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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ruta del Camino del Hermano Pedro

Saturday, 27 April 2019 is the date of this year's XIV Ruta Camino del Hermano Pedro (Brother Pedro's Pilgrimage Route- a ~20 kilometre walk to honour Hermano Pedro (Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur) who was born in the town of Vilaflor de Chasna in 1626, became a missionary in Guatemala and was canonised as the "first Canarian and Guatemalan saint" in 2002. 

The pilgrimage sets off from the church of San Pedro Apóstol in Vilaflor at 7 am (after mass at 6:30 am) and journeys downhill through San Miguel de Abona and Granadilla de Abona, all the way to the coastal area of El Médano, which houses the cave where people go to worship the saint. Near to the cave is the 'ere' (a natural or man-made hollow formed in the rock which allows rainwater to collect and is used as a watering hole), where Brother Pedro used to take his flock to drink water.

On the way there, pilgrims cross some of the region's most unique and emblematic areas. For instance, they will see ancient farming terraces, native plant and animal species, and sites that have been declared Assets of Cultural Interest, such as the house of Casa de los Soler and the Plaza de San Pedro square in Vilaflor."

For more information contact El Médano Tourist Office: (+34) 922 17 60 02 or visit the website www.granadilladeabona.es. Inscription is open only until 25 April.

Tenerife's public bus service, TITSA is putting on a special bus service to go to the XIV Route of the Camino del Hermano Pedro, which will take place this Saturday, April 27.

Route 475 will provide services on demand starting at 05:00 hours, leaving from the car park next to the Cueva del Hermano Pedro. The route will be Cueva del Hermano Pedro - Los Abrigos road - Los Abrigos - Las Chafiras - San Miguel - Jama - La Escalona - Vilaflor (Los Castaños stop).

The price will be three euros, which can be paid in cash or with the Ten + card.

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