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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Something else for the weekend: Romería de San Roque Garachico 2015


Garachico :: Romería de San Roque 2009

Even Lonely Planet know about this, about which they say:

"This is Garachico’s most important annual festival when the town fills with pilgrims (and partygoers) from throughout the island. San Roque (St Roch), the town’s patron, was credited with saving the town from the Black Death, which arrived in 1601."

The Romería; part of the festivities for the town's patron, which in 2011 attracted around 20,000, is held annually on 16th August (tomorrow, Sunday), with processions of faithful, oxen and carts starting from the Plaza Ramón Arocha (see map) at 2pm más o menos.

Fiestas Lustrales y de San Roque 2015 en Garachico

Fiesta Romería de San Roque, Garachico

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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