Fiestas – Virgen del Carmen

Tenerife is famous for its all year round fiestas and parties and during these summer months, one of the main attractions is the Nuestra Señora de Carmen festival.

The tradition began when fishermen and sailors adopted the Virgin as their patron saint and, as a result, the fiesta of the Virgin of Carmel is an important occasion in coastal towns.

Every year the statue is taken from her home in the church down to the harbour. Hundreds of people followed her and gathered to celebrate the iconic story and the traditional Canary way of life and beliefs.

Following the ceremony as the moon shines down, dripping silver on the sea, there is a huge display of fireworks that light up the bay and transform the night sky.

Playa San Juan is a traditional maritime town and on this important occasion, the seafront and the whole harbour area changes from its usual shops and bars into an array of stalls selling different foods and trinkets. Brightly coloured balloons, bursts of purple, pink, red, and green drift skyward and funfair rides pound out music that keeps time with the rhythmic thrashing of the waves.

Although the fiesta starts in the evening, there was plenty of opportunities for children to have fun and be involved, this event appeals to everyone. So if you are planning to be in Tenerife in July, check to find details so you don´t miss this spectacular event.

NB: Puerto de la Cruz celebrate 11th July but Los Cristianos who always celebrate the event later in the year will party between 30 August-4 September

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