The great pilgrimage festival Romería del Pino in Teror on Gran Canaria is soon at hand. This year over 300,000 visitors are expected from all the canary islands.
The annual pilgrimage / festival starts on Monday 7th of September, and the whole event lasts a week. Many of the pilgrims are transported there by bus and the local bus company Global expects around 67,000 passengers during the festival week. But many pilgrims actually choose to walk one of the pilgrim routes to Teror located in the heart of northern Gran Canaria, about 20 km from Las Palmas.
This is one of the most popular festivals in the Canary Islands and is held in honor of patron saint “Nuestra Señora del Pino”. Here can the Canarian politicians that matters be seen here along with Canarian bishops. But this is not just a religious festival, in the evenings there is music, dance and folklore in the central square.
Teror is a charming little town with some fine examples of colonial-style architecture, where urban life is lived in the shadow of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pino from the 1700s, which is dedicated to Gran Canarias patron. Legend has it that the Madonna appeared to some shepherds in 1481 in the top of a pine tree and since then Nuestra Señora del Pino (pine Madonna) plays a central role in people’s daily life and in the history of Gran Canaria. When Pope Pius XII appointed her to the island’s patron saint in 1914, the small town of Teror, with its sanctuary, became the island’s ecclesiastical capital.
In Teror there is still room for the traditional dishes. On the restaurants Canaries popular dishes are being offered: Ropa Vieja (chick pea stew) and Carne en Adobo (marinated meat) are some of the specialties. But Teror’s real specialty is their sausages and blood sausages, which is not only eaten in Teror, but throughout the entire island. These sausages have a paté-like structure with spicy ingredients that suit most people.
There are several roads leading to Teror, but you may also take bus no. 216 from Las Palmas. Bus traffic is dense, basically a bus runs every half hour.