Natural, picturesque, and peaceful – this is Villa de Candelaria, a lovely fishing village dotted by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south coast of Tenerife.
Candelaria is the home of the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands, the Virgin of Candelaria (Virgen de Candelaria), who is present throughout the village. The Basilica of Candelaria (Basílica de Candelaria) is one of the most important religious buildings in the archipelago and holds the image of the Virgin inside. The Basilica’s tower crowns the town and protects the imposing Guanche statues along the coast.
Candelaria is one of Tenerife’s most charming destinations. Its wonderful narrow streets, lively atmosphere, local feel, and architecture give it a special feel.
What you need to know about Candelaria:
- Basilica of Candelaria. First church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the archipelago, consecrated to the Virgin of Candelaria, Patron Saint of the Canary Islands.
- Virgin of Candelaria. Marian invocation of the Catholic Church. Patron Saint of the Canary Islands.
- Pilgrimage. Pilgrims depart from all corners of the island with the aim of reaching Candelaria on the night of 14th-15th August to venerate the image of the Virgin.
- Menceyes Statues. Bronze statues at the foot of the Basilica which represent the Guanche leaders who governed Tenerife before the Spanish conquest.
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