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Insular security measures for 'Candelaria 2019'

Candelaria2019IThe massive influx of pilgrims on the popular, traditional pilgrimage to Candelaria has required the Island Council of Tenerife’s Environmental and Security Management Department to make detailed plans in order to minimise risks and anticipate possible emergency situations during the celebration.

As well as its own resources in the Environmental and Security Management and Roads departments, the Association also counts on the resources and support of the Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife (TITSA), the Firefighters’ Committee, voluntary associations such as the Red Cross and Ayuda en Emergencias Anaga (AEA - Anaga Emergency Assistance), along with the essential contribution of means and resources by different municipal associations in the north and east of the island.

The route will also feature numerous information points, which will be reinforced with special deployments to prevent and extinguish forest fires, as well as controls on the roads, mainly in the areas of greatest risk.

Main Routes

The main pilgrimage routes for which these broad security measures have been planned are as follows:

  • Camino viejo de Candelaria (Pasacola - Candelaria’s old road).- A historic road that connected the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna with Candelaria, going through the municipality of El Rosario. Parts of the road have been declared to be of Cultural Interest by the Spanish government (Bien de Interés Cultural). This route, which can also be joined from El Sauzal, Tacoronte and Tegueste, follows paths in the countryside as well as through urban centres.
  • Camino por la Carretera General del Sur (Carretera General del Sur motorway route).- Largely used by pilgrims from the metropolitan areas along the TF-28 motorway to cross the El Rosario lengthways. It is controlled by comprehensive security measures that prohibit vehicles from entering between El Tablero and Las Caletillas.
  • Camino de la Cumbre (Peak route).- Used by many citizens coming from the north of the island, from Icod De Los Vinos or Santa Ursula, crossing the ridge via La Crucita mountain and descending towards the south, going through Güímar and Arafo via paths and trails.
  • Camino de Las Candelas (Candle route).- Route parallel to the southern motorway along the sea heading towards Santa Cruz used by pilgrims travelling to Candelaria from the south, especially those from the urban centres of Punta Prieta, La Caleta and Puertito De Güímar. This route avoids the TF-1’s ascent to the height of the Güímar tunnels.

Security measure elements

The actions of the Association’s different departments and collaborating entities include:

Roads.- The Motorway Department will pay special attention to the TF-28 insular road and TF-1 motorway. The TF-28 will be closed to traffic in order to provide safety to pilgrims, while the TF-1 will be monitored and walkers will be prohibited from crossing it, with the Civil Guard cooperating in this action. The team, made up of 50 people, will be active from 18:00 on 14th until 10:00 the following day, ending with the Ofrenda Floral Atlética (Athletic Floral Pilgrimage), which goes from Santa Cruz to the Basilica of Candelaria each year.

Information and monitoring points.- The Environmental and Security Management Department will provide three information points to pilgrims on forest fire prevention measures and respecting the environment at the main starting points of routes that pass through La Caldera in Aguamansa, las Lagunetas in Rosario and La Crucita in Arafo. These information points, where walkers will be looked after by the Environmental Volunteer Group for the Prevention of Fires, will be open between 17:00 and 03:00 on the 13th and 14th.

BRIFOR (The Forest Brigade), who monitor and prevent fires, will deploy groups that will pay special attention to the areas of greatest danger (Acentejo midlands, Güímar and Orotava valleys, and the summits of Orotava, Carretera Dorsal, Carretera de los Loros and El Rosario).

Also, around midday, when there is greater risk to the forest, BRIFOR will make preventative flights (HB-1 and HB-2) to detect any situations of risk.

Consorcio de Bomberos (Firefighters’ Committee).- The firefighters will aim to prevent fires in events involving the launch and/or handling of fireworks, while also taking on any rescue or life-saving operation that requires firefighters due to its difficulty. The Firefighter’s Committee will have certain resources, BUL (Light Urban Pump) and a vehicle, located in Candelaria from 15.00 on the 14th, until 03:00 on the 15th.

Mobility and public transport.- Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife (TITSA - Tenerife Intercity Transport), a company owned by the Tenerife Council, will boost some of its services to facilitate the movement of pilgrims around the Candelaría celebrations on the 14th and 15th of August.

The company’s plan involves increasing the frequency of line 122, which connects Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Caletillas and Candelaria, with a special service on demand from 18:00 on 14th August throughout the day and night, with the last scheduled departure from Candelaria to Santa Cruz de Tenerife at 22:30 hours on 15th August.

Also, TITSA will run a special service for line 522 between La Laguna and Candelaria via the motorway, which will be available overnight from 18:00 on 14th August and all day on Wednesday 15th August. The last departure from Candelaria to San Cristóbal de La Laguna will be at 20:30, following the same route in both directions: La Laguna - Northern motorway TF-5 - TF-2 motorway link - Southern motorway TF-1 - Candelaria.

Meanwhile, lines 123, 124 and 131 between Candelaria and Caletillas, line 120 (Santa Cruz-Güímar, Candelaria, Puertito De Güímar) and line 121 (Santa Cruz-Güímar via Arafo) will run as usual on Wednesday 15th.

People arriving from the south of the island can take lines 111 and 711, which connect Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Costa Adeje via the TF-1 motorway, both on the outbound and inbound journey.

The company will also open the Transport Exchange (Intercambiador) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna and their car parks during the night between 14th and 15th August.

  • Parking. Pilgrims who are taking the bus to Candelaria from Santa Cruz de Tenerife will have free parking at the Transport Exchange, from 18:00 on 14th August until 23:00 on 15th, upon confirmation of their journey on lines 120, 121, 122, 123, 124 and 131. The users should go to the central parking attendant to prove they are using the aforementioned lines.
  • Free link services. Pilgrims can also make use of two special link services for free, which will depart from Mercatenerife and Izaña on the evening of Tuesday 14th August. Line 526 runs from Mercatenerife to La Portada del Duque via the Sur-Añaza motorway and the Carretera General del Sur motorway from 19:30 on the 14th until 02:30 the following day, every 20/30 minutes. Similarly, anyone coming from the north can use line 529 for free, which will connect Izaña-Arafo and Candelaría from 22:00 on the 14th August until 03:00 on the 15th, departing at 22:00, 00:30 and 03:00. The service will stop at Cruce de Izaña (TF-24) - La Crucita - Cruce carretera de las Cañadas - Arafo - Mirador Montaña Colorada - Mirador Chivisaya - Cruce Las Cuevecitas - El Pino (Arafo) to Candelaría station.
  • Links from the capital. Pilgrims who wish to start their route on the Carretera General del Sur motorway can take many lines throughout Tuesday 14th August that will maintain their usual schedule, linking the following destinations: Santa Cruz - Cruce de La Cuesta (lines 014 and 228); Santa Cruz - Cruce de Taco (lines 232, 233, 934, 936, 937 and 238); and Santa Cruz - Hospital Universitario de Canarias (lines 015, 102, 103 and 108). In this way, TITSA aims to meet passengers’ needs and offer them a better service. Travellers can find this information on the TITSA web page (, by calling the customer service number (922 531 300) or via the company’s social networks. Finally, the Tenerife Island Council calls on and reminds citizens to celebrate this traditional holiday safely.

Municipal measures

The municipal councils of Los Realejos, La Orotava, Santa Úrsula, La Matanza, El Sauzal, Tacoronte, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, El Rosario, Arafo and Güímar deploy significant measures to ensure that the pilgrimage takes place without any incidents along the different routes that go through their respective municipalities. These measures at the local level are carried out thanks to the efforts and collaboration of Local Police and Civil Protection Volunteer Groups.

These measures at the local level are carried out thanks to the efforts and collaboration of Local Police and Civil Protection Volunteer Groups.

Follow these recommendations

If you are going on the pilgrimage, don’t forget the following advice:

  • Before travel
    • Check the weather forecast.
    • Wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
    • Bring enough food and water for the journey.
    • Take steps to protect yourself from the sun. Wear a hat, suncream and sunglasses.
    • Research the routes and paths to get to Candelaria.
    • Choose the path that best suits your physical condition
    • Under no circumstances should you walk along the TF-1.
  • During the journey
    • Enjoy your day and go calmly.
    • Stay away from the danger zones
    • If you are going with children, always keep them under supervision.
    • If the route takes you through the forest, be careful
    • If you see a column of smoke inside the forest, immediately call 112.
    • Do not leave the established paths.
    • If you are walking at night, wear reflective clothing and take torches.
    • Follow the directions of people associated with the Security Measures, especially if the Security Forces and Bodies.

Remember: When an incident or emergency occurs, call 112.

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