The “romerías” are traditional festivals with a long history background. They are a good way to know better the local people during your stay in Tenerife. Theoretically, the “Romería” is a Catholic feast consisting of a journey or pilgrimage to the Virgin or the saint patron of the place where you are but it’s also a good opportunity to drink and eat some typical products of the island. Each “romería” is different because it has its own flavors, its sounds and traditional costumes.
Where can you attend a “romería” in Tenerife?
This year, the first “romería” will be in Tegueste on 28thApril in honor of San Marcos. But they are celebrated throughout the year in different parts of the island (other dates below).
In what consists a "Romería"?
The main feature of a “romería” is the parade of cars decorated with agricultural products and sometimes boats. They are accompanied by folkloric groups and dance groups, along with a large audience dressed with the traditional costume.
During the “romería”, you will discover one of the main traditions is the blessing of cattle and the offering to the saint patron of the typical products of the field, as well as tasting different potatoes, an opportunity to taste new flavors.
And finally, the festivities are marked by "burn the lazy", a mannequin made of straw and dressed in old clothes, representing a public figure which gets burnt.
The “romerías” are street festivals, and are an attempt to keep alive the agricultural traditions.
You will spend unforgettable days discovering of our traditions.
Other “romerías” in Tenerife:
May 26: Los Realejos in honor of San Isidro Labrador.
June 9: La Orotava.
June 23: Tacoronte.
July 14: San Benito Abad in La Laguna.
August 16: San Roque in Garachico.
August 24 and 25: San Agustín in Arofo and San Roque in Vilaflor.
Do you know "Romerías" at the Canary Islands?
08 Apr 2013