Just a reminder that this Saturday, 2 February, is a Tenerife-wide public holiday in honour of the Virgen de la Candelaria. Many shops and businesses will be closed, as La Morenita (the Black Madonna) is the Canary Islands’ patron saint, and she has particular meaning for Tenerife because her apparition is said to have taken place in 1392 in Candelaria, where her basilica is now located (see more HERE). There is also a public holiday and major fiestas in her honour in August, see HERE. For the full list of national, regional and local public holidays in 2019, please see HERE.

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