Romerías in Tenerife – calendar, history and tradition

The pilgrimages, called romerías, of Tenerife are certainly the highest expression of Canarian idiosyncrasy. People dressed in traditional costumes (many hand-woven and embroidered) accompany ox carts decorated with great attention to detail, distributing traditional delicacies to all passers-by. Music in each corner, sounds created by unique instruments of the Canaries… Join us!

Origin of the pilgrimages in Tenerife

The romerías arise from religious pilgrimages, made first to Rome (hence the term “romería”). But then they brought it to each municipality making the pilgrimage towards the church or Saint.

In Tenerife, the oldest celebration not only of the Island but of the entire archipelago is the “Romería del Socorro”. It is celebrated in the municipality Güímar in September and comes from the Guanche era. When the aborigines found the Virgin of Candelaria, the Mencey (King) Acaymo decided to carry the statue and had to ask for help, as it was not transportable because of its weight.

Romería de Tenerife Socorro Guimar

Today the pilgrimages have evolved to be an effusive expression of the Canarian people. Chácaras (percussion musical instrument), carts, traditional dresses and typical dishes mark the beat of any celebration, to which the locals usually decorate their balconies with elements and pennants.

Romerías in Tenerife of special tourist interest

On our island there are an infinity of pilgrimages, each with its own character and identity. However, some of our celebrations stand out and have been awarded the title “Fiestas of National Tourist Interest”. These are for example: the Fiesta de las Cruces and Fuegos de Mayo in Los Realejos (although this is not a pilgrimage) and the Octava del Corpus and Romería of San Isidro in La Orotava.

Romeria La Orotava

Other noteworthy romerías of the island are: the Romería of San Isidro Labrador (in Los Realejos), the Romería of San Agustín, the Romería of San Roque, the Romería of San Benito Abad and the Romería of the district La Florida, which premiered this year the distinctive “Fiesta of Regional Tourist Interest”.

Pilgrimage calendar of Tenerife 2019

In May starts the romería season on the island. Most of these festivals take place until September, although they are celebrated all year round. If you are looking for a complete calendar of pilgrimages in 2019, Casa de los Balcones has created an updated calendar with all the important dates and celebrations, although here we summarise the most important festivals:

Romería of San Marcos in Tegueste

The event will be celebrated this year on Sunday, May 5th. It is one of the most popular romerías in Tenerife. Thousands of locals and visitors come together to see the famous carts that populate the streets of Tegueste. Last year 80,000 people participated in the romería.

Romeria San Marcos

Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador in Los Realejos

Since the seventeenth century, this festival is celebrated in the municipality of Los Realejos. Documents from 1676 confirm that the peasants worshiped the saintly figure of San Isidro Labrador. Nowadays, the event is a “Fiesta of National Tourist Interest” and a very special day for the locals. This year it will be celebrated on June 2nd from 12:00 pm in the Parich of the Apostle Santiago.

Romeria San Isidro Labrador

Pilgrimage of San Isidro in La Orotava

84 carts crowned one of Tenerife’s most multitudinous pilgrimages last year. This year, the “Fiesta of National Tourist Interest” will also be celebrated on June 30th. In addition, it celebrates 83 years of history paying homage to San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza.

Romeria San Isidro Tenerife

Pilgrimage of San Benito Abad in La Laguna

On July 14th, one of the most important festivals will take place in the municipality of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the pilgrimage of San Benito Abad in La Laguna. Around 43,000 people gathered at this popular celebration last year. In total, more than 55 carts participated, demonstrating their status as a “Festival of National Tourist Interest”.

Romeria La Laguna

There are many more events, but that would go beyond this blog post. Therefore, do not forget to check our calendar to be informed about all news and events.

Holy Week in Tenerife – passion and tradition

The Holy Week in Tenerife is lived with great devotion. Many municipalities of the island come together to celebrate the ecclesiastical tradition with different events. It is an ideal time to get to know the history and processions of the island.

Holy Week in La Laguna

Semana Santa La Laguna

In San Cristobal de La Laguna Lent is lived with special devotion. Not in vain, this year is the second centenary of the local diocese. Neighbors and brotherhoods come together during the festivities to make the World Heritage City shine in the best light in each procession.

The richness and diversity of works and images from places as diverse as Cuba, Mexico, Flanders or Seville stand out especially in the Holy Week of La Laguna. The so-called “Procession of Silence”, which will take place on Friday, the 19th, from 10:00 pm, is one of the most important events. It is performed at night, in absolute silence, you only be able to hear the walk of the Nazarenes who accompany the image of the deceased Christ.

Holy Week in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Semana Santa en Tenerife

The capital of the island also hosts many events during Holy Week. The centre of the festival is the Church of Matrix de la Concepción, the main Catholic church of the city and the place from which most of the old town can be reached.

One of the most revered figures is “La Macarena”, which was created after the image of its namesake from Seville and was carved by a sculptor from Granada living in Tenerife. On the night of Maundy Thursday, as they leave the church, the bearers rock the figure to the beat of the music. It is one of the most emotional moments of the celebrations.

Easter in Guía de Isora

Pascua Florida Guia de Isora

In Guía de Isora they live the tradition in a very original way. The “Pascua Florida” is a unique ephemeral art event in Spain that brings together local and international artists to create beautiful works and sculptures. They are inspired by passion scenes and use flowers and plant material as the main motif of their works.

The works exhibited on the main squares and streets of the old town can be visited from April 18th to 21st. You can also enjoy opera, contemporary dance and even take part in a photo contest that will reward the best photograph of Easter.

Representation of Easter in Adeje

Representacion Adeje

 

In the municipality of Adeje takes place one of the most characteristic performances of the Holy Week, broadcast even by local and national television. This tradition began spontaneously in 1996 as a small homage, where neighbors collaborated.

Over time, it has grown to bring together hundreds of actors and extras, many of them are residents of the municipality. The performed scenes are part of the last moments of the life of Jesus Christ, the crucifixion on the square of the Church of Santa Úrsula is the most emotional moment.

The performance will take place on Friday, April 19th, at 12:00 pm at Calle Grande de Adeje.

Holy Week in other municipalities in Tenerife

Many other municipalities on the island also celebrate the Holy Week. In Santiago del Teide, one of the places in the south, this tradition is also more deeply rooted. In the municipalities such as Arona, Puerto de la Cruz, Candelaria, Guimar, Icod de los Vinos or La Orotava it is also celebrated with special devotion.

If you are in Tenerife during Holy Week to get to know the culture, remember all the family activities or the new adventures that you can be booked right here. We look forward to seeing you!

Hiking in Tenerife – 5 years Tenerife Walking Festival

Hiking in Tenerife is an activity that generates more and more interest among our travellers and visitors. The Tenerife Walking Festival, the great hiking event of our island, takes place for the fifth time this year; five years full of anecdotes, stories, landscapes, legends, gastronomy, culture… Are you going to miss it?

Green, volcanic and coastal paths at the Tenerife Walking Festival

Tenerife Walking Festival Senderismo en Tenerife

The trails of the Tenerife Walking Festival are as varied and colourful as the island itself. From the intense blue of the Atlantic to the reddish Martian landscapes of the Teide National Park, you will walk through thousand-year-old forests, historical volcanoes and along beautiful coastlines.

Green trails of the Tenerife Walking Festival

Caressed by the trade winds and rocked by a sea of ​​clouds, the forests of the north face of Tenerife immerse you in an enchanting green mountain world. Canary pines and laurel trees open the way to rural and endemic landscapes, each with its own history and culture.

Senderos Verdes Tenerife Walking Festival 2019

New this year is the route El Palmar – Talavera – Los Silos. In the extreme northwest of Tenerife, five hours of hiking await you between farmland, tabaibas, heather and other native plants. You will discover what makes the Teno Rural Park unique and you will also explore one of Tenerife’s little treasures, the Isla Baja.

Volcanic trails at the Tenerife Walking Festival

Tenerife is an island that was slowly born from volcanoes. It took millions of years to create this jewel in the middle of the Atlantic. Mount Teide is our landmark, but not the only volcanic landscape in Tenerife.

Senderos Volcanicos Tenerife Walking Festival 2019

At the Tenerife Walking Festival 2019 you can discover many volcanic landscapes; up to seven routes are offered at the event. Of course, El Teide is the big protagonist, although you can choose famous places such as Punta de Teno or Masca. On these routes you will learn all about the volcanic history of Tenerife.

Coastal paths at the Tenerife Walking Festival

The fact of being surrounded by the sea, means that many trails pass along the coast. Whether gigantic cliffs or curious rock formations, both the north coast and the south coast of Tenerife hide treasures that are worth to be discovered.

Senderos de Costa Tenerife Walking Festival 2019

One of these treasures is definitely Benijo, the star of the festival’s coastal routes. It is a small beach, barely 300 metres long, but it is one of the most photographed beaches in Tenerife. The sunsets here are spectacular and together with the characteristic rocks it is one of the most beautiful places on the island to take pictures.

Although Benijo is just the beginning of the adventure! You will hike through the most exciting areas of the Anaga Mountains and ascend to Cruz del Draguillo. Finally, you will reach Roque Bermejo, a hidden beach reached by the narrow paths.

Complementary activities at the Tenerife Walking Festival

Although the Tenerife Walking Festival is mainly made up of hiking and nature, we tell you, that’s not all. During the hikes you will also get to know the nature and culture of the islands. For instance, you’ll be able to experience live the “Salto del Pastor“, an ancient technique still used by the goatherds of the island to move around on difficult and steep terrain.

Clausura Tenerife Walking Festival

The activities include also the welcome and farewell parties. In particular, the closing ceremony is usually a very emotional moment where all hikers of all participating nationalities make a parade through Puerto de la Cruz, additionally live music and gastronomic specialties are offered to finish farewell to the five intense days of adventures.

Are you ready to take part in this adventure?