We are heading to the municipality of Tegueste so that you can know a little more this emblematic town of the north of Tenerife, well known among the inhabitants of the island, mainly because it has one of the most popular festivals on the Canary Islands.
A little information about Tegueste
The town of Tegueste belongs to San Cristóbal de la Laguna, and it extends over more than 25 square kilometers of the island, being located within the municipality more than 11000 inhabitants, which are called teguesteros.
The population of the municipality of Tegueste has not stopped growing since it has historical records of it, therefore at the moment it is in his maximum of population. The majority of the inhabitants of this beautiful town are between 40 and 49 years of age.
What to see in Tegueste
Square and Church of San Marcos
As it could not be otherwise, and as is usual in all towns, the municipality is organized around a church with a large central square.
This is where the nerve center of Tegueste’s popular fiesta is located, and we will talk about it later.
The Plaza and Church of San Marcos date from the eighteenth century, but it was not until 1986 that they were declared as a Cultural Interest within the category of the historical ensemble.
Guanche culture in Tegueste.
In addition, the municipality of Tegueste has important archaeological sites from the Guanche period of the Canary Islands, prior to colonization.Because of this the group of caves in the ravine of Agua de Diós was also declared in 2006 as a Property of Cultural Interest, in this case in the category of Archaeological Zone.
Fiestas of Tegueste
All the towns of the Canary Islands have a wide tradition and festive culture, but the municipality of Tegueste is a special case because of the great fame that has reached its Romería.
Romería of Tegueste
The Pilgrimage of Tegueste is probably the most important and most resonated within the people of Tenerife, by the popularity it has achieved in recent years.
There are so many people crowding in Tegueste during this pilgrimage, that if you want to get to the village by car on this day, you better do it in the early hours of the morning. Otherwise you will not be able to park, or you will find long waiting lines on the road, which will take you much longer than you thought to reach your destination.
In the Romería of Tegueste it is usual that the people come dressed in the typical Canarian costumes and with typical food of each one of the islands, to have lunch in the environs of the town and to share it with other friends or even strangers which they knew in the romería. That is habitual in this type of celebrations due to the festive atmosphere and the warmth of the people of the Canary Islands. There is confidence and complicity between all.
The Romería of Tegueste usually happens from the first hours of the morning until the night, and takes place the last Sunday of April.
If you do not like crowds of people, it is advisable to locate yourself in the narrow streets around the Plaza and Church of San Marcos. The square is usually crowded with people because it is there where a stage is usually located on the which act some canarian musical groups.
If you still do not know the tradition of the pilgrimages of Tenerife, we invite you to review the article in which we talk about them in our blog. The r you get more information about these popular festivities on the island of Tenerife, what they symbolize, their importance and the calendar of pilgrimages along the different villages of the island.
How to get to Tegueste
To get to Tegueste, you must first reach the north highway, and if you are going to go to Tegueste from Puerto de la Cruz, take the exit number 14 towards the TF-235 road, and follow the signs you will find by the road.
The time it takes to go from Puerto de la Cruz to Tegueste is about half an hour on a normal day, but as we mentioned earlier, if you decide to visit Tegueste on the day of the Romería, and do not do it in the early hours of In the morning, your journey could double or triple its duration.
Visit the beautiful villages of the north of Tenerife
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More information of interest
Very close to Tegueste is also the municipality of Tejina. We invite you to read this other article where we talk about it.
In addition, we also provide you all the information about San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the university city of Tenerife, located a few kilometers from the town of Tegueste.
Finally, as we discussed, it is customary to go to the Romería de Tegueste with typical Canarian food, or you can even enjoy it if you make friends at the fiesta. You may also want to check our blog post about the 5 most typical dishes of the Canarian gastronomy. A delight for the senses!