave. This was where the first shrine devoted to the figure of the Virgin was erected, after it was swept onto the beach by the waves. A small chapel can still be found inside, bearing witness to the story of when the Virgin was first brought to the cave. Close by is the cave of Los Camellos (the camels), a former Guanche settlement.
You can continue your journey at the other end of the square towards the old quarter of Santa Ana and its church of the same name. The church of Santa Ana can be found behind the old Town Hall, a beautiful example of traditional Canarian architecture. Another highly recommended option is to walk back along Calle de la Arena and keep going until you come to the pleasant promenade of Las Caletillas. ​

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