Festivals in the Canary Islands in August
The Canary Islands is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Visit the superb resorts in Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria for almost guaranteed sun. You’ll also find a wealth of events to keep families coming back to the Canaries year after year, so if you’ve booked a trip here in August, why not try something a little different and check out one of the local festivals?
We’ve picked our top four festivals in the Canary Islands to fit into your itinerary. All the festivals we’ve chosen are religious in origin, as many in the region are, but you will soon find they’re simply an ideal place to celebrate life and have fun, whether you are spiritual or not.
Romeria de San Augustin
The Romeria de San Augustin is held every year on the last Saturday in August in Arafo, Tenerife, to commemorate the actions of San Augustin (St. Augustine) in 1751. He was believed to have sent a storm to clear the rubble from the Añavingo spring, which had been buried by a landslide.
At the festival locals dress in traditional costume and follow a procession from the cross in the plaza through the streets while local bands play. Once they arrive at the church a traditional Eucharist is given. The vibrant costume and colourful tributes to the Tenerife of days gone by are fascinating to see.
Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria
This Tenerife event celebrates the Virgin of Candelaria on the 14th and 15th of August every year. The whole fiesta (festival) is held to honour Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands.
At its heart, it’s definitely a serious and unique religious festival but in keeping with the Tenerife style there’s also a lot of fun to be had too. Kids of all ages (including those 15+) will enjoy the wealth of shops, the jam-packed bars, the fast food kiosks (make sure to try some churros!) and the buzzing atmosphere.
The start of the show is signalled by a Black Madonna statue being paraded around the Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias, before meeting the Guanches on stage who tell the historical story to the gathered crowd.
Even if you don’t understand every part of the event, the festival is a fun day out where you can enjoy the local pride and culture, with a little bit of history and religion thrown in.
Romeria de San Roque
San Roque in Garachico in Tenerife is home to the Romeria every year on 16th August. Tourists from all backgrounds, races and religions flock to the town to join in with the San Roque Fiesta.
The origins of the festival are thought to date back to the 17th century. Today the event is celebrated with a procession from the Church of San Roque to the Church of Santa Ana.
One of the most special aspects of the Romeria de San Roque is the fact that the fishermen hold a fascinating sea procession as the boats form part of the saint’s entourage out on the sea. In the afternoon the spectacle is joined by carts, animals, dancers in traditional costume and local music groups to make it a day to remember.
Día San Gines
Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, is home to the Día San Gines on the 25th August every year. Famed for its volcanic scenery, Lanzarote is also renowned for this raucous festival. San Gines is the Patron Saint of Lanzarote, so you can expect a brilliantly over the top festival to celebrate his feast day.
Much of the daytime activity is concentrated around El Charco – including the judging of a new Miss Lanzarote. As day moves into night get yourself down to the main beach promenade to find a good spot for the huge fireworks display to conclude all the celebrations.
What do you think – would you include one of these festivals in your Canary Islands itinerary?