Festival of San Sebastián – La Caleta, Costa Adeje

Every January 20th Adeje hosts a festival in honour of San Sebastián.  Whilst tinerfeños will party at the drop of a hat, for this particular fiesta it is the farmers of Adeje who hold San Sebastián in particularly high esteem.

I understand that the saint is patron of soldiers, plagues, arrows, athletes and also, unofficially of homosexuals, but it seems that on the island San Sebastian is the patron of our animals so naturally there is a day dedicated to the saint.  It is one of the oldest fiestas in Tenerife and has been celebrated since the 18th century, it certainly one of the most original.

Each year it seems that more and more people, both locals and tourists, come to watch as numerous country people bring their animals, donkeys, cows, goats and pets down to Enramada beach at La Caleta to bath in the sea then be blessed by the parish priest as they return to the church square.

It is strange to see dotted amongst the posh five star hotels local groups singing Canarian songs and playing traditional instruments. To add to the party atmosphere there are the usual selection of stalls groaning under the weight of traditional foods and drink as well as BBQs selling sizzling meats and jacket potatoes, just the thought of what to expect makes me hungry. This is, without doubt, one of the most enjoyed fiestas in the South and should be experienced by anyone wanting to know what the real Tenerife is really like.

Images Courtesy  Oficial de Turismo de Costa Adeje, Tenerife Sur.
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