The Villa and Port of Garachico begin this weekend the big days of the Fiestas de San Roque. After several weeks in which the patron saint has shared prominence with Santa Ana, it is the turn of celebrating San Roque until this Tuesday, the day the great pilgrimage will return. Today, Garachico takes to the streets like it hasn’t done since 2019: the small pilgrimage will fill the town with colours, music, ajijides, Canarian gastronomy and the best atmosphere. Starting at 7:00 p.m., the small pilgrimage will depart from the vicinity of the old dock in Garachica with the participation of 34 small carts.
At the end of the small pilgrimage, in the Plaza de San Roque, the traditional dance of magicians. For several years, the organizing committee has brought together both events. Thus, the dance of magicians will begin today at 10:00 p.m. with the participation of Pepe Benavente, the Guaracha orchestra and the Saoco group. As is tradition, at 5:00 am the straws will be delivered as an offering to San Roque.
The events will continue throughout the weekend. Tomorrow, Sunday, it will be the turn of the little ones with the children’s wizard dance. It will be at 6:00 p.m. in the Plaza de San Roque. That same day, at 9:00 p.m., the second edition of the Erre que erre festival will be enjoyed. Rap, rock, reggae, rumba and reggaeton will come together to delight the youngest audience.
Today the small pilgrimage and the dance of magicians are celebrated, with the performance among others of Pepe Benavente
The next appointment will be on Monday with the eve of San Roque. At 8:00 p.m., the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Plaza de Santo Domingo. Next, the procession of the day before will take place, which will end with the pyrotechnic display of the Hermanos Toste pyrotechnics. Next, there will be dancing with the Nueva Línea group.
Two years have passed without a pilgrimage to San Roque. For this reason, the enthusiasm and desire of the people of Garachiquen and devotees of San Roque multiply exponentially. From very early, at 8:00 a.m., the people of Garachico will wake up with “Viva San Roquito” by the Garachico Musical Group. At 9:30 a.m., the pilgrims’ mass will be celebrated in the Plaza de San Roque. Hundreds of pilgrims, devotees and magicians will approach the hermitage to later accompany San Roque to the Matriz de Santa Ana parish. Another Eucharist will be celebrated there starting at 12:00.
Later, San Roque will go to the outskirts of the Ramón Arocha square to begin the traditional pilgrimage of San Roque. At 2:00 p.m., pilgrims, carts, yuntas, parrandas, magicians and magicians will go out on a pilgrimage remembering the pilgrim spirit of San Roque. The tour will pass through the main and emblematic streets of Garachico, leaving a trace of tradition and color on one of the most special days of the year for all Garachiquenses. The pilgrimage will be broadcast live on Radio Televisión Canaria, bringing the celebration of the patron saint’s day from Garachica closer to millions of homes. At the end, in the Plaza de San Roque, the pilgrims’ dance will be enjoyed with the Dorada Band and Latin Sound orchestras.
Titsa reinforces the buses of line 363 to facilitate the movement of pilgrims
titsa will reinforce the bus service of line 363, which connects Puerto de la Cruz-Icod de los Vinos-Garachico-Los Silos-Buenavista, to attend the Pilgrimage of San Roque on Tuesday. The special operation will start at 9:00 a.m. and will be adapted to user demand, expanding the offer of the usual service on the 16th by 5,000 additional seats throughout the day, until 11:00 p.m., when the last special departure from Garachico, bound for Puerto de la Cruz and Buenavista.
In case of collapse due to excess private vehicle traffic, the TF-42 highway will be closed to traffic, between kilometers 0 and 7.8, except for public transport vehicles and goods. In this way, the buses will circulate faster along the road, with the consequent saving of time for users who travel by public transport to the Pilgrimage. It must be remembered that all the stops in both directions of the town of Garachico between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. will be cancelled, moving all the service to the special stop that will be installed on the parking esplanade next to the Campo de football.
The company wants to meet the needs of passengers and offer them a better service. Travelers who wish to do so may consult all the information on the website www.titsa.com.