Now that we’ve been on the island for six months, we’ve seen a lot, done a lot and the list of interesting things to do is running out. For this week’s day off, we slightly struggled with something to do as the few options we did have were either fully booked or difficult to travel to. So to give us ideas, we turned to the map of the island we give to customers and googled some of the places looking for inspiration. Candelaria seemed interesting and there was a direct bus so off we went!
The direct bus from Los Cristianos dropped us off at the side of the motorway and from there, we had to figure our way into the town. There’s a surprising amount of bus stops at the side of the motorway here in Tenerife. Using nothing but the odd signpost and gut instinct, we eventually found our way to the sea front where we located an information centre. To be honest, we didn’t have much of an idea of what was on offer in Candelaria so we grabbed the historic guide to Candelaria and set off exploring.
Candelaria is a very historic and religious town with all the points of interest located in the same area. We first took in the view from the main square which was on the doorstop of the sea, the basilica and the statues. The basilica is a beautiful church inside and out but I was slightly disappointed by one aspect. Even though I honestly don’t have a religious bone in my body, whenever I enter a church or a cathedral, I like to light a candle. The basilica had electric candles where you put some money in a machine and one of the candles lit up. Not really the same thing, to me, it doesn’t represent as much.
We then headed down to The Camel’s Cave which is incredibly unimpressive as it is literally just a delve in the cliff side. The only history behind is that it was used as camel’s shelter…
A few other points of interest were unfortunately closed so we didn’t get to experience the full route of the historic guide.
We did take in the view of the Guanche statues on the sea front however. Today’s statues are replicas and the originals live somewhere else but their representation and history remains true. Once upon a time, Tenerife was divided into nine kingdoms with a mencey in charge of each Kingdom. The original inhabitants of Tenerife are known as Guanches and these statues represent the nine Guanche menceys who looked over their Kingdoms and the island.
After taking in a brief history of the town, we were getting peckish so after Ash made friends with a pigeon, we opted for a very substantial meal of ice cream. I opted for mojito and pineapple while Ash got kiwi and caramel. Note to self: in a hot country, get a tub not a cone. The ice cream started dribbling the second it was handed to us and made quite a mess even though it was enjoyable.
Once we cleaned ourselves up and had a broken Spanglish conversation with the lady running the toilets, we went for a walk to see what else we could find but it soon became clearly that there was nothing further ahead so we headed back to the bus.
Candelaria is a nice little place for a spot of history or religion but in all honesty, it’s nothing to write home about. I’m glad I visited but I doubt I’d return. Nevertheless, any day exploring new places is a good day.
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