Basilica of Candelaria, Tenerife

Basilica of Candelaria, Candelaria, Španija

Every day: from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm

Basilica of Candelaria is an important pilgrim town for its shrine to Our Lady of Candelaria.

Candelaria is an important pilgrim site and many of its visitors come to the Basilica of Candelaria, the shrine of the Black Madonna, the Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, who is the patron saint of the Canary Islands.

Every year on the 15th August there is the Fiesta of Candelaria and this is one of the most important fiestas on Tenerife. Thousands of visitors arrive for the celebrations. And whenever there is an event such as Confirmation or First Communion the whole building is decorated with flowers.

Basilica of Candelaria Tenerife

A statue of the virgin was found by Guanche goatherds and originally taken to the palace of the Guanche king and venerated as the Guanche goddess Chaxiraxi (mother of the gods).

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History 

The Guanches placed the statue in a cave but during an exceptionally high tide it was washed out to sea again and lost. When the conquistadors arrived they decided it was a statue of the Virgin Mary and constructed a hermitage which was later replaced by the Basilica. A new statue was carved by Fernando Estevez in 1530 and this is the one currently housed in the Basilica of Candelaria in the town square. (P. Mullen, Shrines of Our Lady) See more European Catholic Shrines and pilgrimages

Basilica of Candelaria Tenerife

The first people to worship it and the original settlers on the island, the Guanche, are represented in nine bronze sculptures outside the basilica. It is also worth visiting Candelaria during the festivals of El Carmen and Santa Ana, in the month of July. See top 15 Catholic shrines in the world

Basilica of Candelaria

Basilica is not huge, bust stands impressively on the edge of the square. It is the first thing you see when you descend from the surrounding hills and make your way through the narrow alleys between the old houses. The interior, ablaze with light, is dominated by the statue of Our lady of Candeleria, whose face wears the most tender expression imaginable.

The basilica is the work of the architect Enrique Marrero Regalado, built in 1959 thanks to the initiative of the Bishop of Tenerife, Domingo Pérez Cáceres, native of Güímar. It is structured in three naves, with a roof that imitates the Mudejar style and a dome 25 meters high. the central tower stands out with its of 45 meters.

Basilica of Candelaria Tenerife

The main chapel keeps the image of the Our lady of Candeleria proclaimed in 1599 by Pope Clement VIII. Patroness of the Canary archipelago, title ratified in 1867 by Pius IX.

In its interior there are murals of Jose Aguiar and works of the painter Martín González; Other works are: the Christ of Reconciliation; A Baroque custodian carved in the Canaries in the s. XVIII, and a baptismal font of great historical value pertaining to the s. XVI.

Although the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Candelaria takes place on February 2, August 15 is celebrated
Then, pilgrimage people come from all over the Island.

Next to the Basilica is the Fountain of the Pilgrims. Next to the Basilica rises the convent of the Dominicans, built in 1803 after suffering a fire. The convent is run by the Dominicans, who since 1530 are the chaplains of the Candelaria. Once you have passed the convent you will reach the Cave of Achbinico or San Blas, where the Guanches placed their Virgin, whose archaeological importance is demonstrated.


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The Atlantic town of Candelaria is located 17 kilometres from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, capital of the province of the same name and the island of Tenerife. 

The basilica is the work of the architect Enrique Marrero Regalado, built in 1959 thanks to the initiative of the Bishop of Tenerife, Domingo Pérez Cáceres, native of Güímar.

It is structured in three naves, with a roof that imitates the Mudejar style and a dome 25 meters high. the central tower stands out with its of 45 meters.

The main chapel keeps the image of the Virgin of Candelaria proclaimed in 1599 by Pope Clement VIII. Patroness of the Canary archipelago, title ratified in 1867 by Pius IX.

In its interior there are murals of Jose Aguiar and works of the painter Martín González; Other works are: the Christ of Reconciliation; A Baroque custodian carved in the Canaries in the s. XVIII, and a baptismal font of great historical value pertaining to the s. XVI.

Although the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Candelaria takes place on February 2, August 15 is celebrated

Then, pilgrimage people come from all over the Island. Next to the Basilica is the Fountain of the Pilgrims. Next to the Basilica rises the convent of the Dominicans, built in 1803 after suffering a fire.

The convent is run by the Dominicans, who since 1530 are the chaplains of the Candelaria. Once you have passed the convent you will reach the Cave of Achbinico or San Blas, where the Guanches placed their Virgin, whose archaeological importance is demonstrated.

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Tips and Recommendations for Hotels in Candelaria Tenerife

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Catalonia Punta del Rey

Candelaria Tenerife

  • One of top picks in Candelaria.
  • This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. This hotel is 100 m from the sea in Las Caletillas and 14 km from Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz.
  • It offers tennis courts, a gym, sauna and outdoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
  • All air-conditioned rooms at Catalonia Punta del Rey have a private balcony and satellite TV. They are modern in style and feature wooden floors.
  • The Punta del Rey has 3 bars and a buffet restaurant with show cooking during all meals. The hotel makes its own bread and pastry.
  • The solar-heated swimming pool is surrounded by sun terraces and 2 hot tubs.
  • The Catalonia Punta offers a large variety of daytime and evening entertainment activities, as well as live shows in the bar and an on-site disco open on Friday and Saturday nights. There is a children’s play area and organized activities in the Kids’ Club.
  • Good 7.6 /10 Score from 1,267 reviews
  • 4 stars
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La Fragua de Eliseo

Candelaria Tenerife

  • One of bestsellers in Candelaria!
  • Set in the pretty village of Igueste de Candelaria, in south-east Tenerife, La Fragua de Eliseo is a traditional Canarian cottage. Its private terrace offers impressive ocean views and a barbecue area.
  • The rustic-style cottage has a living room with a sofa bed, a dining table and a satellite TV. There is a double bedroom, a bathroom with a shower and a kitchen including a toaster and microwave. The garden features sun loungers.
  • La Fragua de Eliseo’s owners provide ingredients for guests to prepare their own breakfast. A welcome pack of local products and organic produce can be found in the cottage on arrival. You will receive a homemade desert every 2 days. There are shops within 6 km of the cottage.
  • This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Candelaria!
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Candelaria!
  • Exceptional 9.8 /10 Score from 26 reviews
  • Vacation home
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Rooms Casa de Colores

Candelaria Tenerife

  • Located in Candelaria, this guest house is situated 4 km from the port and nearest beach. Guests benefit from a sun terrace with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains.
  • The shared kitchen comes with an oven and a refrigerator, as well as a dining table for 8 people.
  • Towels and bed linen are offered at Rooms Casa de Colores.
  • Each bedroom features bright, colourful decor. Some rooms feature shared bathroom.
  • Orotava is 48 km from Casa de Colores. La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Tenerife North Airport are all within a 20-minute drive. Tenerife South Airport is 46 km away.
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Candelaria Penthouse

Candelaria Tenerife

  • Candelaria Penthouse features views of the mountains and is 300 m from Punta Larga Shopping Centre.
  • An oven, a microwave and a toaster are provided in the kitchen and there is a private bathroom with bathrobes and slippers. A TV is available. Other facilities at Candelaria Penthouse include a sun terrace.
  • Tenerife Norte Airport is 14.5 km away.
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Candelaria! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
  • Wonderful 9.1 /10 Score from 11 reviews
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Explorers Retreat

Candelaria Tenerife

  • Explorers Retreat is located in Güimar, just 43.5 km from Playa de las Americas. The hostel has an outdoor pool and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.
  • Views of the sea, pool or garden are featured in certain rooms.
  • There is a shared kitchen at the property.
  • There are lots of activities in the area, such as horseback riding and snorkeling. The hostel also provides bike rental. Puerto de la Cruz is 17.7 km from Explorers Retreat, and Los Cristianos is 43.5 km from the property. Tenerife Norte Airport is 19.3 km away.
  • 5 km from Candelaria
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Güimar! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
  • Good 7.9 /10 Score from 128 reviews
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Balcón de Araya

Candelaria Tenerife

  • Balcón de Araya offers pet-friendly accommodations in Candelaria. It provides free private parking.
  • A microwave and a refrigerator are provided in the kitchen. A flat-screen TV is available. Other facilities at Balcón de Araya include a barbecue.
  • You can play ping-pong at the property, and the area is popular for hiking. The nearest airport is Tenerife Norte Airport, 14.5 km from Balcón de Araya. 
  • Good 7.7 /10 Score from 6 reviews
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