Tenerife’s official public holidays for 2013

Tenerife’s official public holidays for 2013

Update 28 October: Just a reminder that this Friday, 1 November, is a Canaries-wide public holiday (actually Spain-wide) for All Saints Day. Many, if not all, shops and offices will be closed.

Update 1 October: Now that we’re in October, we’re also in Arona’s fiestas del Santísimo Cristo de la Salud, and the municipality will have a public holiday next Monday, 7 October. It is followed the subsequent Monday, 14 October, by a public holiday in Adeje, for the fiestas de Santa Úrsula. Further north, 21 October is a local holiday both in El Tanque for the fiesta del Santísimo Cristo del Calvario, and in Santa Ursula for Día de Santa Úrsula, and the 25th is a fiesta in Buenavista del Norte for the Festividad de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. Apart from the local holidays, Saturday, 12 October, is a national holiday throughout the whole of Spain for the Día de la Hispanidad.

Update 12 August: Just a reminder that this Thursday, 15 August, is a Canaries-wide public holiday for Asunción de la Virgen. As usual, most shops and offices will be closed.

Update 27 May: Just a reminder that this Thursday, 30 May, is a Canaries-wide public holiday for Día de Canarias. The official notices of events are HERE but there will be events everywhere, many involving traditional aspects of Canarian life – food, costume, music, sport, etc.  Needless to say, most shops and offices will be closed.


Update 3 May:  Although not a Tenerife-wide public holiday, a fiesta today in Los Realejos draws people from around the island and even further afield. The Exaltación de la Santa Cruz (Día de la Cruz) is known for providing the best fireworks display in Tenerife, and indeed, one of the ten best in the whole of Spain.

The fiesta is famous for the participation of the Hermanos Toste in a competition between two streets in Los Realejos for the best firework display, a tradition that started, incredibly, in 1770. The Hermanos Toste themselves date back to 1788 and have a factory in Los Realejos, the only one in the Canaries that makes fireworks. Tonight’s display will be affected by the economic crisis, they say, but will still be a stunning exercise in light, colour and sound … and it was deafening when I went a few years ago! The short video above of 2011’s displays will hopefully give some idea of what to expect.

Update 30 April: Just a reminder that tomorrow is a Canaries-wide public holiday for May Day, the Fiesta del Trabajo. I imagine that almost everything will be shut.

Update 27 February: There are two public holidays this week, tomorrow Thursday 28 and Good Friday 29 March. Don’t forget, either, that the Adeje Passion Play takes place on Friday (see HERE).

Update 9 February: Just a reminder that this coming Tuesday, 12 February, is a local public holiday in many parts of Tenerife for Carnival Tuesday. Many shops and businesses will be closed in the areas which have chosen this day as one of their two public holidays. To check the areas affected, see the full list of  municipalities below.

Update 31 January: Just a reminder that this Saturday, 2 February, is a Tenerife-wide public holiday in honour of the Virgen de la Candelaria. Many shops and businesses will be closed, as La Morenita (the Black Madonna) is the Canary Islands’ patron saint, and she has particular meaning for Tenerife because her apparition is said to have taken place in 1392 in Candelaria, where her basilica is now located.

There is always a televised mass and procession in Candelaria itself on the 2nd, as well as in many towns throughout Tenerife, particularly in the north. There is also a tradition here of pilgrims walking from all over the island to Candelaria, and they are a regular sight walking in groups, even on the motorway, in the days leading up to the fiesta itself, though efforts have been made to stop this in recent years for the walkers’ own safety. There is more information from the Tenerife Cabildo HERE.

Update 3 January: The two days for each municipality’s local fiestas have now been published. I’ve added them below the original post. These are added to the twelve public holidays for the Canaries as a whole.

Original post 6 September:  The Government has today approved  the draft decree for next year’s calendar of public holidays in the Canaries. The following are the official fiestas (bank holidays) for Tenerife in 2013:

1 January, New Year’s Day
7 January, Epiphany (6th is a Sunday so public holiday is on the 7th)
2 February, Virgen de la Candelaria
28 & 29 March, Easter
1 May, Fiesta del Trabajo
30 May, Día de Canarias
15 August, Asunción de la Virgen
12 October, Día de la Hispanidad / Fiesta Nacional de España
1 November, Todos los Santos
6 December, Día de la Constitución
25 December, Christmas Day

The above 12 dates are the 11 fiestas for the Canaries together with the extra day which each island enjoys which, in Tenerife’s case, is 2 February for the island’s patron saint day, the Virgen de la Candelaria.

In addition, each municipality has its own two days, bringing the total number of fiestas for every part of the Canaries to 14. It is the proliferation of these two local days throughout the island that gives the impression that the whole of Tenerife is constantly on holiday. These are the local fiestas in Tenerife for 2013.



– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 14 de octubre: Festividad de Santa Úrsula.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 26 de agosto: Festividad de San Bernardo.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 24 de junio: Festividad de San Juan Bautista.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 7 de octubre: Santísimo Cristo de la Salud.


– 24 de Agosto: Festividad de San Bartolomé, Copatrono de la Villa.

– 25 de Octubre: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 5 de agosto: Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 3 de mayo: Fiesta de la Cruz.


– 31 de agosto: Celebración Festividad de Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje.

– 21 de octubre: Celebración Festividad del Santísimo Cristo del Calvario.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 19 de agosto: Fiesta Patronal de San Joaquín.


– 26 de julio: Festividad de Santa Ana.

– 16 de agosto: Festividad de San Roque.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 13 de junio: Festividad de San Antonio de Padua.


– 24 de junio: Celebración de San Juan Bautista.

– 16 de septiembre: Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte.


– 29 de junio: Fiestas Patronales de San Pedro Apóstol.

– 7 de septiembre: Fiesta en Honor de Nuestra Señora de El Socorro.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 25 de abril: Festividad de San Marcos Evangelista, Patrón de la ciudad.


– 18 de Enero: Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza.

– 19 de Agosto: Lunes de las Fiestas Patronales


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 14 de septiembre: Fiesta del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 6 de agosto: Día de El Salvador.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 6 de junio: Infraoctava del Corpus Christi.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 2 de septiembre: Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de La Encarnación, Patrona del Municipio.


– 22 de enero: Festividad de San Vicente.

– 3 de mayo: Exaltación de La Santa Cruz.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 24 de junio: San Juan.


– 3 de mayo: Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz y Conmemoración de la Fundación de la Ciudad.

– 16 de julio: Conmemoración de la Festividad de la Virgen del Carmen.


– 24 de junio: Fiestas de San Juan Bautista.

– 9 de septiembre: Fiestas de San José.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 30 de septiembre: Fiesta de San Miguel Arcángel.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 3 de mayo: Fiesta de la Santa Cruz.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 21 de octubre: Día de Santa Úrsula, Patrona del Municipio.


– 25 de julio: Festividad del Apóstol Santiago.

– 26 de julio: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana.


– 12 de febrero: Martes de Carnaval.

– 25 de noviembre: Santa Catalina.


– 25 de abril: Festividad de San Marcos Evangelista.

– 9 de septiembre: Festividad de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.


– 26 de abril: Festividad del Hermano Pedro.

– 2 de septiembre: Festividad de San Roque y San Agustín.





  1. Is 19th March (San Jose), 25th July (Santiago Apostol), 8th December (Inmaculado Concepcion) also Holidays? These are on a Calendar I was given this week. Can you help please?

  2. Author

    The list I posted above is the official list. There are only two other days for fiesta in Tenerife, but these have not yet been announced, and they will be different in each area. So, 8 December is not a public holiday in 2013. It normally is, but not next year, as it falls on a Sunday.

    25 July will almost certainly be one of the two local days in Santiago del Teide municipality, but I doubt anywhere will have 19 March as a public holiday.

  3. My thanks for your swift reply – Do you know the Fiesta dates yet for Santiago del Teide ( along with 25th July) and Adeje yet?

  4. Author

    No, they’ve not been announced yet as far as I’m aware.

  5. Hi Janet
    Im Spanish from Candelaria and i was wondering if to say , the patroness of the Canary Islands and the Canary Islands’ patron saint, is the same.

  6. Author

    Hi Estanis, well, yes it’s the same, but in English I don’t think we’d say “patroness” … we’d say “patron saint”.

  7. Hi Janet
    Thank you for your quick reply.What I didnt understand is that we say in spanish “La patrona de las Islas Canarias” and not “El santo patron de las Islas Canarias”.
    But after your quick reply you made easily clear to me why you say “The patron saint”.
    Please let me borrow one more minute from you and let me ask you if when you say you use patron saint instead patroness you mean in british english and american english or you dont know about the american english use.The reason why Im asking you is because i came across the website of San Fernando church in San Antonio in the USA and they named the virgin as the patroness of the canary island.
    Please let me tell you that this post about the public holidays is very good and useful and it made think how lucky we are in Tenerife where as you show we enjoy around 15 public holidays a year but you didnt mention the “puentes” and that are around 3 or 4 a year making the total amount rise to 19 days off a year far more nearly double that in the UK ive been told .
    Anyway once again thank you very much and carry on with the good work.

  8. Please if you have a second have a read to this text from the San Fernando Cathedral website.

    The First Church
    The cornerstone of the church building in the new village was laid in 1738, making it the first parish church in Texas. The patronesses of the church were those of the settlers and soldiers in the area: Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of Candlemas), a patroness of the Canary Islands, and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe), the patroness of what would later become Mexico. The church was completed in 1749 and the original walls still stand today forming what is now the sanctuary (the area around and behind the altar) of the present church. These walls are the oldest standing structure in the State of Texas. The dome of the original church was the geographic center of the city and the point from which all mileage was calculated to San Antonio.

  9. Author

    Hi Estanis, yes, there’s a difference between British and American English. Winston Churchill (famous wartime prime minister in Britain) once said that the UK and America were two countries “separated by” the same language!
    It could be that “patroness” is American English for a female patron saint, or it could be that the American piece was written by an Hispanic American with Spanish as a first language.
    I repeat that it’s not actually incorrect in British usage, but in my opinion it’s not a word that would be used. A patroness could be anyone (female) who helped someone else. We would say “patron saint” to be clear that it was a religious figure.
    Thanks for the kind comments about the post … and yes, isn’t it great that there are so many fiestas! 😀

  10. Dear Janet
    Totally agree with you about having so many fiestas that we only work 10 out of the 12 month of the year but on top we do it at an average temperature of 20 that makes it very nice and lay back …..the funny thing is that we complaint about how much we work……
    That chap Mr Churchill is the guy that smoke the expensive cigars in world time and that he looks as if he has been starving during the whole of the second world war…..
    Im totally disagree with this that once I heard to say to a english person in Loro Park ….this person said that Mr Churchill called Mr Ghandi from India a half naked fakir but im sure understood it wrong because my poor understanding of your language.
    I really wish of having the command of your language as your have of mine.
    Thanks Janet

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