Vacation in Candelaria
Home of the Black Madonna
Candelaria is revered throughout the Canary Islands as the home of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the archipelago.
The town and its impressive basilica housing the statue of the Virgin, known as the Black Madonna, are the focal point of an annual pilgrimage in August that draws tens of thousands of people to the huge open Plaza Patrona de Canarias in front of the basilica.
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The Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria has been a landmark for sailors since 1502 and contains within its walls many important and valuable relics, such as the high altar, a marble pulpit, several fine paintings, gold and silver treasures and the Cross of Conquest that dates back to 1494.
Lined up along one side of the Plaza Patrona are nine imposing bronze statues, representing nine Guanche kings.
The Guanches were the first inhabitants of the Canary Islands before its conquest by Spain in the 15th century.
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Beyond the plaza is an extensive black sand beach which is well maintained by the local council.
Candelaria has other important celebrations, the festivals of Santa Ana and El Carmen, in July, and enjoys a mild and dry climate all year round with very little rain.