Apart from being the patron saint of Tenerife and of the town of Candelaria itself, the Virgen de Candelaria is also the patron saint of Alcalá on the west coast, and every August, not only is there a major fiesta actually in Candelaria (see HERE), but there is also a fireworks display during Alcalá’s own fiestas patronales that has become known as the place to see fireworks in south Tenerife. The fireworks are organized by the Los Realejos Toste brothers who have put on the exhibition, involving hundreds of kilos of gunpowder, for over 80 years. The display is acknowledged as the best on the island after only the famous Los Realejos competition itself.

The fireworks display is part of the fiestas’ main religious day, which always falls on 15 August. The day starts around 10am with a procession carrying the venerated image of the Virgen to the harbour, a flotilla of boats sailing along the coastine between Playa San Juan and Puerto de Santiago for much of the afternoon, and finally, the fireworks at midnight which always last for at least twenty minutes and often over half an hour. There is always a huge crowd of many thousands, with a considerable number sailing into the little bay in the evening in order to see the fireworks from the sea: there’s an increasing trend too for chartered boat trip tickets being sold for the event. For non-locals, Guía de Isora ayuntamiento always asks people to share cars, or to get to the town by taxi or bus, to avoid traffic congestion as much as possible because the whole area is always packed.

Immediately below is a short video which should give an idea of how incredible this firework display is, and below that, a 20 minute video from Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento of the full display from 2017.

Source: Janet Anscombe

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