La Caleta Fiestas – Programme of events

The Adeje fiestas continue, with La Caleta ready to celebrate.


Tuesday 31 July
6pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, Local artists’ exhibition
6.30pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, Dessert competition,
9pm, Evening performance

Wednesday 1 August
12 noon, La Caleta sports pavilion, children’s games
7pm, Fiesta parade
9pm, Evening performance

Thursday 2 August
6pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, ‘Parchís’ card competition
6.30pm, La Caleta sports pavilion, children’s activities
11pm, Evening performance


Armeñime fiestas

The local Armeñime fiestas in honour of Nuestra Señora la Virgen de Candelaria are happening this week, running from July 18to to 23rd.
Thursday July 19th
7pm, Parade
9pm, Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Election of the junior queen of the fiestas, with performances from local children’s dance groups and Ballet Titanium

Friday July 20th
9.30pm Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime.
Election of Fiesta queen and Mr Armeñime 2018. Performances from Ballet Salce Dance, Matias Alonso and Yanely Hernandez from ‘En Otra Clave’ and Ainoha Aguilar.
11.-30pm, Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Street party, with live music from Relieve and Fernando Martín

Saturday July 21st
10.30am, Bouncy castles
12.30pm: Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Zumba Master Class with Patricia Chiquiar and her DJ
7pm. Armeñime church
Mass sung by the San José de Los Olivos parish choir
8.30pm. Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Humour night, with neighbours and Los Capirangos
11pm, Plaza de la Candelaria, Armeñime
Street party with music from Deliciosa and Arguayo Band

Sunday July 22nd
10.30am, Bouncy Castles
2pm, Foam party
7pm, Mass, sung by the Boleros de Armeñime, followed by a procession through the streets of the village and fireworks.

Monday July 23rd

5pm, Paella for all in the Plaza

7pm, Plaza de la Candelaria

Street party, with Deliciosa band

Summer fiestas: Armeñime

Summer festivals are well underway, and the local fiestas here really are examples of a great way for all the family to party together. And the organisers love to see people coming from outside their neighbourhood to join in the fun – so make sure to check out the fiestas on offer this summer.

Armeñime is next on the list, and here’s the schedule of main events:

Wednesday July 19th
9pm: Fiesta parade, from the primary school to the plaza with Tropicana, Kuliquitaca, Chicharacas and Hay Caramba dancing groups, Disney characters, the Batutanque steel band group, and much more.
10pm: Armeñime Plaza:
Presentation of the candidates for the festival Queen and Mister Armeñime 2017.
10.30: Armeñime Plaza
Acrobat and dance display, with Galaxy Show, followed by dancing to the music of Maikel Jiménez.

Thursday July 20th
Election of the Armeñime Junior Queen 2017

Friday July 21st
Election Of Adult Queen and Mister Armeñime 2017 with performances from: Ballet Salle Dance, El Profesor de la Rosa, hypnotist, and singer DKB.

Street Party, Music from LOS IDEALES

Saturday July 22nd
Bouncy castles (including water castles)

12:30 pm. • ARMEÑIME PLAZA
Zumba Fitness Master Class with Patricia Chiquiar
Paella , free lunch for everyone

Mass in honour of Our Lady of Candelaria
Residents of the village will be making a special offertory during the mass
Night of Humour, with Purpurina and comedian Don José.

Street Party. Music by Pasión Gomera and Maquinaria Band.

Sunday July 23rd

Children’s play activities, face painting, balloon fun, bouncy castles (including water castles)

Foam party

Mass, procession and fireworks

Musical performances

Monday July 24th

Bouncy castles (including water castles)

Traditional games
Prepared by Ranas catering, with music from Boleros de Armeñime.


First full fiesta weekend


Music, dance, parades, and traditions mark the first weekend of Adeje’s fiestas

Loyal to a promise more than 300 years old, the borough of Adeje celebrates the Patronal Festival in honour of the Virgin of the Incarnation, Santa Úrsula, and San Sebastián. This year too the celebrations are a real reflection of the modern and cosmopolitan centre the town has become in recent years. Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga: “We are 121 nationalities living side by side in peace, respect and in solidarity.

“Adeje has evolved, in particular in recent decades, into a growing but united community. Our most valuable resource – the people – have helped us move in the right direction and today we are both a modern and historic tourist destination”.

The programme of events starts in full this weekend with the Adeje Siglo XX! (21st Century Adeje) on Friday at 10pm with the participation of the seven representatives of the Adeje borough neighbourhoods (Adeje doesn’t elect a local ‘queen’ – instead all the representatives are feted as equal). They are Milagros Bragado, from Las Nieves, María Azul Frachia Villaurreta from Los Olivos, representing Armeñime is Noelia Toledo López, from La Caleta, Naomi Negreen Galindo, Jocelin Ramos Mesa from Tijoco-La Hoya, Rosario Ana Fernández from Fañabé and Andrea Rochina González, representing Adeje Casco.


This year the gala will feature distinct aspects of life in modern Adeje, culture, conviviality, sport, the business community, and women. There will be a nod to the innovation and progress in the borough as well as an audio-visual presentation all in a futuristic setting, with music to follow from Toque Latino.

On Saturday October 8th activities begin at 1.30pm in the Calle Grande Adeje with a patronal music concert, with the band of the Canarian Command and the Military Brass Band Nº2 Brylcan XVI. At 8.30pm that evening the traditional parade with floats from the different neighbourhoods of the borough. Following the parade there will be a street party in the Plaza de España with music from the Maracaibo and Maquinaria bands.



Sunday is when the borough celebrates the Virgin of the Incarnation, with the raising of the borough flag, a mass at 6.30pm, a procession through the main street of the town with local authorities and a light and sound show. From 10pm there will be a performance by Isabel González, ‘Así soy yo’.

Monday is a local fiesta day, with schools and banks and some businesses closed and lots for the kids to do during the day. At the Adeje municipal sports pavilion (opposite the football ground) there will be a children’s play zone with bouncy castles, workshops and different events as well as a conviviality zone from 11am. At 12 midday there is a concert by the El Cardón group in the Calle Grande.

That afternoon at 6.30 mass in the Santa Úrsula church will be sung by the parish choir with a procession afterwards followed by a fireworks display. The evening ends with a one man show by Canarian comedian Manolo Vieira.

La Caleta swim this weekend

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The La Caleta cross-bay swim has become one of the most popular events of the summer calendar, and is part of the two week long La Caleta fiestas that have started this week.
This year the swim takes place on Saturday July 30th, and will see up to 150 participants swim 1,300 metres from the La Enramada beach to the Varadero beach. There are also a series of shorter swims for younger participants. The swims will begin after midday, with the organisation based along the pier near the Varadera beach.

While registration has officially closed, if there are still places left you might be able to register (contact and certainly last year the younger swimmers were able to participate by registering on the day.

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It’s all part of the festivities in La Caleta in Costa Adeje, with a host of activities taking part from now until August 8th. (Full programme in Spanish,

San Sebastián, Adeje pays homage

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With Christmas and the Three Kings celebrations out of the way Adeje is now ready for the next annual fiesta –that of the town’s co-patron, San Sebastián.

This is one of the most popular and engaging fiestas in Tenerife, with the bathing of horses and other four-legged mounts at the La Enramada beach the highlight of the festivities. According to the councillor for culture, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, “San Sebastián is a perfect coming together of people who live in Adeje and those who are visiting the borough. The plaza de San Sebastián in La Caleta is the perfect stage for this celebration of harmonious co-existence on January 20th”. And this year too the borough begins to celebrate the 100th year of the presence of the statue of San Sebastián which is carried ceremoniously to the sea, brought to the parish in 1916 by the parish priest of the time, Eulogio Gutiérrez Estévez.

In fact the celebrations begin on Monday January 19th with a two-day open air exhibition of municipal photographs. The ‘pinchos’ competition also returns. Pinchos are small tapas on a cocktail stick, cheap and tasty, and ideal for eating on the street. You can vote for your favourite pincho from 7pm to midnight. Mass with the Santa Ana folklore group in honour of San Sebastián will be celebrated at 8pm followed by a procession with the Adeje Municipal Band, and fireworks.

From 7pm there will also be a ‘Parrandas’ evening, with small music groups playing in public, among them the Paranda Boleros de Armeñime, G. F. La Diata, A. C. Cultural Imoque, the Parranda El Mesturao and the Adeje Municipal Folklore group.

The 20th of January is the actual feast day of San Sebastián and events begin at 12 midday with mass in honour of the Saint sung by the Santa Úrsula de Adeje parochial choir. The procession with the image of the saint then moves outside and takes the pilgrims down to La Enramada beach where the crowds will be waiting to see the traditional bathing of the horses, and quite often a few donkeys and maybe a camel or two.

This is a fiesta stepped in local traditions and was first celebrated here in the 18th century. Over the years country people and local Adeje farmers and beyond continued with their devotions to the saint in a very particular and special way. Many have attributed miracles to the statue of San Sebastián, including cures and favours granted.

Given that up to 20,000 people take part in the celebrations every year, the council has made sure there will be more than adequate security cover, with personnel from the Policia Local, the Civil Protection Unit, the Sea Rescue service, ambulances and health professionals. Please take note of any access restrictions on the streets or on the beach in advance of the procession as they are there for the public’s security.

Some parking restrictions will be in place to facilitate free flow of traffic and allow people walk along the streets. There will also be a zone cordoned off for farm animals who are taking part in the festivities.

People are also reminded that they should come in time to park and walk, wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable, use sun cream (particularly with children) and bring water. If you are bringing you own pet/animal they must be on a lead and bring food and water for them too.

La Caleta Bay Swim

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The III La Caleta Bay Swim takes place on Saturday August 2nd and is jointly organised by the Adeje council and the Anima2 Association. The event, says Adeje sports councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, promotes healthy leisure activities and at the same time brings business and people to this coastal part of the borough.

The swim will start at 4.30pm and is over 1,300 metros. It is part of the La Caleta fiestas programme and has become a firm fixture in the borough’s sporting calendar. Alonso Ferrera said, “we have been delighted at the high levels of participation in previous years and the way the swim has been supported by residents of La Caleta, and how it has benefited the local economy.”

The meeting place will be at the Plaza de La Caleta (C/ El Muelle and C/ del Varadero) at 2pm, where those registered to swim will get their chip and swimming cap (presentation of DNI/DNE is essential). The race begins at 4.30 with participants swimming from La Enramada beach to Varadero beach, sea permitting..Swimmers between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age, will swim 100 metres, those between 12 and 14 years of age, 150 metros.

If you would like to take part you have until July 28th to sign up, or until the 150 places have been filled. Interested swimmers can find the forms and information on the Adeje webpage, or on the comptetition site,

Viva San Sebastián

Adeje was buzzing with over 20,000 pilgrims yesterday as the small town of La Caleta hosted one of the borough’s most popular feast-days, San Sebastián.
Residents from the borough’s multicultural hub mixed with tourists – though the confused group of German ramblers looking at the bus timetable just outside the Church in the San Sebastián plaza were in for a long wait –and many people also brought their pets down for the traditional blessing after midday mass.
San Sebastián is one of Adeje’s patron saints and each year his feast day is celebrated through mass, song, and the hugely popular riding of horses down to the at La Enramada beach for a bathe as the statue of the saint is also carried down to the water’s edge. San Sebastián is one of the oldest fiestas in Tenerife and certainly one of the most original, and this year didn’t disappoint the thousands who were there to capture the special moments.
Adeje’s councillor for culture, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, said she was delighted with the participation of people from all over the island and beyond, adding that there was noticeably more pets and horse riders than last year. “The feast of San Sebastián has been celebrated here since the 18th century and has always been a celebration of harmonious co-existence. Every year more and more people come to seek the blessing and protection of our Saint. This is, without doubt, one of the most enjoyed fiestas in South Tenerife, and we are always looking ahead to make sure that future generations continue to celebrate the tradition”.
After the trip to the sea, the statue returned to the plaza and the blessing of animals took place, with dogs, cats, turtles, hamsters, birds and goats among the recipients.
This year the council also organised a tapas/pinchos competition among the restaurants providing food and drink during the festival, with the public voting. There was a draw, with stalls from Fañabé and Taucho both delighting the public’s taste buds.
Other participants in the weekend event included many small local traditional singing groups, and the stand for the Adeje Clean and Healthy campaign was also a draw, with information leaflets on the ongoing campaign available to the public in English, Spanish, German and French as well as presentation dog collars and reusable shopping bags,
Mention also has to be made of the excellent work done by all the local security forces. The police kept the streets clear with good humour and friendliness, and the work of the local Civil Protection unit on the beach was perfectly firm but sympathetic to the many members of the public who were jostling for best position as the horses made their way to the water.
All in all another great day for people and animals, and already looking forward to next year.

Riders To The Sea

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On Monday Adeje celebrates the feast of San Sebastián, one of the most popular fiesta days in South Tenerife.

One of the many lovely things about living here is the perfectly acceptable combination of religious and popular festivities, and San Sebastián is no exception, After the solemn mass in the church in La Caleta on Monday, there will be the traditional blessing of the animals – and many people bring their dogs and other four legged friends to the plaza for the event, to join the sheep, goats, oxen, donkeys and horses there. Following this there is the highly anticipated and iconic riding of the horses into the sea at La Enramada beach, always a spectacle and usually with a surprise or two – last year a camel joined the equine wave.

Here are the events happening over the next day or two.

“SAN SEBASTIÁN, A TRADITION”. Open air exhibition with photographs from the borough’s archives. From 19th – 20th January.

“D’pinchos por San Sebastián” . Vote for the best ‘pincho’, which is a tapas on a cocktail stick. With the Adeje Fiestas Committee 2014. From 7pm to midnight.

6pm. Sung mass in honour of San Sebastián, Martyr.

7pm. Procession with the image of San Sebastián along the streets accompanied by the Municipal Band. On the return to the temple there will be a fireworks display.

8pm. G.F. La Diata
8.45pm. A.C. Imoque
9.30pm. Parranda “El Mesturao”
10.15pm. Group from the Adeje Folklore School
12 noon. Mass in honour of San Sebastián, Martyr, sung by the Santa Úrsula de Adeje parish choir. After mass the procession will take the usual route accompanied by the Adeje Municipal Band, culminating in the traditional blessing of the animals and then the horses and riders take a bathe in the waters by La Enramada beach.

6pm: Eucharist.


Christmas Schedule of Events in Adeje 2013

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Friday 29th of November
6pm. BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY SCENE, El Galeón Residents Association
Adeje Municipal School of Music

29th, 30th of November and 1st of December
5pm -10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET in Las Torres, Christmas products, food, workshops, musical performances, donation of non-perishable goods, and posting of children’s Christmas letters.
6pm. Celebration of the FIESTA OF SAN ANDRÉS with street activities. Avenida Ayya (Las Torres).

Saturday 30th of November
Celebration of the FIESTA OF SAN ANDRÉS with different activities in Armeñime, La Hoya and Fañabé. Organised by the Comisones de Fiestas.

1st and 15th of December
El Mirador Commercial Centre

Tuesday 3rd of December
4.30pm. Blessing of the Senior Citizens Nativity in the Senior Citizens Centre, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Thursday 5th of December
En la Calle Grande
5pm – 12 midnight, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, theatre, music, sports, donation of non-perishable goods and posting of children’s Christmas letters, “Adeje vive la Navidad” (Adeje celebrating Christmas).
5pm – 12 midnight. CHRISTMAS MARKET.
5.30pm Workshops, balloon modelling, bouncy castles, face painting…
7.30pm. CHILDREN’S SHOW, Christmas musical event with Komba Producciones.

Friday 6th of December
10.30am – 7.30pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET, Asociacion de San Juan, in the Asociacion de San Juan centre.

Saturday 7th of December
7.30pm. CONCERT with the Adeje Municipal Band, ‘Celebration of Saint Cecilia’. Free entry. In the Convent San Francisco.

Friday 13th of December
5pm – 10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET, Plaza Cesar Manrique.
5.30pm. Workshops, balloon modelling, face painting and bouncy castles, donation of non-perishable goods and posting of children’s Christmas letters.
5pm – 12 midnight. II Donation of food and toys, La Caleta Residents Association, La Caleta Sports Complex
7pm. Blessing of the Nativity Scene of the Parish of San José, Parish of San José (Los Olivos).
7.30pm. THEATRE, with the Clownbaret Co. with the show, BLANCO SARTÉN.

Saturday 14th of December
5.30pm. The Aftersun group stage their work, TEATRO INFANTIL (CHILDREN’S THEATRE) ‘El traje nuevo del Emperador’ (The Emperor’s new clothes). Entry €5 adults, €3 under 12s. Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

Sunday 15th of December
11am. Walk for Life in collaboration with the Spanish Cancer Association and Women with Breast Cancer Association.
Departs: Magma Arte & Congresos

Monday 16th of December
9pm: CAROL SINGING with the Boleros de Armeñime, Armeñime.

Tuesday 17th of December
9pm. Celebration of the DAY OF HOPE and the blessing of the Nativity Scene at the La Viña hermitage (congregation of the Sisters of Martha and Mary).
10pm. CAROL SINGING with the Adeje School of Music Folklore Group. Calle Grande.

Wednesday 18th of December
6pm. CHRISTMAS PLAY by the children’s catechism group.
7pm. Mass honouring the 25th anniversary of the Parish of the Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime).

Thursday 19th of December
Participants: Adeje Municipal School of Music, Borough Folk Groups, Adeje Municipal Band, and Ballet Beanky. Plaza de España.

Friday 20th of December
5pm – 10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET Costa Adeje
In the Salytien Plaza.
7.30pm. THEATRE ‘Luces y Sombras de la Navidad (Christmas Lights and Shadows), Asociación San Juan.
Youth Centre

Saturday 21st of December
Nexsport Club, El Galeón.
8.30pm. Living Nativity Scene, Tijoya Residents Association. Plaza del La Hoya.
9pm. The Aftersun group present CABARET SHOW ‘EL VARIEDADES 2’ (VARIETY SHOW 2).
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre
Entry €8, youth and senior citizen card holders, €5.

Monday 23rd of December
Callao Salvaje

Friday 27th of December
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre
Entry, a toy or €5

Saturday 28TH of December
8.30PM. GOSPEL CONCERT in the Convent of San Francisco. Entry free

Wednesday 31st of December
11pm. NEW YEAR’S EVE with the Wamampy Orchestra and the Hermanos Chavéz group. San Sebastián, La Caleta.

Friday 3rd of January
8.30pm. BURKA THEATRE CO. stage the work BOCACHO DE RISA
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.
Entry free.

Saturday 4th of January
8pm. II Christmas Adeje Veterans Football Tournament
Municipal Football Stadium.

Sunday 5th January
Municipal Football Stadium (El Galeón).
7.30pm. PARADE WITH THE THREE KINGS, with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television. Calle Grande (Adeje).

Mass times over Christmas/New Year
Tuesday, 24th December
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
11pm. Callao Salvaje Church
11.30pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)

Wednesday, 25th December
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Saturday, 28th December
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

Sunday, 29th December
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Tuesday, 31st December
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

Wednesday, 1st January
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)
Sunday, 5th January
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Monday, 6th January
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)