This guided tour invites you to meet the history of Candelaria, a village very well known for pilgrimage. The paths of Tenerife have always led to Candelaria, being a lighthouse for devotees and pilgrims for centuries. An open door to discover its rich cultural heritage, revealing the secrets that every corner treasures.
Every Wednesday and Saturday
10:00 am and 12:00 am
Spanish and English
Welcome to the participants, presentation of the guide and project “Candelaria, camino peregrino” (Candelaria, pilgrim way), check list, basic safety data, information about the tour. Indicate where the local Farmer´s market is located so you can visit it after the tour.
Obispo Pérez Cáceres is the most important street in Candelaria, is located right next to the coast. This street is a perfect example of a main street in all the archipielago’s villages, where normally the first and most important shops are located. It is known as “La Arena” (its old name) because of all the sand that wind brings to the street.
Callejón de Cartas takes its name from the Carta family, one of the most outstanding on the island in terms of power and wealth, since the 18th century.
In the past, this square today known as “Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias” was a beach popularly known as Playa de La Arena. For many years, until the construction of the current plaza, Playa de la Arena was used as a camping area for pilgrims who came to Candelaria to revere the image of Virgen de Candelaria.
Placed in 1993, these sculptures are the work of José Abad. They represent the ancient menceyes (chiefs or kings) of the different territories which the island of Tenerife was divided at the time of the spanish conquest. These territories were called “menceyato”s.
These bronze sculptures replaced the previous ones made of stone that we can find today in Avenida Puntalarga.
In 1526, the Virgin of Candelaria left the Cueva de San Blas to go to her first Church, from which they made The Dominican religious began in 1530. For more than a century and without much means, they cared for the venerated image and its temple as best they could. Later, the friars were able to apply themselves more calmly to promoting devotion and to rebuild the Convent, which was increased day by day with offerings and pilgrimages.
A pleasant walk where you will feel the breaking of the waves and in which we will find several cave houses located under the barrel.
We will visit the Hermitage of San Blas, the first temple where the image of Virgen de Candelaria was venerated. It is a cave, known as the Achbinico cave, where the sacred image was placed in 1520. From that moment on, the Guanches had the privilege to be the carriers of the image during processions and celebrations, a tradition that continues to be represented today.
This cave is located at the end of the Paseo de San Blas, and constitutes, together with the Ermita-Cueva de San Blas, the Archaeological Ensemble of Achbinicó, declared a Site of Cultural Interest for its historical interest. It is a not too large cavity formed under the cliff, at the mouth of the Barranco de Tapia, where the Castle of San Pedro used to be. It is called so because here camels and other animals that transported pilgrims to visit the Virgin of Candelaria used this cave to rest.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria houses the image of the Virgin of Candelaria. The current monument was inaugurated in 1959 and is one of the most important religious centers in the Archipelago. It is specially busy during the festivities in honor of the Virgin in the months osf February and August.
Next to the main façade of the Basilica is the Fountain of the Pilgrims, work of Alfredo Reyes Darias and inaugurated in 1959. It consists of a series of pilgrim shells and seven dolphin figures that represent the seven islands of the Archipelago. There is a tradition of throwing a coin to make a wish.
The so-called old town hall is a construction from the 17th century built near the Dominican convent. It used to welcome the rulers of the island, hence it is also known as the «House of the Cabildo». Today it houses an exhibition hall of the TEA museum.
The potters of Candelaria were among the best in the Canary Islands, both for the number of women dedicated to its trade and for the quality of their production; In the past it was even exported to America. These women dedicated themselves to the crafting of pottery, which was famous in a large part of the island, and also to the street sale of both pottery and fish (the other great product of Candelaria). A tradition with aboriginal roots that has managed to remain strong in the heart of Candelaria.
Built in 1575, the church of Santa Ana is the main heritage landmark of this upper area of Candelaria. Elevated on the so-called Santa Ana cliff, the layout of its surroundings, with narrow and winding streets, show us what the streets used to be like, since there was no defined urban layout. The temple is a sample of simple architecture, with a single nave, but with a rich sculptural and pictorial heritage inside.
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Q – How long can I book?
A- Online, you can book up to 12 hours before the route. If you want to go the same day of the route, call +34 922 032 230 or go to the Tourist Information Office to check if there are available places.
Q – How many people can I enroll in a reservation?
A- You can register up to four people, including children. If you want to enroll more people, you will have to make another reservation.
Q – Is it a kid-friendly route?
A – Totally, it is a route suitable for all ages.
Q – Is it an accessible route?
A- Much of the route is fully accessible. For those areas where access is more complicated (such as places located in the Santa Ana area) you can get a taxi service. Check with us this circumstance during the booking process.
Q – Is the route free?
A – Yes, it is totally free
Q – I am interested in booking a group for this route, how can I do it?
A- Temporarily, the maximum number of people allowed per route is 10. If you wish to book a group, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +34 922 032 230. We can offer a special date/hour for your group.
«Camino Candelaria» is one of the actions of the project «Candelaria, camino peregrino» (Candelaria, Pilgrim Way). A project that aims to redefine the municipality of Candelaria as a cultural and sustainable tourist destination based on its cultural and natural heritage.
This interpretive tour program «Camino Candelaria» will be valid until November 2020 and is a project managed by the Tourism Area of the Candelaria City Council and financed by the Area of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Canary Islands Government.