Friday, 16 January 2009

Fiestas on Tenerife - Fiestas de San Antonio Abad, Arona 2009

With barely the last Christmas decoration taken down (actually some of them are still strung up), it’s time for the first romería (harvest type procession) of the year to take place in the little hill town of Arona in the south of Tenerife.

A high percentage of the millions of people who visit the municipality’s tourist centres of Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos will probably never have seen the streets of the area’s administrative centre, so now’s a great time to make the short trip to see what goes on in Tenerife outside of the resorts.

The highlight of the Fiesta de San Antonio Abad sees the old streets filled with townsfolk in traditional costumes, bands and carts pulled by oxen and filled with local goodies and wine, which is handed out free to onlookers…it’s quite an experience and will stay with visitors much longer than their sun tan.

Fiesta Highlights:

Friday 16th January, 21.00 – election of the Romería queen with live bands

Saturday 17th January, 18.30 – religious procession followed by a firework display and dance in Plaza de la Iglesia at 23.00.

Sunday 18th January, midday – the big event, the Romería gets going, followed by another dance in the plaza at 16.00. These people know how to party.

Sunday25th January, 11.00 – cattle fair in the Triana area of Arona followed by another Romería at 14.00 and yet another dance at 16.30.

Who needs karaoke bars when you've got all this going on?

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