Candelaria is a small town located in the southeast of Tenerife. The town covers an area of 49.18m2 and has a population of roughly 26 thousand people. Candelaria has been one of the island’s religious centers ever since an image of the patron saint of the Canary Islands, The Virgin of Candelaria, was found etched in a rock in the town. Every year, thousands of votaries flock to the town’s basilica, even though the original image of the Virgin was lost in a raging storm during the 19th century.
Next to the basilica, on the very edge of the water, a row of magnificent sculptures depicting Guanchos, the indigenous people of the island, defiantly stand at the Plaza de la Patrona de las Canarias.
The surrounding area of Candelaria is characteristic for its various hidden caves and beautiful beaches. In addition to this, the charming fishing town is made more beautiful by a wonderful pedestrian walkway just next to the sea. Restaurants in Candelaria serve traditional food made from fresh fish, as well as tasty cakes to help you replenish energy in order to be ready to explore the city, its streets and most important landmarks. The hills around Candelaria are riddled with paths which will help you fully explore and enjoy the area.