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CANDELARIA

One of Canary Islands Points of Interest
Candelaria, the Canary Islands’ symbol of sincere religious
devotion, has an interesting air about it. Home to the
archipelago’s well-loved patron saint, pilgrims, and Catholic
devotees should not miss this town when in Tenerife. Its claim
to fame as one of island’s religious focal points has a long
history dating back to 1392. It was when the Guanches found
the figure of the Virgin of Candelaria by the ocean.

At present, the figure who is fondly known as the ‘Black
Madonna’ because of its color, is housed in its solemn
basilica. This beautiful seaside church is one the most
photographed on the island. It also serves as a meeting point
for thousands of pilgrims every year during the patron’s day.
Candelaria at a Glimpse
This sleepy fishing town is a favorite day trip spot among visitors. The lovely laid-back atmosphere is
a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the tourist-congested holiday resorts. Not just for
religious buffs, lovers of peace and tranquility will surely be captivated by the wonders of Candelaria.

Walking around, it’s easy to see that this town is bred by the marriage of Guanche and Spanish
cultures. This fact manifests at the town’s architecture and attractions, including the bronze statues
of the twelve Guanche Kings that stand proudly in Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias.

Hidden caves and natural volcanic beaches also define the surroundings of Candelaria. Oozing with
fishing village charm at every corner, it is the perfect excuse to have some fresh and delicious
seafood. In addition, this sunny town has a lovely promenade and many emblematic sights waiting to
be discovered.
Places of Interest in Candelaria

A well-loved town and municipality, most of Candelaria’s emblematic sights revolve around
the Black Madonna. From its stunning church to the town plaza, the town’s devotion to the
Patron Saint is simply evident. Meanwhile, there are also beaches and shopping opportunities
for those wanting to have a taste of the usual holiday activities.
Basilica of Candelaria (Basílica de Nuestra
Señora de Candelaria)
When the Black Madonna washed up to the shores of Guimar Valley in the late 14th century,
the Guanches started worshipping the figure. Its first sanctuary built in 1668 was destroyed by
fire. In 1959, a larger church that can hold up to 5,000 people was constructed.

Designed by one of the best local architects, this impeccably-maintained church comprises
three naves with a Mudejar-style ceiling. The 25-meter bell tower crowns the structure and
contrasts dramatically with blue skies on a clear day. It’s location at the edge of the town
center overlooking a rocky beach also makes for a perfect after mass or church visit stroll.

Plaza de la Patrona de
Canarias
This large square next to the majestic Basilica is where most of the town festivities and
major events take place. On one side, it features the nine impressive bronze statues with
their backs to the sea. They represent the Guanche kings who reigned in each of the
kingdoms that the island was divided into. Meanwhile, the other sides hold various bars and
cafés where visitors can have their caffeine fix while savoring the view of the ocean.
Museo Alfarero de Candelaria (Casa
las Miquelas)
Located only a couple of steps from the Basilica, steps lead up to Museo Alfarero de
Candelaria. Although getting to the museum involves quite a climb, it’s well worth the effort
especially for lovers of history and culture. This small pottery museum houses the most
admirable local crafts including paintings and ceramics. In addition, there is a shop selling
typical red potteries, including the impressive wine jug.

The Cave of Achbinico (Cueva
de Achbinico)
The Cave of Achbinico is another great example of the merging of Spanish and Guanche
traditions. Also known is the Church of San Blas, the first house of worship dedicated to the
Virgin of Candelaria. This small chapel serves as the entrance to the cave, making this
attraction unique and interesting in many aspects. Close to the chapel is the Cave of Los
Camellos, another eye-catching spot. This cave was used as a stable for camels that
transported goods to the town.
New Beach
Caletillas
This volcanic black sand-and-pebbled beach is situated just a couple of steps away from the
Basilica. It features man-made coves, affordable sunbeds and calm waters perfect for a
relaxing dip. When the sun is at its peak, visitors can enjoy the shade of the many restaurants
just across the lovely promenade. The vast Atlantic Ocean, the immaculate beach, and cool
winds just bring a feeling of calmness and serenity to the soul.

Calle Obispo Pérez Cáceres

For visitors wanting to take a part of this charming town back home, this shopping street is
the place to be. Hop from one souvenir shop to another and find a variety of religious
imagery and crafts. Close to the Basilica and other town attractions, visitors don’t have to go
out of their ways to indulge in some local shopping spree.
Getting to and Around
For visitors traversing from north to south of the islands and vice versa, Candelaria is great for
a stop-over. Aside from the Basilica, it is the relaxing town vibe that attracts visitors who are
craving for peace and quiet from the tourist-congested island.

From Santa Cruz de Tenerife, guests driving on their own may take the TF-1 motorway. The
well-signposted road will them to the well-known church and other places to be. In most days
when traffic is light, the journey takes about 40 minutes.

For those who prefer to take the reliable TITSA Bus, Route 122 departs from Intercambiador
Santa Cruz two times every morning. This route takes commuters straight into the heart of
Candelaria. Travel time takes about 30 minutes or less.
Where to Stay in Candelaria

Candelaria has something for everybody. Visitors looking for lush hotels and serviced
apartments have quite a few selections to choose from. Those looking for the best bang for
their bucks won’t be disappointed either. One thing these holiday rentals have in common, for
sure, is that everything they do is to ensure the comfort and relaxation of families, couples,
and single travelers.
Catalonia Punta
del Rey
In the holiday resort of Las Caletillas, one of the best value options is Catalonia
Punta del Rey. This 4-star hotel lines up a large pool, a handful of dining options,
and a dose of sports and water activities. Each stylish room features everything
a traveler may need, from minibars to hairdryers. In addition, there are a couple
of black sand beaches nearby.

Villa
Tejinara
Villa Tejinara is perfect for those looking for posh hotel amenities in a more intimate
setting. A family-friendly holiday home, it offers a beautiful outdoor pool and terrace with
sun loungers. The villa only has three cozy bedrooms and free WiFi is available in all areas.
At the end of the day, why not cool down to a delightful barbecue party at the garden?
When it’s time to go, the villa organizes a convenient shuttle service upon request.

Carmen Jorge
Hernandez
Visitors looking for the best value for their money should definitely include this in their
options. Aside from complete kitchen and living room facilities, each unit also has a
terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. A refreshing swim in the outdoor pool after a day
exploring the city also sounds inviting.
Dining

This northeastern town is a result of the merging of two cultures and this manifests in its
cuisines as well. With fishing as the primary source of livelihood for the locals, it is given that
visitors are in for some seafood feast when in Candelaria.
Restaurante La Casona
del Vino
Well-loved for their great food and impeccable service, Restaurante La Casona
del Vino is one of the best in Candelaria. Set in a rustic building, it offers
Canarian specialties, Spanish food, and international dishes too. In addition, this
restaurant has a wide selection of local wines to top off their guests’ exquisite
dishes.

Casa
Quita
Featuring a rich variety of mouthwatering dishes from under the ocean, Casa Quita is a
seafood lover’s haven. Diners can’t get enough of their octopus, codfish montadito, grilled
cheese, and local wines, among others. All these can be savored in a nice, greenhouse
style setting that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

Plan Bakery

Famous for their tasty plant-based dishes, Plan Bakery elevates vegetarian cuisines like
no other in Candelaria. Take a break from the usual burgers and fries and sample some
healthy options like pumpkin soup, spinach, and four cheese cannelloni. They also serve
a wide selection of coffee and the best fresh fruit drinks and smoothies. Its interior is
lively and chic just like the staff who are all friendly and ready to help.
Candelaria in a Nutshell
With the bustling holiday resorts, beaches and theme parks Tenerife are famous for, it is
understandable that Candelaria is not usually on top of the list of visitors. In addition, the town
is only usually imbued by mass tourism once a year – during the Feast of the Virgin of
Candelaria in August. However, those who have gone out of their ways to explore the off-the-
beaten paths of the island will surely be captivated by this town’s charm.

The seafaring air of its streets can be smelled at almost every corner, in careful harmony with
modern leisure facilities. From the state-of-the-art Basilica of Candelaria to the serene black
sand beaches, visitors from all walks of life will, without a doubt, be enticed to stay a little
longer. These are just some of the many reasons to give the town few more hours, if not days.
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