It’s the start of another sunny, new year on Tenerife and time to make a note in the diary of the biggest events on Tenerife in 2013.
On 20th, horsemen ride their steeds into the sea at Playa Enramada between Del Duque and La Caleta in honour of San Sebastián. Buenavista del Norte and La Matanza are venues for an agriculturally themed party involving hundreds of animals during the Fiestas de San Abad (20th, 27th).
Time to get dressed up in outrageous costumes and let the hair of your wig down for carnival. It’s party time Tenerife style with parades, street parties and glammed up sardines. The biggest parties are in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz between 6th and 16th.
The southern carnivals begin with Los Gigantes (tba) and Los Cristianos (1st to11th) putting on tourist pleasing events.
The tone changes for Easter with hooded processions in some towns: the ones in La Laguna on Good Friday (29th) being the best.
The Romería de San Marcos in Tegueste attracts thousands of locals and hardly any visitors. For a preview of summer, look out for warm-up music festivals in Costa Adeje and Playa de las Américas.
An epic firework display at Los Realejos lights up the start of the month (3rd) whilst the Mueca Festival in Puerto de la Cruz brings art theatre and surrealism to the streets.
Bags going on with Corpus Christi flower carpets in La Orotava (6th); top blues musicians in Santa Cruz for Santa Blues Festival (tba); beach parties across Tenerife on Midsummer’s Eve (23rd) and the bizarre bathing of the goats in Puerto de la Cruz (24th).
Tenerife’s fishermen take the Virgen del Carmen to sea around the 16th. Puerto de la Cruz holds the biggest and wettest celebrations with 35k+ turning up to cheer her on.
Join 100,000 pilgrims en route to Candelaria to commemorate the Virgen de Candelaria startling two Guanche goatherds on the beach (14th & 15th); take to Garachico’s picturesque streets for the Romería de San Roque (16th); join in with the locals abusing giant fruit hearts in Tejina (tba) or cheer on the Virgen del Carmen in Los Cristianos (tba).
Pick up unique gifts at the Pinolere craft fair at the beginning of the month, dance at outdoor summer music festivals around Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje and toast the Bavarian Beer Festival in Puerto de la Cruz.
There’s no stand out event but as it’s Adeje’s fiesta patronales there’s a good mix of traditional and cultural events close to the main southern tourist resorts during October.
Head north to traditional towns where chestnuts roast on open braziers, country wine flows from little kiosks and muchachos fly down streets on steel trays (Icod de los Vinos – 29th & 30th). Puerto is the best place for a taste of the new vinos.
It’s too early to mention you-know-what. Tenerife celebrates like everywhere else around Europe and some towns look magical decked out in their seasonal lights.
The dates of some events aren’t confirmed till a few weeks before the event.
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