What to Expect
August is one of the hottest month in Tenerife, when temperatures sizzle and the only thing you want to do is laze by a beach and hope there is a cooling breeze. At this time of year, the average temperature is 30°C for the south of the island with a few days hitting 40°C and night time temperatures don´t drop below 20°C but in the main average around 23°C.
In the north temperatures are generally a couple of degrees cooler so expect it to be on average 27°C or 28°C through the day with nights averaging around 18°C or 19°C. Chances of rain during your holiday are probably zilch!
The 15th August is one of the most important dates on the island as it is the feast of the patron saint of the Canary Islands, Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. The Virgin also known as Our Lady of Candelaria and La Morenita (Black Madonna has been prayed to for such things as epidemics, plagues, droughts and volcanic eruptions of Mount Teide). Pilgrims and tourists celebrate at this annual festival.
The Festival of San Roque in Garachico is celebrated on August 16 and thousands of visitors gather in the town to see the image of the saint escorted to his hermitage by carts, animals and musicians while the fishermen of Garachico conduct a maritime pilgrimage along the coast.
Apart from being the patron saint of Tenerife, the Virgen de Candelaria is the patron saint of Alcalá on the west coast and they have their own special celebrations every August. On 17th (the final day of the week long celebrations) there is a fireworks display. The show starts at around 10pm with a procession carrying the image of the Virgen to the harbour, followed by the fireworks at midnight. Alcala has become known as the place to see fireworks in south Tenerife.
The people of Tejina, a district of La Laguna, have been honouring their patron, St Bartholomew’s on 24th August, for a hundred years. This old tradition is a mixture of both old and new rituals where residents create giant hearts which are paraded through the town to intense but friendly rivalry between the districts of El Pico, Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo
Other Celebrations in August
3rd Pilgrimage of Hope in El Rosario.
3rd The Pilgrimage of Maretas in Arico
5th Day of La Virgen del Amparo in Icod
6th Patrons Party in La Matanza de Acentejo
10th Descent of The Beeches in La Guancha
17th Virgen de Candelaria in Alcala
21st San Joaquin in Fasnia
24th Pilgrimage of San Augustine in Arafo
24th San Bartolomé in Buenavista
28th to 29th Our Lady of Mercy in Fasnia
30th St. Augustine in Arafo
30th Our lady of good hope in El Tanque
31st San Roque in Vilaflor
31st Pilgrimage of San Isidro in Victoria Acentejo.
And last Sunday in August is the Fiesta for Santa Barbara in Icod – known as Baskets and Buns. The preparation of baskets has evolved over time these are decorated in the traditional manner with pulses and cereals, fruit and vegetables. The buns are made with sugar figurines and decorated with multi-coloured ribbons. The procession travels from El Calvario to la Plaza de Santa Bárbara.
There are also dozens of outdoor concerts and of course these are FREE!! So don´t miss the opportunity to party like a true Tinerfeños.
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