Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Tenerife Fiestas in May 2018

Fiestas de mayo (May Fiestas) in Santa Cruz
By Koppchen [CC BY 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

May in Tenerife starts and ends with public holidays. Tuesday 1 May 2018 is Fiesta del Trabajo (Workers’ Day) and Wednesday 30 May 2018 is Día de Canarias (Canaries Day).

May 3, Día de la Cruz (Festival of the Crosses) is a municipal public holiday in Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife - in the case of the last for both the Exhaltation of the Holy Cross and Commemoration of the Founding of the City.

The May festivals are, together with the Tenerife Carnival, the most important dates in the calendar of the city of Santa Cruz, as that is when the founding of the city is celebrated with flower crosses, dancing and street food while streets are filled with the rhythm of folk music.

Los Realejos celebrates the Day of the Cross with a spectacular display of fireworks.

May 5th is the anniversary of the eruption that destroyed Garachico's port in 1706.

Sunday 6 May 2018 is Día de la Madre (Mother's Day), celebrated on the first Sunday in May, since 1965 (previously, it was 8th December, day of the Immaculate Conception).

Other celebrations to look out for in May include: the Romería de San Alejo in El Tanque; the Fiestas of San Jose Obrero in Arico; Fiestas of La Virgen de Fátima in Valle San Lorenzo (Arona); Fiestas of San Isidro Labrador in Granadilla de Abona; Fiestas in honour of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza in Valle de Guerra and Las Mercedes (La Laguna); as well as numerous other romerías (see our Guide to Romerías in Tenerife 2018).




Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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