Introducing Fiestas del Pino, Teror's Harvest+ Festival

Save a date for your diary, September 8th. This is a public holiday on Gran Canaria. And in the days leading up to this annual celebration, Teror multiplies its population with a number of pilgrims bringing offerings to Our Lady of the Pine and a whole lot more watching the event. And what's more, the party, one of the most popular fiestas on the island, continues throughout the rest of the month.

Fiestas del Pino, Gran Canaria's patron saint's days

Fiesta del Pino

Our Lady of the Pine, Nuestra Señora del Pino, is the patron saint of Gran Canaria. Teror's church was constructed in her honour. And every September, what appears to be the whole of the island flocks to this north central municipality to pay tribute.

One of the most popular events is the Romería-Ofrenda, held on the 7th September. It sees people dressed in traditional Canarian costumes head from the village's Castañero Gordo to the Plaza del Pino with their offerings. There's song, there's dance, there's incense, and a whole lot of fruit and veg.

2014 marks the centenary of Our Lady of the Pine becoming GC's patron saint. And so it appears that even more pilgrims have pitched up, including from neighbouring Tenerife's Candelaria. Which prompts lighthearted mutterings amongst the crowd about unwelcome chicharreros.

If three's a crowd, what do you call the masses at Fiestas del Pino?

Fiesta del Pino

Although I have walked to Teror for this fiesta in the past, this year I was in the company of my three sons aged 4-14. So, we took the Global bus from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Parque de San Telmo to the closest the driver could get to the mayhem, five minutes by foot away. We numbered four of the 65,000 estimated passengers Global will take to the fiestas.

Ordinarily a one-way journey costs €2,30 but for the fiestas, the price increases to €4,00. We invested in the €6,90 return, so, you do the math, not exactly a cheap day out. Unlike during the rest of the year, these special buses are direct and we reached Teror in time for the 4.00pm start.

Keep calm and carry on at the Fiestas del Pino

Fiesta del Pino

This year's romería's Teror's 63rd. So, you can assume they have a fair idea of what they're doing. There were certainly enough police and volunteers working to keep the crowds under control. Understandably, the closer we got to the church, the greater the volume of people which made for some stomach-tightening squeezes past other revellers.

I've fond memories of attending many a romería on the island. Such as in the likes of Agaete. However, sadly in Teror because of the sheer number of people, freebie food was conspicuous by its absence. So, I shelled out on pan de huevo (egg bread) and turrón (an almond sweet) for the boys.

Teror's 24-hour party people

Fiesta del Pino

The party in Teror just seems to go on and on. Attending every event would exhaust us, unless we were watching from an overlooking balcony. Which would be the perfect vantage point for the fireworks display which followed the next day.

As it was, four weary pairs of legs made the mountainous climb to the stop for our return bus to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Travelling by way of Arucas, we pondered on the memento of an unforgettable day. All except youngest Tom who played with his souvenir Mickey-Mouse inflatable toy.